Key West Literary Seminar and Writers' Workshop Program

Key West, Florida, United States

Jan 10 - Jan 13, 2019


TUITION / COST:Seminar: $675 / Workshop: $600
Our Scholarship Program aims to nourish a vibrant literary culture by providing support to teachers, librarians, readers, and writers while promoting the work of new voices in American literature. Details here.

CONTACT: Arlo Haskell
PHONE: 305-293-9291

Key West has one of the most intriguing literary heritages of any place in America. With an annual readers' seminar and an array of writers' workshops, plus scholarship opportunities for teachers and librarians, the Key West Literary Seminar ensures that the island city's life of letters remains an active and vital tradition.

Established in 1983, the annual Seminar explores a different literary theme each January. The best writers of our time join readers from all over the world for four days of readings, conversations, lectures, panel discussions, and parties that add up to one of today’s smartest and most high-spirited literary gatherings.

Our Writers’ Workshop Program also takes place in January but is distinct from the Seminar; here, writers of all levels meet in small groups with esteemed faculty to share their work and explore the craft of writing in a focused and nurturing environment.

As part of our commitment to emerging writers, we present three annual awards; provide financial assistance to teachers, librarians, students, and writers; and offer writers’ residencies to support the production of new and compelling work.

Our Audio Archives Project makes unique presentations from the Seminar available online for use by educators, students, and readers worldwide; and our blog, LITTORAL, explores Key West’s unique literary heritage in essays, interviews, and images.


Featured Writers Include:

The KWLS roster of former panelists includes many of the major writers of our time: John Banville, Ann Beattie, Lucille Clifton, Annie Dillard, Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, Peter Matthiessen, Joyce Carol Oates, Octavio Paz, Gore Vidal, and Kay Ryan, just to name a few. See this year's panelists.

Our 2018 writers' workshop faculty includes Madison Smartt Bell, Billy Collins, Manuel Gonzales, Naomi Jackson, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Daniel Menaker, Kate Moses, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Joy Williams, and Lisa Zeidner. This year's faculty here.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature


717 Love Lane
Key West
Florida, United States

Key West Literary Seminar and Writers' Workshop Program

The mission of the Key West Literary Seminar is to promote the understanding and discussion of important literary works and their authors; to recognize and support new voices in American literature; and to preserve and promote Key West’s literary heritage while providing resources that strengthen literary culture.