Frequently Asked Questions

Outside Accommodations
What to Bring
What to Wear
Recreation Facilities
Getting Here
Transportation around Southampton
Computer Labs and Wireless Access
Cancellation Policy
Workshops and Discussions

Dorm accommodations will be in the newly renovated Federal residence halls.  Rooms will continue to be neat but Spartan, but on a bright note all rooms will have occupant-controlled air conditioning.  Most rooms are double occupancy with a small selection of singles available for an additional price.

Rooms do have internet connections, but no refrigerators, telephones, or televisions (though there are TVs in the basement common rooms along with vending machines).  All campus facilities are nonsmoking, including dorm rooms and suites. 

Outside Accommodations:
Sometimes attendees prefer to stay at an off campus location.  There are several hotels and motels in the area in different price ranges.  For a list, please visit the Southampton Chamber of Commerce at

What to Bring:
Linens, towels and pillows will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you’d like.  All of the beds are single sized, so you may want to bring both a fitted single and a flat single sheet. Although the mattresses are in excellent condition, many have found that bringing a mattress pad enhances the sleeping experience.  You may want to bring a larger towel and flip-flops for the shower, and you should bring all toiletries—shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.  A toiletry caddie or bag is helpful as there is no shelving in the lavatories.  If you want to do laundry during your stay, we have coin-operated facilities on campus, but you will need to bring your own detergent or buy supplies in the campus bookstore or in town.

What to Wear:
Summer weather in the Hamptons is frequently sunny and gorgeous, but of course come prepared for an occasional cool evening (or air-conditioned classroom) and for rain.  Bring a bathing suit for area beaches and clothes appropriate for softball, beach volleyball, the Wellness Center or the campus tennis courts.  Attire is casual for the workshops and moderately dressy for the Evening Events.  There are a few parties and cocktail receptions planned, so you may consider dressier clothes for these events.

For participants staying on campus: All meals will be served at the Hospitality Tent.
For participants staying off campus: Breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of the program and will be served at the Hospitality Tent.

Recreation Facilities:
We’re pleased to announce that the Wellness Center (aka fitness room) is available at scheduled hours for your use during your stay.   The center is equipped with treadmills, stationery bicycles, stairclimber and rowing machine and is located in the Student Center building next to the bookstore and near the Cafe.  We also have a beach volleyball court, tennis courts and a softball field.  Although we have a complimentary few gloves and racquets, if you are a serious player you may want to bring your own glove or racquet.  If you plan to use the athletic facilities, please make sure you fill out the use forms that will be provided to you at the Student Center.  Other recreational outlets include a pool table and table tennis.

Getting Here:

Directions from New York City:
Take I-495 (Long Island Expressway) east to Exit 70, then turn right on County Road 111; follow the signs for State Route 27 East/Montauk - Sunrise Highway. Take Route 27 East (which becomes County Road 39) and proceed 19 miles to Southampton Campus. Make right at the traffic light onto Tuckahoe Road. Go past the first entrance on Tuckahoe Road. Turn right at the next entrance.

From the South Shore:
Take the Belt Parkway east, keep left to Exit 25A toward Eastern Long Island. The Belt Parkway becomes Southern State Parkway. At Exit 40, take Robert Moses Causeway south toward ocean beaches. Take Exit RM1 toward Route 27 East (Sunrise Highway). Follow directions from Sunrise Highway (above).

From upstate New York:
Take the New York State Thruway south to the George Washington Bridge, then take the Cross Bronx Expressway to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Keep right on the bridge and follow signs to Eastern Long Island, Cross Island Parkway. Take the Cross Island to I-495 East (Long Island Expressway). Follow directions from the LIE (see above, 'From New York City').

From New England:
Take I-95 South towards New York City to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Follow directions from the Throgs Neck Bridge (see above, 'From upstate New York').

Ferry service to Long Island is available from New London, CT to Orient Point and from Bridgeport, CT to Port Jefferson. For driving directions from the Orient Point and Port Jefferson ferries, please refer to our campus map.

By Train
Take the Long Island Railroad's Montauk Branch from Jamaica Station in New York City to Southampton. (Service from Manhattan's Penn Station to Jamaica runs frequently.) The campus is a short taxi ride from the station. Go to the schedule for the Southampton station.

By Bus
Take the Hampton Jitney or the Hampton Luxury Liner from one of their many stops on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to their Southampton stops.  The campus is a short taxi ride from the station.

Transportation around Southampton:
Having a car on campus is convenient, though not necessary.  Shuttles to the town of Southampton and nearby beaches will be available every afternoon.  Shared rides to popular dining and recreational venues are not hard to come by.  If you bring a car, please inform us at Registration—and have your driver’s license and car registration on hand—so that we can arrange for a temporary campus parking permit. 

Computer Labs and Wireless Access:
Chancellors Hall, the primary academic building for the Conference, and the adjoining hospitality tent offer 24-hour “hotspot” wireless access.  The dormitories have cable Internet access.  You will need to provide your own Ethernet cable or rent one at Registration. 

Cancellation Policy

  • Application Fees are non-refundable
  • Deposits are non-refundable unless we can fill your spot
  • After the start of the Conference we will not refund any fees

Workshops and Discussions
We are pleased to announce the return of our elective workshops and discussions, again scheduled for afternoons throughout the Conference. We offer these optional sessions in addition to a full schedule of morning and evening Conference events. The goal is to enrich the Conference experience by increasing opportunities for:

  • informal discussion with distinguished visitors,
  • supplementary writing instruction in the form of mini-workshops
  • free time for those who would prefer to devote some afternoons to writing or recreation.

This summer’s offerings will include mini-workshops on a range of topics, including memoir, children’s lit, poetry for fiction writers, turning novels into screenplays, and writing funny. Panels will feature agents and editors who will present their insights into the world of publishing. Restricted sessions, limited to 12 participants, will promote small-group discussion with many of our distinguished faculty and guests.