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


KWLS @ the Miami Book Fair

We’re loading the boat and setting sail for the metropolis to the north, where the 30th annual Miami Book Fair International takes place this weekend. Visit us in Section B of the street fair (NE 2nd Ave. between 3rd and 4th) to learn more about this year’s seminar and get …Read More


Literary Awards to Hou, Gordon, & Wheeler

We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s awards for emerging writers: CHRISTINE SHAN SHAN HOU Scotti Merrill Award selected by Billy Collins LIZ GORDON Cecelia Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award THEODORE WHEELER Marianne Russo Award Merrill Award winner Christine Shan Shan Hou is a poet, artist, and …Read More


Merrill Award Receives Major Funding Boost

As we prepare to announce the winners of our 2013-14 Awards for Emerging Writers, we are honored to acknowledge a major contribution that immediately places our scholarship program on more secure financial footings. Thanks to an extraordinary gift from the Dogwood Foundation, the Scotti Merrill Award is now the beneficiary …Read More