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The Writers in Paradise conference is excited to announce our new summer program: Young Writers in Paradise!

The Young Writers in Paradise Workshop at Eckerd College is a six day (five night) program designed to give rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to explore and develop their talents in poetry and prose writing. Students will hone their writing skills by attending lectures, panels, and craft discussions led by Eckerd College creative writing faculty and by participating in daily critique sessions and activities led by creative writing students.

Each morning, students will participate in talks on varied subjects such as: forms of poetry, craft discussions at the beach, narrative techniques, and more. During the afternoons, students will meet in small groups, focusing on their genre of choice, to write, read, and critique their work. Each group will give students’ work detailed attention. In the evenings, students will enhance their relationship with writing through activities, all culminating in a collaborative showcase of student work.

To learn more or to register, visit youngwritersinparadise.com

For over a decade, Writers in Paradise
has helped talented writers better their craft.

The intimate size and secluded location of Eckerd College allow you the time and opportunity to share your manuscripts, critique one another’s work with our award-winning faculty, and discuss the craft of writing with experts and peers who can help guide you to the next level.

Information about the 2017 Writers in Paradise conference will be available in June 2016.


If you are interested in supporting Writers in Paradise, you can make a tax deductible donation to the general endowment or to our fellowship and scholarship program. Please call Tom Schneider, associate vice president for development, in the Eckerd College Advancement Office for questions about supporting Writers in Paradise at 727-864-8409.

Meet the Team

  • Les Standiford

    Conference Co-Director