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The eighth annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference, sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University, was held from November 7 to November 10 at the BIG ARTS center and the Sanibel Public Library on Sanibel Island, Florida. The conference offered workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as manuscript consultations, readings, panels, concerts, and book signings. Faculty and visiting writers included poets Richard Blanco, Beth Ann Fennelly, Kathleen Rooney, and Emma Trelles; fiction writers Lynne Barrett, Lisa Borders, Christopher Castellani, Brock Clarke, Benjamin Percy, and Laura Valeri; and creative nonfiction writers Steve Almond, Roxane Gay, Kristen Iversen, Darin Strauss, and Nahid Rachlin. The cost of the conference ranged from $250 to $400. For a manuscript consultation, writers submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $75 fee by September 30. General registration was first come, first served. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Reed Hall 111, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Meyers, FL 33965-6565. (239) 590-7421. Tom DeMarchi, Conference Director.