Free Community Presentations Planned for 2012 Creative Writing Institute, May 13-17

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Featuring a variety of free events, the Florida Institute of Technology Department of Humanities and Communication presents its Fourth Annual Creative Writing Institute, May 13-17 on campus. All of the following events are free of charge and no RSVPs are necessary.

This year’s keynote speaker is author Lynne Barrett. Her free presentation, “The Thread of a Story,” kicks off the institute on May 13 at 2:15 p.m. in the Hartley Room, Denius Student Center. Barrett recently took the Gold Prize in the 2011 Florida Book Awards; she won first place in the General Fiction category for her book, Magpies. A reception, registration, orientation and book fair, starting at noon, precede her talk. Other bonus events are below.

On May 14, 12:10-1:10 p.m., lunch speaker John Dufresne will read from his work and a Publishing Panel will convene 4- 5 p.m. Addressing writing from every genre and level of experience will be panelists Lynne Barrett, Vince Courtney, Philip F. Deaver, John Dufresne, Susan Hubbard, Michael Lister and A.K. Stanfield. The dinner speaker, 5:10-6:10 p.m. that day will be Susan Hubbard, who will read from her work.

On May 15, 12:10-1:10 p.m., the lunch speaker will be Lynne Barrett, who will read from her work. That evening, 5-6:10 pm., local talent will perform the dramatic works of Playwright and Director Troy Jones.

On May 16, 12:10-1:10 p.m., the lunch speaker will be Michael Lister, who will read from his work. In a media panel from 4 to 5 p.m., authors and journalists Susan Hubbard, Michael Lister, Ted Petersen and John Torres will discuss the many angles of writing for the media and how to negotiate online media. The dinner speaker this evening, 5:10-6:10 p.m., will be film-maker and writer Terry Cronin Jr., M.D., who will read from The Skinvestigtor: Rash Guard, Book Two of the Sunshine State Trilogy. Also on May 16, an independent film screening will take place 8:45-10 p.m. Cronin will present short films based on his comic book series set in Florida, Students of the Unusual.

On May 17, 12-10-1:10 p.m., the lunch speaker will be Philip F. Deaver, who will read from his work. The Barnes & Noble Speaker, 4-5 that day, will be Kaori Suzuki Fischer who will discuss the challenges of publishing in this era of rapidly-changing technology. Dinner speaker Vince Courtney, 5:10-6:10 p.m., will read from his work. That evening, 8:45-10 p.m., is open mic. This is a creative celebration of artistic talent from anyone attending who wishes to participate. Pamela Gleswein will facilitate.

All these events will be held in the Hartley Room, located on the second floor of the Denius Student Center, in the heart of the campus. For more information, contact Margaret Moore at or call (321) 674-7248. Visit the website:

For those who wish to enroll in specific classes of the institute, offered for a fee, class sizes are limited and early registration is recommended.

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