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 34th seminar—“SHORTS: Stories, Essays, and Other Briefs”—will take place January 7-10, 2016. Panelists will include Hilton Als, Ann Beattie, Billy Collins, Junot Díaz, Deborah Eisenberg, Gish Jen, Thomas McGuane, Daniel Menaker, Antonya Nelson, Claudia Rankine, Karen Russell, Jim Shepard, Lee Smith, Elizabeth Strout, Brad Watson, Joy Williams, and more. After an extraordinary early response, this event is sold-out.
The next Writers’ Workshop Program will take place January 11-15, 2016, immediately following the Seminar. Courses will explore the short story, poetry, food writing, humor writing, and the young-adult genre, among other topics. Faculty will include Diana Abu-Jaber, Ann Beattie, Billy Collins, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Daniel Menaker, and Antonya Nelson.
Our Audio Archives Project has select recordings from throughout our history, including our 2015 seminar, “How the Light Gets In.” Listen to recent lectures by Marilynne Robinson, Wally Lamb, 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. Our audio collection also includes dozens of historic presentations by Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Díaz, Gore Vidal, Natasha Trethewey, James Merrill, and many more.