Martin County Library System Press Releases

June 18, 2009

Writers, Reserve Your Space Now!

Filed under: Adult programming — mclswebblog @ 3:59 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                       

DATE:  JUNE 17, 2009                                                                                                       

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                      




WHO:                    Martin County Library System and Florida International University, cosponsors


WHAT:                 FIU/Hutchinson Island Writers’ Conference


WHEN:                 Oct. 22-24, 2009


WHERE:              1) Hutchinson Island Marriott Resort, 555 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart (classes—registration required);

2) Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart (free nightly readings—open to the public)


HOW:                    Registration is $325 through Sept. 1 and $375 Sept. 2 or later. See below for details. 


Early registration is now open for the 23rd annual FIU Hutchinson Island Writers’ Conference, set for October 22, 23 and 24 at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Resort in Stuart, Florida. 


The conference co-sponsored by the Martin County Library System features classes, readings, and manuscript consultations with faculty from FIU’s top-ten-rated MFA program as well as a number of visiting distinguished writers, poets, editors, and agents.  MCLS patrons enjoy a $25 discount on the registration fee.  Nightly readings by participating conference faculty writers and poets are free and open to the public and will be held at the Blake Library.


The visiting slate includes Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and memoirist Madeleine Blais, poet and WW Norton Editor Jill Bialosky, award winning fiction writer Matthew Sharpe (Jamestown), Inkwell Management founding partner Kim Witherspoon, Akashic Books Editor and Publisher Johnny Temple, and best-selling novelist Debra Dean (The Madonnas of Leningrad).  FIU faculty include prose writers John Dufresne, Lynne Barrett, and Dan Wakefield and poets Denise Duhamel and Campbell McGrath. Conference director is novelist and historian Les Standiford (The Man Who Invented Christmas), head of the FIU Creative Writing Program.


Registration is $325 until Sept. 1, with manuscript conferences available for an additional $50.  Registration is $375 if received with postmark date of Sept. 2 or later.  Call FIU at 305-919-5857 for details or go to  Rooms at the Marriott are only $129 for participants.  Call 1-800-775-5936 and use code FIUFIUA.


To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch

 library or visit the library Web site,





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