June 25, 2003
Literary All-Stars Return for Southampton College Writers Conference
Prestigious Two-Week Program Features Frank McCourt, Billy Collins
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Southampton College will again host the country's premier writers conference - and this time, it's even more jam-packed with top authors and exciting literary events.
"We're thrilled once again to bring a cultural event of this quality to the East End of Long Island," said Conference Director Robert Reeves. "We've worked hard to match the success of last summer's conference. We've attracted aspiring writers from all over the country and a faculty of the first rank."
Returning faculty and lecturers include Frank McCourt, Billy Collins, Roger Rosenblatt, Kaylie Jones, John Guare, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter Matthiessen, Clark Blaise, Matt Klam and Bharati Mukhrejee. The College will also host literary roundtable discussions with top agents, publishers and editors.
First-time visiting faculty include Walter Mosley, Amy Tan, Joe Pintauro, Bruce Jay Friedman, Marie Howe and Melissa Bank. Garry Trudeau designed and will sign special prints of the conference poster.
Special events include the debut of "Rules for Aging: The Musical" with Roger Rosenblatt and Jane Pauley in the Avram Theater at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 19. The show, based on Rosenblatt's bestselling book, moves to Manhattan in the fall. Then, at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 21, the Avram Theater will host "An Evening With Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks" in a rare onstage appearance together for the famous couple.
"We're going to have fun again this summer," Reeves added, "but we're also going to keep the focus on the hard work of writing. I'm still getting letters from last year's participants who tell me that the Conference changed their lives as writers."
The Southampton College Writers Conference is made possible through a grant from the Tomorrow Foundation and fundraising efforts of Friends of the Conference. Books will be available for signing at events through a special partnership with BookHampton, which sponsored summer writing scholarships.
The conference is designed to offer inspiration and guidance to new writers, established authors, editors and teachers of writing in all genres, as well as anyone seeking instruction that is friendly, rigorous, professionally useful and intellectually challenging. It is also an important component of Southampton College's esteemed MFA in Writing program.
Southampton College is located on the eastern tip of Long Island in the Hamptons, one of the country's top ocean resorts. Students participating in the conference are also introduced to a host of fun recreational opportunities on campus and in town.
Running July 16-27, the 28th annual Southampton College Writers Conference has already received hundreds of applications from across the country based on last year's overwhelming success. Classes have long been filled up, and seating for public lectures is extremely limited. For tickets to the lectures and special events including "Rules for Aging: The Musical" and "An Evening With Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks," contact the Summer Office at (631) 287-8175.