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  • Photo by Mike Dooley Photography

    Photo by Mike Dooley Photography

2016 Ocean State Summer Writing Conference
June 23-25

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Featured Writers


Pulitzer Prize Winning
Cultural Critic


American Book
Award Winner


New York Times
Notable Author

Located within surfing distance
of the Atlantic Ocean,
in Kingston, Rhode Island.

By day, absorb the wisdom and insights of some of today’s finest writers. By night, explore the area’s colonial history, natural landscapes and seascapes, or the art galleries, museums and world-class dining in Narragansett, Newport, and Providence. Writers of all levels will find master classes, craft sessions, workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting to suit their needs.


cover art by Megan Craig Shields

The 10th Annual Conference is dedicated to the memory of our colleague, teacher, and friend, Robert Leuci.

We wish to thank the following for their generous support of the OSSWC. At the University of Rhode Island: the Office of the Provost; the College of Arts of Sciences; the College of Continuing Education; the Graduate School; College of Human Science and Services; the Center for the Humanities; The Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Common; African and African-American Studies Program; Alumni Relations; Department of Art and Art History; Athletics Department; Department of Communication Studies; Office of Community, Equity and Diversity; Department of Computer Science and Statistics; College of Environment and Life Sciences; the Film/Media Program; the Gender and Women’s Studies Program; Department of History; Department of Journalism; Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Department of Philosophy; Department of Political Science; Department of Psychology; Schmidt Labor Research Center; the Department of Sociology; Department of Writing and Rhetoric. Also the Edmund S. and Nathalie Rumowicz Literature and the Sea Program, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. And special thanks to President Dooley and Lynn Baker Dooley.

Margo Jefferson’s appearance at the conference is featured as part of What is the 21st Century Essay?, a collaborative series of programs facilitated by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2016.  PulitzerCentennialLockupAbove_BlackRICH_marks

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