Announcing the 2013 "Best Of" The Writers in Paradise Workshops

We, the co-directors of the 2013 Eckerd College Writers' Conference, are pleased to present the best of our conference in a journal entitled, Sabal. From each workshop, instructors have picked a first choice, to be published in Sabal, Volume 8, and an honorable mention, to receive notation in the magazine. Each student selected for this honor will receive a certificate of merit, two copies of the issue in which his or her work appears, and a subscription to next year's Sabal. These works reflect a variety of voices, experience, and styles, but all have excellence in common. We thank all of our students for their hard work, talent, commitment, and the generosity of spirit that led them to us and made them our colleagues for a wonderful week. We hope they are as proud of themselves as we are of them.

Dennis Lehane and Sterling Watson

The 2013 "Best Of"

Novel I Workshop
Faculty: Tom Franklin

Best Of Workshop: Siena, KENTUCKY BLOOD
Honorable Mention: Kathleen Nicklaus, WAKEFIELD FALLS

Novel II Workshop
Faculty: Ann Hood

Best Of Workshop: Swan Huntley, GERRY & DORIS
Honorable Mention: Ana Munro Davis, UNTITLED

Novel III Workshop
Faculty: Laura Lippman

Best Of Workshop: Kathleen Knutsen Rowell, CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPH SHOW
Honorable Mention: Scott Scheible, LEAVE

Poetry Workshop
Faculty: Beth Ann Fennelly

Best Of Workshop: Laura D. Roosevelt, TWIN TAIL LIGHTS DIMINISHED
Honorable Mention: Jacob Allgeier, POST OP: TO MY TONSILS

Short Story I Workshop
Faculty: Andre Dubus III

Best Of Workshop: Tracy Lee Bird, THE DRESS
Honorable Mention: Andrew Harlan, SUBMARINE

Short Story II Workshop
Faculty: Stewart O’Nan

Best Of Workshop: Eric Gerard, THE ABSOLUTES
Honorable Mention: Kate LeSar, THE BAPTISM

Nonfiction Workshop
Faculty: Les Standiford

Best Of Workshop: Laura Meacham Keane, SEX & DRUGS & REAL ESTATE: GETTING A LIFE IN THE GO-GO ‘80S

Young Adult Writing Workshop
Faculty: David Yoo

Best Of Workshop: Katie McCarthy, MOVING AWAY
Honorable Mention: Susan Banghart, UNTITLED
Honorable Mention: Rachel Shapiro, I WANT TO WALK

How to Order

Find out what the faculty had to say about the works selected for the "Best Of" by ordering your copy of Sabal today!

Sabal issue pricing


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Sabal, Volume 1 (2006)


Sabal, Volume 2 (2007)


Sabal, Volume 3 (2008)


Sabal, Volume 4 (2009)


Sabal, Volume 5 (2010)


Sabal, Volume 6 (2011)


Sabal, Volume 7* (2012)


Sabal, Volume 8* (2013)


*Available starting late fall 2013. Pre-orders accepted.

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To order, please make check or money order payable to Eckerd College and mail to:

Christine Caya
ECWC: Writers in Paradise
Eckerd College - Special Programs
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Include your name, the address where you would like to receive the issue, an email address for contact purposes, which issue(s) you would like, and how many copies. Please use the chart to determine payment due. If you have any questions or would like to order more than 5 copies, please contact Christine Koryta at or 727-864-7994.

Click here for the "Best Of" Archive