The 12th annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference, sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University, was held from November 2 to November 5 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 Barbara Hamby, David Kirby, and Keith Kopka; fiction writers Lynne Barrett, Kevin Canty, John Dufresne, Linda Oatman High, Nathan Hill, Michelle Richmond, Darin Strauss, Ann Kidd Taylor, and Robert Wilder; creative nonfiction writers Steve Almond, M. K. Asante, Sloane Crosley, Beth Ann Fennelly, Susannah Meadows, and Megan Stielstra; agents Lisa Gallagher (DeFiore & Company), Christopher Schelling (Selectric Artists), and Nicole Tourtelot (DeFiore & Company); editor Alicia Lynn Clancy (St. Martin’s Press); and songwriters Dan Bern and Frank Turner. The keynote speaker was fiction writer Alice Hoffman. 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 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.