A friend of mine went to Key West for the first time for the literary to-do. These are a few quick impressions from her...
Prior to Key West Literary Seminar start, did seaplane tour to the Dry Tortugas (literally spur of moment decision) and sunset cruise on Sebago's The Marquessa. (Flying into Key West from Orlando, the ocean didn't look like water -- it was seemingly still but rippled/ridged like grey herringbone stained with splotches of darker grey, which looked like they might be islands -- where there aren't any islands -- but were instead the shadows of low lying clouds.) If you're cruious, take a gander here to get a feel for KWLS:
EH has been invoked twice, so far, in the talks -- and he's one of the chosen section epigraphs in the seminar program booklet: "I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it."
Have been having lovely chats with chickens and cats as well as some people, including the sad-but-sweet curbside busking fiddle-playing Rilke-reciting fellow as well as folks actually associated with the Seminar, including a short story writer (who bemoans the novel's supremacy amongst the reading public), Vicki Riley-Fischer, who is a friend of Lorian Hemingway subsequent to her (Vicki's) having won the writing competition that Lorian sponsors. Also met, on the sunset cruise, mother and daughter from Malta who were really taken with the Hemingway House -- did not totally disilluision them about the tour's inaccuracies because they so enjoyed it and were thrilled to find out there is a Hemingway Society (and will probably be joining) and wanted recommendations for what of EH's to read for just starting out with EH. (I recommended SAR and Up in Michigan)
[SAR is his novel, The Sun Also Rises]