seminar overview — including changes for 2022

The Seminar begins with a keynote presentation on Thursday evening around 5:00 p.m. If you are registered for the Seminar, you may pick up your registration packet during the afternoon earlier that day, shortly before the keynote, or anytime during the weekend.

Programming begins again on Friday morning around 9:30, and continues all day Friday and Saturday, finishing around 5:30 pm each day. We officially conclude on Sunday around 12:30 p.m. On Sunday afternoon starting at 2 pm, we present another program that is free and open to the general public. Those registered for the full Seminar are welcome to attend, but this portion is not included in the registration fee and seating is first-come, first-seated.

All presentations take place in a single location, the Coffee Butler Amphitheater (21 Quay Rd. Key West, FL 33040), and run consecutively so that it is possible to see everything. The 2022 Seminar will be our first event in this outdoor venue, which is located one half-mile from Duval Street, within Key West’s award-winning 23-acre Truman Waterfront Park. 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), and there will be socially-distanced seating provided in an open-air shaded area outside the tent, as well as ample area to set up a blanket or folding chair on the lawn, if you prefer. Additional tented areas on site will provide shade and rain cover away from the main seating area. January is historically the coolest and driest month of the year, with average high/low of 75º / 67º (F).

You can view the full schedule of events here.

In addition to the onstage activities, registration includes an invitation to the opening night reception (catered, open bar) following Thursday night’s keynote and a lunch on Sunday. Coffee and light breakfast fare will also be provided in the mornings at the Amphitheater. All of this is included in the registration fee. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase during the breakfast and lunch hours each day; and there will be an optional dinner for an additional fee on Saturday night (details will be provided to registrants soon).

workshops overview — including changes for 2022

The Writers’ Workshop Program officially begins on Monday evening with an orientation dinner. Workshop classes begin Tuesday morning and take place each day through the final class on Friday (four days of classes). All workshops meet for three hours a day (generally 10 am – 1 pm, but there are exceptions). Most (but not all) workshops will require some advance reading and/or a manuscript submission.

For the daily workshop sessions, participants are in a classroom with the instructor and eleven fellow students. Afternoon and evening events offer an opportunity to connect with the larger group of workshop participants (approximately 100 people). These include opportunities to go sailing with fellow workshop participants and a final reception. The sailing opportunity requires an additional fee; other events mentioned here are included in your workshop fee.

In addition, our Writer’s Toolkit program addresses the practicalities of publishing and promotion in today’s marketplace. These afternoon sessions are available for an additional fee. More information here.