The Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University
Friday May 15-16, 2020
Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida

The Eighth Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat is our biggest yet! The retreat takes place on the beautiful, serene University Campus, located in rural Saint Leo, Florida, approximately 35 miles north of Tampa. Based on participant feedback over the years, the retreat has grown from one day to two, with the addition of select master classes and this year, for the first time, a reading by celebrated veteran writer and award-winning poet Brian Turner (Here, Bullet; Phantom Noise; My Life as a Foreign Country). What a way to kick off Central Florida’s most popular writers retreat!

  • Brian’s reading on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 7:00 pm is free and open to the public and takes place in the SLU Boardrooms.

On Friday afternoon we offer master classes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and writing for veterans taught by Saint Leo Creative Writing faculty and suitable for experienced writers. Acceptance is determined through manuscript submission and limited to six participants per class. Each master class will include expert craft talks and a writing workshop that focuses on a discussion of your work.  

  • Master Classes take place on Friday, May 15, 2020, from 1:00-4:30 pm on campus. To Apply for a Master Class, see the Master Class tab.

Our full-day retreat on Saturday features up to sixteen hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for veterans, environmental writing and publishing. Classes will focus on lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works and new skills. Also included are a faculty reading and book signing, and an optional lunch-time open reading for participants. A very limited number of private one-on-one manuscript consultations is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

            Retreat classes are led by a nationally-acclaimed faculty. Along with Brian Turner, visiting faculty include naturalist, memoirist and earth advocate Susan Cerulean (Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change); award-winning poet Yolanda Franklin (Blood Vinyls); creative nonfiction writer Bob Kunzinger (A Third Place: Notes in Nature); Saint Petersburg Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace; and novelist and founder of Writers in Paradise Sterling Watson (The Committee).

These outstanding writers will be joined by Saint Leo writing faculty members Steve Kistulentz (Panorama; Little Black Daydream); Patrick Crerand (The Paper Life They Lead); veteran writer Brooke King (War Flower: My Life after Iraq); award-winning poet Anne Barngrover (Brazen Creature) and retreat director and founder of YellowJacket Press Gianna Russo (One House Down; Moonflower).

            The Sandhill Writers Retreat is open to writers of all levels who wish to hone the craft and renew the joy of writing. Teachers, students, service members, and the general public are all invited to attend.

To read more detailed information and register online, visit this page:

https://www.saintleo.edu/sandhill-writers-retreat

For additional information contact Director Gianna Russo at gianna.russo@saintleo.edu

Poetry & Short Fiction Submissions Now Open
Call for Entries: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologyis also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

January Sale – Save 25% on Entries

Poetry NOW £9 | Short Fiction NOW £13.50

Submissions close 31 August 2020

​For more information visit: ​http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/​

2019 FAPA Annual Conference

Save the date!

Each year, FAPA holds the FAPA Annual Conference, the premier educational and networking event for authors and publishers in Florida. The 2019 FAPA Annual Conference will be held on August 2 and 3, 2019 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.  The FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, August 3, 2019, after the conference.

The 2018 FAPA Annual Conference was held on August 3rd and 4th, 2018 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. This exciting networking and educational event offered two days of sessions with a focus on The Business of Publishing.  Industry leaders, including Charles Todd, Lisa Black, Angela Bole, and Dianna Collier, shared their expertise and a variety of tools needed to flourish in this evolving publishing environment. For the first time, the conference featured a pre-conference workshop and an onsite bookstore where FAPA members and book award medalists could sell their books.

Save the dates on your calendar for these great opportunities in 2019 to learn, network, and grow your business.

Visit the FAPA website.

Drawing the battle lines between Show and Tell – Part 2

Ed Ellis will be using information as developed by Robert Plutchik (Psychologist of Note) and his emotions wheel. Please print the wheel graphic and bring it to the meeting. It will be used to explain the examples during the meeting.

Meeting Date: Wednesday June 13th.

Jacaranda Meeting – 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Conference Room, second floor
Jacaranda Trace
3600 William Penn Way, Venice, FL 34293

Englewood Meeting – 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Elsie Quirk Library
100 W Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34223


FAPA Book Awards Submissions Deadline extended to May 28!

Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Books published between January 2017 and May 2018 are eligible for this year’s awards. Eligible books may be entered in forty-three categories.  There are also two separate cover design categories.   Discounts are available for Early Bird Submissions. The Early Bird Submissions deadline is February 28, 2018. The final submission deadline is May 21, 2018.

For more information and to submit a book, please visit https://fapa.submittable.com/submit or click on the button below.

Submit Your Book

 

Writers on the Air

Every Sunday WKDW 97.5 FM nonprofit radio invites writers of all levels to READ their poem, story, or screen play on its weekly program, “Writers on the Air.” (3 to 5 minutes is suggested). We’re looking for funny and family-friendly content.. We tape weekly on Sundays at 3:00 P.M. Sign-up is 2:30. The previous week’s taping is broadcast on the radio at 5:00 PM on Sundays.  Worldwide viewers can hear the show on the Internet.

Join us at Common Grounds Meeting Hall, 12735 US-41, North Port and relax in our family-friendly BYOB Listening Room, which offers snacks and comfortable seating. Find us next door to WKDW 97.5 FM radio station, which is south of Warm Mineral Springs if heading south from Venice. We are south of Caddy Carts. The public is WELCOME.

For more information, contact Linda Schell, Lschell2@verizon.net, 941-223-1262.
For cancellations, visit our FACEBOOK PAGE: Writers on the Air.
Location: Common Grounds Meeting Hall, 12737 S Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287 

Hungry Hill Writing

COMPETITION DEADLINE REMINDER

POETS MEET POLITICS 2018
INTERNATIONAL OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

Dear Poets,

There are just under four weeks until our Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2018 deadline on Saturday April 28th.

We invite entries, worldwide, for poems on any theme related to politics.

We will be awarding a first prize of €500 for each competition, with a second prize of
One week’s accommodation in the Creativity Cabin in Cork, Ireland, ( http://www.thecreativitycabin.com ) and a third prize of €100.

For more details on the judge, entry requirements, other competition details and our entry form, please click here.