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Chapter One Keynote is Sara Paretsky

We are excited to announce the selection of Sara Paretsky as the keynote speaker for the first session of the 2014 Key West Literary Seminar: The Dark Side. Paretsky revolutionized crime writing in 1982 when she introduced private investigator V.I. Warshawski in Indemnity Only. By creating a female investigator with …Read More

Priority Deadline for Scholarships is June 30

Fewer than thirteen days remain to meet the priority deadline for applications to our Scholarship Program. Teachers, librarians, and writers who would not otherwise be able to attend the seminar and/or writers’ workshop program are urged to apply now for financial assistance. We are looking for applicants whose professional roles …Read More

Workshops Explore Poetry, Fiction, Memoir

The 2014 Writers’ Workshop Program will feature nine unique offerings covering poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir, with courses tailored for writers of all levels. All workshops take place January 12-16, 2014, at various locations in Key West. Workshops are scheduled in the days between the first and second sessions …Read More

“Writers on Writers” Almost Here

The opening session of the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar begins on Thursday night at 7:45 pm at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street. Phyllis Rose will deliver the keynote address, entitled “Can Writers Ride Bikes: Writing Writers’ Lives.” The first session concludes this Sunday with a program …Read More

2013 Awards to Brennan, Harrigan, Phillips

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s named awards: THE JOYCE HORTON JOHNSON FICTION AWARD Sharon Harrigan Sharon Harrigan has a bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University and a master’s in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for …Read More

“Writers on Writers” Schedule of Events

The complete program is now available for our 31st annual seminar, “Writers on Writers,” which features two independent sessions taking place on consecutive weekends. Session One kicks off on January 10, 2013, as American biographer and critic Phyllis Rose delivers the annual John Hersey Memorial Address, entitled “Can Writers Ride …Read More

D.T. Max Joins “Writers on Writers”
David Foster Wallace Biographer @ Session 2

D.T. Max has joined the roster of speakers for “Writers on Writers”— the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar. Max will appear at the second session, January 17-20, 2013, where he will discuss the life of David Foster Wallace. Max’s latest book is Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: …Read More

Colm Tóibín is Keynote Speaker for Session 2

We are delighted to announce Colm Tóibín as keynote speaker for the second session of this year’s Key West Literary Seminar. The opening-night lecture will take place at the San Carlos Institute on Thursday, January 17, 2013. Tóibín’s performance will be the marquee event of “Writers on Writers” and commence a …Read More