Athena Sasso

December 16, 2013

Congratulations to ECWC alumnus Athena Sasso, whose short fiction “City of Dead Souls” was published on December 9 by Akashic Books on its Mondays are Murder blog. 



2014 Keynote Speaker – Tim O’Brien, Author of The Things They Carried

October 18, 2013

We are so very pleased to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be Tim O’Brien, author of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, THE THINGS THEY CARRIED.

Tim OBrien


Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel,Going After Cacciato. In 2005, the New York Times named The Things They Carried as one of the 22 best books of the last quarter century. It received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The French edition of The Things They Carried received one of France’s highest literary awards, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. The title story from The Things They Carried received the National Magazine Award and was selected by John Updike for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the CenturyIn the Lake of the Woods, published in 1994, was chosen by Time magazine as the best novel of that year. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times. In 2010, O’Brien received the Katherine Anne Porter Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, for a distinguished lifetime body of work. In 2012, O’Brien received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. In 2013, O’Brien received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Pritzker Military Library. O’Brien’s short fiction has appeared in The New YorkerAtlanticEsquirePlayboyHarper’s, and numerous editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories. His novels have sold more than 3.5 million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages.


Sandra Gail Lambert

October 16, 2013

Congratulations to ECWC alum Sandra Gail Lambert! Sandra’s novel, THE RIVER’S MEMORY, which she worked on at Writers in Paradise back in 2008, has been accepted for publication by Twisted Road Publications and is slated for a Fall 2014 release.


If you’d like to follow Sandra’s road to publication, you can follow along on her blog.

Congrats, Sandra!

Sharman Egan

September 30, 2013

ECWC alumna Sharman Egan graduated from Goucher College this past August with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her thesis received Honorable Mention for Goucher’s Christine White Award.

Congrats, Sharman!


September 27, 2013

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.


Lorin Oberwerger

September 6, 2013

Congrats to ECWC Alumna Lorin Oberwerger! Lorin is one of the co-founders of a brand new literary development studio venture.

Below follows the official press release from

NYT Bestselling Author and Acclaimed Story Guru Get in the Literary Development Game

Wildcard Storymakers – a premiere literary development studio –bringing fresh concepts to the middle grade, young adult, and new adult markets


“The whole package really worked for us,” Woodward says. “It was exactly what I’ve been looking for.”

Danville, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2013

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Rossi (the Under the Never Sky trilogy) and renowned author/story coach, Lorin Oberweger, have joined forces to create Wildcard Storymakers—a premiere literary development studio—bringing fresh concepts to the middle grade, young adult, and new adult markets.

Rossi and Oberweger, along with Rossi’s husband, Michael—a business development executive experienced in launching new companies—plan to re-imagine book packaging by offering attractive terms that reward authors all the way down the line.

“We’re writers ourselves,” says Oberweger. “So, we want to do well by the folks who work with us. We’re committed to making it a fun, collaborative, and financially equitable working relationship.”

Wildcard Storymakers will develop between nine to twelve high-profile projects per year, working with a diverse and talented group of authors. Wildcard is represented by literary agents Tracey and Josh Adams of Adams Literary, along with co-agent Stephen Moore of the Paul Kohner Agency for film and television.

They’re off to a great start. Wildcard’s debut project—a new adult novel entitled BOOMERANG–was just acquired by Tessa Woodward, editor at Harper/William Morrow, as part of a three-book, six-figure deal for World English rights.

“The whole package really worked for us,” Woodward says. “It was exactly what I’ve been looking for.”

Rossi is the author of post-apocalyptic fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, released January 2012, was deemed one of the Best Books of the Year by School Library Journal. The second book in the trilogy, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, debuted in January on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller Lists. The final book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, will publish January 2014. The trilogy is published in more than twenty-five countries, and film rights are held by Warner Bros.

Oberweger is a longtime independent editor, with bestselling clients in both the adult and children’s book markets. She puts on writing workshops around the country, most notably with literary agent Donald Maass. As a ghostwriter, her works have received starred Kirkus reviews and glowing comments in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

With the launch of their website, Wildcard Storymakers invites writers to “get in the game.” See for more.

In addition to THIS great news, there is more!

ECWC Alum Lorin Oberwerger and her business partner have put their venture into practice selling a three book deal to William/Morrow. Below follows the Publisher’s Marketplace official announcement:

“September 3, 2013 – BOOMERANG by Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi

Fiction: New Adult

Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi writing as Noelle August’s BOOMERANG, pitched as THE HANGOVER meets THE INTERNSHIP, set in an online dating service that aims to be for millennials on the rebound, to Tessa Woodward at William Morrow, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2014, by Tracey Adams and Josh Adams at Adams Literary on behalf of Wildcard Storymakers (World English).”

For more information about Wildcard Storymakers, please visit the website.


August 28, 2013

Congrats to ECWC: Writers in Paradise Alumna Judi Rohrig whose work will be found in the recently published anthology, Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe. The anthology also includes contributions by Neil Gaiman, David Drake, Nancy Kress, and two previously unpublished works by Gene Wolfe. Shadows of the New Sun hit bookshelves August 27, 2013, so pick up your copy today!


Shadows of the New Sun

Judi Rohrig Bio:

A former teacher, administrator, and newspaper columnist, Judi Rohrig has seen her twisted tales published in Masques V, Extremes V, Dreaming of Angels, Cemetery Dance magazine, a trio of DAW anthologies, and the just released Shadows of the New Sun, a Gene Wolfe tribute anthologyHer non-fiction essays and interviews have found homes in the Horror Writers Association’s On Writing Horror (Writers Digest), Personal Demons, andMystery Scene magazine. Honored with the Horror Writers Association’s 2004 Bram Stoker Award for Non-Fiction for Hellnotes (a weekly International electronic and print newsletter serving the speculative and dark fantasy communities), Rohrig was also the co-recipient of the first Richard Laymon Award for her service to the HWA. Besides putting her butt in the chair writing in her humble home in Indiana, she may be found on Facebook and all too infrequently at her blog (


Judi Rohrig