About the Writers Craft Conference of the Florida Keys
This conference is a community-based event designed for education and outreach to writers in the Florida Keys and beyond. Emphasis in all workshops is on writers-helping-writers with pragmatic, how-to approaches. We come together at the level of quest — to learn more about what we do and to improve our practice of the craft.
The project was launched in a pilot version in 2018 by a committed coalition of informal, community-based writing groups. Marathon Writers Workshop spearheads coordination in collaboration with the Key West Writers Guild, Keys Writers Group of Big Pine, Latitude 25 Writers of Key Largo, and Key West Poetry Guild. All of these groups run on good will and love of writing. We have a small grant this year from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts to help secure a conference site. English Department faculty at Florida Keys Community College, chaired by Hilary Parmentier, help support planning and organizing. Marathon Community Theater is a site partner for us this year. Books and Books / The Studios of Key West will be on hand to sell books.
The day-long 2019 program features four one-hour presentations and two, two-hour Topic Intensive classes with master teachers plus two special events: a writing competition and book fair.
We’re fortunate to have three noted authors and faculty members who teach in Master of Fine Arts programs on the mainland: John Dufresne, author of novels, screenplays, short stories and three books on writing and creativity, teaches at Florida International University. Lynne Barrett, also at FIU, is an award-winning short story writer and editor of journals and anthologies of crime fiction and essays. Chantel Acevedo is an award-winning novelist in historical fiction who teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami. We’re also honored to feature active Keys-based writers who have successes and knowledge to share. Bob Bowersox is a well-known actor, screenwriter and playwright in Key West; Dustin Porta of Marathon is a poet, artist, and author of science fiction; Flower Conroy is the Poet Laureate of Key West and an editor of Decimos, a literary journal; Emily Weekley is a poet, reviewer, and a professor of English and Creative Writing at FKCC.
We welcome your interest and participation.
Conference Planning Committee
Marathon Writers Workshop:
Catherine Bosworth, Cassandra Dickson,
Terry Kyriss, Lois Wolfe Markham
FKCC English Department: Hilary Parmentier
Key West Writers Guild:
Key West Poetry Guild:
Keys Writers Group/Big Pine: