2016 Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Workshops are limited to 12 qualified participants and three auditors to provide a meaningful level of discussion, and careful, informed attention to your work. Beginning poets, or those shy about sharing their poems, may consider auditing as a great way to learn by observing and listening. Apply online to attend a workshop as a participant or auditor. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by the deadline to apply: November 9, 2015.

Scroll down on the right to review the 2016 Workshop Faculty and Workshop Descriptions, or visit the Faculty & Featured Poets page.

Festival workshops offer participants the perfect opportunity to focus on their work with other serious writers of poetry … a schedule planned to support your writing and expand your experience of poetry with poets who are not only highly acclaimed, but also renowned teachers of craft.

OM_3780-CrestDoorWhen discovering the Crest Theatre at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, many say it’s like coming to their “poetry home.”  Later, the first day Welcome Reception and brief introductory workshop session, set the stage. Afterward, you will be free to explore Downtown Delray Beach and Atlantic Avenue for dinner.


On a typical morning, after you pick up a coffee in the festival bookstore, participant time is devoted to a workshop where you may learn as much from the leader as from your fellow participants.

OM_3728 The festival Bookstore is a gathering point for participants where Murder On The Beach, our official bookseller, manages book sales of faculty and featured poets’ titles, and consigns participant’s books for sale. A limited selection of snacks, water, coffee and tea are available for purchase. Participant open mic readings are also held at the bookstore.




Afternoon breaks in the balmy winter of Delray Beach, you may stroll along Atlantic Avenue, have lunch, before you attend a Craft Talk in the Crest Theatre, or an interview with our special guest poet, and ask your burning questions.


Break for free time, dinner, and then, evening Readings and Book Signings, all within walking distance. And at The Gala … meet all the poets of the festival, enjoy cocktails and dinner, and the Gala Reading, and if you feel inspired, some dancing!



You are definitely in for a poetry treat!OMG_3592_web Apply now to attend a workshop at the festival.

We hope to be able to welcome you in person in January!