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2445 San Diego Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32207

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    Award-winning novelist, George Saunders

    The Douglas Anderson Writers' Festival welcomes renowned novelist and short story writer, George Saunders, as our 2018 Co-headlining author.

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    United States Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith

    The Douglas Anderson Writers' Festival welcomes award-winning poet, Tracy K. Smith, as our 2018 Co-headlining author.

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    Advancing Craft

    We differentiate our festival by creating an opportunity for actual writing within the workshop experience with a focus on the generation of new work.

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    Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

    The 15th Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival will be hosted on the campus of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida.

A gathering for writers of all ages to advance their craft Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

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Our festival features a series of all day, hands-on writing workshops conducted by nationally renowned authors in celebration of the printed word. Click through to get a glimpse of this year's impressive line-up!

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Plan your day in advance by reading through our unique selection of offerings which include workshops on poetic craft, fiction technique, creative nonfiction, journalism, spoken word performance, and publication.

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This year's festival will be on the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts’ campus. Get a glimpse into the extraordinary environment students of the program have access to as members of this unique arts community.

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Testimony from Festival-Goers

"I always thought writing was something that kept you in a box. I was inspired to use new languages, music, and voices in my writing." - Dwight James III

“My experience at the Writers’ Fest was about building a community through a common love of writing. It was a quiet kind of camaraderie that can only be present in a place full of writers.” - Ruvi Gonzalez

“Two years after my Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival experience I look back on that day and am thankful for the exposure and inspiration it gave me.” - Mary Feimi

“The Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival helped me become comfortable with writing anything. Since then, I’ve written about experiences I thought were too personal to be shared, and shared them proudly.” - Jordan Jacob

“The Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival gave me this lesson: write what kills you, write what brings you to your knees, write it because vulnerability and pain are among the greatest catalysts for a writer.” - Aracely Medina

Book Reviews and Writer Spotlights

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Fluid Power

Ira Sukrungruang
— Profile by Ana Shaw, Editor-In-Cheif for Elan Literary Magazine
Probably the most striking thing a person …

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The Human Heart

Jessica Hendry Nelson
— Profile by Lex Hamilton, Marketing Editor for Elan Literary Magazine
Deep in my first …

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Nature of Writing

Sidney Wade
— Profile by Kathryn Wallis, Art Editor for Elan Literary Magazine
Sidney Wade is the most …

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Billy Merrell
— Profile by Kinley Dozier, Managing Editor for Elan Literary Magazine
After getting the chance to …

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Shining a Light

Teri Youmans Grimm
— Profile by Winnie Blay, Managing Editor for Elan Literary Magazine
Poet Teri Grimm with …