Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise
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January 16-23, 2016

Located on the coast of the picturesque Boca Ciega Bay, the Twelfth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise offers an intimate eight-day experience of workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, readings book signings, and receptions with our award winning-faculty and guest speakers.

This year’s faculty and guests include: Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert King, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Poet Campbell McGrath, Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Stewart O’Nan, Les Standiford, Scott Ward, Sterling Watson, and more.

We are happy to say that we offer at least 20 fellowships and scholarships on a competitive basis, many specifically for current MFA students and recent MFA graduates (2010-2015).

The Eckerd College Writers' Conference is for writers of various styles and approaches. While admission is selective, the admission committee accepts writers with early potential as well as those with strong backgrounds in writing. Space is limited in workshops. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Questions? Contact Christina Lutz, Conference Coordinator, at 727-864-7994 or

About Us
Program Description
Workshops (poetry, novel, nonfiction, short story, young adult), lectures, panels, roundtables, readings, dinners, receptions, book signings, and student readings.
Program Length
9 days
Group Size or S:T Ratio
12 max/workshop
Program Focus
Fiction, Non-fiction
2016: Gilbert King, Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Laura Lippman, Laura Williams McCaffrey, Campbell McGrath, Peter Meinke, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Stewart O'Nan, Les Standiford, Sterling Watson, and more.
$875, non-credit. Scholarships & Housing Available. $25 application fee applies to tuition if accepted.
U.S. Locations
St. Petersburg, Florida
Christina Lutz
Conference Coordinator
Writers in Paradise
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
United States
Phone: 727-864-7994