Decatur Book Festival (Sept 4,5)

August 27, 2010

If you happen to be in the Decatur, GA area over Labor Day Weekend, come on out to the Decatur Book Festival!

The Street Fair Hours are Saturday, Sept 4 from 10am – 6pm and Sunday, Sept 5 from 12pm – 6pm. The Eckerd College Writers’ Conference will be located at Booth #527, so, stop on by!

Michael Koryta

2011 Guest Faculty Member, Michael Koryta, will also be speaking at the Decatur Book Festival. He will be speaking on Saturday, Sept 4 from 3pm – 3:45pm, at the First Baptist Decatur Caneker Hall Stage. He’ll be featured with Dan Wells in a session entitled, “This is Thriller.”


Now Accepting Applications for the 2011 Conference

August 23, 2010

It’s that time of year, again! The workshops are listed, the faculty announced, and the application materials ready for download over at our official website. Application Deadline: December 1


Keynote Address: Richard Russo

Nonfiction: Les Standiford

Novel (I, II, and III): Jane Hamilton, Ann Hood, To Be Announced

Writing the Middle (Novel): Sterling Watson

Short Story: Tom Perrotta

Young Adult Writing: Julianna Baggott

Individual Manuscript Consultations: Laura Lippman

Lectures on Craft: Michael Koryta & Dennis Lehane

For those of you conference alumni out there, don’t forget to keep us up to date on your writing successes! Email the details to the conference coordinator ( and we’ll share your good news on this blog.

You can also find us on Facebook! We’re listed under: Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise

Athena Sasso

August 23, 2010

Congratulations to Athena Sasso (WIP ’08 – ’10) whose short story “The Account in Question” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s April 2010 contest (Honorable Mention). Her flash fiction piece “Made Me Look” will be published in the 30.1 issue of Existere Journal of Arts and Literature, Fall 2010/Winter 2011.
Congrats, Athena!

Coming to a Bookstore Near You

August 13, 2010

Some of our alumni have been very busy lately. Lily Prellezo, Karina Berg Johansson, and Lori Roy all have books slated for publication in the coming months. As we get closer to the publication dates of each of these fine works, check back here for interviews with the authors. And, of course, pick up some copies!

SEAGULL ONE – THE AMAZING TRUE STORY OF BROTHERS TO THE RESCUE, Lily Prellezo in collaboration with Jose Basulto

Publication Date: September 26, 2010

SYNVILLA, Karina Berg Johansson (Swedish Translation)

Publication Date: September 2010


Publication Date: March 31, 2011

We are so proud of these talented writers!

Amber Robinson

August 13, 2010

Congratulations to WIP Alumna, Amber Robinson (WIP ’09). At the 2010 Eckerd College Commencement, Amber received The Miller Award. Good luck on all your future endeavors!

Dr. Eastman, President of Eckerd College and 2010 Miller Award Recipient, Amber Robinson

The Miller Award is presented to the senior student whose life activities exemplify the ideal of unselfish and public-spirited service to the community, off campus as well as on campus.

This year’s recipient is from St. Petersburg, Florida and graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature.

She has served as a Resident Advisor, as Vice President of the Law Club, as Financial Advisor for the African-American Society, as a member of Amnesty International, and as a member of the Constitutional Regulations and Bylaws Committee of ECOS.

Last year she was news editor for The Triton, Section Editor for The Eckerd Review, and a member of the Eckerd Tennis Club, Model United Nations, the Eckerd Recycling Team, and the Multicultural Dance Club. She is currently involved in a year-long internship at a law firm.

She has served as a volunteer at the Florida Holocaust Museum where she is currently a tour guide and was awarded the Florida Holocaust Museum Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. In addition to all these endeavors, she has maintained an excellent academic record with a GPA of 3.89. She has been accepted to several law schools including Michigan State, Howard, and Georgetown and is looking forward to continuing her study of Constitutional Law.

Photo and information on Miller Award Courtesy of Eckerd College 2010 Commencement.