DESTIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 5th Annual Longleaf Writers Conference to be held May 13

Destin Area Chamber of Commerce recently issued the following announcement.

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County announces the 5th Annual Longleaf Writers Conference to take place May 13 – 20 in Seaside, FL as part of Art Week South Walton.

The Longleaf Writers Conference includes a full week of intensive writing workshops, one-day seminars, agent consultations, school outreach programs and social events. The conference, provides an opportunity for beginning, intermediate, and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network, and to hone their craft.

Visiting authors Tom Franklin (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Poachers, Smonk, Hell at the Breach) and Jill McCorkle (The Cheerleader, Life After Life) will each lead a seminar and reading while guest agent Annie Hwang (Folio Literary Management) and guest editors Sara Weiss (Ballantine Books/Random House) and Eliza Borne (Oxford American Magazine), will offer one-on-one consultations with attendees.

Bondurant and conference co-founder, faculty member and poet Seth Brady Tucker (Mormon Boy; We Deserve The Gods We Ask For), are joined by visiting faculty members Beth Ann Fennelly (Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs, Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables), Vandana Khanna (Train to Agra, Afternoon Masala, The Goddess Monologues), and Jennine Capo Crucet(Make Your Home Among Strangers, How To Leave Hialeah).

Other components of the conference include the Scholars and Fellows Programfor developing writers, the Celia Baker Veteran Scholarship, and a scholarship specifically for writers of color. Longleaf also sponsors a public-school outreach program in which Scholars and Fellows work directly with 8th and 11th grade writers in the Walton County schools. Some of the students go on to read their work publicly as part of the conference alongside a headliner.

Participants who pay for the full conference tuition will be able to take part in an intensive workshop and all daily activities, including special events, receptions and some meals. A la carte pricing is available for classes, workshops, consultations, and events perfect for locals who want to see what the SWC has to offer. Walk-ins are welcome.

Location: Seaside, FL

Date/Time Information: May 13-20, 2018


The Visiting Writer Readings are free and open to the public. Accommodations can also be secured through the registration process by paying the all-inclusive registration fee. Special Early Bird pricing available through March 20. Visit to register and for more information.

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