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Sanibel Island Writers Conference
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Tom DeMarchi, Director
Sanibel Island Writers Conference

Reed Hall 111
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565



Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend a variety of morning workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; afternoon panels in publishing & editing; and nightly readings & concerts.  All scheduled events are presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers, and open to full-time registrants. The conference welcomes any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress.

Dates: November 6-9, 2014.

Locations: BIG ARTS & the Sanibel Island Public Library.

The majority of the events will take place at BIG ARTS. When you arrive on the first morning of the conference, you should check in at BIG ARTS.

A handful of workshops and readings will be held at the Sanibel Island Public Library, which is a short walk from BIG ARTS.

For information about and directions to BIG ARTS, click on the “BIG ARTS” link.

Because classes will begin on the morning of Thursday the 7th, we recommend that out-of-town attendees arrive on Wednesday the 6th.

Basic registration cost:

  • $250 for students (with current ID)
  • $300 for Big Arts members
  • $350 for non-student registration if postmarked before August 1, 2013
  • $400 for non-student registration if postmarked after August 1, 2013

Basic registration covers the following: 

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning workshops
  • Afternoon readings and panels
  • Evening cocktail hours
  • Nighttime events

Workshops: All morning workshops are open enrollment, which means anyone registered for the conference can attend them on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops will focus on craft and sensibility.  Curriculum could include writing exercises, open discussions, close readings of writing samples, group work, and anything else the workshop leader comes up with.

Afternoon readings and panels: Each afternoon, different presenters will read their own work and/or sit on panels, the latter of which will focus on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: submitting, editing, and publishing; pursuing an MFA; marketing, networking and promoting. 

Evening cocktail hours: Scheduled in BIG ARTS’ courtyard at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres provided.  Nonalcoholic drink options, too.   

Nighttime events:  All nighttime events—readings, keynote address, concerts, signings—will take place in Schein Performance Hall, BIG ARTS. 

Click on the “Schedule” link to the left for a complete list of event topics, times, & locations.

Getting feedback on your writing: For an additional fee, full-time registrants have two options to receive feedback on a pre-submitted manuscript—meet individually with a presenter to discuss your manuscript, or join a small-group manuscript workshop. More information, including fees, guidelines, and a complete list of participating manuscript readers and small-group workshop leaders, can be found on the “Register” link.

We have 150 openings for the conference itself; however, space for individual manuscript consultations and small-group manuscript workshops is very limited, so act fast.

Accommodations: We've made arrangements with The West Wind Inn, the Sundial Resort, and the Holiday Inn on Sanibel for discounted group rates. For contact and special rate information, please click on the "Hotel and Travel" link to the left, and be sure to mention the conference when you call.

Sanibel Island is about 30-45 minutes by car from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), located in Fort Myers. 

We hope you're as excited about the Sanibel Island Writers Conference as we are. We've done everything we can to bring in the best writers, editors, publishers, agents, and musicians available for a variety of workshops, panels, and consultations. And we've tried very hard to keep the costs affordable, which is why we encourage you to register now, before the rates increase on August 1. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us.

See you in November!

Tom DeMarchi, Director
May 2013
Phone: (239) 590-7421