2013 Conference Workshops

Jeff Bens--Screenwriting

Jeff directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Manhattanville College. He is author of the novel Albert, Himself and director of the documentary film, Fatman's. His short fiction and essays are published widely. Jeff has served on film festival juries around the world including the 2011 Slamdance feature film jury. He was a founding faculty of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Friday Screen Writing Workshop


This workshop will look at effective ways to write for the screen. We'll watch film clips, study scenes from celebrated screenplays and complete exercises to help get at how to make stories and characters believable, enjoyable and compelling.  We'll also look at on overview of feature screenplay structure.  For all levels of writers.

Erica Dawson--Poetry


Erica’s second collection of poems, The Small Blades Hurt, is forthcoming from Measure Press. Her first collection, Big-Eyed Afraid, won the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and was named Best Debut by Contemporary Poetry Review. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2012 and 2008, Poetry: A Pocket Anthology, Harvard Review, Barrow Street, and other journals and anthologies. She’s an assistant professor of English and Writing at University of Tampa, where she teaches both undergraduate writers and graduate students in the low-residency MFA program.



Friday Poetry Workshop


“Our lives are a working out of the processes of creation”: building off Saint Augustine’s own words, this workshop will focus on poets using their own life experiences in their poetry without alienating the reader.

Philip F. DeaverFiction

Philip F. Deaver writes and teaches at Rollins College.  He is primarily a short story writer, and sometimes baseball is his surface content for stories that are usually about something else.  His work has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology and has been recognized in Pushcart and Best American Short Stories.  He also writes poetry, and his book How Men Pray was published by Anhinga Press.

Friday Fiction Workshop

Why write fiction?  People are always saying, "I'd rather read something that's true."  Why write fiction?  Because people love stories?  Because stories can reshuffle "what really happened" and find the central truths and emotional core?  Why write fiction?  Because, truthfully,  our fictions are only partly fiction and are mostly true?  Because sometimes the true story is hard to tell even though it urgently needs telling?  Why write fiction?  Because telling stories and hearing stories and learning from stories, whether as the reader or the writer, is in our DNA?  Yes, all of that....

Ira Sukrungruang –Non-Fiction


Ira is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and the poetry collection, In Thailand It Is Night. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida and the low-residency MFA program at City University in Hong Kong. For more information about him, please visit: www.sukrungruang.com.


Saturday Non-Fiction Workshop

The Balance Between Scene and Exposition in Memoir

The writer Judith Barrington dispels the age-old adage "Show don't tell." She insists that good memoirs must show and tell. In this workshop we will discuss the balance between the use of scene and exposition, and how the two work together to elevate life narratives.


Mark Powell—Fiction


Mark is the author of three novels--PRODIGALS, BLOOD KIN, and THE DARK CORNER--and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, and the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research. He teaches at Stetson University.

Saturday Fiction Workshop

Fiction from the Bottom to the Top

How does a story move from idea to draft, and how does a rough draft transform from a "mental stutter" to polished manuscript? How does a writer consistently and successfully confront the blank page?  Using examples and drafts from a number of published writers, this workshop will explore the practical side of literary genesis, with an eye toward "difficult" story ideas.

Terri Witek—Poetry


Terri is the author of Exit Island, The Shipwreck Dress, (Florida Book Award winners) Carnal World , Fools and Crows, Courting Couples (Winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Contest) and Robert Lowell and LIFE STUDIES: Revising the Self . Her collaborations with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes have been featured in galleries or site-specific projects in New York City, Los Angeles and elsewhere. A professor of English at Stetson University, her summer faculty positions have included the West Chester Poetry Conference, the Prague Summer Literary Program and the DisQuiet program in Lisbon, where she runs “The Fernando Pessoa Game.”




Saturday Poetry Workshop

Poetry in the Crisp-Ellert Museum


We’ll respond to/intervene in, and otherwise “reframe” this excitingly curated museum space in the heart of Flagler’s campus. Bring something to write with and on and a few lines from something you’ve already finished to get us started making new work.