Courses & Events

2015 Course Offerings

The 2015 Eckerd College Writers' Conference offers workshop classes in Nonfiction, Novel, 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.


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: Ann Hood

Novel I, II, III, and 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: Laura Lippman (I), Les Standiford (II), Lori Roy (III), and John Searles (IV)

Short Story I and II

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: Andre Dubus III (I) and Sterling Watson (II)

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: David Yoo

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 18 – 1:30-4:30 pm
Monday, January 19 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Tuesday, January 20 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Wednesday, January 21 – No workshops
Thursday, January 22 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Friday, January 23 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Saturday, January 24 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Tentative Schedule of Events


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.

2015 Evening Reading Series

Readings will begin at 8:00 pm in Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College and will be followed by author signings. Books will be available for purchase. A wine and cheese reception will take place (7:30-8:00 pm) in the Miller Auditorium lobby before each reading. 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 727-864-7994. Events are subject to change.

2015 Eckerd College Writers' Conference Evening Reading Series:

Saturday, January 17
Jess Walter with Q & A Moderated by Laura Lippman

Sunday, January 18
David Yoo and Les Standiford

Monday, January 19
K.C. Wolfe and Patricia Engel

Tuesday, January 20
Lori Roy and Peter Meinke

Wednesday, January 21*

Thursday, January 22
John Searles and Sterling Watson

Friday, January 23
Andre Dubus III and Ann Hood

Saturday, January 24
Laura Lippman and Jacquelyn Mitchard