Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise 2015

Join bestselling authors Jess Walter (Beautiful Ruins, and a National Book Award Finalist) and Jacquelyn Mitchard (The Deep End of the Ocean, the first Oprah Book Club selection, and What We Lost in the Dark) for the Eleventh Annual Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise, on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, January 17-25, 2015.

This intensive eight-day experience of intimate workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, readings, book signings and receptions is designed for those who are passionate about writing. Our award-winning faculty and guest speakers will also include: Bill Contardi (Literary Agent, Brandt & Hochman); Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog and Townie); Patricia Engel (Vida); Lisa Gallagher (Literary Agent, Sandford J. Greenburger Associates); Ann Hood (The Obituary Writer); Meg Kearney (Pine Manor Low-Residency MFA Program Director); Laura Lippman (After I’m Gone); Peter Meinke (Lucky Bones); Les Standiford (Bringing Adam Home); Johnny Temple (Akashic Books); Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade); K.C. Wolfe (Professor of Creative Writing at Eckerd College); David Yoo (The Choke Artist); Lori Roy (Until She Comes Home); John Searles (Help for the Haunted) and more.

What Makes Us Different?

The tranquil seaside landscape sets the tone for this informal gathering of writers, teachers, editors, and literary agents. The intimate size and secluded location of the Eckerd College Writers' Conference allow 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. 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.

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.