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.”

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 OM_3725The 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.

OM_3817Participant open mic readings are also held in 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, and ask your burning questions.





OM_3707_webBreak for free time, dinner, and then,

Palm tree dusk_omphoto


Evening Readings and Book Signings … all within walking distance …


At The Gala … meet
all the poets of the festival,
enjoy cocktails and dinner … and

OM_3628_web… The Gala Reading

… and if you feel inspired,

some dancing!


You are definitely in for a poetry treat!

Apply now to attend a workshop at the festival.
We hope to be able to welcome you in person in January!