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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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    Author Biographies

    Get to know the renowed writers we have invited to the 2018 Douglas Anderson Writers' Festival.

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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.

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    Workshop Descriptions

    World-renowned writers create unique, generative workshops for writers of all ages to explore new ideas through many lenses. We differentiate our festival by creating an opportunity for actual writing within the workshop experience with a focus on the generation of new work.

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

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Writers

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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Workshops

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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Venue

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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Craft Beyond Content

George Saunders
— Profile by Lexey Wilson, Editor-In-Cheif for Elan Literary Magazine
George Saunders, one of the most famous …

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Truth and Beauty

Agatha French
— Profile by Oona Roberts, Layout and Design Editor for Elan Literary Magazine
Agatha French is a …

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Grief and Sacrifice

Caitlyn Horrocks
— Profile by Valerie Busto, Fiction Editor for Elan Literary Magazine
“The lift of her legs over …

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True Form

David L. Williams
— Profile by Elma Dedic, Social Media Editor for Elan Literary Magazine
David L. Williams, graduated …

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Delicate Observation

Jim Peterson
— Profile by Meredith Abdelnour, Layout and Design Editor for Elan Literary Magazine
“This is before color …