The annual Seminar is a popular event with limited seating capacity. Options for attending some or all of the four-day Seminar include:
To attend the Seminar in full you may register for a fee of $675.00. Registration includes access to all onstage events, as well as social activities including a reception and a dinner.
General registration for the 39th annual Key West Literary Seminar, “A Seminar Named Desire” (January 7–10, 2021), will open on February 4, 2020.
Members of our Patrons Circle who have donated $1,000 or more during the past twelve months are eligible to register early for up to two people by personal arrangement during our “patrons only” registration period, January 29–31, 2021. Patrons who donate $5,000 or more are invited to register at any time, even after the event is sold out.
We set aside a number of registrations to be awarded later in the year through our Scholarship Program. Teachers and librarians from anywhere in the U.S. are eligible to apply for these scholarships, which provide a full waiver of the registration fee and subsidized lodging.
We also provide scholarships to teachers, librarians, and students in our community through arrangements with Key West High School, the Key West Public Library, and College of the Florida Keys. If you are affiliated with one of these institutions, talk with your supervisor about these opportunities.
The final afternoon session of the Seminar is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. This session typically runs from approximately 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m; with doors opening to the public around 1:30 p.m.
Additionally, we produce a series of free-and-open-to-the-public engagements with leading American writers during our Writers’ Workshop Program. In 2019, free events included our “Writers on Writing” series with New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo; events for Key West High School and Marathon High School students with Rowan Ricardo Phillips; and partnerships with the Friends of the Key West Library and the Studios of Key West featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo and #1 New York Times bestseller Madeline Miller. Free programs schedule for 2020 can be found here.
join the patrons circle
Members of our Patrons Circle who have donated $1,000 or more during the past twelve months are eligible to register early for up to two people by personal arrangement during our “patrons only” registration period, which usually takes place at the end of January. Patrons who donate $5,000 or more are invited to register at any time, even after the event is sold out.
Visit the Seminar main page for the roster of presenters and other information about the upcoming Seminar. Submit your name and email address at the bottom of this page to join our mailing list to receive additional information and reminders about registration and our other programs.