Schedule announced for KWLS 33

The complete schedule of events for the 33rd annual Key West Literary Seminar is now available: click here for complete details. How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit unfolds over the course of four days, beginning on the evening of Thursday, January 8, 2015. Opening night takes place …Read More


First Lear Scholarship to Cricket Desmarais

We are delighted to announce the selection of Cricket Desmarais as the recipient of our inaugural Liz Lear Scholarship. Introduced this year, the annual award recognizes a Florida Keys resident who is passionate about the written word. The Lear Scholarship provides the recipient with full tuition to the seminar and/or …Read More


2015 Awards to Deshpande, Bodwell, Kwak

We are pleased to present the winners of our 2015 Seminar Emerging Writer Awards: JAY DESHPANDE Scotti Merrill Award selected by Billy Collins Merrill Award winner Jay Deshpande writes: “When I’m writing these days, what I’m most desirous of is that something be at stake. All that matters is that …Read More


Announcing Workshop with Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson has confirmed that she will join our faculty for the 2015 Writers’ Workshop Program. A three-time finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King honors, Nelson joins us for the first time in Key West, where she will also appear as …Read More


Bookleggers Library comes to Key West

One of our favorite Miami literary upstarts is finally coming to Key West, for a not-to-be-missed event this Saturday from 3:00-8:00 at the Green Parrot Bar. Bookleggers Library is a community mobile library founded two years ago with a mission to provide the South Florida reading public with access to …Read More


NEA Grant to Support Digitization Project

We are excited to announce that the Key West Literary Seminar has been chosen as one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, …Read More


2014 Seminar now full; Announcing 2015

Less than one month before the opening of the 32nd annual Seminar, both sessions of “The Dark Side: Mystery, Crime, and the Literary Thriller” are now completely sold out. The response to this year’s lineup has been overwhelming; we are thrilled by the support. If you’ve waited until now to …Read More