Literary Program

Location: The Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive Coral Springs, FL 33065


Register for a Literary Workshop

Thursday 3/19/20

6 pm - 6:45 pm

Author – Lauren Doyle Owens
Book – The Other Side of Everything
Subject:
Craft Talk: Writing Fiction from Experience

7 pm - 7:45 pm

Editor – Lynne Barrett
Book – Making Good Time
Subject:
Craft Talk: Mapping Your Story: Place, Movement, and Territory

8 pm - 9 pm

Author – Panel discussion led by Lynne Barrett
Featuring authors – M.J. Fievre, Louis K. Lowy, Lauren Doyle Owens, and Thomas Swick
Book – Making Good Time
Subject:
True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t, Get Around in South Florida

M.J.’s publishing career began as a teenager in Haiti. Her first mystery novel, Le Feu de la Vengeance, was self-published at the age of sixteen. At just nineteen years-old, she signed her first book contract with Hachette-Deschamps, in Haiti, for the publication of a Young Adult book titled La Statuette Maléfique. As of today, M.J. has authored nine books in French that are widely read in Europe and the French Antilles. Fievre is included in the anthology, Making Good Time: True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t Get Around in South Florida and her latest book is Happy, Okay?

A former firefighter, Louis K Lowy is the recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, an alumnus of Florida International University’s creative writing program and the author of four novels. His third, To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine won the Florida Authors & Publisher’s 2018 bronze medal in Science Fiction. His current novel, The Second Life of Eddie Coyne, has been shortlisted for a CIBA/OZMA book award. Louis’ short stories have appeared in, among others, New Plains Review, The MacGuffin Magazine, and most recently in the anthology, Making Good Time: True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t Get Around in South Florida. He lives in South Florida with his wife and their spoiled Yorkie, KC.

Thomas Swick grew up in Phillipsburg, NJ, graduated from Villanova University, and lived in France, Greece, and Poland before becoming the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a position he held from 1989 to 2008.His work has appeared in numerous publications –including Smithsonian, Ploughshares, The American Scholar, The Wilson Quarterly –and in six editions of The Best American Travel Writing. He is the author of a travel memoir, Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland; a collection of travel stories, A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler; and, most recently, The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them.

Friday 3/20/20

6 pm - 7: 30 pm

Author – Caren Neile
Book – Only in Florida
Subject:
Workshop: Only in Florida: An Interactive Storytelling Event

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Author – Marissa Huber
Book – The Motherhood of Art
Subject:
Craft Talk: How to Carve Out Time for Art

Saturday 3/21/20 - book signing in the author tent at the festival

10 am - 11:15 am

Author – Lauren Doyle Owens and Lynne Barrett
Book – The Other Side of Everything / Making Good Time

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Author – Marissa Huber
Book – The Motherhood of Art

12:30 pm - 2 pm

Author – MJ Fievre / Laura McDermott
Book – Happy, Okay? / Visions on Alligator Alley

2 pm - 3:30 pm

Author – Swamp Ape Review
Book – FAU Spring 2020 Literary Journal

3:30 pm - 5 pm

Author – Caren Neile
Book – Only in Florida

Sunday 3/22/20 - book signing in the author tent at the festival

10 am - 11:15 am

Author – Marissa Huber
Book – The Motherhood of Art

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Author – Swamp Ape Review
Book – FAU Spring 2020 Literary Journal

12:30 pm - 2 pm

Author – MJ Fievre / Laura McDermott
Book – Happy, Okay? / Visions on Alligator Alley

2 pm - 3:30 pm

Author – Caren Neile
Book – Only in Florida

3:30 pm - 5 pm

Author – Melisa Caprio / Rachael Wolff
Book – Postcards to the Universe / Letters from a Better Me

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Authors

 

Caren S. Neile

WORKSHOP

Only in Florida: An Interactive Reading

It’s a reading! No, it’s a storytelling slam! Wait, it’s two events in one! Come participate in—or just enjoy—a very special evening with Dr. Caren Neile, the author of the new book Only in Florida: Why the Manatee Crossed the Road and Other True Tales, published by the History Press. Dr. Neile will talk about collecting and retelling true stories from around the state, share a few tales from the book, then open up the floor to you! You can put your name in the hat to tell your own true, five-minute “only in Florida” story and compete for a free book and other prizes. Plus you’ll have a chance to record your story with Dr. Neile for the Public Storyteller segment, Sundays at 4 p.m. on WLRN public radio 91.3 FM.

It’s a win-win-win!

BIO

Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., MFA, has taught storytelling studies for the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University since 2001. A performance storyteller, she hosts The Public Storyteller on public radio WLRN, as well as storytelling slams, storyteller series and workshops. A returned Peace Corps volunteer, she is the former chair of the National Storytelling Network and a
former Fulbright Senior Specialist in Vienna and Jerusalem. Dr. Neile has published widely, including an entry in the Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies, the books Florida Lore (History Press) and The Great American Story (Lambert), and a storytelling column for the Florida Jewish Journal. She was a founding editor of the international academic journal Storytelling, Self, Society, published by Wayne State University Press.

Lauren Doyle Owens

Craft Talk: Writing from Experience

Many of us have stories that we feel compelled to share – lived experience that is too rich, too sour or too painful to keep to ourselves. But the idea of writing down and sharing our stories can be overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you get it down? In this session, author Lauren Doyle Owens will discuss the ways in which she has mined her own life for material, and how you can too. Topics discussed include: Mining your memories Finding characters in real life Keeping a journal Fictionalizing your experience (or choosing not to). Participants should bring pen and paper for a brief writing exercise. With any luck, you will leave the session with an idea and a way forward.

BIO

Lauren Doyle Owens is a novelist and essayist based in South Florida. Her debut novel, The Other Side of Everything is partially based on the isolation and depression she experienced after being treated for cancer at age 29. Her short fiction and essays have appeared widely, most notably in The New York Times.

Lynne Barrett

Mapping Your Story: Place, Movement, and Territory

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, exploring the possibilities of your territory can help with scenic invention, making action plausible, heightening tension, and capturing the reader’s imagination. With examples, we’ll look at how to use the map of your story to enhance drama, show change, and build underlying coherence.

BIO

Lynne Barrett’s latest book is Making Good Time: True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t, Get Around in South Florida. Her collection Magpies received the Florida Book Awards fiction gold medal, and her handbook What Editors Want guides writers through the submission process. Recent work appears in The Hong Kong Review, New Flash Fiction Review, Mystery Tribune, Flash! Writing the Very Short Story, and Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash. An Edgar recipient for best mystery story, she teaches at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.

Marissa Huber

Craft Talk: How to Carve Out Time for Art

When I became a mother, I was told I’d never have time for my creative pursuits. Instead I became more focused, confident & efficient. I’ll share tactical tips to carve out time for creative work, how I created community support, and authored “The Motherhood of Art” on this topic.

BIO

Marissa Huber is an artist and surface pattern designer who found mother-hood to be a turning point in her art practice. Frustrated with being told she’d never have time to create after children, instead she found that her creative confidence flourished. Compelled by a desire to change this narrative and help others prioritize art, she cofounded the online community Carve Out Time for Art with Heather Kirtland. Marissa works primarily in water-based mediums and digital drawing and has recently been exploring linocut printing and silk dye.
Her work is influenced by colors, patterns, and plants found in daily life. She attempts to capture fleeting moments and find joy in the every day. Her work has been featured at Brooklyn Art Library, in HGTV Magazine, and on Minted. She holds a BS in interior design from Indiana University, Bloomington, and works as an occupancy planner by day. She believes in taking her dreams quite seriously but not taking herself too seriously. She lives in South Florida with her artist husband, two kids, and mom.

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