JOIN US! May 10-17, 2021

ENROLLMENTS and APPLICATIONS are open again! Please help sustain us during this global pandemic by registering now for 2021 or by DONATING through PayPal!

We are committed to the safety of all our attendees, and have plans to surpass Florida safety protocols for our 2021 conference. Our main concern is for you, our supporters, and we will work tirelessly to support you and keep you safe so that we can continue to bring great writers and poets and faculty to the best damn small conference in the US!

December 12 update: Our plan is to present a full conference in 2021, but if things change and we are forced to maneuver, rest assured that we have a series of contingency plans directly connected to how the COVID crisis pans out. Feel free to contact us directly with questions.

2021 Visiting Writer:


Workshop faculty:

JULIANNA BAGGOTT (Speculative/Genre Fiction)*


ADAM VINES (Poetry)*

JAMIE CARR (Agent, The Book Group)*

ALEXA STARK (Agent, Trident Media)*

MATT BONDURANT (Creative Director and Fiction)*

SETH BRADY TUCKER (Executive Director and Hybrid)*

Fellows and Scholars:

Jenny Molberg, Poetry Fellow*

Anne Elliott, Fiction Fellow*

Tanya Grae, Poetry Fellow*

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Nathaniel Blaesing, Celia Baker Veteran Scholar*

Noel QuiƱones (Ole Miss Scholar in Poetry)

Chris Morris (Ole Miss Scholar in Fiction)*

*Indicates have already committed again for 2021!

Special guests TBA: We add new guests up to our launch date, so see our Alumni page for how talented and successful our visitors are!

Scholars and Honors staff 2019


The Longleaf Writers Conference includes a full week of intensive and generative writing workshops, one-day seminars, agent consultations, school outreach programs, and special social events. The conference, which takes place in Seaside, Florida (some might recognize Seaside, as the set for the movie The Truman Show with Jim Carrey), provides an opportunity for all levels of writers to celebrate writing, to network, and to hone their craft in a beautiful setting among generous and celebrated writers and poets. Other components of the conference are the Scholars and Fellows Program, including the Celia Baker Veteran Scholarship, as well as local outreach programs for youth at local public schools.

Past writers and academic attendees have used our educational and publishing opportunities to justify and apply for professional development/travel funds from their schools and universities. Past attendees have been signed by agents at LWC and we are proud to have seen books, articles, essays, and other creative writing published widely by these friends in the past years. Our past visitors have included Rebecca Makkai, Brian Turner, Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin, Andre Dubus III, Jacqueline Mitchard, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Chris Offutt, Mark Winegardner, Erika Krouse, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Diane Roberts, Wendy Rawlings, Jennifer Percy, Anton DiSclafini, Antonya Nelson, David James Poissant, and many more writers,  agents, and editors. See Alumni for a complete list.

Andre Dubus III

Enrollees who pay full tuition with or without housing benefit from all workshops, seminars, readings, beach bonfire parties, readings, and social events. Full registration attendees will have their own work critiqued and improved through a 5-day intensive workshop and will enjoy daily activities, including seminars, receptions, and dinners. We schedule in plenty of time to also WRITE! The Longleaf Writers Conference is a place to gain inspiration from a broad swath of writers and poets, to sit and contemplate our craft, to revise and create, and to create life-long friendships and new writing relationships.

Jacqueline Mitchard at our first conference!

And of course let’s not forget the world-class beach; if you like white sand and clear water, this is the conference for you. We have chairs and umbrellas on the beach for your use and we encourage plenty of creative loafing. This is a casual, laid-back conference, flip-flops and salty hair, naps on the sand, leisure snacks at local shops and cafes, perusing this quaint cottage town before cocktails for these glorious nightly sunsets.

Sunset happens nightly!

Our A La Carte options for local and regional writers are available on our registration page, as well as one option to join us for all our events and seminars, but without the requirement of submitting your work for critique in a workshop. Please feel free to write us directly with any questions or problems with the site. We hope you will decide to join us for this life-changing experience!


Seth Brady Tucker, Executive Director

Matt Bondurant, Creative Director

Jonathan D’Avignon, Educational Director

Our spot on the beach