The 44th annual Southampton Writers Conference was held from July 10 to July 21 at the Stony Brook Southampton campus in Southampton, located on the Atlantic coast 90 miles east of New York City. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, lectures, and consultations with agents. The faculty included poets Jericho Brown, Billy Collins, and Dawn Lundy Martin; fiction writers Karen E. Bender, Ursula Hegi, and Matthew Klam; and creative nonfiction writers Melissa Bank, Alexander Chee, Roger Rosenblatt, and Frederic Tuten. Other participating writers included fiction writers Katherine Faw, Julie Langsdorf, Tony Tulathimutte, and Meg Wolitzer; and nonfiction writers Garnette Cadogan, Tom Dyja, Daniel Menaker, and Richard Panek. Participating publishing professionals included agent Suzanne Gluck (William Morris Endeavor) and editor Megan Lynch (Ecco). The cost of a five-day workshop was $1,450; the cost of a twelve-day workshop was $1,995. Tuition included access to all conference events. Writers submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or 10 to 20 pages of prose by April 15; there was no application fee. Scholarships were available. To apply, writers submitted a statement of purpose by March 1. Participants could also register for a twelve-day residency at the conference, without a workshop, for $500, which included access to morning and evening events. The deadline was April 15. There was no application fee. Lodging in campus dormitories was available for approximately $55 per night for a shared room or $65 per night for a private room. Visit the website for more information.
Southampton Writers Conference, Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968. (631) 632-5007. Christian McLean, Contact.