2023 VISITING WRITERS
REBECCA MAKKAI (prose)
KWAME DAWES (poetry)
2023 FACULTY and VISITORS
DERRICK HARRIELL (poetry)
ERIKA KROUSE (prose/CNF)
JANUARY GILL O’NEIL (poetry)
MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH (New! SCREENWRITING)
MATT BONDURANT (prose)
SETH BRADY TUCKER (poetry)
WENDY RAWLINGS (prose)
ALEX GLASS (agent, Glass Literary Management)
JADE WONG-BAXTER (agent, Frances Goldin Literary Agency)
2023 FELLOWS and SCHOLARS
DEREK N. OTSUJI, Longleaf Poetry Fellow
CALEB JOHNSON, Longleaf Fiction Fellow
CHRISSY KOLAYA, Sundog Fiction Fellow
SAM MOE, St. Joe Community Foundation Poetry Fellow
LENORE MYKA, St. Joe Community Foundation Creative Nonfiction Fellow
LAURA JOYCE-HUBBARD, Baker Veteran Scholar (open)
L. Renée, St. Joe Community Foundation URG Poetry Scholar
DANIEL ABIVA HUNT, St. Joe Community Foundation URG Prose Scholar
ELISE PLUNK, St. Joe Community Foundation Local Scholar
HANNAH DEWHURST, University of Alabama-Birmingham Scholar (open)
ISRAEL MASON, University of Alabama-Birmingham Scholar (open)
MARINA LEIGH, University of Mississippi Scholar in poetry
BAE DI, University of Mississippi Scholar in prose
Leona Sevick, author of Damaged Little Creatures, and Lion Brothers
Adam Vines, author of Lure, and The Coal Life
Snowden Wright, best-selling author of American Pop, Play Pretty Blues
More to be announced soon!
Please note that for 2024 we will have applications open again from August 2023 to January 10th, 2024 for five to six Fellowships (two Poetry, two Fiction, one CNF) and numerous open scholarships for Under-represented Groups and Veteran and Local writers.
We also offer two University of Mississippi scholarships and two University of Alabama Birmingham scholarships that go to students from those universities (faculty there make selections so there is no open application process).
See our Alumni page for how talented and successful our visitors are!
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.
Are you ready to register? Enroll here with or without housing! 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.
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.
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!
See you on the beach!
Seth Brady Tucker, Executive Director
Matt Bondurant, Creative Director
Jonathan D’Avignon, Educational Director
PLEASE NOTE FOR 2023: All attendees, guests, faculty, agents, editors, and registrants MUST TEST NEGATIVE or SHOW PROOF OF UP-TO-DATE VACCINATION/BOOSTER for COVID. We will do our best to monitor all negative tests (should show negative on first day and we will test throughout the week) and we expect our guests to follow all safety guidelines outlined by the CDC for group interactions. We trust the science and we are committed to ensuring everyone is safe.
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