seminar: how to attend

The annual Seminar is a popular event with limited seating capacity. Options for attending some or all of the four-day Seminar include:


To attend the Seminar in full you may purchase a Registration for a fee of $575.00. Registration includes access to all onstage events, as well as social activities including a reception and a dinner.

The 2018 Seminar—”Writers of the Caribbean”—is sold out and registration is closed. See below for additional opportunities.

Visit the Seminar main page for complete information about the upcoming Seminar. Submit your name and email address at the bottom of this page to join our mailing list and receive more information and reminders as the registration date approaches.


We set aside a number of registrations to be awarded later in the year through our Scholarship Program. Teachers and librarians from anywhere in the U.S. are eligible to apply for these scholarships, which provide a full waiver of the registration fee and subsidized lodging.

We also provide scholarships to teachers, librarians, and students in our community through arrangements with Key West High School, the Key West Public Library, and Florida Keys Community College. If you are affiliated with one of these institutions, talk with your supervisor about these opportunities.

free sunday session

The final afternoon session of the Seminar is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. The program typically runs from approximately 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm; with doors opening to the public around 1:30 pm. See the schedule of events for full details.

join the patrons circle

Members of our Patrons Circle who donate $5,000 or more may register for up to two people at any time, even after the Seminar is sold out.

kwls in the community

The Friends of the Key West Library produces a free-and-open-to-the-public Lecture Series each Monday throughout the winter season. We are proud to partner with the Friends each year by sponsoring their series opener, which features one of the Seminar presenters. Visit the Friends’ website for the full Lecture Series schedule.

Each year we also sponsor an appearance by one of the Seminar authors at Key West High School. Speakers at this students-only event have included Junot Díaz and George Saunders.

other opportunities

If you are in Key West but unable to attend the Seminar, we recommend the author events presented by Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West.