Writers in Paradise

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.

  • Dennis Lehane

  • Sterling Watson

Co-founded by Dennis Lehane and Sterling Watson, Writers in Paradise offers an intensive eight-day experience of workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, readings, book signings, and receptions with our award winning-faculty and guest speakers.

The tranquil seaside landscape sets the tone for this informal gathering of writers, teachers, editors, and literary agents. The size and secluded location of the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference allows you the time and opportunity to share your manuscripts, critique one another’s work, and discuss the craft of writing with experts and peers who can help guide you to the next level.

Why You Should Attend?

After eight days of workshopping and engagement with peers and professionals in your field, you will leave this unique opportunity with a new and better understanding of your craft and solid ideas about how to find an agent and get published.

Last year’s faculty and guests included Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Gilbert King, Laura Lippman, Laura Williams McCaffrey, Campbell McGrath, Peter Meinke, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Stewart O’Nan, Les Standiford, Johnny Temple, Sterling Watson, Scott Ward, Kimberly Witherspoon, and Helen Wallace.

Writers in Paradise offers several Fellowships and Scholarships.

The Schedule

From January 16 through January 23, 2016, Eckerd College hosted the twelfth annual Writers in Paradise conference. Esteemed faculty and participants workshoped for three hours in the morning, attended panels in the afternoon, and attended evening readings and events. Our participants were actively engaged with our faculty and guests from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information about Writers in Paradise, please contact Conference Coordinator, Christina Lutz, at lutzca@eckerd.edu or 727-864-7994.

  • Christina Lutz

    Conference Coordinator