Connie Langhorst

November 29, 2011

Congrats to ECWC alum Connie Langhorst who has been accepted into the Red Earth Low Residency MFA Program at Oklahoma City University.  Connie will start attending classes in late December.

Connie has also been busy blogging on behalf of the Pinellas Realtor Organization (PRO) on Her writing has also been featured in their real estate industry online newsletter, ProView.

Congrats, Connie!



Angie Jones

March 16, 2011

Angela Masterson Jones, a three-time alumna of Writers in Paradise (2006, 2007 and 2009) and an Eckerd College PEL Honors student majoring in creative writing, recently received the following recognition:

Her poem “At the Crossing,” which she had workshopped with Professor Emeritus Peter Meinke at the 2009 WIP and published in the 2010 Eckerd Review and Bacopa, was selected by editors at Bennington College to appear online this May in plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing 2010 (

Angie’s poem “Chores by the River Ouse,” also published in the 2010 Eckerd Review, received Honorable Mention in the 2010 Writer’s Digest Rhyming Poetry Contest and won First Place in The Lyric magazine’s 2010 College Poetry Contest. It will appear in the winter edition of the magazine (

Congratulations, Angie! Keep up the fantastic work!



Jack Vanek

October 2, 2009

Former conference participant Jack Vanek’s book of poetry, HEART MURMURS, can now be purchased on Amazon and from Borders.

Check it out and enjoy!

Sara Cameron

June 19, 2009

Congratulations to Sara Cameron (WIP ’07) who will graduate from the low-residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College on Saturday, July 18th 2009.

Congrats, Sara!

Lily Prellezo

February 26, 2009

Congrats to WIP Alumna, Lily Prellezo.  Her book, written in collaboration with Jose Basulto;  Seagull One: The True Story of Jose Basulto and Brothers to the Rescue will be published in Fall 2010 by the University Press of Florida.

The nonfiction narrative tells the story of the seventeen nationalities that came together in multi-ethnic Miami to save the lives of the rafters leaving Cuba during the 1990s. On February 24, 1996, Castro ordered two planes shot down, killing three Americans and one U.S. resident. The pilots were a broad spectrum of ex-CIA freedom-fighters, teenage pilots, and soccer moms.

Congrats, Lily!

Belea T. Keeney

September 1, 2008

WIP Alumna (’07 & ’08) Belea T. Keeney’s piece, “The Tale of Trapper Tommy”, is now available for download at the audio story site, “Sniplits”. Short stories in a variety of genres are read by voice actors then coverted to MP3 format for listeners.

Her short story, “Lure of the Wolf” will be published in September in the Graveside Tales anthology, Lycanthrope: The Beast Within.

She’s also been contracted to edit Animal Attraction 2 for Torquere Press, School Days for Lethe Press, and will work as Managing Editor for the E-books division of Lethe Press.

While at WIP, in 2007, Belea received Honorable Mention for her short story, “Out of Joint” in Thisbe Nissen’s Short Story workshop. In 2008, she received Honorable Mention, again, this time for her short story, “Stag” in Tom Franklin’s Short Story workshop.

Congrats, Belea!