MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Florida Institute of Technology Department of Humanities and Communication presents the 2009 Creative Writing Institute. Classes will
be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, May 18, 20 and 22, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day until 10:30 p.m.
In its first year at Florida Tech, the program offers many classes in different genres of creative writing. Classes will include fiction (beginning and
advanced) and science fiction writing, mystery, poetry, and script- and screen-writing, as well as writing for the mass media. There will also be
class-time, or one-time lectures on writing historical fiction, writing for independent film, fantasy and horror writing, and writing for adolescents and
comic books. 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.
A number of special events are scheduled, including lunch hour and coffee hour for authors’ presentations, lectures, an evening showing of an original
film, a poetry slam and a publishing panel.
This year’s keynote speaker is Philip Deaver, writer-in-residence at Rollins College. His address is free and open to the public. He will launch the week’s
activities on Sunday, May 17, at 2:15 p.m. in the Gleason Performing Arts Center on campus. Deaver is the 13th winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for
short fiction for his book “Silent Retreats.” His work has been recognized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and by the Pushcart Prize. Deaver also
writes poetry and his new book, How Men Pray, has earned critical acclaim. He has recently edited a book of creative nonfiction essays on baseball titled
Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball.
The fee will be $99 for one three-day class; $49 for a second class; and $29 for a third class. The fees above include all speakers, panels and events.
Individual lectures are $49 each; bonus events are free to all participants. Early registration is encouraged. For information, visit
http://411.fit.edu/cwi or e-mail email@example.com or call (321) 674-7248.