Chesapeake Writers’ Conference 2013


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Jerry Gabriel, Director
Chesapeake Writers’ Conference
Montgomery Hall
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686


Arriving Early 

If you wish to arrive early, please notify our staff in advance of the conference so that we can make arrangements with Residence Life. There are also a number of hotels in the area, most of which are are between 15 and 30 minutes from campus.

Housing Information

Housing will be in the the Townhouse Greens, centrally located on St. Mary’s campus. Each flat includes a kitchen with major appliances (though not tableware or small appliances, such as coffee makers), a living room, a dining room, two bedrooms and one bathroom. During the school year, these lodgings are usually reserved for four college seniors; for the conference, participants will share a flat, but will each have his/her own bedroom. The bedrooms each have two twin XL mattresses, dressers, and desks. If you would like to share your flat with a specific person, please let conference staff know as soon as you are accepted.  


Hampton Inn Lexington Park
15 minutes from Campus

Comfort Inn Beacon Marina
30 Minutes from Campus

Holiday Inn
30 Minutes from Campus

River Creek Lodge
20 Minutes from Campus

Hilton Garden Inn
30 Minutes from Campus

Island Inn & Suites
20 Minutes from Campus

La Quinta Inn
20 Minutes from Campus

Extended Stay America
15 Minutes from Campus

What to Pack
Essential Items
  1. Toiletries
  2. Cookware and Utensils. As a part of your package you will have access to three meals a day in the dining hall as well as a full kitchen in your townhouse suite. Cookware and utensils are not included.
  3. Alternate method of communication. Unless you have Verizon, cell phone reception is spotty on campus. We suggest installing Skype on your computer. 
  4. Ethernet cable. While wireless internet is available academic buildings and the coffee shop, it is not available in the Townhouse Greens. You can, however, bring an ethernet cable to connect to the college's network in the Townhouse buildings. This method of connection will involve downloading a security program, Bradford Persistent Agent, prior to accessing the internet. Information about this process can be found at
  5. Money. There is an Old Line Bank ATM on campus; the surcharge is $3.00 for non-Old Line customers. 
  6. Water bottle.
  7. Computer.
  8. Coffee maker.
Non-Essential Items
  1. Bedding. You are provided with a blanket and sheet spread for a twin size mattress. If you wish to bring your own you may do so. 
  2. Swimsuit 
  3. Hiking Boots
  4. Fishing Equipment
  5. Bike with lock
  6. Camera
  7. Workout Clothes