• “Florida: The State We’re In”: January 11-14, 2024

• Writers’ Workshop Program: January 7–11, 2024

• Daily Literary Walking Tours

• Elizabeth Bishop House Tours


The draft schedule below is intended to provide a general overview of our January programming to assist with your travel and planning. Programming will be finalized by December 1 and all details are subject to change.

Friday, January 5

10-11:30 am Literary Walking Tours

Saturday, January 6

10-11:30 am Literary Walking Tours

Sunday, January 7 — Workshops Begin

4-6 pm Workshop Check-in

Monday, January 8

9 am-12 pm 1st Day of Workshops in Session
6-8:30pm Workshop Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, January 9

9 am-12 pm 2nd Day of Workshops in Session
5-6:30 pm Workshop Evening Program

Wednesday, January 10

9 am-12 pm 3rd Day of Workshops in Session
4:30-6 pm Sailing Aboard the Argo Navis (optional/workshop only)

Thursday, January 11 — Workshops Conclude and Seminar Begins

9 am-12 pm Last Day of Workshops in Session
5-6 pm Teacher & Librarian Scholarship Welcome Reception
5-6:30 pm Seminar Check-in & Registration
6:30-7:30 pm Seminar Keynote Presentation
7:30-9:30 pm Keynote Reception

Friday, January 12

9:30 am-12:30 pm Seminar Program
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch Break & Book Signings
1:30-4:30 pm Seminar Program
4:30-5 pm Book Signings
6-9 pm Patrons Dinner

Saturday, January 13

9:30 am-12:30 pm Seminar Program
12:30-2 pm Lunch Break & Book Signings
12:30-2 pm Teacher & Librarian Scholarship Luncheon
2-5 pm Seminar Program
5-5:30 pm Book Signings
5:30-7 pm Seminar Sunset Program

Sunday, January 14 — Seminar Concludes

9:30 am-12:30 pm Seminar Program
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch Break & Book Signings
1:30-4 pm Final Seminar Program
4-4:30 pm Book Signings

Monday, January 15

6-7 pm Friends of the Library Speaker Series

Tuesday, January 16

10-11:30 pm Literary Walking Tours

Location: All Seminar events will take place at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater (21 Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040) unless noted. The venue is open-air and the seating area is partially protected from the elements by tents. Receptions are held in additional open-air tents on the grounds of the Amphitheater, unless noted. Workshops locations will be announced at a later date.

The Seminar is held at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater, an open-air venue within Key West’s award-winning Truman Waterfront Park.

Food & Drink: The Seminar registration fee of $825 includes an opening night reception with complimentary food and drink. Additional complimentary food and drink options will be announced at a later date. Food will also be available for purchase onsite from local vendors to be announced at a later date. Members of our Patrons Circle are additionally invited to attend our Patrons Dinner Friday night. See schedule for details.

Literary Walking Tours will be scheduled throughout the week. See schedules and purchase tickets online at kwls.org/tour

Public Sessions: We welcome the general public to attend our Sunday program. See schedule for details.

What if it rains? Our saddlespan and hexadome tents will provide some protection from the elements, however there is still a risk that inclement weather will present conditions that may be uncomfortable for some participants. There are no alternate indoor venues in case of inclement weather. There will be no refunds in case of rain or other weather-related issues.