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Seaside Institute
Writers' Workshop
Sponsored by FIU's
Creative Writing Department

October 20-23, 2004
Seaside, Florida Panhandle Region

This enduring conference provides an exciting panorama for writers. You'll find great ocean views along with invited (and resident) faculty members who are among the top-named contemporary authors today.

The workshops continue from October 20 for a four day program of day and evening events to October 23. Seminars begin on the morning of Wednesday, October 20 and conclude (sometimes with a great wrap party) on Saturday night. Invited speakers and regular faculty who are participating this year include:

ANITA SHREVE (All He Ever Wanted), Fiction
MADELEINE BLAIS (Uphill Walkers), Non-Fiction
MEGHAN DAUM, (My Misspent Youth), Telling the Story.
:: Authors Connie May Fowler and Lynne Barrett at Seaside's Conference ::Previous instructors include Connie May Fowler (Before Women Had Wings, The Problem with Murmur Lee) and resident faculty member LYNNE BARRETT (The Secret Names of Women), Revising for the Plot (Pictured L/R).

Additional faculty at this year's FIU/Seaside conference:
JOHN DUFRESNE (Deep in the Shade of Paradise), Writing the Novel
DENISE DUHAMEL (Queen for a Day), Poetry
DAN WAKEFIELD (Spiritually Incorrect), Memoir
MARIAN YOUNG, New York Literary Agent
LES STANDIFORD [pictured below] (Last Train to Paradise), Structure in Screenplay and Novel
:: Author Les Standiford at the Seaside Conference ::When you visit Seaside for this event, you'll find the scenery in this village screams for genre titles: Murder on the Dunes, or Grayton Beach Siren. This town's atmosphere, and the workshops given by the university faculty start the ideas flowing. Sure, you think theses titles just pop out. Just wait until you have to get up for the 7:30 AM morning workshops with John Dufresne. These morning exercises fill up fast, with the non-morning people participating with the cheery had-my-coffee-at-sunrise types. The meeting room expands to meet the needs of night owls who sit next to an early rising Birdsong Betty. She's the writer who is always organized and she sits next to someone who isn't. Someone who asks to borrow things; nothing better than mental conflict in the morning.

And yet they all get along. After all, the participants are writers who are attending Seaside to accomplish the next step in their careers. If you are serious about perfecting your craft, this is the place to do it.

Classes are held in private seaside cottages leased out for this event. You'll sit in living rooms of homes that could appear in Southern Living or Architectural Digest—yes, they are spiffy and may be somewhat distracting since your goal is to think about character development not I wonder if this couch would fit in my game room. Each day offers up to three different classes. Attend them all or choose according to your writing goals. Listen to afternoon panels where the topic of book publishing is discussed.

At night, author readings and more informal events are planned and generally listed on the handouts. If you miss the first day's orientation, ask other participants to let you see their copies. You'll need the guide for each day you attend until you get oriented.

This conference offers great sessions and great value for your writing dollar. In addition, the faultless beaches and charming location allow for the best of all worlds for a writer's lexicon: vacationing while plotting.

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