news & updates

The clocks have sprung forward, the humidity is rising here in Key West, and we are preparing to launch our 2025 scholarship and workshop programs.

We’re delighted to announce three Spring Workshops for writers, to be held at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Key West. Bestselling author will teach three sessions designed to help fiction and memoir writers with planning, writing and selling their books..

As the days here in Key West get cooler, we’re deep in the process of preparing for the Seminar and Workshops this January. Our big news is that we’ve moved offices from Love Lane to the beautifully restored Elizabeth Bishop House. It’s a treat working in this light-filled space, where such an extraordinary poet spent years writing. We’re hoping to be able to open up the gardens to the public—replanted with native species that Bishop loved and often referred to in her poems—in 2025.

We are thrilled to once again recognize a group of individuals who are making positive impacts on readers in their communities. We are pleased to offer these talented educators and librarians full scholarships to our annual Seminar. We hope and believe that participation in our vibrant literary community inspires fresh engagement with literature in schools and libraries around the country.

Each year, we present three prizes — the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award, Scotti Merrill Award, and Marianne Russo Award — that recognize emerging writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Key West Sketches: Writers at Mile Zero, a new anthology out today from Blair. Edited by Carey Winfrey, the former editor-in-chief of Smithsonian magazine and longtime KWLS board member, the 250-page volume tracks Key West’s extraordinary and eclectic literary history.

As the summer sun beats down on Key West, we’re busy reading applications for our Teacher & Librarian Scholarships and Emerging Writer Awards. It’s a gratifying process—the quality of submissions is impressive.

Meanwhile, you’ve also been busy! Here’s the latest from our alumni.

Come work on memoir with Paul Lisicky in Key West: “A sustaining workshop is one in which everyone feels respected enough to take risks in their work.”