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


Schedules Announced for The Dark Side

The complete schedule of events for the 32nd annual Key West Literary Seminar is now available: click here for Chapter One; and here for the Final Chapter. “The Dark Side: Mystery, Crime, and the Literary Thriller” will unfold over the course of two independent sessions. Highlights of Chapter One (January …Read More


Elmore Leonard: Seldom a Mystery

We note the passing, last month, of Elmore Leonard, acknowledged master of crime fiction and one of the most influential writers of his time. He was 87. Leonard joined us in Key West twenty-five years ago for the 1988 Seminar, “Whodunit? The Art & Tradition of Mystery Literature.” It was …Read More


Daniel Menaker to teach Humor Workshop

We are very happy to announce that Daniel Menaker will rejoin our writers’ workshop faculty for January 2014. This brings the number of courses in our 2014 Writers’ Workshop Program to ten, our broadest offering yet. Menaker’s “The Art of Comic Writing” will cover humor in writing in all its …Read More


Final Chapter Keynote is Elizabeth George

Following on yesterday’s announcement that Sara Paretsky will deliver the keynote address for “Chapter One,” we are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth George will have keynote honors for the “Final Chapter” of the 2014 Key West Literary Seminar: The Dark Side. George is the acclaimed author of the Inspector Lynley …Read More


Chapter One Keynote is Sara Paretsky

We are excited to announce the selection of Sara Paretsky as the keynote speaker for the first session of the 2014 Key West Literary Seminar: The Dark Side. Paretsky revolutionized crime writing in 1982 when she introduced private investigator V.I. Warshawski in Indemnity Only. By creating a female investigator with …Read More


Priority Deadline for Scholarships is June 30

Fewer than thirteen days remain to meet the priority deadline for applications to our Scholarship Program. Teachers, librarians, and writers who would not otherwise be able to attend the seminar and/or writers’ workshop program are urged to apply now for financial assistance. We are looking for applicants whose professional roles …Read More


Workshops Explore Poetry, Fiction, Memoir

The 2014 Writers’ Workshop Program will feature nine unique offerings covering poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir, with courses tailored for writers of all levels. All workshops take place January 12-16, 2014, at various locations in Key West. Workshops are scheduled in the days between the first and second sessions …Read More