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2015 Fees and Registration

The Ocean State Summer Writing Conference consists of two parts: Part I, Three-day Workshops and Part II, the Main Conference, which includes Conversations, Master Classes, Craft Sessions and Intensives. See below for special rates and combination discounts.

Due to the mature topics discussed during the workshops and main conference, we cannot admit anyone under the age of eighteen. However, due to popular demand, we will have a festival for all ages and craft sessions designed for young and aspiring writers!


Part I: Three-Day Workshop
Thursday, 6/18, 1:30-3:30 pm, Friday, 6/19 and Saturday, 6/20, 9:00-11:00 am.

The Three-day Workshop offers participants the opportunity to write intensively and to share their work over the course of three days with the same instructor and small group of fellow participants. Some reading and writing may be assigned for homework before and between the three workshop sessions. Keynote presentations, Friday and Saturday lunches, and the Friday night reception are included (however Friday night dinner has limited seats).

Part II: Main Conference
Begins Friday, 6/19 at 8:30 am and runs through Saturday, 6/20 at 7:00 pm.

Listen to writers sharing their histories and offering advice. Explore new paths to writing. Take part in short writing exercises. Leave with new ideas to try on your own. Hear about new trends in publishing, and develop a strategy for your own writing career. From a 90 minute intensive to a Master Class to conversations with writers, Part II gives participants a wealth of experiences to take in. Keynote presentations, Friday and Saturday lunches, along with the Friday evening reception are included.
OPTION 1: $450 – See $425 Early Bird Special below
Part I, Three-Day Workshops and
Part II, Main Conference

All-inclusive Choose this option for the full conference experience. This includes Parts I and II Three-Day Workshops, Panels, Master Class, and Craft Sessions).

– Three-Day Workshops
– Panels, Master Class, and Craft Sessions
– Keynote Presentations
– Friday & Saturday Lunches
– Friday Reception

*Special rates apply: See discounts below
OPTION 2: $325
Part I, Three-Day Workshops

Option 2 gives you access to Part I only (Three-Day Workshops). You will be able to one writing workshop, but will not have access to the Conversations, Master Classes, Intensives, and Craft Sessions.

– Three-Day Workshops
– Keynote Presentations
– Friday & Saturday Lunches
– Friday Reception

OPTION 3: $225
Part II, Main Conference

This option grants you access to Part II only (Conversations, Intensives, Master Classes, and Craft Sessions). Does not include access to Three-Day Workshops.

– Panels, Master Class, and Craft Sessions
– Keynote Presentations
– Friday & Saturday Lunches
– Friday Reception

Special Discounts

  • Early Bird Registration for Three-Day Workshops and Main Conference (Option 1): $425 * must register by May 15, 2015. Standard rate ($450) applies after this date.
  • URI Alumni / Members of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – URI) Discount for Three-Day Workshops and Main Conference: $375
    (OLLI members must present their membership cards at the conference)
  • Student Combination Discount for Three-Day Workshops and Main Conference: $250
    (Students must present a valid student ID at the conference)
  • URI Faculty / Staff Combination Discount for Three-Day Workshops and Main Conference: $250
    (Must present a valid URI ID at the conference)

Scholarship Information: A limited number of scholarships are available. Please click here to download an application.


30 Minute One-on-One Consultation: $125
Thursday 3:30-4:30, Friday 5:00-6:00, and Saturday 5:00-6:30.

Consultations are a wonderful way for you to learn from some of our most accomplished conference faculty in a personalized, unique way. You are required to submit a short manuscript (no more than 10 pages or 5 poems) by June 12, 2015 and sign up for a 30 minute consultation.

During the consultation, the faculty member will discuss your manuscript, offer suggestions for improvement, develop a strategy for getting the most out of your writing, and brainstorm ways to get you to the next level. You can also come to the consultation with specific questions about roadblocks or trouble spots. Limited space available.

Friday Night Dinner: $40
June 19 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Enjoy dinner with presenters. Cash bar available.

On Campus Housing: Single Occupancy $53 per night, Double Occupancy $76 per night, Double Occupany rooms are available on a limited basis for Thursday and Friday nights.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION online registration will be available April 1st, 2015.

We wish to thank our supporters throughout the University of Rhode Island, whose generosity allows us to offer such affordable rates.

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