Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Key West Literary Seminar Inc

  • Key West, FL
  • www.kwls.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Key West Literary Seminar is to promote the understanding and discussion of important literary works and their authors; to recognize and support new voices in American literature; and to preserve and promote Key West's literary heritage while providing resources that strengthen literary culture.

Main Programs

  1. Seminar
  2. Writers' Workshop Program
  3. Scholarship Program
Service Areas

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National

Programs take place in Key West, Florida, and attract an audience from all over the country.

ruling year

1987

Executive Director

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Mr. Arlo Haskell

Keywords

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literature, key west, readers, writers, books

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EIN

59-2807058

 Number

8274933091

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Seminar

Established in 1983, the annual Seminar explores a different literary theme each January. Acclaimed writers join readers from around the world for a four-day program of readings, conversations, and lectures.

The goal of the Seminar is to enrich the lives of all who attend by provoking discussion and offering insight into important literary works and their contributions to our culture.

Presenters have included Gore Vidal, Octavio Paz, Joseph Heller, Ian McEwan, Marilynne Robinson, Annie Dillard, Billy Collins, Robert Stone, Pico Iyer, Joyce Carol Oates, Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, Thomas McGuane, and Barry Unsworth.

The Seminar has been covered by major media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian (U.K), Good Weekend (Australia), National Public Radio, Poets & Writers, Travel + Leisure, and C-SPAN's Book-TV.

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Program 2

Writers' Workshop Program

The Writers’ Workshop Program is led by esteemed faculty and provides writers at all stages of development with opportunities to explore the craft of writing in a focused and nurturing environment.

Its goal is to provide working writers with the community, encouragement, and constructive criticism that can improve their work and strengthen our literary culture.

Up to twelve workshops are offered each year, on subjects including fiction, screenwriting, poetry, and memoir.

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Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Program aims to nourish a vibrant literary culture by providing support to a diverse group of teachers, librarians, and readers while promoting the work of new voices in American literature.

Up to twenty full scholarships are provided to teachers and librarians to support attendance at the Seminar. Financial assistance packages go to as many as twenty-four writers who would not otherwise be able to attend the Workshop Program. Three Emerging Writer Awards each year recognize individuals who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.

Since 2008, KWLS has granted scholarships to almost 400 individuals, at a value of more than $350,000.

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Service Areas

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KEY WEST LITERARY SEMINAR INC
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31

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Key West Literary Seminar Inc

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Executive Director

Mr. Arlo Haskell

BIO

Arlo Haskell is Executive Director of the Key West Literary Seminar and was previously its Associate Director. He is also the founding editor of Sand Paper Press, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Key West Library.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Diane Shelby

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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