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The ninth annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference, sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University, was held from November 6 to November 9 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 Derrick Brown, Kevin Clark, Beth Ann Fennelly, John Hoppenthaler, and Jeff Newberry; fiction writers Lynne Barrett, John Dufresne, Emily Franklin, Tom Franklin, Jeff Parker, David James Poissant, George Singleton, Christine Sneed, and Darin Strauss; and creative nonfiction writers Steve Almond, MK Asante, Artis Henderson, Karen McElmurray, Kathryn Miles, Dinty W. Moore, Julia Scheeres, Jennifer Senior, and Megan Stielstra. The keynote speaker was fiction writer Richard Russo. The cost of the conference was $400 ($300 for BIG ARTS members and $250 for full-time students). For a manuscript consultation or workshop, writers submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or prose by September 30. The cost of an individual manuscript consultation was $75; the cost of a small-group workshop was $100. General registration was first come, first served. Visit the website for more information.
Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Reed Hall 111, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Meyers, FL 33965. (239) 590-7421. Tom DeMarchi, Director.