Well, my travel plans (and those of many others who'd intended to rendez-vous and talk books in South Florida) have changed. I think we're all much more wary about impending hurricanes these days, no matter where we live.
In other news, Rhode Island writers should take note of this opportunity: The Robert & Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships annually. This year the fellowships are open to writers (the opportunity rotates among composers, writers, and visual artists). Eligible genres include prose fiction ("including poetry for the page and stage"), novels, short stories, scriptwriting ("for the stage and screen"), and "experimental forms." Applicants must be Rhode Island residents at time of application and during the fellowship. Applications are due at the Rhode Island Foundation by 5PM on November 30, 2005. No application fee. For more information and the application, visit the website.