2012 Florida Tech Creative Writing Institute Is May 13-17; Website Open for Registration

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Beginning and advanced writers, take note: the Florida Institute of Technology Department of Humanities and Communication presents its Fourth Annual Creative Writing Institute, which will run May 13-17 on campus. For details on classes, lectures and many bonus events, or to register, visit http://411.fit.edu/cwi.

This year’s keynote speaker is fiction writer Lynne Barrett. Her free presentation, “The Thread of a Story,” kicks off the institute on May 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Gleason Performing Arts Center on campus. A reception, registration, orientation and book fair, starting at noon, precede her talk.

Barrett, award-winning author of three short story collections, is a professor in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Florida International University and editor of The Florida Book Review. Her short story collections are The Land of Go, The Secret Names of Women and the recently published Magpies. Her honors include the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery story from the Mystery Writers of America; the Moondance International Film Festival Award for best short story; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Barrett is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Classes and lectures throughout the week will cover literary journalism, Internet publishing, the short story, the novel, science fiction, beginning fiction, flash fiction, memoir writing and other genres, such as poetry, playwriting, songwriting, thriller and mystery writing, comics and film. Of special note, author of the ethical vampire series and last year’s keynote speaker, Susan Hubbard, will teach a novel-writing class.

Other institute highlights include a variety of free bonus events, including noted novelist and short story writer John Dufresne, the luncheon speaker on May 14 and, again, Barrett, who is the luncheon reader on May 15. Local talent will perform the dramatic works of playwright Troy Jones on May 15 at 5 p.m. These presentations will take place in the Hartley Room, Denius Student Center.

Other noted presenters and speakers include Vince Courtney, author of 18 books, including the distinguished book for teens, Die Laughing; Philip Deaver, a winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; and filmmaker and writer Terry Cronin, creator of the critically-acclaimed independent comic series Students of the Unusual.

For more information, contact Margaret Moore at moorem@fit.edu or call (321) 674-7248.

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