Join us May 11-18, 2019!


The 6th Annual Longleaf Writers Conference Features Visiting Authors Rebecca Makkai and Brian Turner, Workshop faculty Matt Bondurant (Fiction), Ann Fisher-Wirth (Poetry), Seth Brady Tucker (Prose), and Diane Roberts (Creative Non-Fiction) as well as literary agents and special guests, including four fellows (at least one book) and four scholars (emerging talent). Attendees will enjoy time learning, networking, beaching, reading, and writing with these marvelous writers, and make life-long friendships!

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 on the panhandle of Florida (some might recognize Seaside, Florida 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 professional development/travel funds from their schools and universities, and many or our past attendees have been signed by agents at LWC, and have seen books, articles, essays, and other creative writing published widely by these friends in the past years. We are proud of this community we have created, and always look for ways we can support our loyal writers and poets. Our past visitors have included Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin, Andre Dubus III, Jacqueline Mitchard, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Chris Offutt, Melissa Ginsbug, Mark Winegardner, Jennifer Percy, Anton DiSclafini, Antonya Nelson, David James Poissant, Rebecca Makkai, and many more writers,  agents, and editors.

Andre Dubus III grabs us and shakes us alive

Enrollees who pay full tuition with or without housing benefit from all workshops, seminars, readings, beach bonfire parties, readings, and social events.  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.

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 and cocktails for the glorious nightly sunsets.

Sunset happens nightly!

Those participants who want to evade the hassle of finding their own housing can enroll with lodging.  

Enrollment Deadline with housing is April 20th! Hurry before we run out of workshop spots!

Our A La Carte options for local writers will be available in March on our registration page.


The Longleaf Writers Conference is a 501(3)c non-profit and as such we use personal funds, generous donations, fees, etc., in order to provide our fellowships, scholarships, outreach programs, and generous housing and features to our conference. That said, we always are looking to expand all of our programs. Your donation, no matter how large or how small, will help us to achieve‚Äč our dreams for the LWC! For direct bank transfers without Paypal fees, simpl email us at longleafwritersconference@gmail.com and we will arrange it!