Your decision to participate in large gatherings, including events such as the Key West Literary Seminar and/or Writers’ Workshop Program, may heighten your risk of contracting and/or spreading Covid-19 and/or other infectious and/or communicable diseases. We urge all participants to consult and follow guidance issued by official agencies and consult with your physician as you see fit. In any case, your participation in any of our events is at your own risk.


Current Covid-19 Rates

Please use the CDC tool below to search for current Covid-19 transmission rates in Monroe County, Florida.

Practices, Policies, and Guidelines

Outdoors vs. Indoors:

For our 2023 program, all large events will be held outdoors. This includes the entirety of the annual Seminar, all receptions and social events, and all program-related evening programming. Most writers’ workshops will continue to be held in indoor classroom spaces.

At the Seminar, the main seating area will be within a large, open-ended saddlespan tent with approximately 400 seats. The seating arrangement within the tent will be standard theater seating (i.e. not socially distanced). Socially-distanced seating will be provided in an open-air shaded area outside the tent, and there is ample area to set up a blanket or folding chair on the lawn, if you prefer.


According to CDC, Covid-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and reduce your risk of severe illness. Vaccines are highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death. Fully vaccinated people with breakthrough infections from this variant appear to be infectious for a shorter period. CDC recommends that all individuals age 12 and older be vaccinated. Community vaccination is an important factor in our ability to safely operate, and the more participants who are vaccinated, the lower the risk will be for all.

We do not require or request proof of vaccination from participants.


We do not require or request masks for participants in any of our programs. Individuals may choose to wear masks at any time.

Symptoms & Refunds:

Covid-19 may present with a variety of symptoms, some of which include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, or diarrhea. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, who tests positive, or who had close contact with someone who has Covid-19 is eligible for a full refund at any time. (Otherwise, see our general refund and cancellation policy.)