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July 13, 2005

Southampton College Summer Writers Conference Continues to Attract Literary Luminaries to Share Their Insights and Experiences with Gifted Students from Across the Country

July 20-31 Event will Draw Record Number of Participants

Pekka Paavonpera (

Southampton, NY – Each year, during the height of the Hampton’s summer season, Southampton College of Long Island University hosts its prestigious Summer Writers Conference, during which a star-studded line-up of best-selling authors, poets and playwrights share their years of experience through a two week-long series of creative workshops and lectures focusing on the novel, the short story, the poem, the play, the literary essay and the memoir.  This year’s Conference, which runs from July 20th through July 31st is expected to be the best attended in its 30-year history. Despite recent changes at Southampton College regarding its undergraduate programs, its M.F.A. in English & Writing program continues to flourish and its Writer’s Conference is attracting more students that ever before.

“Record numbers of Conference applications clearly demonstrate that the Conference remains one of the most prominent literary events in the country,” said Conference Director Robert Reeves. “We are thrilled with this year’s turnout.  Every Conference is unique and exciting in its own way, but I sense that this year’s will be particularly stimulating. We have built our reputation by having faculty and guest lecturers of the first rank, teaching and sharing their experiences in small intimate settings.  Although registrations are up by 10%, we have capped the Conference at 110 students to ensure that we are able to maintain the personalized attention that our participants have come to expect.”

Among this year’s literary luminaries are:

The public will have the opportunity to meet Conference faculty and to hear them read from both their published and yet-to-be-published works at the Gala Reading which will be held on Friday July 31, the final Friday of the Conference.

            In addition, the Conference will present “Caraboo.” in the Avram Theatre on Monday, July 25th at 8 pm. The play, billed as a “ true fairy tale” adapted from the book written by Marsha Norman with lyrics by Beth Blatt and music by Jenny Giering, will feature Tony-nominated Celia Keenan Bolger (Spelling Bee) who will be singing the lead, Caraboo, and Joe Cassidy (currently starring in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) who will be singing the role of Eyenesso.

Caraboo has just recently been chosen for the National Alliance of Music Theatres presentations for next year, a key indicator of a show on the move

For more information on the Writers Conference, call the Southampton College PR Office at (631) 287-8313 or visit:

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