Courses & Events

2014 Course Offerings

The 2014 Eckerd College Writers' Conference offers workshop classes in Nonfiction; Novel; Screenwriting; Short Story; and Young Adult. Working closely with our award-winning faculty, students will have stimulating opportunities to ask questions and learn valuable skills from fellow students and authors at the top of their form.

Nonfiction I and II

This workshop explores several modes of creative nonfiction, including essays, cultural criticism, humor, and memoir. The boundaries between fiction and nonfiction will be explored as well as the narrative techniques that best convey the truths of a particular moment. Discussion will touch upon the process of structuring life experiences into a book length work.

Faculty: Andre Dubus III (I), Les Standiford (II)

Novel I, II, III, IV

These workshops focus on the process of novel writing. Students will submit synopses of their novels as well as 25 pages of fiction. Structure, voice, characterization, point-of-view, plot, and imagery will be discussed. Some attention will be paid to publishing.

Faculty: Ann Hood (I), Laura Lippman (II), Lori Roy (III), and Sterling Watson (IV)

Short Story

This workshop will focus on the art of the short story, including complex characterization, apt language (diction, mood, tone, and imagery), appropriate and accurately rendered setting, structural integrity, thematic complexity, and point-of-view appropriate to the characters and the action.

Faculty: Stewart O’Nan (I)

Young Adult Writing

This workshop will focus on the art of writing fiction for teens, middle grades, and younger readers. All genres are welcome, from gritty realism to magical realism to science fiction/fantasy. Attention will be paid to plotting, mapping entire novels, and discussing the fundamentals of fiction: character, plot, setting, mood, theme, and epiphany–with an eye toward language and the development of conflict.

Faculty: Laura Williams McCaffrey

IMPORTANT: Courses are subject to change and to availability. Workshop admission will be based on the quality of the applicant's writing sample. Workshop numbers I, II, or III do not indicate levels of accomplishment. Workshops are listed alphabetically by instructor's last name.

Workshop Schedule

Sunday, January 19 – 1:30-4:30 pm
Monday, January 20 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Tuesday, January 21 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Wednesday, January 22 – No workshops
Thursday, January 23 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Friday, January 24 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Saturday, January 25 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm

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When you are accepted into the Eckerd College Writers' Conference, you will receive an updated schedule of events and a listing of event locations. Participants are welcome to bring guests to the book sales, wine and cheese receptions, readings, author signings and evening receptions. All other events are for participants only.

Some times and locations are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. Please consult the events schedule in your registration packet for any last minute changes. Daily updates and reminders will be posted each morning in Flamingo Room.

2014 Evening Reading Series

Readings will begin at 8:00 pm and will be followed by author signings. Books will be available for purchase. All readings will take place in Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College and include a wine and cheese reception in the Miller Auditorium lobby before each reading, 7:30-8:00 pm. The Eckerd College Writers' Conference Evening Reading Series events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. For further information, contact Christine Koryta at 727-864-7994. Events are subject to change.

2014 Eckerd College Writers' Conference Evening Reading Series:

Saturday, January 18

Tim O'Brien with Q&A moderated by Dennis Lehane

Sunday, January 19
Dennis Lehane and Andre Dubus III

Monday, January 20
Jon Chopan and Les Standiford

Tuesday, January 21
Laura Williams McCaffrey and Peter Meinke

Wednesday, January 22*

Thursday, January 23
Lori Roy and Stewart O'Nan

Friday, January 24
Ann Hood and Sterling Watson

Saturday, January 25
Laura Lippman and Attica Locke