Seaside Writers Conference

4th Annual Seaside Writers Conference Slated For May 14 – 20

4th Annual Seaside Writers Conference Slated For May 14 – 20
Featuring Headlining Authors Chris Offutt and Antonya Nelson

SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL (February 21, 2017)— The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County announces the 4th annual Seaside Writers Conference taking place May 14 – 20 in Seaside, Fla. as part of Art Week South Walton.

The Seaside Writers Conference (SWC) includes a full week of intensive writing workshops, one-day seminars, agent consultations, school outreach programs and social events. The conference, which takes place in the Academic Village in Seaside, Fla, provides an opportunity for beginning, intermediate, and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network, and to hone their craft.

Headlining authors Chris Offutt (True Blood, Weeds, My Father The Pornographer, The Same River Twice, No Heroes: A Memoir Coming Home) and Antonya Nelson (Funny Once, In The Land Of Men, Bound, Live To Tell) will each lead a seminar and reading while guest editor Margeaux Weisman (Vintage Anchor/Knopf Doubleday) and other agents and editors to be announced, will offer one-on-one consultations with attendees.

“We are so fortunate to continue to attract high-caliber writers such as Chris Offutt and Antonya Nelson,” said SWC co-founder, author and faculty member Matt Bondurant (The Wettest County In The World, made into the film Lawless; The Night Swimmer; The Third Translation). “We know we have a secret weapon, though. There is no other writers conference that allows you to step out of intimate workshops with national award-winning authors and agents directly onto the white sand of the Gulf of Mexico. Our writers love that, and they also appreciate the people and culture of the community.”

Bondurant and conference co-founder, faculty member and poet Seth Brady Tucker (Mormon Boy; We Deserve The Gods We Ask For), are joined by visiting faculty members Michelle Tea (The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl, Valencia – now a film; The Chelsea Whistle, Rent Girl; How To Grow Up) and Anton Disclafani (The Yonalohssee Riding Camp For Girls; The After Party).

”We started this conference with a few key goals in mind:  create a personal experience for our writers, give them a beautiful place to write and discuss with great teachers and good people, and to give back to the local community,” said Brady. “In the past few years, we have accomplished these goals, and the feedback from our attendees shows they feel the same way.”

Other components of the conference are the Scholars and Fellows Program, including the Celia Baker Veteran Scholarship, and the public-school outreach program organized by conference co-founder and Seacoast High School Principal Jonathan D’Avignon in which Scholars and Fellows work directly with 8th and 11th grade writers in the schools. Some of the students go on to read their work publicly as part of the conference alongside a headliner.

The Seaside Writers Conference is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and sponsored by the University of Mississippi, Visit South Walton and The Seaside Institute.

“The Cultural Arts Alliance is proud to have partnered with the SWC Founders to produce this conference,” said CAA Executive Director Jennifer Steele. “Attendance increases each year and we know it will continue to grow as word spreads of the special nature of SWC.  The conference fulfills part of the CAA’s mission to bring literary programming to the community while providing opportunities for hands-on literary arts enrichment in our public schools. We are grateful to the partners that have made the conference possible.”

Participants who pay the early bird rate for the full conference tuition ($550 up until March 20) will be able to take part in an intensive workshop and all daily activities, including special events, receptions and dinners. A la carte pricing is available for classes, workshops, consultations, and events perfect for locals who want to see what the SWC has to offer. Accommodations can also be secured through the registration process by paying the all-inclusive fee of $1550.

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About Chris Offutt:
Chris 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.

About Antonya Nelson:
Antonya 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.


About The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County:
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is a Local Arts Agency that is the driving force for the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to be the catalyst for Walton County’s growth as a destination for cultural and artistic excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened.