The Writers Craft Conference grew out of a mission to support the far-flung community of writers in the Keys by mobilizing the professional expertise in our midst. Community writing groups act as an informed resource system for aspiring and experienced writers alike.
Five active writing groups in the Keys and their partners in education and the arts collaborate to bring a full day of writing resources to interested writers and readers.
We thank our esteemed visiting authors and MFA faculty members from FIU and UM who have been extremely generous with their time, knowledge and experience. We thank our Keys-based authors and presenters who converge in the center of a 100-mile archipelago in order to share expertise with other writers.
We are especially indebted to the volunteers in our writing groups who pull together from Key Largo to Key West to make this opportunity available to fellow writers. Florida Keys Council of the Arts is a valuable and strategic partner for arts access throughout the Keys.
We hope that efforts like the Writers Craft Conference help demonstrate that the Middle Keys are a ready magnet for resource-sharing and professionalization in the arts and humanities.
Community-Based Coalition of Writing Groups and Resources
Latitude 25 Writers meets last Wednesdays of the month, 7 p.m., Key Largo Branch, Monroe County Public Library. Contact group founder and facilitator Steve Gibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org, 305.451.4164.
Marathon Writers Workshop meets second Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m., various locations.
Contact coordinator Lois Wolfe Markham at email@example.com, 305.942.1357.
Keys Writers Group of Big Pine meets first and third Wednesdays, 1 p.m., at Big Pine Branch, Monroe County Public Library. Contact group facilitator Joan Kilgen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305.872.3196.
Key West Writers Guild meets second & fourth Saturdays, 9 a.m., Key West by the Sea Condominiums.
Contact group president Rusty Hodgdon at email@example.com, 904.403.0866.
Key West Poetry Guild meets first Sundays, 7 p.m., various locations.
Contact Vicki Grace Boguszewski, MPH, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 305.509.2938.
English Department, Florida Keys Community College
Contact Chair Hilary Parmentier at email@example.com, 305.809.3130.