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. Registration includes access to all onstage events, as well as social activities including a reception and a luncheon.

General registration for the 39th Annual Key West Literary Seminar, “A Seminar Named Desire” (January 6–9, 2022), is now sold out. You can sign up here for the waitlist.

Members of our Patrons Circle who have donated $5,000 or more during the past twelve months are invited to register at anytime, 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, 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.

free programs

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 2-5 pm, with doors opening to the public around 1:45 pm.

Additionally, we produce a series of free-and-open-to-the-public engagements with leading American writers during our Writers’ Workshop Program. Past free events have 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 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 2022 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 anytime, even after the event is sold out.


We have a variety of volunteer activities available, including ushering, helping with registration, pre-preparation in our office, tech team and stage production work, retail sales during the Seminar, putting up posters, delivering program books, and more. Please complete this form to be added to our volunteer list.

other opportunities

If you are in Key West but unable to attend the Seminar, we recommend the author events presented by Books & Books @ the Studios of Key West and Friends of the Key West Library.

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.