Writers’ Workshop Openings Announced

Poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips leads a writers’ workshop at the Custom House for the Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program in 2017. Photo by Freya Hendrickson

The Key West Literary Seminar announces openings in its Writers’ Workshop Program January 15-19, 2018, in Key West. Faculty instructors with availabilities include short story master Joy Williams, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and critically-acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Financial assistance is also available.

The five-day Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and application requirements, but not all workshops require submission of a writing sample. Enrollment is limited to twelve participants per workshop to ensure individual attention. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Key West Literary Seminar, which takes place the previous week.

Additional workshop faculty include: Manuel Gonzales, Naomi Jackson, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Daniel Menaker, Kate Moses, Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Lisa Zeidner. Topics include autobiographical fiction, poetry, short stories, comic writing, young adult literature, and writing a novel. Course descriptions and complete details on how to apply for the workshops can be found at kwls.org/writers_workshops.

Financial assistance scholarships for partial or full fee waivers and lodging costs are available to support the development of diverse new voices in American literature and to provide opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to afford the cost of attendance. Priority deadline for workshop financial assistance is July 14, 2017. Details about the program and how to apply can be found at kwls.org/awards.


The Key West Literary Seminar is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its mission is to promote the understanding and discussion of important literary works and their authors; to recognize and support new voices in American literature; and to preserve and promote Key West’s literary heritage while providing resources that strengthen literary culture.

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