Welcome to the BFA Winter Writers' Conference!

January 4-10, 2015

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Mark Doty

Warm winter days, crisp blue skies, the lure of a quiet seaside town with inviting beaches, and the pristine natural environment of the Atlantic Center for the Arts campus awaits. It is here that great literary minds converge, where the creative process and the natural world are complementary partners.

The 6th Annual Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conference features renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and memoir in a tranquil and stimulating oasis removed from life’s daily routines and pressures. The natural canvas of this breathtaking environment sets the stage for inspirational workshops, readings, panels, and thought-provoking discourse in a community of like-minded writing professionals. The conference is set apart from others by its intimate feel - meals with the master writers and other participants, morning workshops, creative afternoons, and evening readings - all in the stunning setting that Atlantic Center for the Arts has offered artists for years. This conference is limited to thirteen writers for each of the three genres.

Join Benjamin Percy (Fiction), Nick Flynn (Memoir), and Carolyn Forche (Poetry), for exciting and enlightening week-long workshops in the Florida sun. This year we welcome Jeffrey Shotts, executive editor at Graywolf Press, who will lead a panel on editing and be available for individual manuscript consultations. Applicants may register now to work with one of the faculty on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please proceed to the "Programs and Faculty" page for detailed course information. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Jill Tolson Rox at 386-427-6975 x21 or jrox@atlanticcenterforthearts.org.

"This was by far the best, most intimate, and productive writing conference I've ever attended." —2012 participant

"I felt that this conference unlocked a little door in both my brain and my heart that had never been unlocked before. I'm a fairly experienced writer and editor, so I wanted to learn just one new thing to improve my writing; I came away learning about fifteen things. This is a true writers' conference. I've never before experienced such camaraderie." —Christine Blackwell (2012)