Posts Tagged ‘2011: The Hungry Muse’


Announcing 2011 Awards & Financial Aid

03/29/2010  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post


The Key West Literary Seminar offers three annual awards to emerging writers of exceptional merit living in the United States. The Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, the Marianne Russo Award, and the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award each provide full tuition to our January Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, seven nights’ lodging, support for living expenses while in Key West, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.

Past KWLS award-winners include Patricia Engel (Marianne Russo Award, 2009), whose debut story collection, Vida, is coming from Grove/Atlantic this Fall; and Nami Mun (Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, 2008), who went on the publish the critically acclaimed Miles From Nowhere.

In addition to these named awards, we provide limited financial assistance, primarily in the form of fee reductions, to teachers, librarians, writers, and students who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. We may also provide discounted lodging options to a small number of applicants.

The application window for the 2011 awards and financial assistance program is now open; complete information will be found here.

2011 Writers’ Workshops Announced

03/12/2010  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post


Course offerings for our January 2011 Writers’ Workshop Program have been announced. Faculty will include NPR’s "voice of books," Alan Cheuse, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and PEN/Faulkner Foundation co-founder Susan Shreve. Each workshop has its own unique focus, ranging from poetry to memoir writing to fiction to oral storytelling. In line with the theme for our 29th annual Seminar, "The Hungry Muse," many of this year’s workshops will also consider the role of food as creative inspiration.

Our Workshop Program is designed to provide writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing, and each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants to ensure individual attention. Workshops are generally four days in length and cost $450. They usually take place in the morning, and include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. An orientation dinner is provided on January 9.

The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. This year’s workshops take place January 9-13, in between the first and second sessions of the Seminar. Visit our Writers’ Workshop Program page for complete information about each workshop.

THE HUNGRY MUSE: Cast of Characters

02/23/2010  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post


Construction of new author pages is now complete for all 22 confirmed speakers for the upcoming 2011 Key West Literary Seminar: "The Hungry Muse: an exploration of food in literature." The pages include biographical information, selected bibliographies, and links to resources like interviews, book reviews, and audio and video clips from around the web.

The upcoming Seminar promises to be a unique exploration of food’s place in our literary culture, chaired by a once-in-a-lifetime assembly of today’s great writers, thinkers, chefs, and eaters. Confirmed speakers at the January 2011 Seminar already include leading food critics Frank Bruni, Ruth Reichl, and Jonathan Gold (the only food critic ever to have won a Pulitzer Prize); as well as publishing legends like Judith Jones (editor to both Julia Child and John Updike), Jason Epstein (co-founder of The New York Review of Books, editor to Vladimir Nabokov and Alice Waters), and Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern. The list also includes compelling novelists like PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Kate Christensen and Diana Abu-Jaber, perennial best-selling writer Mark Kurlansky (author of Salt, Cod, and The Big Oyster), and gourmand-funnymen Roy Blount Jr. and Calvin Trillin. And that’s not all. Poets Billy Collins and Kevin Young will be here, as will one-of-a-kind writer Harry Mathews and Southern food expert John T. Edge.

Click here for the complete list of speakers. And stay tuned for more names (including one or two very special guests) to be announced in the coming weeks.

Registration for the Seminar is still $495 and advance registration is strongly encouraged. We fully expect both sessions (January 6-9 and 13-16) to sell out 2-3 months in advance.

Announcing KWLS 2011: The Hungry Muse

10/19/2009  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post


We are delighted to announce the theme for the 2011 Key West Literary Seminar. "The Hungry Muse: an exploration of food in literature" will bring together dozens of today’s most compelling, thought-provoking, and funniest writers– memoirists, novelists, poets, historians, journalists, and all manner of lettered gastronome, gourmand, and epicure– to explore food and its place in contemporary literature. Confirmed speakers for the 29th annual event include humorists Calvin Trillin and Roy Blount, Jr., acclaimed memoirist and Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl, novelists Bich Minh Nguyen and Diana Abu-Jaber, American Food Writing editor Molly O’Neill, and poet Kevin Young.

The subject of what we eat- and how and why we eat it- lies at the heart of good writing of all genres. When asked why she wrote about food, the incomparable M.F.K. Fisher answered, “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and intertwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it … and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied … and it is all one.”

With demand for this Seminar high, "The Hungry Muse" will encompass two independent Seminars, from January 6-9 and January 13-16, as well as a slate of writers’ workshops January 10-13. Many more speakers, as well as writers’ workshop faculty members, will be announced in the coming months. Registration is now open. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, as an early sell-out is likely.

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