For two weeks in May, starting on May 12th, Seaside will become home base for two professional writers who will be participating in a series of events for the first Seaside Writers Conference.
Conceived by Seacoast Collegiate High School principal, Jonathan D’Avignon, the goals of this conference is to reach out to local students at both the middle and high school level and the general public by offering instruction with a heavy emphasis on the process of writing during a concentrated time period.
“Writing has seen a decline in importance through the myriad of state testing,” said D’Avignon. “I wanted to bring a new sense of urgency back to writing.”
With that mission in mind, D’Avignon reached out to former Florida State University college friends and accomplished writers Dr. Matt Bondruant and Dr. Seth Brady Tucker to see if they would be interested in assisting him with this idea. They jumped at the opportunity.
“I have wanted to spearhead a retreat like this for many years,” said Dr. Tucker. “And I believe that the fact that this experience is going to be developed and deployed by writers is going to give the conference a distinct literary flavor.”