2021 Registration opens at 11 am EST on Tuesday, February 4

General registration for the 39th Annual Key West Literary Seminar, “A Seminar Named Desire”  (January 7–10, 2021), will open at 11 am eastern standard time (EST) on Tuesday, February 4. At that time, the pink button above will link to our registration site. Subscribers to our email newsletter will also receive the direct link to our registration site via email that morning.

The registration fee for the Seminar is $675, and you may register for up to two people with a deposit of $300 per person. This includes access to all onstage events throughout the four-day seminar, as well as social events, including an opening night reception, a sit-down dinner, and a farewell luncheon.

Deposits are refundable until June 30, and full payments are due by September 30. Our full cancellation/refund policy is here, along with answers to other frequently asked questions.


Tips and tricks for successful registration

The annual seminar is a popular event with limited seating capacity. To manage the number of people wishing to register, our online registration process makes use of a “queue” feature. The queue will manage the flow of traffic and provide everyone who arrives on our registration site at or before 11 am (EST) with an equal chance to register.

If the number of people waiting to register at 11 am exceeds the number of registrations available, positions in the queue will be randomized, providing everyone with an equal chance. If and when you exit the queue, you will have sufficient time to enter your credit card details and complete your transaction.

To register, it is imperative that you begin the process not later than 11 am Eastern time on February 4. While registration can take anywhere from 5 minutes to to 40 minutes to complete (depending on your position in the queue), it is essential to begin the process on time.


Please consider these recommendations as you prepare for registration day:

  • Subscribe to our mailing list to receive important registration-related notifications, including the direct link to our registration site on the morning of February 4.
  • If possible, use a desktop or laptop computer as opposed to a smart phone or tablet; and use a hardwired ethernet connection to a modem with high-speed internet service as opposed to a wi-fi connection.
  • Use a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. We do not recommend Internet Explorer or Opera. Make sure your operating system is up to date.
  • Have your credit card visible in front of you. You will be asked to enter the card number, expiration date, security code, and billing address. Have an alternate card ready in case of any issues with the first.
  • Be on this page and click the pink button at the top not later than 11 am Eastern time on Tuesday, February 4, OR click the registration link in the email that will be sent that morning.
  • Maximize your opportunity and attend with a friend. You may register for up to two people while completing your payment.
  • Do not attempt to register by phone. Our office staff can only answer one phone call at a time.
  • Be patient. You will move out of the queue in the order in which you entered (simultaneous entries will be randomized). If space is still available when you reach the front of the queue, you will have ample time to enter your credit card details and complete your registration.
  • Be understanding. We do not have enough seating capacity for everyone who wants to attend. Not everyone who enters the queue will be able to register before we sell out. You will receive periodic status updates during your time in the queue so you know what is happening.


Support our mission and register early

Members of our Patrons Circle who donate at or above the $1,000 level may register for by personal arrangement from January 29-31. Patrons who donate at or above the $5,000 level may register anytime.

Support from the Patrons Circle allows us to provide scholarships to teachers, librarians, and writers who would not otherwise be able to attend the seminar and workshop program; attract some of the brightest literary lights of our time to Key West; and provide engagements with leading American writers to our local high school students and the broader community of readers free of charge.

Other options for attending some or all of the Seminar are discussed here.