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FGCU Presents Annual "Sanibel Island Writers Conference" on Sanibel Island Nov. 3-6

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites aspiring writers to attend the Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Thursday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 6 at BIG Arts and The Sanibel Island Public Library. Participants can attend a variety of workshops, panels, lectures and readings presented by celebrated writers and teachers. Registration is now open.

John Sayles, Henry Rollins, Dan Bern and John K. Samson will headline the conference.

Veteran filmmaker and novelist Sayles will deliver the keynote address Saturday, Nov. 5. Sayles's most recent novel is the critically acclaimed "A Moment in the Sun" (2011, McSweeney's). The address will begin at 6 p.m. in Schein Hall at BIG Arts, 900 Dunlop Road, and is open to the general public once all the registered conference attendees have been seated. Author Steve Almond ("Candyfreak," "God Bless America") will open.

Henry Rollins brings "An Evening of Storytelling" to the conference at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in Schein Hall at BIG Arts.

Registered conference attendees and FGCU students gain immediate admission. Tickets for the general public to Rollins' event are free, but must be reserved in advance. To reserve tickets, contact Tom DeMarchi.
Rollins hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.'s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, is a regular contributor to with his "Straight Talk Espresso" blog and recently joined forces with National Geographic as host of a series of television specials.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, acclaimed singer-songwriters Bern and Samson will perform solo concerts at 6 p.m. in Schein Hall.

Bern has released over a dozen albums, including the critically acclaimed "Fifty Eggs," "New American Language," and the children's album "2 Feet Tall." Bern's songwriting skills were used in the films "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," and "Get Him to the Greek."

Samson is the singer and songwriter for The Weakerthans, an acclaimed Canadian rock band that has released five CDs, including the award-winning "Reconstruction Site" (2004) and "Reunion Tour" (2008). Samson's poetry and prose have appeared in Matrix Magazine, Geist, The Believer, and Post-Prairie-an Anthology of New Poetry. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he's also the managing editor and co-founder of a small publishing house, ARP (Arbeiter Ring Publishing).

The concert is open to the general public once all the registered conference attendees have been seated.

In addition to the artists mentioned above, the conference offers workshops, presentations, panels and readings from the following authors, editors and literary agents:

Lynne Barrett (fiction/editor), Nickole Brown poetry/editor/publicist), Kevin Canty (fiction), Ron Currie Jr. (fiction), John Dufresne (fiction), Carmen Edington (editor), William Giraldi (fiction/editor), Barbara Hamby (poetry), John Hoppenthaler (poetry), Christopher Joyce (NPR-writing for radio), David Kirby (poetry), Christopher Phillips (Socrates Cafe), Robert Root (creative nonfiction/editor), Christopher Schelling (literary agent), Laurel Snyder (YA lit), Darin Strauss (memoir), Jay Wexler (creative nonfiction), Thomas Williams (novella/editor), Tom Zoellner (investigative journalism).

For a complete schedule or to register visit Contact Tom DeMarchi at or (239) 590-7421.

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