The Longleaf Writers Conference, formally the Seaside Writers Conference, has been in existence for 5 years. With direct support from the Cultural Artist Alliance of Walton County, The Longleaf Writers Conference has utilized, “Writers in the Classroom” as a distinct means for student outreach. National and International writing scholars come to participate in the conference and during their time they also work directly with students.

During this 5 year outreach The Longleaf Writers Conference has worked with over 500 students; including the following schools: Seacoast Collegiate High School, Seaside Neighborhood School, South Walton High School, Freeport High School and Walton High School. Walton county students are able to work in with the scholars in small group workshop sessions learning about writing craft, learning new techniques of writing expression and creating original works.   

Submitted by Jonathan D'Avignon