Creative Writing Institute, June 6-13, Packed with Lectures, Classes, Workshops

MELBOURNE, FLA. —The Florida Institute of Technology Department of Humanities and Communication presents its Second Annual Creative Writing Institute, which will run June 6-13. The program offers many classes and one-time lectures in different genres of creative writing as well as special events, including lunch hours and coffee hours for authors’ presentations, lectures, an evening showing of an original film, a poetry slam and a publishing panel.

Individual and corporate sponsors are welcome at any level, from $25 and up. In return, the sponsors will be listed in all publicity and will be acknowledged during the week-long institute.

Classes will include journalism, fiction (beginning and advanced) science fiction, historical fiction and novel writing, military thriller, mystery, poetry, playwriting (beginning and advanced), historical writing, fantasy, writing for young adults and children, writing for the screen and comics and writing for the mass media. There will also be class-time, or one-time lectures on writing for independent film, fantasy and horror writing. All classes are taught by college professors and published writers and are offered at a variety of times in order to accommodate the schedules of all those in the community who wish to participate.

This year’s keynote speaker is John Dufresne. He wrote the short story collections Johnny Too Bad and The Way That Water Enters Stone; four novels, Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, Deep in the Shade of Paradise and Requiem Mass; as well as the nonfiction The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction. His short story The Timing of Unfelt Smiles was in Best American Mystery Stories 2007.

Last year’s keynote speaker Philip F. Deaver, the 13th winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction, will return to teach a fiction class.

Also on hand will be award-winning playwright Lindsey Ferrentino and Florida Today columnist Annette Clifford.

Overnight accommodations are available on campus for $32 a night. For details or to register, visit For more information, contact Delilah Caballero at or call (321) 674-7248.

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