The 43rd annual Southampton Writers Conference was held from July 11 to July 22 at the Stony Brook Southampton campus on the East End of Long Island, 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 manuscript consultations with agents. The faculty included poets Billy Collins, Cornelius Eady, and Sharon Olds; fiction writers Amy Hempel, Matthew Klam, Marisa Silver, and Frederic Tuten; and creative nonfiction writers Melissa Bank and Roger Rosenblatt. Other participating writers and publishing professionals included fiction writer Meg Wolitzer, agent Suzanne Gluck (William Morris Endeavor), and publisher Michael Morrison (HarperCollins). The cost of a five-day workshop was $1,395; 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 1; there was no application fee. Scholarships were available. To apply, writers submitted a statement of purpose by March 1. Participants may also have registered 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 1; there was no application fee. Housing was available for an additional $51 per night for a shared room or $60 per night for a private room. Visit the website for more information.
Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968. (631) 632-5007. Christian McLean, Contact.