March, 20, 2020
Dear Friends of Longleaf,
NOTICE OF CANCELLATION: we regret to inform you that due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we are forced to cancel the 2020 Longleaf Writers Conference. We likely don’t need to go into much in the way of explanation for this decision as we are all dealing with this crisis already in our everyday lives, but due to the recent closure of all Walton County beaches, there is just too much uncertainty for us to risk holding our conference this year. We sincerely will miss everyone, and please know that this decision was one of the most difficult we have ever faced as an organization and as individuals. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE VIRTUAL SEMINAR OPTIONS FOR OUR CONFERENCE AS WE WORK TO PROVIDE CRITICAL LITERARY SUSTENANCE FOR OUR LONGLEAF COMMUNITY FROM AFAR.
PLANS FOR 2021: our plan is to essentially retain the entire conference as it is today and carry it over into next year, which we have scheduled for May 10-17, 2021. We are working with our faculty, fellows, agents, and scholars to confirm their commitment to 2021 with the hope that we can maintain the exact same masthead for 2021 (and most have already replied that they are in for 2021!).
REGISTRATION FOR LONGLEAF 2021 IS OPEN! We hope that you will all let your friends know that we have opened registration for next year at the same early-bird price you all originally registered for. For those willing to have your registration fees credited directly to our 2021 conference, we thank you; it will help to ensure our existence over the next year and for the future. As a non-profit organization with a very small volunteer staff (Matt, Seth, Jonathan), we will be working as quickly and diligently as possible to ensure the satisfaction of every member of the Longleaf community.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact us at email@example.com. We are devastated that we can’t all join together in fellowship on the beach this May, but we are determined to make sure Longleaf will be back next year and the foreseeable future.
Longleaf Writers Conference Directors
-[July 25, 2020] Leona Sevick’s poetry collection, “Sting,” was a finalist for the New Millenium Poetry Prize.
-[February 6, 2020] Celia Baker Veteran Scholar (2018) Benjamin Hertwig‘s debut poetry collection Slow War was a finalist for the Canada’s Governor General’s Award and received the poetry prize at the Alberta Book Awards.
-[August 10, 2019] Longleaf Fiction Fellow (2017) David James Poissant has announced that his forthcoming novel, LAKE LIFE, will be released in Summer 2020 by Simon and Schuster.
-[June 20, 2019] We are proud to announce that Agent Sarah Bedingfield has agreed to represent our good friend and multi-conference attendee, Solange Jazayeri! The two agreed to terms while together at Longleaf 2019. Solange has been with us for going on four years!
-[March 10, 2019] Erika Krouse (Longleaf Fiction Fellow, 2018) has signed a two book deal with FlatIron for SAVE ME and TELL ME EVERYTHING.
-[June 1, 2020] The Directors of the Longleaf Writers Conference, along with our Board and Donors, are proud to announce that we are now offering a BIPOC Scholarship for Emerging Writers/Poets for 2021! Free applications will open in August 2020.
-[February 10, 2020] Join us in welcoming our Fellows Anne Elliot (Fiction), Tanya Grae (Poetry), Jenny Molberg (Poetry), and Veteran scholar Nathaniel Blaesing (CNF)!
-[August 4, 2019] Kiese Laymon, Julianna Baggott, Ravi Howard, and Caitlin Horrocks have agreed to join us as faculty/visiting writers for 2020! Stay tuned for more faculty and agent and visiting writer news in September!
-[July 1, 2019] LWC announces our 2020 dates: we will see you on the
-[April 10, 2019] Faculty 2016 and Visiting Writer 2019, Rebecca Makkai is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize!
-[March 1, 2019]Our very own friend (Jennifer Steele) and Patron from the Cultural Arts Alliance
-[February 25, 2019] LWC announces our fellows and scholars for our conference in May 2019!
-[April 16, 2019] The Longleaf Writers Conference is featured in the Tallahassee Democrat.
-[January 20, 2019] Rebecca Makkai (2019, 2016) has won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction!
-[August 1, 2018] LWC announces official dates for their conference in 2019! Join us May 11-18!
-[April 7, 2018] LWC featured in Emerald Coast Magazine!
-[February 2, 2018] LWC featured in SoWal Magazine.
-[February 2, 2018] WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE (formerly hosted through our partners, the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County!
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