Among the literary luminaries who have visited the Southampton Writers Conference
since its founding in 1976 are Joyce Carol Oates, James Baldwin, E.L. Doctorow, Tom
Mark Doty, and Colson Whitehead. In recent years, regular faculty Meg Wolitzer, Billy
Collins and Melissa Bank have been joined by such luminaries as Vijay Seshadri, Terrance
Hayes, Natalie Diaz, Sharon Olds, Lauren Groff, Brit Bennett, Marisa Silver, Alexander
Chee, Amy Hempel, Julia Phillips, and Jericho Brown.
Creative writing on the ocean view campus of Stony Brook Southampton has a long and
distinguished history, due in no small part to its magnificent location in the Hamptons,
a renowned resort area only 80 miles from New York City. Writers, artists and entertainers
have been summering here for over a century. Indeed, the legacy of the area includes
Elizabeth Hardwick, Tennessee Williams,
John Steinbeck, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
It’s no wonder, then, that The Southampton Writers Conference is able to attract world-class
authors to its faculty, authors who are also experienced, accessible teachers.
The Southampton Writers Conference is part of
Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing program.