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Southampton Writers Conference

Writers Resist!

CWL 320.S01 Presents: Writers Resist!

Summer Session II 2017
Monday, July 10 - Saturday, August 19
3 credits

Instructor: Howard Gunston,

writers resist undergraduate courseCourse Description: Want to fight for social justice, protect our waters, and basically save the world? Then you want to RESIST! In this section of CWL 320, writers will boot up some blogs and take to the sea, to the beach, to the streets, and to sites of urban decay, writing along the way from immersive primary research and mini-primer lectures by special guests (some in person, some via Skype). Write on location during an action-packed week in Southampton before returning home to independently revise your work and finish your blog. By the end of the term, you’ll have written five polished pieces and a reflection, created an original blog, joined a community of writers who RESIST, and learned how to unleash works of creative art to literally change our world.

Overview: This is a unique, one-of-a-kind class offered during Summer Session II. CWL 320 runs concurrent with the final week of the Southampton Writers Conference. Students will be surrounded by like-minded writers who take the craft seriously. The course hinges upon an intensive week of on-site instruction at the Southampton campus, which is then followed by five weeks of independent study. This means you only need to squeeze ONE week of class instruction into your schedule, because the rest of your assignments can be melded around a summer job, internship, or vacation.

ONE WEEK at Stony Brook Southampton (Monday, 7/17/17 - Friday 7/21/17)

These five days are jammed with required content from 10AM - 9PM, but don’t let that word required imply boredom, each session is dynamic and intended to tone those creative writing muscles. Here’s a sample schedule:

  • The Master Class with Professor Roger Rosenblatt
  • Morning electives (topics to be announced at conference check-in)
  • Afternoon field research & writing - this is the heart of the class. After a brief 45-minute primer lecture, we’ll be hitting the field to conduct primary research and write on-location.
  • Evening craft talks and author readings from conference faculty (schedule to be announced at conference check-in)

All of the above is covered as part of your summer tuition. Talk about getting a bang for your buck!

Room & Board (not included in your tuition)

  • On-campus housing (strongly recommended) is available for the week via Campus Residences. Living on-campus for the week allows you to maximize your participation at the conference, to participate in the optional social events (such as open mic nights), and to network with the conference attendees. If you plan to commute, allow yourself an extra 2 hours in the morning beyond whatever Google Maps says, bec7ause you’ll need to compensate for summer traffic in the hamptons.
  • Meal plans are available for the week. Our days are action packed, which means we have very short lunch breaks (30 minutes) and won’t have time to run-off campus for a bite. Plus, eating on-campus is typically cheaper than the typical summer Southampton prices.  

FIVE WEEKS of independent study

  • Revise and polish the assignments you began in Southampton
  • Virtual critique groups will help you identify your strengths and areas for improvement
  • Launch your blogs
  • Final portfolios will be due by Friday, 8/18/17


  • Students who have taken CWL 202 will have first dibs on the limited seating for this class.
  • Students who haven’t yet taken CWL 202, yet who can furnish evidence of exceptional writing skills, will be considered on a case-by-case basis, space permitting. Contact for details.

Seek truth.

Fight intolerance.

Change the world.

CWL 320: Writers Resist!