The Conference

Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, this writers’ conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending quality time with motivated and talented participants seeking an intimate, unhurried climate for learning…in paradise.

  • Les Standiford

    Co-Director

  • Dennis Lehane

    Co-Director

2019 Conference Information Coming Soon

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 with a refreshed 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 techniques are discussed and participant manuscripts are closely examined.

Announcing 2019 Faculty & Guests.

Writers in Paradise offers a wide array of Fellowships and Scholarships.

The Schedule

The 15th edition of Writers in Paradise will take place from January 19 through January 26, 2019.  Esteemed faculty and selected participants (limited to 12 each [except 3-day workshops – limited to 6]) workshop for three hours in the morning, attend panels and craft talks in the afternoon, and attend evening readings and events. 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 prunami@eckerd.edu.

  • Marina Pruna

    Conference Coordinator