Participants are invited to arrange their own accommodations from the wide array of hotels, b&b’s and inns to be found in downtown St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. However, Eckerd College has arranged for a limited number of rooms at the discounted rate of $75 per night, single or double occupancy, at the Magnuson Hotel, located on the bayfront less than two miles from the campus. Participants are to contact the hotel directly and ask for the Writers in Paradise rate (Code: “WIP”). If you would like to share a room with another participant, please notify the conference coordinator, who will compile and distribute by e-mail a list of those looking for a roommate.

Magnuson Hotel

  • Shuttle

    Eckerd provided complimentary shuttle

  • Eckerd Special Nightly Rate


When booking a room, use code “WIP” for the special $75/night rate.
Deadline for reserving a room with the special rate is December 26th.

For more information, please visit the Magnuson Hotel website.

Other Housing


Participants may purchase lunch or dinner in the Continuing Education Center (CEC) Dining Room, College Cafeteria, Triton’s Pub, or dine off-campus.

For further information regarding campus dining options, you can view hours and menus here.

Accessibility Needs

The Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise is committed to making arrangements that allow all members to participate in the conference. Marina Pruna coordinates arrangements for persons with disabilities; she can be reached at