Awards for Emerging Writers: Deadline 9/30

The Key West Literary Seminar presents three named awards each year to emerging writers of exceptional merit. Winners of the Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Marianne Russo Award receive full tuition to our January seminar and workshop program, round-trip airfare, seven nights’ lodging, …Read More


Join us in January for “Writers on Writers”

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 …Read More


From the Nets

How do the intimate lives of writers enter into their creative work? How does fiction grow from a set of facts? How does biography reveal the links that hold a lifetime of creative expression together? As we motor toward “Writers on Writers,” these are our questions. In answer, here are …Read More


Paul Hendrickson & ‘Hemingway’s Boat’

“A writer’s life can contain two conflicting existences, one of purely original genius and one of irreversible destructiveness.” That’s journalist Howell Raines on the crux of the story Paul Hendrickson tells in Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life and Lost. Through an exploration of the one constant in Ernest …Read More


Scholarship Application Deadline is June 30

UPDATED (9/1/12): We are continuing to grant limited financial support to teachers, librarians, writers, and students. Funds are being awarded on a rolling basis; applicants are urged to apply as soon as possible. It costs good money to get to Key West, more money to stay in Key West, and …Read More


Focus 2013: Lyndall Gordon & Paul Mariani

“Writers on Writers” continues to attract a remarkable cast of panelists. Today we profile South Africa-born Lyndall Gordon and New Englander Paul Mariani. Both will appear at the second session, January 17-20, 2012. Registration is open. Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of six biographies, whose subjects hold in common …Read More


Blake Bailey, Kate Moses join KWLS 2013

The second session of our forthcoming seminar, “Writers on Writers,” has gained two extraordinary talents, whose work offers insight into the complexities of artistic creation. Blake Bailey is the author of definitive biographies of John Cheever and Richard Yates, two greatly troubled writers who produced some of the 20th century’s …Read More


Session Two Added; Scholarships Available

Due to extraordinary demand, the 2013 seminar, “Writers on Writers,” has expanded to include two sessions. Session One will take place January 10-13, 2013; it has been sold out since early March. Session Two will take place the following weekend, January 17-20, 2013; registration is open now. Confirmed authors for …Read More