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Tom DeMarchi, Director
Sanibel Island Writers Conference

Reed Hall 242
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 workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; panels in publishing & editing; and readings, keynote addresses, & 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 6th, we recommend that out-of-town attendees arrive on Wednesday the 5th.

The full-time registration cost is:

  • $400 for standard registration.
  • $300 for Big Arts members.
  • $250 for full-time students, with current ID (this includes ANY university, high school, or middle school student).

Full-time registration covers the following:

  • Continental breakfast (coffee, pastries)
  • General craft workshops
  • Readings and panels
  • Evening cocktail hours
  • Nighttime events

Workshops: All general craft 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, skills, 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.

Readings and panels: 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.

For an additional fee, full-time registrants have two options to receive feedback on a pre-submitted manuscript:

  1. meet individually with a presenter for a Manuscript Consultation, or
  2. join a Small-Group Manuscript Workshop.

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.

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.

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. As with the workshops, it’s first-come, first-served. Rooms tend to fill fast.

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.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us.

See you in November!


Tom DeMarchi, Director?
April 2014
Phone: (239) 590-7421?