TIPS ON SCREENWRITING, POETRY, KID LIT FEATURED AT 16TH WRITERS' FESTIVAL MAY 16 - 18
If you want tips on humor, screenwriting, or children�s books, you will want to attend the 16th annual Florida First Coast Writers� Festival May 16-18 at the Sea Turtle Inn at Atlantic Beach. Pre-conference workshops will be offered on Thursday, May 16.
Speakers will include:
Gail Galloway Adams, whose award-winning collection has been published
as The Purchase of Order, won the Flannery O�Connor Award
for Short Fiction. She is a professor of English and creative writing at
West Virginia University.
Nancy Slonim Aronie has published IB. She teaches at Harvard University.
Robert Bailey (novelist) is the author of Private Heat. The 1998 Writers� Festival novel winner spent five years as a corporate security director in the Detroit area, and twenty years as a licensed private investigator.
Sheree Bykofsky, an agent, is the author of The Complete Idiot�s Guide to Getting Published and the newly published The 52 Most Romantic Dates In and Around New York City, as well as co-author of The Complete Idiot�s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles.
Lisa Carrier, a children�s author, co-authored T. Rex at Swan Lake, with Lenore Hart. It was adapted from a poem she wrote about the themes of dinosaurs and dance.
Tim Dorsey is the author of four �black comedy suspense action thriller crime mystery novels�, Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush , and the newest, Triggerfish Twist.
John Dufresne is the author of such novels as Deep in the Shade of Paradise, Louisiana Power & Light, and Love Warps the Mind a Little as well as the short story collection, The Way that Water Enters Stone. Louisiana Power & Light is being made into a movie.
Sohrab Homi Fracis, winner of the University of Iowa Short Fiction Prize, teaches creative writing at the University of North Florida. His collection has been published as Ticket to Mento.
Ingrid Elfver-Ryan, an agent, represents the New Brand Agency Group in Ft. Lauderdale and is the founder of One Essence, a nonprofit organization devoted to the teaching of whole living.
Lenore Hart has two new books, including Waterwoman, a historical novel, and T. Rex at Swan Lake, a children�s book (to be published in 2002). Other works include novels Black River and Weirwood, and a collection of short stories, Florida Gothic.
Robert Inman, novelist and screenwriter, is the author of four novels and has written non-fiction and screenplays for six TV movies.
Frances Keiser, children�s author and wildlife rescue volunteer, has written three Adventures of Pelican Pete Books.
Hugh Keiser, artist, illustrates the Pelican Pete books and a series of trading cards. He has been painting and drawing for over 40 years.
Sandra Kitt is author of such romance novels as The Color of Love, Significant Others, Between Friends, Close Encounters, Girlfriends, and others. She was the first black writer to ever publish with Harlequin.
Mary Sue Koeppel published In the Library of Silences -- Poems of Loss, just days before Sept. 11, 2001. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in over 50 journals, anthologies and magazines.
Elizabeth Lund, the poetry editor of The Christian Science Monitor, has had poems appear in periodicals in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, and she been a finalist for the Brittingham Prize and the Four Way Books Intro Prize.
Shelley Fraser Mickle has a new novel entitled The Turning Hour. Her first novel, The Queen of October, was named a Notable Book of 1989 by The New York Times, while Replacing Dad was made into a TV movie.
Kitty Oliver's newest book, Multicolored Memories of a Black Southern Girl, is a collection of autobiographical essays.
Kathy Pories, an Algonquin Books editor, has worked with such authors as Daniel Wallace, Silass House, and Stacey D�Erasmo. She also profiles authors on the public radio station in Chapel Hill, N.C.
David Poyer has two new novels, Winter Light and Fire on the Waters. He has published twenty-three novels, including such bestsellers and critically praised works as The Circle, The Gulf, The Only Thing To Fear, Thunder on the Mountain, and Down to a Sunless Sea.
Arthur Rosenfeld has just published his seventh novel, Diamond Eye. Other works include A Cure for Gravity, Dark Money, Dark Tracks, and Harpoons. He has published stories in magazines ranging from Vogue and Vanity Fair to Motorcyclist.
Mark Ryan, a literary agent, is president of New Brand Agency in Ft. Lauderdale. He represents both fiction and non-fiction, and has placed work with most major publishing houses.
Richard Michaels Stefanik was a Screenwriting Fellow at the American Film Institute and has worked at several Hollywood studios, including Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions. He presently conducts Online Story Design and Humor classes for Scr(i)pt magazine.
Two days of the Festival, with two lunches, will be $185; Friday or Saturday only, with lunch, $95; Friday night banquet, $50; special two days and banquet, $225. The pre-conference workshops with agent Mark Ryan and Ingrid Elfver-Ryan or Sandra Kitt will be $50.
Interested persons may register by mail and make their check payable to FCCJ/Writers� Festival. Mail to Writers� Festival, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256. A person may prefer to use a credit card and phone in his or her registration at (904) 633-8292 ext.1. A credit card registration may be done by faxing a registration slip to (904) 997-2727.
Since lodging is not included in the Festival fees, out-of-towners will need to call the Sea Turtle Inn at (904) 249-7402 or (800) 874-6000 to make reservations. For additional information, call 904.997-2669.
By HOWARD DENSON
By BRAD HALL
Everyone hears but what he understands.
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Writers born in May
1--Joseph Addison (1672), Joseph Heller (1923), Terry Southern
(1924), and Bobbie Ann Masons (1940); 3--Niccolò Machiavelli (1469)
and William Inge (1913); 4--Lincoln Kirstein (1907), Heloise (1919), and
Graham Swift (1949);
5--Karl Marx (1828), Robert Browning (1812), Thomas Edward Brown (1830), Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) (1867), and Richard Eberhart (1904); 6--Sigmund Freud (1856), Orson Welles (1915); 7--Dániel Berzsenyi (1776), José Valentim Fialho de Almeida (1857), Archibald MacLeish (1892), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927), Angela Carter (1940), and Peter Carey (1943); 8--Henry Baker (1698), Thomas B. Costain (1885), Gary Snyder (1930), and Thomas Pynchon (1937); 9--James M. Barrie (1860) and Austin Clarke (1896);
10--Ivan Cankar (1876); 11--Henry Cuyler Bunner (1855), Irving Berlin (1888), and Stanley Elkin (1930); 12--Andrei Voznesensky (1933); 13--Daphne DuMaurier (1907), Bruce Chatwin (1940), Armistead Maupin (1944); 14--Sir Hall Caine (1853) and George Lucas (1944);
15--Melchiorre Cesarotti (1730), L. Frank Baum (1856), Edwin Muir (1887), Katherine Anne Porter (1890), and Max Frisch (1911); 16--Randall Jarrell (1914) and Adrienne Rich (1929); 17--Henri Barbusse (1873); 19--Lorraine Hansberry (1930);
20--Honoré de Balzac (1799) and Sigrid Undset (1882); 21--Alexander Pope (1688) and Robert Creeley (1926); 22--Arthur Conan Doyle (1859) and Peter Mathiessen (1927); 23--John Bartram (1699) and Theodore Roethke (1907); 24--William Trevor (1928) and Bob Dylan (1941);
25--John Stuart Mill (1713), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Jocob Christoph Burckhardt (1818), Jean Richard Bloch (1884), Robert Ludlum (1927), John Gregory Dunne (1932), and Raymond Carver (1938); 27--Arnold Bennett (1867), Max Brod (1884), Dashiell Hammett (1894), John Cheever (1912), Herman Wouk (1915), Tony Hillerman (1925), John Barth (1930), Harlan Ellison (1934); 28--Ian Fleming (1908), Patrick White (1912), and Walker Percy (1916); 29--Patrick Henry (1736), G. K. Chesterton (1874), Max Brand (1892), and André Brink (1935);
30--Alfred Austin (1835), Cornelia Otis Skinner (1901), and Countee Cullen (1903); 31--Georg Herwegh (1817), Walt Whitman (1819) and Norman Vincent Peale (1898).
Frank Green, Dan Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org), Howard Denson, Nate Tolar, Joyce Davidson, Margaret Gloag (email@example.com), Richard Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bob Alexander
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Some dates to remember:
Sat., May 11, 2 p.m., F128B: NFW Speaker: Vic "Poke McHenry" Smith
Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18: Florida First Coast Writers' Festival, Sea Turtle Inn (web.fccj.org/wf/)
Sat., June 8, 2 p.m., F128B: NFW Speaker: Melody Bussey
Sat., July 13, 2 p.m., F128B: NFW Speaker: Wanda Kachur
Sat., Aug. 10, 2 p.m., F128B: NFW Speaker: Beverly Fleming
Sat., Sept. 14, 2 p.m., F128B: NFW Speaker: Mark Ari
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6: Book Island Festival, Fernandina Beach
Sat., Oct. 12, 2 p.m., F128B: NFW Speaker: Harriet Dodson
Sat., Nov. 9, 2 p.m., F128B: NFW Speaker: Sohrab Fracis
Sat., Dec. 7, 2 p.m., F128B: NFW Speaker: Patti Levine Brown
Sat., Jan. 11, 2 p.m., F128B: NFW Speaker: Bill Reynolds
If you are writing a story or poem, you will need some expert
feedback--the sort that you will receive at a meeting of the North Florida
You won't profit from automatic praise that a close friend or relative might give or jealous criticism from others who may feel threatened by your writing.
The NFW specializes in CONSTRUCTIVE feedback that will enable your manuscript to stand on its own two feet and demand that it be accepted by an editor or agent. Hence, you need the NFW.
The North Florida Writers is a writer's best friend because we help members to rid manuscripts of defects and to identify when a work is exciting and captivating.
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How Does Critiquing Work?
When you attend a meeting of the North Florida Writers, you eventually
discover that NO ONE has ever died while his or her manuscript was being
read and critiqued. You may be ready to face the ordeal yourself.
. .or, reading this, you may wonder what exactly takes place during a critiquing.
First, you pitch your manuscript into a stack with others' works-in-progress. Then one of the NFW members hands out each piece to volunteer readers, taking care NOT to give you back your own manuscript to read.
Second, as the reading begins, each author is instructed NOT to identify himself or herself and especially NOT to explain or defend the work. The writer may never have heard the piece read aloud by another's voice, so the writer needs to focus on the sound of his or her sentences.
Third, at the finish of each selection, the NFW members try to offer constructive advice about how to make the story better. If a section was confusing or boring, that information may be helpful to the author.
The NFW will listen to 10 pages (double-spaced) of prose (usually a short story or a chapter).
UNHELPFUL FEEDBACK: As you listen to a manuscript, you may be tempted to say, "That's the stupidest piece I've ever heard." Alas, you aren't being CONSTRUCTIVE. If you simply do NOT like any, say, science-fiction, then you may not have anything helpful to say. That is all right. On the other hand, if you think that a piece was going along okay and then fell apart, you can help the author by saying, "I accepted the opening page, but, when the singing buffalo was introduced somewhere on page 2, the piece lost it for me."
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