2018 Visiting Writers and Faculty TBA Soon!



See below for our great visitors from last year!



2017 Seaside Writers Conference Headline Authors

Chris OffuttChris Offutt is an award-winning novelist, memoirist, and screenwriter. He worked on the HBO drama True Blood and the Showtime series, Weeds. His books include the memoirs My Father, The Pornographer, The Same River Twice, and No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home, the story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, and the novel, The Good Brother. His work has appeared widely and has been featured in The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and many other anthologies. He lives near Oxford, Mississippi.

Antonya NelsonAntonya Nelson is the award-winning author of seven short story collections and four novels, including most recently, the short story collections Funny Once, and In the Land of Men, and the novels, Bound and Living to Tell. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. Her awards include the Rea Award for Short Fiction, Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, and an American Artists Award. She lives in Telluride, Colorado, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Houston, Texas.


2017 Fiction Workshop Faculty Members

Anton DiscalfanoAnton Disclafani (Fiction) is the author of two novels, the New York Times Bestselling The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and, most recently, The After Party. Both were Indie Next Pics and Amazon Best Books of the Month. She was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunan First Novel Prize. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Washington Square Review, Rhapsody, and This American Life. She teaches creative writing at Auburn University in Alabama, where she lives with her husband and son. Anton was raised in northern Florida.

Jennifer Percy (Creative Nonfiction) is a contributing editor at the New Republic and is the author of the nonfiction book DEMON CAMP (Scribner) which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.  Percy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she received a Truman Capote Fellowship. She is also a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, Percy is the recipient of numerous academic awards including National Endowment for the Arts grant, fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Macdowell Colony. Most recently her reporting has taken her to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Japan. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Harper’s, BookForum, The New Republic, Esquire, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Columbia.

Matt BondurantMatt Bondurant’s (Fiction) latest novel The Night Swimmer was featured in the New York Times Book Review, Outside Magazine, and The Daily Beast, among others. His second novel The Wettest County in the World (2008) was a New York Times Editor’s Pick, a San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year, an international bestseller, and has been made into a feature film (Lawless) by Director John Hillcoat, starring Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman, and Guy Pearce. His first novel The Third Translation (2005) was an international bestseller, translated into 14 languages worldwide. His non-fiction work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Outside, The Dallas Morning News, The Guardian, and numerous other outlets.  Matt has sold multiple original drama TV pilots, including development deals with HBO/Cinemax, Red Wagon Entertainment, and Warner Brothers Television.

Seth Brady TuckerSeth Brady Tucker (Poetry and Fiction) is originally from Lander, Wyoming. Seth’s second poetry collection, “We Deserve the Gods We Ask For (2014),” won the Gival Press Poetry Award and the Eric Hoffer Book Award. His first book, “Mormon Boy,” won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Poetry Prize (published in 2012), and was a Finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award. His fiction was recently a Special Mention for the 2015 Pushcart Anthology (Iowa Review, “The Mountain Man’s Relativity Theory”), and he has won the Shenandoah Bevel Summers Fiction Prize and the Literal Latte Short Fiction Awards. Seth has degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, Northern Arizona University, and Florida State University (PhD, 2012). Currently, he teaches poetry and fiction workshops at the Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop in Denver, at the Colorado School of Mines, and he is the senior prose editor for the Tupelo Quarterly Review. He served as an Army 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper in the Persian Gulf, and works to provide scholarships in writing for veterans. He is currently working on a novel and short story collection, both represented by Glass Literary Management.

2017 Special Guest Editors & Agents


Eliza Borné is the editor of the Oxford American, a quarterly literary magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing. Widely celebrated for its annual Southern Music issue, the OA has won four National Magazine Awards in its 25-year history, including the 2016 award in General Excellence. Eliza has edited essays and stories that have been honored by the Best American series, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere; she edited one of the finalists for the 2017 National Magazine Award in Essays & Criticism. Eliza currently serves on the Board of Directors of the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference and the Arkansas Cinema Society. She is also on the talent committee of the Arkansas Literary Festival and sits on the Arts & Culture Commission of the City of Little Rock. Eliza was born and raised in Little Rock and received a B.A. in English from Wellesley College. She started at the Oxford American as an editorial intern and has also served as associate editor, managing editor, and interim editor of the magazine.


Dana Murphy joined The Book Group in 2012, after studying film/television and sociology at NYU, to provide administrative and creative support to Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed. Dana works collaboratively with The Book Group team on all aspects of their clients’ publication and has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of fiction and nonfiction authors over the years. Dana began building her own client list in 2015 with Danya Kukafka’s debut novel GIRL IN SNOW (Simon & Schuster, 2017) and is now on the hunt for thoughtful, diverse, and rebellious voices.  She loves fiction (both adult and YA) with a strong sense of place and masterful plotting, featuring characters that are so well drawn they feel like old friends. On the non fiction side, she’s a fan of narrative non-fiction/essays about pop culture, social issues, feminism, diversity, film and television, music, and comedy.

Margaux Weisman

Margaux Weisman began her career in publishing, after several years in the entertainment industry, handling social media and publicity for a small independent press. She is now an Editor at Vintage Anchor/Knopf Doubleday. Her greatest joy as an editor is championing emerging voices. She’s worked with a number of debut authors, among them Deborah Shapiro, Hannah Gersen, Anne Valente, and Tony Tulathimutte. Tulathimutte’s Private Citizens was named one of Buzzfeed’s most anticipated books of 2016, and New York magazine called it “the first great millennial novel.” Deborah Shapiro’s The Sun in Your Eyes was a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice. She works with bestselling and award-winning suspense authors such as Carol Goodman and Lori Rader-Day. She also acquires a select list of nonfiction projects, mostly in the pop culture realm—a few of these authors include Jason Diamond, Piper Weiss, Jonathan Kauffman and Alice Bolin. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the MFA program at The New School.