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    • September 29, 2013 in Education

    Now Accepting Applications for the Tenth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise

    Join best-selling authors, Andre Dubus III (Townie and House of Sand and Fog), Attica Locke (Black Water Rising and The Cutting Season), and Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Live By Night) for the Tenth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise, on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, January 18-25, 2014. This is your chance to participate in a week-long, intensive workshop in which your work will be critiqued by fellow students and our award-winning faculty (workshops include: nonfiction, novel, screenwriting, short story, and young adult writing).  Workshops will be led by Andre Dubus III (Townie), Ann Hood (The Obituary Writer), Laura Lippman (And When She Was Good), Danielle Trussoni (Angelology), Les Standiford (Bringing Adam Home), Stewart O’Nan (The Odds), Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade), and Laura Williams McCaffrey (Water Shaper).


    There will also be lectures on craft by Attica Locke and Sterling Watson.


    Additional conference events include: roundtable session with workshop faculty, student readings, evening readings by our faculty, evening receptions, craft luncheons hosted by low-residency MFA programs, panels on editing and publishing, how to find an agent, how to handle criticism, beginnings, and more.


    We understand the financial difficulties for aspiring writers and we continue to offer scholarship assistance based on need and merit.


    Application Deadline: November 25, 2013.




    Application Fee: $25 (If you are accepted, we apply the application fee to the conference fee balance)


    Conference Fee for 2013: $700


    Special Housing at the Magnuson Hotel: $70 (per night based on single occupancy).

    This room rate includes all applicable taxes. It does not include a meal plan. There will be a complimentary shuttle provided by the College which will run between the hotel and College at designated times per the conference schedule of events. If you are traveling to the conference with another accepted participant, you may arrange to split the cost of the room fee. All reservations will be handled through the conference coordinator. Limited Availability – Apply Early.


    Visit: www.writersinparadise.com for more information.

    To Apply: Writers in Paradise Online Application


    Are you uncertain which workshop to apply for? Worried about housing? Concerned about what to send as a writing sample? Contact us and we’ll be more than happy to discuss the various options that are available to you.



    Christine Koryta

    Conference Coordinator

    Eckerd College – Special Programs

    4200 54th Avenue South

    St. Petersburg, FL 33711

    Office: 727-864-7994

    Cell: 727-667-6944

    Email: cayacr@eckerd.edu