“The Longleaf Writers Conference is exactly what the diffuse community of writers needs: a place to come together and study, celebrate, and innovate.  Matt and Seth have built a program that fosters conversation and connection, in addition to creativity. Not only was I impressed by the level of talent among the participants, but I also met some wonderful people whom I’ll never forget. The atmosphere of the conference—plus a good dose of sunshine—is magical; this is a place where it’s safe to make art and to share it at any stage. The combination of listening to some great words read aloud, drinking local beers at night, and digging your toes in the sand every once in a while doesn’t hurt. As a visiting editor, I got so much out of it, and left with a renewed belief that writers need one another—as comrades, as springboards, as critics—as much as they need to do the work; and, excited about all of the undiscovered voices out there. I left thinking, ‘Wow,’ so I can’t imagine how the participants felt about their experience. Probably really awesome.”

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Margaux Weisman

Editor

Vintage/Anchor Books

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

 

 

“Longleaf Writers Conference is a dream.  The relaxed attitude gives attendees access to equal parts incredible craft classes, great nightly readings, and ample time to relax and write. The staff was beyond wonderful – helpful, accommodating, and thoughtful, not to mention brilliant creators who have built a truly special literary environment.  Whether you feel more comfortable working at their beautiful academic village or down by the water’s edge, Seaside provides an idyllic, relaxing backdrop and endless inspiration. I returned home feeling reinvigorated and ready to work,  I’m sure you will too!”

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Dana Murphy

Agent and Editor

THE BOOK GROUP

 

If you’re serious about your writing life, consider SWC. At Seaside, I received valuable feedback on my poetry and attended excellent seminars—but most of all, I received the gift of time. Because the conference schedule had plenty of openings, I had time to rest, to enjoy the beach, to make new and lasting friendships, and most importantly of course, time to write. Attending Seaside was a turning point for me because it allowed me an entire week to live a writer’s life. Since attending, I’ve incorporated many of the pleasures there—long walks, quiet mornings, sharing work with fellow writers—into my regular routine. SWC was an opening, a vacation, and a gift.”

– Kimberly O’Connor | Young Writers Program Director
Lighthouse Writers Workshop & SWC 2015 Fellow in Poetry

 

“Craft talks, workshops, Cabana chairs!, down-to-earth and supportive co-directors, great food catering & social events, perfect cottages, teaching in the schools, readings including youth readings, just about everything.
Somehow, I came away a more confident writer… now I seem to feel more like a real writer. I submitted my novel for the International Rubery Book Award, and it got shortlisted. I might not have been in the award-submitting mode without the boost I got from the fellowship.”

– Rebecca Snow, 2015 SWC Fellow in Poetry.  http://rebeccasnow.co/2015/05/22/seaside-writers-conference/

 

 

 

“The Seaside Writers’ Conference is the perfect blend of work and productive play. The creative writing workshops run by Matt Bondurant and Seth Brady Tucker are top-notch, and visiting editors, agents, and readers provide plenty of insight. And yet, ultimately, my favorite thing about the conference was how time for writing and reflecting on those events was built into the schedule. From contemplating workshoppers’ insights into my short fiction to thinking about the implications of a guest reader’s work on my own, I had plenty of opportunity to not only learn valuable lessons about craft, but also to apply them. And what better place to do that than at the beach?”

– Blake Sanz, 2015 SWC Fellow in Fiction

 

 

“I liked that you offered a variety of panels, speakers and events to chose from. I liked that you brought in an editor and an agent that we had an opportunity to meet with and hear from via lecture. I liked the workshop choices offered and felt participants gained useful feedback…I think the timing in May is unique; the location is certainly very special. The partnership with the Seaside School and with Walton County certainly makes it very unique. Considering that the conference is in its early years and the number of participants was relatively small (which was an asset, a way for folks to get to know one another), you included quite a diverse and robust number of offerings—a YA author lecture, a talk by both an agent and an editor (and they were available for one-on-ones), workshops in poetry and fiction, and more.”  – Linda S. Kass, SWC 2015, Author of

– Linda S. Kass, SWC 2015, Author of Tasa’s Song, lindakass.com

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