Welcome to the Submittable site for Key West Literary Seminar. Here, you can submit applications to participate in our Writers' Workshop Program; and/or apply for the opportunities provided by our Scholarship and Writer-in-Residence Program, or Young Writers Studio

You'll find more information about the programs and opportunities we offer on our website, kwls.org. The Writers' Workshop Program main page includes an overview of our program, with links to complete course descriptions and application requirements. Visit our Scholarship Program main page for information about Workshop Financial Assistance, our Emerging Writer Awards, and the Teacher and Librarian Scholarships. 

Our Writer-in-Residence Program aims to support emerging and accomplished writers in the production of compelling literary work by providing short-term housing in Key West. Residency periods of one to four weeks are available from February through November.

Potential writers-in-residence should submit a concise narrative proposal in the form of a personal letter. Please describe past accomplishments and current projects, outline a proposed focus for your residency, and convey a strong sense of why you want to work in Key West. Reviewers will evaluate the literary merit of each proposal as well as its “fit” with our mission and history. Priority will be given to applicants whose project could only be completed in Key West, or where something about the geographical, environmental, cultural, and/or political factors of the region and/or our island city are germane to your project.

Please allow six-to-eight weeks for a reply.

Housing is provided in a private, fully furnished upstairs apartment, part of our small compound on Love Lane in old town Key West, next door to the library and within walking distance of all the basic requirements: food, drink, movies, and the ocean. We are able to host one writer at a time. No funding is available for travel or living expenses. More information is available upon request.

For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities, please visit our website.

Requirements for Teachers & Librarians Scholarship:

1. REQUEST LETTER:

Please tell us about your work as a teacher or librarian in 750 words or less. A successful request letter will describe your institution, the community it serves, and your role within it; address the theme and/or speakers for the upcoming Seminar; and explain how you hope your attendance at the Seminar will benefit you and your community. Please also tell us something about your financial need, and whether or not you would be able to attend KWLS without our support.

File name must adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_cover.doc” and your name must appear at the top-right-hand-corner of the page.

2. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: One letter of recommendation is required. It may be written by a supervisor, former student, patron, or peer. An effective letter will describe your strengths as a teacher or librarian and the impact you have made on others in your community and/or institution.

In the application form below, you will be asked to provide an email address for your recommender. Once you submit the application, they will receive an email from Submittable with a link to upload the recommendation letter. We suggest that you contact your recommender before you submit your application and alert him or her to expect this email.

3. REFERENCES:

Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.


For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities, please visit our website.

HOW TO APPLY: Complete the form below, making sure that you have prepared these required materials:

1. FELLOWSHIP REQUEST LETTER:
In no more than 750 words, please tell us about yourself as a reader and writer, how you heard about the Writers' Workshop Program, and why you would like to attend. Please tell us about your financial situation and whether or not you would be able to attend without our support. Please note: You will submit this letter instead of a cover letter in your workshop application. 


File name should adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_cover.doc” and your name should appear at the top-right-hand-corner of the page.

2. WORKSHOP REQUIRED MATERIALS:
Review the course description for the workshop(s) you wish to participate in and prepare any and all required materials. You will then upload these as part of the application below. You may apply for up to two workshops, indicating a first choice and second choice.

Instead of a cover letter for the workshop, please write a fellowship request letter as detailed above.

When applying for a Fellowship in either an Advanced and All Levels workshop, please submit the fellowship request letter AND upload a writing sample of up to five pages that best reflects your work.

3. REFERENCES:
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.

WORKSHOP FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE: The priority deadline is July 15, 2022 and we strongly encourage you to apply early. We do continue to accept applications on a rolling basis and offer aid as long as funding remains available, but we often fill up our spots in the first round. As such, if you apply after the priority deadline, you may not hear from us with confirmation of your status even though your application will remain open.

January 10-14, 2023

For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.


Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).

REQUIREMENTS


This workshop is open to writers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application. 


 • To be considered for the class, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any. 


 •  The cost is $675. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $300 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.


 •  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. We will continue to accept applications after the class fills up, in the event of cancellations.


Click here for our refund policy.

January 10-14, 2023

For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.


Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).

REQUIREMENTS


This workshop is open to writers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application. 


 • To be considered for the class, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any. 


 •  The cost is $675. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $300 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.


 •  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. We will continue to accept applications after the class fills up, in the event of cancellations.


Click here for our refund policy.

January 10-14, 2023

For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.



Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).




REQUIREMENTS

This is an all levels class — it is open to writers and readers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application. 

Note that this is not a traditional writers’ workshop where student work will be the focus, but a readers’ workshop where the texts under discussion are by various published authors.



•  To be considered for the program, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.



•  The cost is $675. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $300 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.

January 10-14, 2023



For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).



REQUIREMENTS

This is an all levels workshop — it is open to writers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application.



•  To be considered, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.



•  The cost is $675. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $300 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.

January 10-14, 2023

For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS

This is an advanced levels workshop — it is open to experienced writers and requires a writing submission.

- To be considered, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience.

- Please also submit a writing sample of 10 - 20 double spaced pages.

- The cost is $675. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $300 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.

- Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. We will continue to accept applications after the class fills up, in the event of cancellations.

Click here for our refund policy.

January 10-14, 2023

For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS

This is an all levels workshop — it is open to all writers and requires a cover letter.

- To be considered, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience.
- The cost is $675. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $300 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.
- Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. We will continue to accept applications after the class fills up, in the event of cancellations.
Click here for our refund policy.

January 10-14, 2023

For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.
 

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).  


 REQUIREMENTS 

This is an all levels workshop — it is open to all writers and requires only a cover letter.  

- To be considered, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience. 

- The cost is $675. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $300 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance. 

- Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. We will continue to accept applications after the class fills up, in the event of cancellations.


 Click here for our refund policy.

January 10-14, 2023

For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS

This is an advanced levels workshop — it is open to experienced writers and requires a writing submission.

- To be considered, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience.

- Please also submit a writing sample of up to ten double spaced pages.

- The cost is $675. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $300 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.

- Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. We will continue to accept applications after the class fills up, in the event of cancellations.

Click here for our refund policy.

Key West Literary Seminar