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    Photo by Mike Dooley Photography

2017 Ocean State Writing Conference

For the past ten years the Ocean State Writing Conference has brought accomplished, award-winning writers to the campus of the University of Rhode Island for three days of creative inspiration, mentoring and community building.

Here are just a few of the authors we’ve been honored to host:

Ayad Akhtar – novelist, playwright, screenwriter, actor, his play Disgraced received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Alison Bechdel – graphic memoirist and recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship

Richard Blanco – inaugural poet for President Barak Obama in 2013

Jennifer Egan – author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Margot Jefferson – Pulitzer Prize winning cultural critic and author of Negroland: A Memoir

Gregory Pardlo – winner of 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

We’re proud of our past conferences and believe it’s more important than ever to offer quality workshops, readings, craft sessions and panels. With this commitment in mind, we’re pleased to announce that the 2017 Ocean State Writing Conference will be held in the fall, on October 26, 27, and 28.

This is an exciting time for the conference. In 2017, we will focus on giving our attendees more workshop time with faculty, as well as more networking time with fellow writers. We will continue to cultivate an atmosphere of inquiry, encouragement and warmth that distinguishes our conference.

As we look to the future, to another ten years, we’re confident we will bring the finest writers and teachers to the University of Rhode Island and to the wider creative community.


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Located within 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.

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