In something of a coup, Grand
Cayman will host this year’s Florida International University Writers
Conference from 21-23 October.
The conference, now in its 22nd
consecutive year, previously were held in Florida venues. The event’s
workshops, readings and receptions will be coordinated by Books & Books and
Camana Bay and will be held at the bookstore and at various other locations
throughout Camana Bay.
For their first venture outside of
the United States, conference directors Mitchell Kaplan, president of Books
& Books, USA, and Les Standiford, director of FIU’s master of fine arts in
creative writing, chose Camana Bay as the ideal venue.
Kaplan said: “FIU and Books & Books have enjoyed a
long relationship, and hosting The FIU Writers Conference at Books & Books
of Camana Bay is a natural outgrowth of that relationship. Bringing some of the
best that writing and publishing has to offer
to Cayman will not only be of benefit to those visiting participants who
will be discovering the richness and beauty of the Islands for the first time,
but having a Writer’s Conference of this calibre on-island will also allow
local writers an opportunity to hone their craft.”
According to Books & Books,
conference participants will take part in a series of hands-on workshops led by
a faculty of internationally renowned writers and teachers, including Kaylie
Jones, Ann Hood, Geoffrey Philp, Dan Wakefield, Debra Dean, Les Standiford,
John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, and Lynne Barrett.
Participants will also have the
opportunity to attend seminars given by literary agent Marly Rusoff; editor,
publisher and poet Daniel Halpern; and lawyer Kenneth Hartmann.
Evening cocktail receptions will
offer participants the opportunity to network with faculty members, and each
night Books & Books will host faculty book readings. The book readings will
be free and open to the public.
Full enrolment includes three
different, three-day class sessions for a cost of $300. Conference director Les
Standiford encourages full enrolment for participants to get the most out of
their workshop experience. For those who are unable to attend all three days,
there is a per day rate of $120. Individual manuscript conferences with a
faculty member are also available for an additional cost of $50.
Spaces are limited and those
interested are encouraged to sign up now. For more information and to register,
contact Bianca Freeland at [email protected]
The conference is being sponsored
by Ogier, the Sunshine Suites Resort and the Cayman Islands Department of
For up to date information on all
Books & Books events in Grand Cayman, visit: www.booksandbooks.com.