Athena Sasso

September 27, 2012

Reviewer Sarah Gorman quoted from Athena Sasso’s short story “The Account in Question” in her piece about FLARE: The Flagler Review, which was recently published at


Athena is an alumna of the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise. Congrats, Athena!


Now Accepting Applications for the 2013 Conference

September 13, 2012

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the Ninth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise

Join best-selling authors, Ann Patchett (Bel Canto and State of Wonder), Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone) and Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Live By Night) for the Ninth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise, on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, January 19-27, 2013.

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, poetry, short story, and young adult writing).  Workshops will be led by Andre Dubus III (The House of Sand and Fog), Beth Ann Fennelly (Unmentionables), Tom Franklin (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter), Ann Hood (The Red Thread), Laura Lippman (And When She Was Good), Stewart O’Nan (The Odds), Les Standiford (Bringing Adam Home), and David You (The Detention Club).

Do you want to have a second piece of writing critiqued? Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College for more than 20 years) will do Individual Manuscript Consultations with a limited number of participants for an additional fee. Just check the box on the application. These spots will fill up fast. Priority will be given to applicants based on the dates when applications are received.

There will also be individual lectures on craft by Ann Patchett and Daniel Woodrell, as well as a four part Narrative Writing Craft series by Michael Koryta.

Additional conference events include: roundtable session with workshop faculty, student readings, evening readings by our faculty, selection of the “Best Of” the conference for publication in our literary magazine, SABAL, 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 28, 2012


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

Conference Fee for 2013: $700

Optional Additional Individual Manuscript Consultation Fee: $200

Accommodations at Magnuson Hotel (Limited availability): $72.78 (per night, includes tax)

Visit: 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.