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.

Eckerd College has arranged for a limited number of rooms at The Magnuson Cove and the Avalon St. Petersburg at discounted rates.  A complimentary shuttle will connect participants of the conference with these two hotels only and conference activities throughout the week.

$83 per night +tax, single or double occupancy, at the Magnuson, located on the bayfront less than two miles from the campus.

$105-$125 per night +tax (one King bed) at the Avalon located in Downtown St. Pete.

Participants are to contact the hotels directly and ask for the Writers in Paradise rate. 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.  *Please note, there is only one bed per room at the Avalon.

Magnuson Hotel


Deadline for reserving a room at the Magnuson with the special rate is December 26.

For more information, please visit the Magnuson Hotel website.

*Complimentary Shuttle Provided by Eckerd

Avalon, St. Petersburg

$105-125/Night (1 King bed)

For more information, please visit the Avalon, St. Petersburg website.

*Complimentary Shuttle Provided by Eckerd


Participants may purchase lunch or dinner in the Continuing Education Center (CEC) Dining Room, Cafe Bon Appetite (College Cafeteria), Triton’s Pub, or dine off-campus.  Eckerd College is a cash only 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 prunami@eckerd.edu.