There is still space available for the second session of this year’s seminar—“Writers on Writers”—taking place January 17-20, 2013.
For four days in January we’ll be joined in Key West by some of the keenest and most perceptive writers working today. They will be our guides into the lives of some of the great writers of the past two centuries: from Emily Dickinson to D.H. Lawrence, from Sylvia Plath to John Cheever, from Henry James to Flannery O’Connor. “Writers on Writers” will be a deep and lively exploration of the literary imagination, a meditation on the crossroads between life and art, and a transcendental exercise bringing the historical record to vivid life.
Click here for more information about this year’s group of esteemed panelists. You’ll find a list of lodging recommendations here, many of which offer discounts for Seminar registrants. You can find a great example of the ideas at the core of “Writers on Writers” right here on Littoral, in our recent interview with Robert D. Richardson.
The seminar is different from most literary events. It is a relatively small and intimate affair, with a total audience of no more than 400 people. All talks, panels, etc. take place in a single location, in the grand theater at the historic San Carlos Institute, so there’s no shuffling from room to room, no hard decisions to make about which author or panel to see, and no chance of being shut out of a talk you had hoped to attend. Our one-size registration fee provides access to all talks throughout the four days, and you can easily attend every single one (although the beach and Key West sunshine may lure you away from time to time).
The registration fee also includes high-spirited receptions where you can enjoy literary-inspired cocktails while getting to know our panelists and brilliant readers from around the world. The intimate size of the seminar means you’ll never feel lost in a sea of people, and you’ll be treated the same whether you’re a Nobel Prize winner or a noble reader. Light breakfasts each morning and the annual conch chowder luncheon are also included.
Teachers, librarians, students, and writers are encouraged to apply for funding support through our Scholarship Program, which offers subsidies toward the cost of registration.
the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar
January 17-20, 2013
Paul Alexander, Blake Bailey, Billy Collins, Geoff Dyer, Jennie Fields, Brad Gooch, Lyndall Gordon, Claire Harman, Joyce Johnson, Christopher Lydon, Paul Mariani, Kate Moses, Ann Napolitano, Robert D. Richardson, Alexandra Styron, Colm Tóibín, Edmund White, and Brenda Wineapple.