What to Bring:
Dress is casual for classes, more formal for the Friday evening awards program.
Because the western Pennsylvania climate is wildly unpredictable in June, you should be prepared for either very hot or cool and rainy weather by packing a jacket, an umbrella, and an electric fan.
The Hall of Arts and Letters (HAL), where classes are held, is air-conditioned. But the Mary Anderson Pew Dormitory, where conferees are housed, is not.
The basement lounge contains a refrigerator, microwave, and oven. There are also laundry facilities near that lounge.
Room and Board:
Most conferees are housed in the Mary Anderson Pew West Hall or South Hall.
The conference provides sheets, towels, and washcloths, but please bring your own pillow, clothes hangers, blankets, bath mat (if desired), soap, and toiletries. It's also a good idea to include lamps for your desk or bedside if you don't like overhead fluorescent lighting, a wastebasket, a clock/alarm, and extension cords or a power strip.
There is a bathroom, complete with shower, between every two dorm rooms. Please keep in mind that smoking is not permitted anywhere on the campus grounds.
Don't forget your notebook, laptop, or whatever else you need to complete your writing assignments. Make sure you have plenty of paper, and an extra cartridge for your printer. Don't panic if you forget something, however, because there are stores within easy driving distance (i.e. Grove City Premium Outlets and other stores such as Wal-Mart).
All meals are included with your registration fee.
The conference often serves free snacks after the evening programs: usually soft drinks, crackers or cookies, etc. Even if you aren't hungry, this is a good chance to meet and chat with other conferees and staff.
Wired (Ethernet) Internet access is available in the dorm, and there is wireless access in the classroom building. You will need to bring an Ethernet cable with you if you wish to access the internet in the dormitory. The college also allows conferees to use its computer lab during business hours.
If you have any physical disabilities, please be sure to mention the fact on your registration form, so we can assign you a room on the ground or first floor. There are no elevators in the dormitory.
There will be a chance for you to read a short piece out loud at our Literary Readings evening, so please be sure to remember that piece as well.
We will be extremely grateful if you also remember to pack a quality item or two for the Great St. Davids Auction.
Some of the more popular auction items are homemade jellies and applesauce, gift baskets, and unique services. Those offered in the past have included the critiquing of a certain number of manuscript pages, the designing of a Web site, a boat trip complete with dinner, a Victorian tea, and a Groundhog Day weekend in Punxsutawney.
Of course, we are also happy to receive garage sale and flea-market type items in good shape.