Date: Friday, July 6, 2012; 10:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Cocoa Beach Library (550 North Brevard Avenue)
This is a one-day, free event for high school students on the Space Coast (Brevard County) at the Cocoa Beach Library, co-sponsored by The Florida Review, The Literary Arts Partnership, and the Cocoa Beach Library. The day will be jam-packed with creative writing activities, including hands-on workshops in graphic narrative, fiction, flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and scriptwriting. Published writers will provide how-to talks on getting published and living life as a writer. There will be an open mic contest at the end of the day.
Stephanie Pando is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.A in Creative Writing. Her writing focuses include: fiction, script writing, creative non-fiction, reviews and personal essay. She served as an editorial intern for The Florida Review. She also worked as a chief writer and casting director for Metrocon's Human Chess Match (2007 - 2008) as well as Creative Writing Assistant for Seabug Entertainment. Stephanie is currently working on a young adult novel in her spare time. She is an alumni of Satellite Beach High School, and resides in Cocoa.
Leslie Salas: "I'm a creative writing MFA candidate at UCF who writes fiction and nonfiction and specializes in graphic narrative while working as a graduate teaching associate grading an online creative writing class and serving as a Managing Editor for The Florida Review. I hold a BA in English-Creative Writing from USF, where I also earned a minor in Physics. I have experience teaching and mentoring elementary through high school and undergraduate level--I've covered topics from learning to read to LEGO robotics to editing and proofreading. I grew up on the Space Coast and I am looking forward to working with young writers from the area."
Jude Roney: "I’m a poetry major in the Creative Writing MFA program at UCF. I write poetry, fiction, and memoir, and when I’m not doing that I’m reading, or seeking out those who like to talk about writing or reading. When I need a break, or inspiration, you’ll find me walking the beach. I’ve participated in numerous workshops and believe in the almost kinetic like-energy produced through the workshop process. I adore the challenge of flash fiction and endeavor to write poems which connect us to history and the biology of all life in the greater world at hand."