KEY WEST LITERARY SEMINAR
The Key West Literary Seminar welcomes readers and writers to this subtropical island city. Our flagship program is the annual Seminar, a four-day readers’ event that explores a unique literary theme each January. At the Seminar, readers from all over the world join the best writers of our time for the conversations, readings, lectures, and events that make up today’s smartest and most high-spirited literary gathering. Our Writers’ Workshop Program also takes place in January but is distinct from the Seminar; here, writers of all levels meet in small groups with esteemed faculty to share their work and explore the craft of writing in a focused and nurturing environment.
Our 35th Seminar, “Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics,” will take place January 12-15, 2017. Confirmed speakers include Robert Caro, Stephen L. Carter, Teju Cole, Gail Collins, Annette Gordon-Reed, Joe Klein, Rachel Kushner, Thomas Mallon, Joyce Carol Oates, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Calvin Trillin. After an extraordinary response, registration for the the 2017 Seminar is now closed.
The 2017 Writers’ Workshop Program will take place January 16-20, 2017, immediately following the Seminar. Faculty include Jennine Capó Crucet, Billy Collins, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Michael Maren, Daniel Menaker, Kate Moses, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Dani Shapiro. Workshop registration is currently open.
Our Audio Archives Project has select recordings from throughout our history, including Hilton Als and Junot Díaz in conversation on opening night of the 2016 seminar, “SHORTS: Stories, Essays, and Other Briefs.” Other recordings in the archives feature presentations by Marilynne Robinson, James Merrill, Gore Vidal, Wally Lamb, Joyce Carol Oates, and Barry Lopez with Pico Iyer. Video coverage of our 2013 seminar, “Writers on Writers,” by C-SPAN’s BookTV includes presentations by Geoff Dyer, Paul Hendrickson, and Robert D. Richardson, while our own online journal—LITTORAL—is loaded with images and other coverage of past events.