Posts Tagged ‘community’

Free! Q+A with Teen Author Kyle Prue

THINK YOU’RE BUSY? Kyle Prue is a high school senior, actor, comic, and the author of acclaimed YA fantasy novel THE SPARKS: Book One of the Feud Trilogy!

Now, Kyle invites Lit-lando-ans to give him the ol’ Q+A treatment. Wonder what inspired Kyle to write his hot new trilogy? How a high school student even gets published? How to balance a busy life and still leave room for creative mojo?

Find out! Join Racquel Henry at Writer’s Atelier, Wednesday, May 13, from 6:30 – 8 pm. To register for this FREE event, RSVP


UCF BookFest: Go!

WONDERING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN a book festival and a writing conference? A book festival showcases authors and their books, and typically includes presentations, book-signings, and readings. We attend to support authors and celebrate literature and writing. (Interested in presenting your work at a book fair? You might enjoy Making Book Fairs Work for You.)

A writing conference, on the other hand, is designed to educate writers about their craft via workshops and panel presentations, as well as providing opportunities to pitch work to agents. (Interested in attending a writing conference? You might like this Writer’s Digest article, How to Make the Most of Any Writing Conference.)

Now, head on out to the UCF BookFest! With thanks to Liz Rash, who reminds us that the 2015 Annual UCF Book Festival will be held this coming Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the UCF Education Complex.

The Sunshine State of Poetry

YOUR VOTE COUNTS! DURING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH (April), the Poetry Foundation invites Floridians to share our favorite poems as part of the Favorite Poem Project.index Just click the pretty yellow banner and enter the title of your favorite poem on the form you’ll find on the site. Selections from our submissions will be used to create a mini-documentary series that will air later this year. The Favorite Poem Project: Florida is part of a nation-wide program created by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Its purpose is to celebrate and encourage poetry in all American lives. And it gives us a chance to celebrate the particularities of the fresh-squeezed poetry goodness that sweetens our Sunshine-State lives.

Crack that Writing Whip!

IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER WRITE-IN AT WRITER’S ATELIER! imagesJoin other Central Florida writers at the Atelier’s Monthly Write-In this Saturday, March 28th, from 12-2 pm. There’s no charge, but do RSVP Racquel at Then drive your writer self to 336 Grove Ave., Suite B, Winter Park, FL 32789, ring the bell, pour yourself a cup of joe, put your butt in one of the Atelier’s comfy chairs, and hit the keys for thirty minutes. After a mini-break, you’ll go again. Because that’s how we get writing done.

Sewing Holes: A Celebration

DARLYN FINCH KUHN’S LOVELY DEBUT NOVEL, SEWING HOLES, indexmakes its first official public appearance on Saturday, March 28th, at 7 p.m., when Twisted Road Publications is throwing a bash to celebrate the book and its author.

Darlyn Finch Kuhn has written a modern Southern Gothic novel … that keeps the reader captivated from beginning to end…. Jeff Kunerth, author of TROUT: A True Story of Murder, Teens, and the Death Penalty

And guess what? We’re invited! So get out your prettiest party dress—or polish up your party shoes—and come meet Darlyn (and a gazillion of her well-wishers!) at the Jack Kerouac House, 1408 Clouser St., College Park, Florida, 32804.

As Darlyn would say, “Don’t make me come get you”!

A Work (of Art) Party

DON’T YOU LOVE IT WHEN WRITERS GET IT RIGHT? Young-adult author Melody Maysonet is garnering great press for her debut novel, A WORK OF ART (Merit Press). Her starred Kirkus Review says, Maysonet…. illuminates one girl’s traumatic experience with deeply felt compassion…. An important book about endings, beginnings and the choice to move on. And Booklist writes, Beautifully drawn, convincingly flawed characters…. [S]killfully explores the consequences of self-deception … and the lengths we go to please the people we love. Adobe Photoshop PDF

Now, Melody invites us to her national book release celebration, March 21, from 2-4 p.m., at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, Meeting Room D. Please RSVP to

To learn more, visit 

A Chair for Your Butt

BUTT IN CHAIR: THAT’S THE CURE FOR THE writer’s most common ailment. Join the Monthly Write-In at Writer’s Atelier this Saturday, February 28th, from 12-2 pm. oscar-wild-60553_1280There’s no charge, but do RSVP Racquel at (so she knows how many cookies to bake). Then drive your writer self to 336 Grove Ave., Suite B, Winter Park, FL 32789, ring the bell, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your butt in one of the Atelier’s comfortable chairs, and hit the keys for thirty minutes. A moderator will signal a ten-minute social (cookie!) break—then you’ll write again. Because that’s the way we get writing done.

Day at the (Tampa) Bay: Mini Writing Con

WRITERS HELPING WRITERS, THAT’S BEEN THE FWA MOTTO for years. Now, FWA wants to be your Valentine, too! On Saturday, February 14th, FWA presents the second annual Day at the Bay mini conference. This year, the workshops target love—and fighting. Yes, a full day focused on writing romance . . . and its exact opposite: hand-to-hand combat, guns, and crime scenes. The love (and assault) takes place at the Hilton Tampa Westshore. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Visit FWA for more details.

Free! Big Fun for Writers!

OUR LAST, FREE (!) ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WAS SO AWESOME (!!!) THAT RACQUEL HENRY and I decided to reprise the event. Join us at Writer’s Atelier, in Winter Park, Florida, on Monday, February 23rd, at 6:45 p.m. We’ll answer questions about your writing projects, including issues of writing process, craft, publishing, and marketing.

While there’s no charge for this presentation, do contact to register, as seating is limited. Oh, and let me introduce Racquel! Having earned her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Racquel co-founded Black Fox Literary Magazine, and is now a writer and editor, an English professor, and the founder of Writer’s Atelier. Her work has appeared in Lotus-eater Literary Magazine and Zest Literary Journal, among others. (See? Awesome!!!)

Two Indie Bookstores

ST. AUGUSTINIANS? JACKSONVILLIANS? LOOKING FOR A COZY SPACE to host a literary event? Indie bookstore Read (Think) Books is the perfect spot for you! Located in quaint-and-teensy downtown Palatka, Florida, just south of Jax on the St. Johns, R(T)B welcomes writers, writing groups, and book clubs. They’ll even brew up a fresh pot of coffee just for you!

Co-owner Kristin Pegler says, Writers and writing groups are the spirit of a bookstore; we wouldn’t be here without them. Sharing ideas with other writers adds joy to a writer’s life and helps build that vital “networking muscle.” When writers seek out our store to inspire and enrich their writing process, I know we’re doing something right.

Central Floridians? Seeking the same? Check out the charming new Writer’s Block Bookstore in downtown Winter Park. Owner Lauren Zimmerman hosts oodles of author and other events—and I bet she’ll toss on a pot of brew for you, too.

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