Literary Program

Coral Springs Festival of the Arts Literary Workshops 2018

Coral Springs Center for Performing Arts
Room A & B
2855 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, FL

Please follow the Literary Workshop signs to the conference rooms behind the outdoor atrium.

There is a free trolly to and from the festival for those who want to adventure between presentations.

Coral​ ​Springs​ ​Center for​ ​Performing​ ​Arts Coral Springs, FL​

Thursday March 15th 6-10 PM

6:00 - 6:45 PM

Getting Started

6:45 - 7:45 PM

Roxanne Smolen - Sell More on Amazon

7:45 - 8:45 PM

Roland Mann - Writing Comics

9:00 - 10:00 PM

Laurianne Macdonald - Stress on Writing

Friday March 16th 6-10 PM

6:00 - 6:45 PM

Nancy Quatrano - All Level Writers

6:45 - 7:45 PM

Dave Goudsward - Anthology Submissions

7:45 - 8:45 PM

Melody Maysonet - Creating a Fascinating Protagonist

9:00 - 10:00 PM

John Hope - Deep Editing: Going Good to Great

Saturday March 17th 10 AM - 5 PM

10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

John McIlveen - Character Development: 9 Character Traits of the Enneagram

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Roberta Colasanti - Character Development: 9 Character Traits of the Enneagram

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Jeff Strand - Stick With It: Sustaining your Writing Passion in a Brutal Business

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Pitch Perfect: - Bring your best, and pitch that story, book, or even movie you've been working on. Experienced authors and editors will will offer valuable advice and critique.

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM

Lynne Hansen - How To Thrive As A Working Creative

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Q & A Panel - All Presenters

Sunday March 18th 10 AM - 5 PM

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Author Sign & Sell - Get your books signed!


Roxanne Smolen

Roxanne Smolen is a leading professional in the writing industry. She's a sought after instructor and editor whose tireless efforts help other authors reach their dreams of publication. She co-founded the Coral Springs Writer's Workshop and was a contributor there for over twenty years. She is a prolific writer with twelve published novels. She writes a line of children's books with her granddaughters, but is best known for her The Amazing Wolf Boy series; a humorous coming of age story about a teen wolf. Roxanne became enthralled with werewolves after watching Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein. She carries empathy for the werewolf character into her stories. You can connect with Roxanne on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

Roland Mann

Roland Mann is a writer, professor, speaker, and former editor of the Malibu Marvel Comics. He is the writer of Tiny, Cat & Mouse, Krey, Demon's Tails, Rocket Ranger, Miss Fury, Planet of the Apes: Blood of the Apes. He holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding Univ. an MA in English from University of North Alabama, and a BS in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi. He shares his knowledge at conferences and teaches comic writing at Full Sail University. Roland lives in Winter Springs Florida with his wife Dr. BJ Mann and their two children, Brittany and Brett. Visit him online at

Laurianne Macdonald

Laurianne Macdonald is a Holistic Health & Wellness Consultant, author, artist, and business owner, who also works full time as the controller for a local home health service agency, She is the mother of four, and grandmother to three. Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about stress. And how it can affect the creative process. She is currently working on a Holistic Health and Wellness Companion Series: A Guide for the Mind ~ Body ~ Spirit. A resource and pseudo recipe book that offers natural, holisitc, and healthier lifestyles alterntitives.

Nancy Quatrano

Nancy Quatrano is a columnist, editor, speaker, and award-winning fiction writer. She spent thirty-six years in corporate America and completed her business management degree at the age of forty-nine, so she knows it's never too late to get things done. She's presented workshops to readers, writer's, businesses, and women's groups from New York to Florida. As N.L. Quatrano, she writes the Point and Shoot Mystery series set in rural Northeast Florida where she now resides, and co-authors the Amazing Grace Trucking series with NJ author, D.K. Ludas. Nancy has owned On-Target Words, a professional writing service that specializes in content editing that has resulted in authors going to publication, and press releases that get noticed. For more information visit

David Goudsward

David Goudsward is the author of 14 books on various nonfiction topics ranging from Florida horror movie filming locations to New England archaeology. He can occasionally be seen pontificating on past episodes of the Travel Channel shows Mysteries at the Museum and Mysteries at the Monument. He also writes short stories in the horror and mystery genres, but does so under pen names, just to annoy his horror author brother, who now can’t track their comparative successes in getting published. His next book will be Sun, Sand, and Serpents: A History of Florida Sea Monster Sightings. In his copious spare time, he is editing Wittier Than Thou, an anthology of new humorous stories inspired by the works of the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, to benefit the Whittier Birthplace Museum.

Melody Maysonet

Melody Maysonet has been an English teacher, editor, columnist, and ghostwriter. Her debut novel, A Work of Art (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster) won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for best fiction and was named a “Best Book of 2015” by YA Books Central. Learn more about Melody at

John Hope

John Hope is an award-winning short story, children’s book, middle grade, and young adult fiction writer. His work appears in multiple collections and anthologies, Best of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), and other publications countrywide. He is involved with critique groups, workshops, and regularly presents at conferences for writers of all ages. He is a software engineer developing simulators and traffic management tools. He promotes healthy living, is a native Floridian, and loves to travel with his wife and two rambunctious kids.

John McIlveen

John McIlveen is the author of the paranormal suspense novel, HANNAHWHERE, winner of the 2015 Drunken Druids Award (Ireland) for high literary merit and Nominee for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award (HWA) in the First Novel category. He has also the author of two story collections, INFLICTIONS and JERKS AND OTHER TALES FROM A PERFECT MAN and the well-received novelette GOT YOUR BACK. John is a father of five daughters, he works at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory and lives in Haverhill, MA with his wife, Roberta. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter and at

Roberta L. Colasanti

Roberta L. Colasanti, LICSW is a psychotherapist who has brought her twenty five years experience as a clinician and researcher to the business community with an innovative approach to change-readiness, productivity and fitness-for-duty issues. She is the CEO and founder of Colasanti & Associates, LLCMs. Colasanti's knowledge and expertise on human behavior, relationships and well-being significantly impacts successful communication even in the most challenging of workplace settings. She has been called upon to assist with several traumatic workplace events including homicide and suicide perpetrated by impaired employees.

Jeff Strand

Some call him “The Master of Horror/Comedy.” Some do not. Jeff Strand is the four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of over 30 books, mostly horror novels with lots of humor, but also several comedy novels for young adults. His books include PRESSURE, DWELLER, WOLF HUNT, THE GREATEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER, DEAD CLOWN BARBECUE, EVERYTHING HAS TEETH, and CYCLOPS ROAD. After living in Florida for more than 20 years, he recently moved to Atlanta. Jeff Strand is the four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of over 30 books, mostly horror novels with lots of humor, but also several comedy novels for young adults. You can visit his website at

Lynne Hansen

Lynne Hansen is the award-winning filmmaker behind Chomp, which has screened at over 70 film festivals in 12 countries and won or been nominated for over 30 awards. She is a passionate supporter of women filmmakers and founded Make Films Like A Girl, which showcases positive news about women working behind the camera. She also teaches classes for young creatives, inspiring them to find their spark through writing and filmmaking. Before she became a filmmaker, she wrote 7 young adult novels. She has spent over 10 years creating book covers for everyone from first-time authors to New York Times bestsellers. You can find out more about her at