About the Conference
The primary work of the conference is conducted in writing workshops on the novel, short story, poetry, literary essay, memoir, and creative nonfiction. This year's workshop faculty includes authors of the first rank who are also experienced, accessible teachers.
Workshop size is limited. Sessions meet for three hours on alternate mornings throughout the conference. Remaining mornings are devoted to lectures featuring faculty members and leading authors.
Guest Speakers and Special Events
Evening events will feature regular faculty and award-winning visiting authors. In the afternoons, participants may choose from a wide range of elective sessions that include presentations by distinguished editors, publishers, and agents as well as workshops on special topics in writing. Participants will also enjoy a rich schedule of formal and informal social gatherings— author receptions, a softball game, an open-mic night, and other activities. Special events will include a celebratory reading featuring conference authors and an evening of theater.
Recent speakers have included Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott and novelists Joyce Carol Oates, E.L. Doctorow and Tom Wolfe. One-act plays by Roger Rosenblatt, starring Sigourney Weaver and Alan Alda were much heralded last summer.
Graduate Program in Writing
The Southampton Writers Conference is part of the Stony Brook Southampton Writing program. The regular faculty includes essayist Roger Rosenblatt, fiction writer Robert Reeves, and distinguished authors who work with the graduate program in writing as teachers and lecturers, including Frank McCourt, Billy Collins, Alan Alda, Ursula Hegi, Julie Sheehan, Kaylie Jones, Jules Feiffer, Matthew Klam, Lou Ann Walker, and Melissa Bank. More information is available by contacting the Writing Program.
Graduate Credit and Scholarships
Graduate Credit: Available to eligible students. Upon successful completion of the workshop three graduate credits may be awarded. Please call for more information. Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
Location and Housing
The seaside campus of Stony Brook Southampton is located in the heart of the Hamptons, a renowned resort area only 80 miles from New York City.
During free time, participants can draw inspiration from Atlantic beaches or explore charming towns. On-campus housing—doubles and small singles
with shared baths—is modest but comfortable. A limited number of single supplements is available at additional cost on a first-come basis.