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). Additional special guest speakers include: Lori Roy (Bent Road), Peter Meinke (The Contracted World), Jon Chopan (Pulled from the River), Johnny Temple (Akashic Books), Lisa Gallagher (Literary Agent), and more…

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: 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.

We hope alumni of the conference will drop us an email and let us know about recent awards, publications, acceptances, degrees, etc. We are so proud of each and every one of you; we would love to share your good news here on our Alumni Blog.

Please kindly forward this announcement to any writing friends you believe would be interested in experiencing a challenging and rewarding week with us this January.


Christine Koryta

Conference Coordinator


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Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College, this writers’ conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending time with motivated and talented participants who seek an intimate, unhurried climate for learning . . . in paradise.




  1. I am an alumni of the very first Writers In Paradise in 2004. What an amazing experience to be completely emersed in a week of all aspects of writing. I highly recommend this opportunity and I am pleased and impressed that Writers In Paradise is celebrating the 10th anniversary of this wonderfully organized event. Last month I spent some time searching through several computers, anthologies, notebooks and scraps of paper for the collection of poems I’ve written over the years. This collection includes two that are published in the 2011 Eckerd Review. I’ve self published these through and My book, Muse Swings, is now available in digital format and paperback at! My main thrust for accomplishing this was a personal need to have my poetry published as a lasting legacy. I began writing during my years in PEL at Eckerd College. Although my degree is in Personnel Management, I had many opportunities for elective classes and found them to inspire creativity. Cynthia Conciatu ’96

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