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Key West Literary Seminar–an absolute must!

Posted on | February 7, 2013 | 10 Comments

Okay, imagine palm trees, Hemingway’s house, 6-toed cats, balmy days, and almost equally balmy nights (in January), 4-day workshop sessions with talented writers and leaders (like Mary Morris, Billy Collins, etc.), parties where innovative mixologists pour delicious cocktails, and where you taste native Republic of Conch food (mmm…yummy), and where you mingle with other aspiring writers and famous authors (yes, really!)…

And it doesn’t stop there. For three days you get to listen to published authors discuss, kick around, mull over and muse about some literary topic. This past January the theme was Writers on Writers. Included were writers who’d written novels featuring famous authors (such as Colm Toibin’s The Master, featuring Henry James; Kate Moses’ Wintering, featuring Sylvia Plath; Ann Napolitano’s A Good Hard Look, featuring Flannery O’Connor; and others). These authors (Toibin, Moses, Napolitano, etc) were paired with authors who’d written biographies about these same people! The conversations were deep and wide, fascinating and wonderfully revealing. Inspiring and delicious.

The entire experience was like eating chocolate decadence for a week and not gaining weight! And at an affordable price! All the evening events and festivities were included in the fee. I admit I was pleasantly shocked.

Next year’s theme: The Dark Side, with such famous authors as William Gibson, Carl Hiaasen, Joyce Carol Oates, Alexander McCall Smith, Scott Turow, Megan Abbott, and many others talking about the literary thriller (and also mystery and crime)…

Next year’s dates: January 9th and January 16th. Visit for details.

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