seminar overview

The Seminar begins with a keynote presentation on Thursday evening around 7:00 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, and into the evening on Saturday. We officially conclude on Sunday around 1:00 p.m. Later that afternoon, we present another program which 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 San Carlos Institute (516 Duval St.), and run consecutively so that it is possible to see everything.

View the 2020 Seminar schedule here.

In addition to the onstage activities, registration includes an invitation to the opening night reception (catered, open bar) following Thursday night’s keynote; a sit-down dinner Saturday night; and a lunch on Sunday. There will also be a light, simple continental breakfast available in the San Carlos each morning. All of this is included in the registration fee. You may bring a guest to the evening receptions for an additional fee.

workshops overview

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 10:00 am – 1:00 pm). 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 (100-120 people). These include: evening programs featuring lectures and presentations by faculty members; opportunities to go sailing with fellow workshop participants; and a final reception. The sailing opportunity requires an additional fee; all 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 and are limited to sixteen participants per session. Details will be announced in the fall.