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Our History

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 Wolfe,   Elizabeth Strout,   Mark Doty, and Colson Whitehead. In recent years, regular faculty Meg Wolitzer, Billy Collins and Roger Rosenblatt have been joined by such luminaries as Vijay Seshadri, Natalie Diaz, Sharon Olds, Lauren Groff, Brit Bennett, Marisa Silver, Alexander Chee, 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 Kurt Vonnegut,  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