A note from Les Standiford, Director of the Creative Program at Florida International University

[The] most illustrious lineup ever has been finalized for the 2013 FIU Writers’ Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, October 24-25.

Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, The Given Day, and many more, will be with us as keynote speaker and craft lecturer.

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Also confirmed for 2013 are the following:  Agent—Kim Witherspoon, Inkwell Management of NYC; Editor—accomplished poet and writer Dan Halpern, Editor in Chief, Ecco (a division of Harper Collins); Screenplays & Thrillers—John Katzenbach (The Wrong Man, What Comes Next).  They will join FIU faculty members Les Standiford (non-fiction); John Dufresne (morning writing exercises); Lynne Barrett (revision); Campbell McGrath (poetry); Debra Dean (novel writing);  Julie Marie Wade (memoir); and the previously guest faculty members short story writer and essayist Steve Almond (My Life in Heavy Metal; Rock & Roll Will Save Your Life), and novelist (and Iowa and Coral Gables HS alum) Frances de Pontes Peebles (The Seamstress).

 

Attendees will be able to choose from 3 classes each period on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday (9-10:20, 10:30-11:50, and 12-1:20) attend special seminars including discussions of the contemporary publishing scene and the agent/editor process each afternoon, and enjoy faculty readings each evening.

[I am] looking forward to another exciting conference.

Please help us spread the word to your Facebook friends and others.  Early bird registration rates of $325 are now in effect, but they will expire September 3 (TODAY).

All best, and see you in October,

Les Standiford, Conference Director