Literary Seminar Launch

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Literary Seminar Launch

January 9 @ 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Key West Literary Seminar launches nine days of events beginning Thursday, Jan. 9. Programs include the 38th annual seminar, “Reading Between the Lines: Sports and Literature” (Jan. 9-12); the Writers’ Workshop Program (Monday through Friday, Jan.13-17); and a series of free, public events that bring writers to audiences throughout the community.

“Many people in Key West have heard about the annual seminar,” KWLS Executive Director Arlo Haskell said of the annual four-day program that has become known as one of the country’s leading literary events.

“But because it’s so high-profile and typically sells out a year in advance, people may not realize the amount of free programming that’s available after the seminar itself ends.”

The free series begins on Sunday, Jan. 12, and continues through Wednesday, Jan. 15, and will feature Pulitzer Prize-winners Buzz Bissinger (“Friday Night Lights”) and Gregory Pardlo (“Digest”); New York Times bestselling authors Daniel James Brown (“The Boys in the Boat”), Claire Messud (“The Emperor’s Children”), Lauren Groff (“Florida”) and Francine Prose (“Reading Like a Writer”); New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young; and other leading American authors.

As in the past, the public is invited to attend the final session of the Seminar from 2 to 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St.

Presenters on Sunday afternoon will include Buzz Bissinger, Daniel James Brown, two-time United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins, National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Leanne Shapton, and Kevin Young.

On Monday, Jan. 13, KWLS and Friends of the Key West Library will host poet, translator and sportswriter Rowan Ricardo Phillips to the season opener of the Friends of the Library Lecture Series. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, KWLS will feature “Writers on Writing,” an evening of conversations and readings by the faculty of its Writers’ Workshop Program.

A complete schedule can be found at

All listed events are first-come, first-seated and free of charge.


January 9
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Key West, FL 33040 United States + Google Map

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