Three new writers’ workshops have been added to our program this January 9-13, 2011. Paulette Bates Alden, Robert Stone, and Dara Wier join a faculty that includes former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; Susan Shreve, founder of the MFA program in creative writing at George Mason University; and novelist and NPR commentator Alan Cheuse.
Paulette Bates Alden’s "Writing the Book-Length Memoir" will address the challenges facing the writer of a literary memoir: from what perspective in time to tell the story, where and how to begin, how to structure and shape the material, and questions of relevance—what to put in and what to leave out. Alden is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Feeding the Eagles, a collection of short stories published by Graywolf Press; and Crossing the Moon, a memoir published by Penguin. She has taught creative writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels at institutions including Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, and St. Olaf College.
Robert Stone’s Advanced Fiction Workshop will focus on critique and revision of a work in progress to bring it to a more complete and polished form. Participants will read each other’s work in advance, and spend the mornings in critical discussions. Stone is the acclaimed author of several novels, a memoir, and, most recently, the short story collection Fun with Problems. He is a past winner of the National Book Award and a PEN/Faulkner award, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has taught at universities including Yale and Harvard.
Dara Wier’s Poetry Workshop will explore a variety of poetries, styles, and forms with adventure, curiosity, and close attention to one another’s work. Hybrid forms blending poetry and prose are welcome, and there will be some focus on assembling a collection of work, especially focusing on the chapbook and pamphlet forms. Wier’s books include Selected Poems, from Wave Books, and Reverse Rapture, which earned the American Poetry Archives Book Award. She is director of the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-director of the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action.
The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers of all levels with opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements, and each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants to ensure individual attention. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; one may attend either or both. Complete information about all workshops, including admission requirements, is here.