Monday, January 17, 2011

Tampa Bay Area Writers AND Readers in Paradise

Serious writers from around the country gather this week at Eckerd College' Writers in Paradise for eight days of parsing poetry, dissecting dialogue, scrutinizing screenplays, and fine-tooth combing fiction. Daytime workshops, led by noted writers in their genre, are so intense Eckerd offers college course credit to their undergraduate and PEL students who complete the conference.

Readers benefit, too. Each evening, following a wine and cheese reception beginning at 7:30, one or two authors read from their works, answer questions, and sign copies of their books. Readings begin at 8 p.m., and books are available for sale.

The readings and reception are held in Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College. Best of all, they are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required, but if you need more information contact Christine Caya at 727-864-7994 or email her at

Who will be reading this year? Check out the authors below:

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Richard Russo

Sunday, January 16, 2011
 Les Standiford and Sterling Watson

Monday, January 17, 2011
Jane Hamilton and Peter Meinke

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Julianna Baggott and Ann Hood

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
No Readings

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Michael Koryta and John Dufresne
Friday, January 21, 2011
Laura Lippman and Tom Perrotta

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Dennis Lehane

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