September 22–25, 2010

Presented by Escape To Create and the Merchants of Rosemary Beach
Registration Fee by September 1, 2010 – $150
Registration Fee after September 1, 2010 – $175
Call 850-534-0000 or email for more info

Escape to Create announces the second annual Fall Writers’ Conference to be held September 22-25 in Rosemary Beach. Organized in small group sessions and hands-on workshops, participants will explore the craft of composing and literary appreciation with leading novelists, poets and publishing professionals.

A chance to convene for serious work with a focus on craft and fellowship with fellow artists, the Escape to Create Writers’ Conference brings together an eclectic and gifted group of authors to lead and inspire both veterans and emerging talent through guidance, encouragement and insight.

Programs will be offered in a relaxed setting in Rosemary Beach, where the exchange of ideas, shared literary experiences and professional advice will be available to aspiring writers of all levels of expertise throughout the three-day conference. The fields of fiction, historical novels, non-fiction, short stories and poetry will be explored by an award-winning faculty.


is the author of three poetry collections, all from Copper Canyon Press: Infanta (1995), which was selected for the National Poetry Series and chosen as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post Book World and Library Journal; One Above & One Below (2001), winner of the Midland Authors Prize and the Ohioana Prize, and her recent collection, Black Box, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Belieu’s poems have appeared in many places, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review and Tin House. She also publishes prose essays on a variety of subjects and has worked as an editor for a number of literary magazines. Belieu is currently the director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University

is the author of two story collections and four novels, Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, Deep in the Shade of Paradise most recently Requiem, Mass., and two books on writing fiction, The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? He wrote a full-length play, Trailerville, which was produced at the Blue Heron Theatre in New York in 2005, the screenplay for the award-winning short film The Freezer Jesus, and the screenplay for To Live and Die in Dixie (with Don Papy) which was released this June. Dufresne teaches creative writing at Florida International University.

DAPHNE KALOTAY is the author of the acclaimed fiction collection CALAMITY AND OTHER STORIES (Doubleday 2005/Anchor 2006), which includes stories from Missouri Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Good Housekeeping, AGNI, The Literary Review and Prairie Schooner. A Boston Herald and Vancouver Sun “Editor’s Choice,” CALAMITY was also and Poets & Writers “Notable Book” and was short-listed for the 2005 Story Prize. Her novel RUSSIAN WINTER (HarperCollins 2010) was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and will be published in September, with seventeen foreign editions already in progress. Daphne has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, Vassar College, Escape-to-Create and the La Napoule Foundation and has been a resident artist at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Ledig House. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Literature, both from Boston University, and has taught fiction writing at Boston University, Skidmore College, and Middlebury College. Visit her online at

DAVID MAGEE is an award-winning columnist and the non-fiction author of eight books, including The South is Round and How Toyota Became #1. His previous books including MoonPie, called “essential reading” by Library Journal, and Turnaround, about the remarkable leadership of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, is published in seven languages and has sold almost 100,000 copies worldwide. His most recent book, The Education of Mr. Mayfield was completed during his 2009 residency with Escape to Create in Seaside, Florida. Also, the co-owner of Chattanooga’s largest independent bookstore Rock Point Books and the founder of Jefferson Press, a niche publisher distributed nationally by Independent Publishers Group,

BRAD WATSON is from Meridian, Mississippi, and after receiving a B.A. from Mississippi State University and an MFA in fiction writing from The University of Alabama, spent several years as a reporter on the Gulf Coast, based in Gulf Shores, Alabama, but covering the coast from Cedar Key, Florida, to Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi. Since then he has published three books of fiction: Last Days of the Dog-Men, The Heaven of Mercury, and Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives, all from W.W. Norton & Co. He has taught fiction writing and literature at The University of Alabama, The University of West Florida, Ole Miss, The University of California -Irvine, and Harvard University, where he was director of the creative writing program. He currently teaches in the MFA program at The University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.”