April 13 & 14, 2019 at the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center 706 2nd St. N. Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Safety Harbor Writers & Poets welcomes all writers to our third conference since 2015. While it may be coziest of the three, we feel it will be the most inspiring and informative one yet. With a focus on
$125. before March 14/ $145 March 15 to the conference date. Partial or full scholarships possible (please send an email to inquire.) Conference ticket includes any or all of the following workshops for both days. If we have room prior to the conference date, we will offer individual sessions at $50. each.
Every attendee will receive a free t-shirt at registration. Please purchase ticket here or scroll to the bottom of the page. Only 60 spots will be sold.
Saturday, 4/13: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. registration with coffee, fruit, and pastries
Session one: 10:00 to 11:00 – From Hollywood Outsider to Credited Writer
Chris Shaun is a Hollywood outsider whose first script caught the interest of a well-known, award-winning film and television director. After pitching the screenplay, the project was picked up by a top-ranked producer whose studio has been recognized with numerous awards. Currently, the script is undergoing final rewrites and is on track to be made into a major motion picture. In this presentation, you’ll learn about taking your idea through the business end of the screenwriting process, including topics such as spec scripts, agents and managers, finding a director, seeking representation, etc. A question and answer session will follow.
Session Two: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ~ Move Over Odysseus: Here Comes Luke Skywalker
STAR WARS may be more popular than Homer’s Odyssey or Thomas Malory’s legends of King Arthur legend. However, they share many of the same mythical qualities. Steve will be discussing the qualities used by storytellers to fuel imagination throughout the ages. He will also provide a handout for reference.
Steve Persall was conceived behind a drive-in theater his father managed. He grew up in projector booths, reading Pauline Kael and Vincent Canby like other kids read comic books. For 16 years he taught high school and was a stringer St.Petersburg (later Tampa Bay) Times. In 1993, Persall became the full-time movie critic. He held the critic position for 25 years, making him Florida ’s longest-tenured journalist on that beat. He’s a founding member of the Florida Film Critics Circle and also a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. His commentary on all things cinema has been heard on local and national radio and television stations.
Lunch break: 12:15 to 2 p.m. Numerous lunch specials will be offered by local restaurants (details to be announced) … or bring your own.
Session Three: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ~ Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing from Your Photo Stream
Our photo streams show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and
An empathic and astute guide, Kelly leads expressive writing events for new and experienced writers to behold, shape and share their personal voice and artistic vision. Author of three poetry collections, Kelly is also
Please bring several photos to use in this workshop.
Session Four: 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. ~ Birdbox: Using Senses Besides Sight to Tell a Story
In the book and movie Birdbox, the protagonists can only use their
Dianne Persall, a former stand up comic, hosts the monthly Story Circle Writers Group at the Safety Harbor Library. This group focuses on memoir writing but also encourages those who wish to write fiction, non-fiction
Sunday, April 14: Day Two
9:30 a.m. Check-in and enjoy coffee, pastries, fruit,
Session One: 10:00 to 11:00 ~ Developing the Short Story using Traditional Storytelling Techniques
This workshop will help you develop skills for creating short stories. Fact or fiction, the short story is an art form. The same skillsets can be used for writing articles and storytelling. Learn how to develop memorable characters and interesting plots; how to avoid clichés; how to hook the reader; how to inject humor, mystery, suspense, inspiration or horror; and how to come up with a good ending. Come prepared to write. The goal is for class members to leave with a story.
Walt Belcher has 40 years’ experience telling stories as a newspaper journalist. He also has taught media writing at the University of Tampa. Walt is a member of the Florida Storytelling Association and the Southern Order of Storytellers.
Session Two: 11:15 – 12:30 ~ Nailing the Details: Achieving Authenticity in Historical Fiction
Your story takes place in early 19th century New York City. Or 17th century Paris. Or 1960s San Francisco. Your characters, theme and plot are all figured out. You sit down to write and realize….wait a minute. What did people wear in New York in 1834? What did people eat in 1670 in Paris? How did they cook? Where did food come from? What did San Francisco look like in 1965? What kind of slang did people use? Yikes, you realize. You have to do…RESEARCH.
Don’t be afraid! Research goes smoothly when you have a plan for getting to the heart of what you need to know to write an authentic story, right down to those details about what people wore, how they talked and what they ate. Research will also inform you about the politics of the day, what your setting looked like, how your city operated, who the key players were in your city, even what the weather was like.
This workshop will show you how to develop your own research plan, using the instructor’s custom research template. You’ll learn to identify the key categories of research to focus on
Nicole Caron’s nonfiction has appeared in numerous trade publications and regional magazines. She is currently at work on a trilogy about a fictional St. Petersburg, Florida family spanning five generations. She is also working on a collection of essays about writers and writing and a collection of tanka (short form Japanese poetry). Nicole lives in St. Petersburg and teaches writing and literature at Ringling College Of Art + Design, where she coordinates the First-Year Writing Program. Learn more at www.nicolecaron.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram: @NCaron27 #stpetetrilogy
12:30 t0 2 p.m. : Lunch (special prices available throughout Safety Harbor)
Session Three: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ~ topic to be announced (soon!)
Session Four: Panel Discussion 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Writers Group: Starting, Joining, Knowing it’s the Right One.