The 'Key' To Being A Successful Writer

Jan 16, 2013

  If you think writers from all around the world have been descending upon Key West for 31 years to escape cruddy winter weather while knocking back a rum runner or two and discussing their work, you probably won’t get an argument from them.

Arlo Haskell, right, Associate Director of the Key West Literary Seminar with attendee Hannah Scott, left, and Jolly Benson, center.
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The Key West Literary Seminar attracts some of the finest authors – and their fans – for two consecutive weekends.

This year’s four-day event started on Jan. 10 and the second session picks up on Jan. 17 and ends on the 20th, with a Writers’ Workshop Program sandwiched in between.

The seminar is called “Writers on Writers” and its panelists include some of today’s keenest biographers, novelists and poets:  James Atlas, Blake Bailey, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Geoff Dyer, Brad Gooch, Lyndall Gordon, Paul Hendrickson, Pico Iyer, D.T. Max, Kate Moses, Ann Napolitano, Jay Parini, Robert D. Richardson, Phyllis Rose, Julie Salamon, Alexandra Styron, Judith Thurman, Colm Tóibín, Edmund White and Brenda Wineapple.

Arlo Haskell is the Associate Director of the Key West Literary Seminar and he says the organization works to keep the Key West Literary tradition alive.

“It’s a fascinating place for writers. It’s hard to put your finger on why it is, but it is.”

Haskell waxes on about Key West and its literary history in an interview with WLRN’s Kelley Mitchell.

And you can listen to a host of Key West literary podcasts as well.