The 13th annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference, sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University, was held from November 8 to November 11 at the BIG ARTS center 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 Major Jackson, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, and January Gill O’Neil; fiction writers Julianna Baggott, Lynne Barrett, Brock Clarke, John Dufresne, Tod Goldberg, Steve Kistulentz, Tom McAllister, and Darin Strauss; creative nonfiction writers Steve Almond, Andrea Askowitz, Emily Black, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Joyce Maynard, Jane Roper, and Michael Ruhlman; screenwriter Mark Evan Schwartz; and agent Christopher Schelling (Selectric Artists). The keynote speaker was fiction writer Ann Hood. The cost of the conference was $550 ($440 for BIG ARTS members and $300 for full-time students). Individual manuscript consultations and workshops were available for an additional $100 each; writers submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or prose by September 30. General registration was first come, first served. Lodging was available for discounted rates at area hotels and inns. 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.