Welcome to the BFA Fall Writers’ Conference

November 28-December 1, 2017 (December 2 travel day)

At the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

We regret to inform you that, due to circumstances beyond our control, the BFA Fall Writers’ Conference has been cancelled. 

Mark Doty

Mark Doty

“I felt that this conference unlocked a little door in both my brain and my heart that had never been unlocked before. I’m a fairly experienced writer and editor, so I wanted to learn just one new thing to improve my writing; I came away learning about fifteen things. This is a true writers’ conference. I’ve never before experienced such camaraderie.” -Christine Blackwell 

Join Terrance Hayes (Poetry), Eileen Myles (Memoir), Lesley Nneka Arimah (Fiction), and Emma Sweeney (Manuscript Consultations) for exciting and enlightening workshops in the Florida sun.

Warm winter days, crisp blue skies, the lure of a quiet seaside town with inviting beaches, and the pristine natural environment of the Atlantic Center for the Arts campus awaits. It is here that great literary minds converge, where the creative process and the natural world are complementary partners.

The 8th Annual Blue Flower Arts Writers’ Conference features renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and memoir in a tranquil and stimulating oasis removed from life’s daily routines and pressures. The natural canvas of this breathtaking environment sets the stage for inspirational workshops, readings, panels, and thought-provoking discourse in a community of like-minded writing professionals. The conference is set apart from others by its intimate feel – meals with the master writers and other participants, morning workshops, creative afternoons, and evening readings – all in the stunning setting that Atlantic Center for the Arts has offered artists for years. This conference is limited to thirteen writers for each of the three genres.

Applicants may (register now) to work with one of the faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. Please proceed to the Programs and Faculty page for detailed course information. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Jim Frost at jfrost@atlanticcenterforthearts.org.

Thank you for creating and maintaining the best one-week writers’ workshop/conference in the US! Thank you for the inspiring teachers and students, the tranquil, comfortable facilities, and the good food. Brava! —Bryan Monte 

“This was by far the best, most intimate, and productive writing conference I’ve ever attended.” -Conference Participant