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FGCU Hosts Annual "Sanibel Island Writers Conference" On Sanibel Island Oct. 4-7

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites aspiring writers to attend the Sanibel Island Writers Conference, to be held Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 4 through Oct. 7 at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island. Participants can attend a variety of workshops, panels, lectures and readings presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers.

According to Tom DeMarchi, director of the Sanibel Writers Conference and instructor in the FGCU College of Arts and Sciences, "The conference is open to any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress."

Attendees participate in a variety of morning workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, children's literature, memoir, and creative nonfiction. Afternoon panels include workshops in publishing, freelance writing, journalism, and the creative process. Each evening will feature readings and book signings with two to three authors. People registered for the whole conference can attend all events. Tickets for nightly readings will be sold to the general public through BIG ARTS and at the door.

Keynote speaker Robert Olen Butler is the author of ten novels and four volumes of short fiction, one of which, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler has also published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream, edited with an introduction by Janet Burroway. Among his numerous other awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and two National Magazine Awards in Fiction.

Presenters include celebrated writers Steve Almond, Lynne Barrett, Jordan Bass, Jill Bialosky, Jim Brock, Nick Carbo, Larry Doyle, Denise Duhamel, John Dufresne, William Giraldi, Heidi Julavits, Suzanna Henshon, Jesse Millner, Lyn Millner, Martin Tolchin, and Susan Tolchin. Literary agent Christopher Schelling will discuss how he helps shape and manage his clients' careers.

Novelist Jill Bialosky is executive editor and vice president of W. W. Norton & Company. Bialosky will be presenting on her experiences as an editor and publisher. Most recently she has edited The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach. Other books edited have received the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and The Pen Hemingway Award.

The daily schedule is from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The cost for participants is $350, which includes all workshops, panels, lectures and readings. Registration is limited to 150 participants on a first come, first serve basis. Registration forms are available at

For an additional $50, participants can meet privately with a writer or editor to discuss a maximum of 10 pages of a pre-submitted manuscript. Space is limited for individual manuscript consultations.

For more information, media representatives should contact DeMarchi at (239) 590-7421 or, or visit the conference website at

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