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

What to Bring

Essential Items

  1. Toiletries (including soap and shampoo).
  2. Cookware and Utensils. As a part of your package you will have access to three meals a day in the dining hall, but if you prefer to cook in your suite, be advised that though there is a full kitchen, 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 your Townhouse room. 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 BB&T Bank ATM on campus; the surcharge is $3.00 for non-BB&T customers. 
  6. Water bottle.
  7. Computer.
  8. Coffee maker.
Non-Essential Items 
  1. Dish soap. If you plan to cook in your townhouse, you may want to bring dish soap to clean the dishes (see above about dishes and cutlery). 
  2. Bedding. You are provided with a top and bottom flat sheet (for twin bed), blankets, and a small towel. If you wish to bring your own blanket, pillows, or sheets, you may do so. 
  3. Swimsuit 
  4. Hiking Boots
  5. Fishing Equipment
  6. Bike with lock
  7. Camera
  8. Workout Clothes
  9. Sweater. Classrooms and dorms are kept cool; you may want to have a sweater along, even though it's July in southern Maryland.