The 42nd annual Southampton Writers Conference was held from July 12 to July 23 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, nonfiction, and publishing, as well as readings, lectures, and a master class series with Roger Rosenblatt. The faculty included poets Billy Collins, Natalie Diaz, and Sharon Olds; fiction writers Melissa Bank, Ursula Hegi, Matthew Klam, Patricia McCormick, Roxana Robinson, Frederic Tuten, and Meg Wolitzer; and nonfiction writers Roxane Gay, Adam Gopnik, Patricia Marx, and Roger Rosenblatt. 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 and the master class series. Writers submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or 10 to 20 pages of prose and a statement of purpose by April 1; there was no application fee. Scholarships were available; the application deadline was March 1. Participants may have also registered for the master class series only, for $600; a twelve-day residency at the conference, without a workshop, was available for $600, which included access to morning and evening events. To apply, writers submitted a statement of purpose by April 1; there was no application fee. Visit the website for more information.
Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968. (631) 632-5007. Christian McLean, Contact.