Writers in Paradise

January 18-25, 2025


Our application period will open on August 1.  

Please visit writersinparadise.com for a list of offerings or email wip@eckerd.edu for more information. 

$25.00

Faculty: Didi Jackson


In our time together, we will hone down each workshopped poem to its essential strengths. What image, metaphor, simile, etc. … makes a lasting imprint on the mind’s eye? What part of the poem could be let go?  Where is the best place to begin or end? Is the poem missing something crucial?  Does the poem provide a moment of critical vulnerability? We will focus our attention on the avoidance of cliché and how to spy the extraordinary in the everyday. With support, kindness, and respect, we will all commit to help make each poem a better version of itself.


Submission guidelines:


Please submit up to 7 pages of unpublished poetry.  Note, these poems or a revision of these same poems will be workshopped.  No new material will be accepted for workshop.

Required format for writing samples:

 

  1. All poems must be submitted as one document, 7 pages max.
  2. Font must be 12-pt Times New Roman or Arial.
  3. Manuscript must contain a header or footer with page numbers and author’s name.
  4. Title of each poem should appear in all caps, and each new poem should start on a new page.


 

$25.00

Faculty:  Michael Koryta

This workshop is open to writers working on a suspense novel, particularly one with a supernatural or paranormal element — think Shirley Jackson, Ira Levin, Stephen King, Megan Abbott, and Joe Hill. Our focus will be on the handling of core issues such as character, structure, scene building, and how supernatural suspense is built through grounded stories with emotional realism.

In a single file, submit up to 25 pages of a novel-in-progress, plus a 1-page synopsis (as p. 26).  Synopsis should include the following: one brief paragraph summarizing the book and status of the project (i.e., unfinished first draft, completed first draft, completed draft which has undergone multiple revisions, etc.). If you are submitting a portion which appears later in the work (for example, pages 25-50), provide a detailed synopsis of the pages prior to your submission (e.g. pages 1-24).

PLEASE NOTE:  we are reading to assess the strength and readiness of the manuscript for workshop.  What you submit here will be what you workshop during the conference.  

Required format for writing samples:
 

  1. Accepting Word document only (.doc or .docx).
  2. Page numbers must be consecutive throughout the manuscript.
  3. Font must be 12-pt Times New Roman or Arial. 
  4. Margins must be 1 inch.
  5. All manuscripts must be double-spaced including the 1-page synopsis. All manuscripts must contain a header or footer with page numbers and author’s name.
  6. No extra spacing between paragraphs except that which indicates transitions.
  7. If you submit more than 26 pages (25 pages of manuscript + 1-page synopsis), only the first 25 pp will be read and considered.
  8. Do not include title pages or dedications.
  9. Please submit manuscript + 1-p synopsis as a single file (with synopsis as final page).
$25.00

Faculty: Andre Dubus III


If I teach nothing else in my writing classes, I teach this:  do not outline your novel or novella or short story or essay. Do not think out the plot, the narrative arc, the protagonist’s journey, whatever you want to call it. Instead, try to find the story through an honest excavation of the characters’ total experience of the situation in which they find themselves. Do that, and I promise the story will begin to write itself with little need for the controlling hand of the godly, intelligent, well-read, and ambitious author. But how, precisely, does one go about this “excavation”?  And how, technically speaking, can we ignite a story into “writing itself”?  Come to this workshop, and I will seek to demystify those writerly tools and skills that time and time again, if they are sharp enough, and if the writer can summon enough daily faith and nerve, can penetrate the mystery of story itself.


 

Submission guidelines:

In a single file, submit up to 25 pages of the opening of a memoir-in-progress plus a 1-page synopsis (as the final page).  Synopsis should include the following: one brief paragraph summarizing the memoir and status of the project (i.e., unfinished first draft, completed first draft, completed draft which has undergone multiple revisions, etc.). If you are submitting a portion which appears later in the work (for example, pages 26-50), include in your synopsis a summary of the pages prior to your submission (e.g. pages 1-24).
 

PLEASE NOTE: we are reading to assess the strength and readiness of the manuscript for workshop. What you submit here will be what you workshop during the conference.


 Required format for writing samples:
 

  1. Accepting Word documents only (.doc or .docx only)
  2. Page numbers must be consecutive throughout.
  3. Font must be 12-pt Times New Roman or Arial.
  4. Margins must be 1 inch.
  5. All manuscripts must be double-spaced including the one-page synopsis and contain a header or footer with page numbers and author's name.
  6. No extra spacing between paragraphs except that which indicates transitions.
  7. If you submit more than 26 pages (25 of manuscript + 1-page synopsis), only the first 25pp will be read and considered.
  8. Do not include title pages or dedications.
  9. Please submit manuscript and synopsis as a single file.


 

$25.00

Faculty: Luis Alberto Urrea


Paradise Writing Non-Fiction

A teacher I like calls our genre “Verity.” So, welcome to our Verity workshop. We will not only share our work, but we will also explore techniques that can make nonfiction as hypnotic as a juicy novel. Guess what:  the really good stuff is often hidden to readers. It’s a Jedi mind-trick.

In short—your writing is not only what is on the page, but also what lurks beneath the page – that shadow realm that can make your readers dream.

I’m going to show you the big river of story…even if your story is humble, closely observed. It doesn’t have to be a world-war. It can be about a grandmother’s hands. We will learn to love and trust what lies beneath. Expect great handouts, examples, and maybe some gifts.

Bring your best light. Bring your best shadow.

Don’t be shy. Do not fear.  We won’t let you fall.

 

Submission guidelines:

In a single file, submit one or more essays up to 25 total pages or the opening 25 pages of a memoir-in-progress, plus a 1-page synopsis (as the final page).  The entire submission should not exceed 26 pages (25 + 1p synopsis).  Synopsis should include if your submission is/are stand-alone piece(s) or part of a collection, where we are in the narrative if part of a longer work; and a brief paragraph summarizing the status of the project (i.e., unfinished first draft, completed first draft, completed draft which has undergone multiple revisions, etc.).    
 

PLEASE NOTE: we are reading to assess the strength and readiness of the manuscript for workshop. What you submit here will be what you workshop during the conference.


Required format for writing samples:
 

  1. Accepting Word documents only (.doc or .docx only)
  2. Page numbers must be consecutive throughout.
  3. Font must be 12-pt Times New Roman or Arial.
  4. Margins must be 1 inch.
  5. All manuscripts must be double-spaced including the one-page synopsis and contain a header or footer with page numbers and author's name.
  6. No extra spacing between paragraphs except that which indicates transitions.
  7. If you submit more than 26 pages (25 of manuscript + 1-page synopsis), only the first 25pp will be read and considered.
  8. Do not include title pages or dedications.
  9. Please submit manuscript and synopsis as a single file.
$25.00

Faculty:  Sterling Watson

During our meeting, the participant and I will discuss the manuscript including my thoughts on what I think works and doesn’t work.  I will give the participant a brief report on the manuscript, which will be the basis for my spoken comments.  Additionally, I will provide the participant with a line-edited copy of the manuscript (participants may decline line-edits if they wish to).  Finally, we will address any questions that the participant prepares for the meeting.

Submission guidelines:


In a single file, submit the opening 35 pages of a novel-in-progress plus a synopsis.  Synopsis should include the following: one brief paragraph summarizing the novel and status of the project (i.e., unfinished first draft, completed first draft, completed draft which has undergone multiple revisions, etc.). If you are submitting a portion which appears later in the work (for example, pages 25-50), provide a detailed synopsis of the pages prior to your submission (e.g. pages 1-24).

Required format for writing samples:

  1. Word documents only (.doc or .docx).
  2. Page numbers must be consecutive throughout the manuscript.
  3. Font must be 12-pt Times New Roman or Arial.
  4. Margins must be 1 inch.
  5. Manuscript must be double-spaced including the synopsis and must contain a header or footer with page numbers and author’s name.
  6. No extra spacing between paragraphs except that which indicates transitions.
  7. If you submit more than 35 manuscript pages, only the first 35 pp will be read and considered.
  8. Do not include title pages or dedications.
  9. Please submit manuscript + synopsis in a single file.
Writers in Paradise