The Conference

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.

  • Les Standiford

  • Sterling Watson

Co-founded by Dennis Lehane and Sterling Watson, and co-directed by Les Standiford, Writers in Paradise offers an intensive eight-day experience of workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, readings, book signings, and receptions with our award winning-faculty and guest speakers.

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

Why You Should Attend?

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.  At the heart of the conference are six days of workshops led by master faculty in various genres where technique and participant manuscripts are discussed.

The 2018 lineup of faculty and guests will be announced soon.

Writers in Paradise offers several Fellowships and Scholarships.

The Schedule

From January 13 through January 20, 2018, Eckerd College will host the fourteenth annual Writers in Paradise conference. Esteemed faculty and participants (limited to 12 each) workshop for three hours in the morning, attend panels in the afternoon, and attend evening readings and events. Our participants are actively engaged with our faculty and guests from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information about Writers in Paradise, please contact Conference Coordinator, Marina Pruna, at

  • Marina Pruna

    Conference Coordinator