A reminder that the deadline to apply for consideration in this year’s 8th Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise is just around the corner (December 1, 2011), so before you pack your bags and stuff that turkey this week, be sure to take time to drop your application in the mail!
We are so thankful for all of the participants who have joined us over the past seven years and look forward to meeting new people, this year, as the Writers in Paradise family continues to grow and evolve. For those members of our alumni family who have good writing news to share, please don’t forget that we love bragging about your success. Please email Christine and she’ll share your news here.
A very special thanks goes out to the individuals who help support our scholarships annually. Without your generosity, we would not be able to continue to provide financial assistance to aspiring writers.
The 2012 Workshops
Narrative Writing Workshop
Faculty: Michael Koryta
Submit the opening 25 pages of a novel-in-progress, plus a two-page synopsis of the book or submit the opening 25 pages of a memoir-in-progress or other nonfiction work, plus a two-page synopsis.
Faculty: Ann Hood
Submit the opening 25 pages of a memoir-in-progress or other non-fiction work, plus a two-page synopsis. If you are submitting a portion which appears later in the work (for example, pages 25-50), provide a detailed synopsis of the pages prior to your submission (e.g. pages 1-24).
Novel Workshop (Three Sections: I, II, and III)
Faculty: Debra Dean, Laura Lippman, and Stewart O’Nan
Submit the opening 25 pages of a novel-in-progress, plus a two-page synopsis of the book. If you are submitting a portion which appears later in the work (for example, pages 25-50), provide a detailed synopsis of the pages prior to your submission (e.g. pages 1-24).
Writing the Middle (Novel) Workshop
Faculty: Sterling Watson
Submit 15-20 pages from the middle of a novel-in-progress and a five page, single-spaced synopsis. The synopsis should express a three-act structure, indicate when point-of-view shifts if it does, and should include a list of characters and their relationships to one another.
Short Story Workshop
Faculty: Elissa Schappell
Submit one short story (25 pages maximum).
Young Adult Writing Workshop
Faculty: David Yoo
Submit the opening 25 pages of a YA work-in-progress, plus a two-page synopsis of the book.
If you are submitting a portion which appears later in the work (for example, pages 25-50), provide a detailed synopsis of the pages prior to your submission (e.g. pages 1-24).
Additional 2012 Events
Lectures on Craft by: Andre Dubus III, Elizabeth Berg, Dennis Lehane, and Sterling Watson.
Roundtable Discussions with Workshop Faculty
Exercise on “Beginnings”
Analyzing Query Letters by: David Hale Smith and Johnny Temple
Faculty and Participant Dinner
Two Optional Lunches with Low-Residency MFA Program Directors Featuring Craft Lectures
Screening of Snow Angels, the Film Based on Stewart O’Nan’s Debut Novel
Evening Reading Series
Faculty and Participant Brunch
Welcome and Farewell Receptions
And so much more….
Due by Thursday, December 1, 2011
Letter detailing writing background addressed to conference co-directors
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
All Applicants Notified
Scholarship Awards Announced
Due by Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Final Balance of Payment
Manuscripts to be discussed in Workshop, emailed to Christine Caya (MS Word format only) firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 16, 2011
Workshop manuscripts emailed to participants. Participants should print the manuscripts and bring them to the conference. Details about how to prepare for discussion of the manuscripts in the workshops will be provided at this time.