The third year of Ocean State Summer Writing Conference offers new and exciting opportunities for writers of all kinds. Those who are new to the conference will find a wide range of activities from discussions to workshops and seminars that will afford attendees the chance to benefit from the experience of our accomplished faculty and guests, as well as time to practice new writing techniques and methods. Those who have attended the conference in the past will be happy to see new opportunities for networking and the chance to have a one-on-one consultation with one of our faculty members.
Below you will find descriptions of the event offerings available this year. Be sure to visit our Conference Schedule page for details about when/where these events will take place!
Each genre-specific workshop will take place over two days beginning Thursday afternoon. Workshops are led by some of our most highly accomplished faculty members. They are a chance to spend several hours in a small, intimate setting practicing writing and learning from one another. They are a great place to get feedback from fellow students as well as a faculty member in a comfortable and supportive environment. For more information visit our Event Details page. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early!
Each panel discussion will feature three or more writers who will each give a short talk about their experience with, and thoughts on, the panel topic. The panel will then be open to attendees’ questions and comments. Panel discussions offer attendees the chance to interact with several faculty members as well as hear a diverse set of opinions and experiences on interesting, thought-provoking topics. For more information visit our Event Details page.
Craft seminars are designed around a particular aspect of, or approach to, writing and are often genre-specific. Participants will read and discuss examples of writing, then get a chance to complete a short in-class writing assignment. Craft seminars are a chance for you to consider a particular aspect of writing, respond to a prompt on-site, and see how other attendees respond to your work.
Mentorships are a wonderful new way for conference attendees to learn from some of our most accomplished faculty in a personalized, unique way. Attendees can choose to submit a short manuscript (no more than 10 pages or 5 poems) prior to the start of the conference and sign up for a twenty-minute consultation with one of our faculty. During the mentorship, the faculty member will discuss the submitted manuscript, offering suggestions for improvement, developing a strategy for getting the most out of your writing, and brainstorming ways to get to the next level. Attendees can also come to the mentorship with specific questions about roadblocks or trouble spots. There is an additional cost for each mentorship session. Limited space available.
Community is one of the best things the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference can offer a writer. We not only want to help develop your talent, we also want to give you the chance to meet other writers and form relationships that you can build on, and get support from, after the conference is over. We’ve scheduled specific times for attendees to meet and greet one another in between classes and readings. So whether you’ve come to Ocean State Summer Writing Conference alone or with a group of friends, you can reap the rewards of being part of a large group of motivated writers and learners. Being a writer is tough work—but you shouldn’t have to go it alone!
The cocktail and dinner hour is your chance to talk with faculty and other attendees in a relaxing and informal environment. Held at the University Club, the dinner will be followed by a reading from conference faculty. Here is your chance to ask that question you’ve always wanted to ask your favorite writer and get to know other writers in your community!
There are a number of readings scheduled throughout the conference, each one offering something different. The three keynote speakers will talk about their road to success, giving personal insight into the life and work of writing. There will also be readings by accomplished local writers, conference faculty members, and a not-to-be-missed reading after the Friday night reception dinner. Conference students will also have the chance to read their own work to an audience of their peers.
On Friday and Saturday afternoon, conference faculty will be available to sign their books at the Author Table—but you can buy books anytime!