Workshop Focus:

This workshop is now full, but we are accepting submissions for a waiting list. Please email [email protected] for more details.

In this four-day workshop on memoir writing, we’ll be considering the relationship between our elusive memories and the fictional devices necessary to create an engaging narrative.What evokes memory– food, smell, sound, etc…? And how do we tell the truth when we can’t remember whether the dress was purple or red or our first love affair ended before or after Christmas? What is the truth we are after? This workshop will involve writing a personal essay, whether as a stand-alone or as a chapter in a book.

Workshop Requirements:

This workshop is now full, but we are accepting submissions for a waiting list. Please email [email protected] for more details.

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Susan Shreve is the author of thirteen novels, most recently A Student of Living Things, and a memoir, Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR’s Polio Haven. She is the founder of the MFA program in creative writing at George Mason University and the co-founder of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Shreve is also the author of 30 books for children, among them the Joshua T. Bates series, numerous essays and short stories, and the co-editor of five anthologies. She has been a visiting professor of creative writing at Princeton, Columbia, Bennington, and George Washington University, and has taught writers’ workshops at Bread Loaf and the Key West Literary Seminar.

Shreve continues to teach at George Mason in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband, Timothy Seldes. Her recently completed novel, Left at Wichita, is forthcoming.

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at [email protected].