KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Noted American and international writers are exploring the lives and work of literary icons from Sylvia Plath to Ernest Hemingway on the island that was once home to Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
The first session of the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar, themed "Writers on Writers," began Thursday night with an address by biographer and critic Phyllis Rose.
Among 29 scheduled presenters are former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, National Book Award winner Mark Doty, Irish novelist C≤lm Toibφn and Alexandra Styron, whose "Reading My Father" chronicles author William Styron's life.
Slated discussion topics range from "How Far Can the Facts Take Us?" to "Shaping a Life and the Narrative Arc."
The first session ends Sunday, followed by writing workshops and a second session through Jan. 20.
------ Online: Key West Literary Seminar, http://www.kwls.org