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The 11th annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference, sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University, was held from November 3 to November 6 at the BIG ARTS center and the Sanibel Public Library on Sanibel Island, Florida. The conference featured 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, Nickole Brown, and Jessica Jacobs; fiction writers Lynne Barrett, John Dufresne, Gina Frangello, Nathan Hill, Tom Piazza, Darin Strauss, and Liza Wieland; creative nonfiction writers Steve Almond, Sandra Beasley, Stephen Elliott, Jeffrey Thomson, and Sarah Tomlinson; agents Christopher Schelling (Selectric Artists), J. L. Stermer (N. S. Bienstock), and Lauren Tourtelot (Kuhn Projects); and editor Laura Apperson (St. Martin’s Press). The keynote speaker was fiction writer Sue Monk Kidd. The cost of the conference was $500 ($400 for BIG ARTS members and $300 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 $100; the cost of a small-group workshop was $100. General registration was first come, first served. Lodging was available at area inns and hotels for discounted rates. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
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.