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Twisted Road Video Book Catalog Debuts

by Darlyn Kuhn on November 21, 2014

Twisted Road - Trinity College

So pleased to work with the amazing Joan Leggitt at Twisted Road Publications on the new video version of their 2014-2015 book catalog.  Check it out, then buy a book (or six!)


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Florida Bookstore Day at Bookmark It

by Darlyn Kuhn on November 14, 2014

Florida bookstore day


On Saturday, November 15, 2014, in conjunction with Florida Bookstore Day’s statewide celebration of Florida writers and independent bookstores,  Bookmark It is excited to deliver a FREE day-long program featuring nationally published Central Florida authors, along with three creative writing workshops, to their popular East End Market location.

Every hour from 10am to 4pm, a different author will take the Courtyard stage for a casual reading, Q&A session and book signing opportunity.   In addition, three 2-hour workshops will be offered to those wanting to tap into (or perfect) their creative writing skills.

Event information:

Date:                     Saturday, November 15, 2014

Location:              East End Market – Courtyard Stage

2301 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

Time:                     10am-4pm

Cost:                      Presenting Authors FREE, Workshops range $FREE-$30 pre-registration

required/limited to 8 attendees each


Presenter Schedule:



Ethan Long, Childrens

Award winning author/illustrator of Chamelia and Scribbles the Cat series and creator of Disney’s Channel’s animated show: Tasty Time with Zefronk.


11am -noon

Geoff & Janet Benge, Biography (readers 10-up)

Co-authors of 68 biographies of famous historical figures, with over 3 million copies sold worldwide.  Their latest book, Triumph- the Extraordinary Life of Louis Zamparini, is timed perfectly to engage young readers prior to the Christmas Day release of Unbroken, a movie of his life directed by Angelina Jolie.



Jessica Martinez – YA Fiction

Nationally published author of 4 YA novels (Kiss Kill Vanish, The Space Between Us, The Vow, and Virtuosity) Jessica is also a  classically trained violinist and mother of three energetic young children.


1pm -2 pm

David James Poissant – Fiction/Short Story

Award winning essay and story writer whose debut short story collection, The Heaven of Animals, has garnered national attention.  His second book, a novel, is due out this spring.


2pm-3 pm

Lynn Waddell – Nonfiction

National Book of the Year (bronze- travel essays ) winner for “Fringe Florida: Travels Among Mud Boggers, Furries, Ufologists, Nudists and Other Lovers of Unconventional Lifestyles.”


3pm -3:30pm

Annemarie Ni Churreain – Poetry

Ireland-based Ni Churreain is an internationally published writer of poetry visiting Central Florida for three months as The Kerouac Project’s current writer in residence.


3:30-4:00 pm

J. Bradley – Poetry

J. Bradley is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize-nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals.  His most recent book, The Bones of Us, is a unique graphic poetry collection.


Workshop Schedule:


10am – noon       Dina Mack / Destination Journal                $30 including material

During this journaling workshop you will be encouraged to be curious, take in the setting — micro or macro, use all or one of your senses, be beautifully imperfect, explore a thought or idea, and experiment with materials.


It’s called “Destination Journal” because the location is the source for inspiration. Created by artist and writer, Dina Mack, DJ is for all levels of art experience.



12:30pm -2:30pm             Raquel Henry / NaNoWriMo: Keeping the Momentum  FREE

Writing a novel during the month of November? Tell us about your progress! In this Writer’s Atelier workshop, Writer and Editor, Racquel Henry will share tips on how to finish strong. We’ll discuss:

How to schedule writing time

How to generate ideas and combat writer’s block

Staying motivated

What to do when you WIN



3pm – 5pm          Jennie Jarvis / Crafting the Character Arc                              $30 includes book

Many writers think that, just because they have their basic structure in place, their stories are destined to succeed. The problem with many narratives can often come in those places between the plot points. Ensuring that the story is moving forward in every scene often comes in the shape of the character arc.

This craft seminar will give writers a tangible guide for creating a goal-driven story that never drags its feet!

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John Goring Memorial One-Act Series

by Darlyn Kuhn on November 14, 2014

Playwrights Roundtable poto

The Playwrights’ Roundtable invites you to join them for the 5th Annual JOHN GORING MEMORIAL ONE-ACT SERIES, presented by PRT at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center!

This exciting collection of all-new plays by member playwrights includes:

ENTREE GOLD by John Minigan Directed by Chuck Dent, featuring Russell Trahan and Sean Kerrigan Peter. Sent by his school’s headmaster to give seemingly-incapacitated fellow teacher Leverett a ride home from Montreal, quickly learns that his friend has a very different plan in mind.

FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY by Tony Pelham Directed by Buddy Fales, featuring Noel Gates and Blake Holland.  A couple experience a fatal automobile accident, and wake up to find themselves seated as passengers on a bus. But where is it taking them? And which afterlife destination are they REALLY in?

MAN’S BEST FRIEND by Rod McFadden Directed by Gary Norris, featuring Terri Schmidt, Pete Rougeaux and Rockie Kobrin. When Jane visits her elderly parents, she discovers that her father has acquired a dog. An invisible dog. But all is not what it seems.

The JOHN GORING MEMORIAL ONE-ACT SERIES continues November 14 and 15 at 8pm, and on November 16 at 3pm, in the Santos Dantin Studio Theatre at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E. Rollins Street, Orlando).

TICKETS: Cash or credit at the door – $15 general admission, $12 for seniors 65+, students with ID, and PRT members. Pre-sale tickets online at OrlandoAtPlay. Reservations available at (407) 761-2683.

About the playwrights:

John Minigan (Entrée Gold) : John’s Elliot Norton and Weissberger Award nominated Breaking the Shakespeare Code world-premiered in Chicago and at the NY International Fringe Festival in 2014. He has had work developed and workshopped at the New American Playwrights Project and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and selected for the Samuel French Best of Off-Off-Broadway Festival, SoBe Arts, the Boston Theatre Marathon, the Snowdance Comedy Festival, City Theatre Miami’s Summer Shorts and Boston Play Café. His short plays have won the KNOCK International Play Competition, New York’s 8-Minute Madness Festival and the Rover Dramawerks. His longer one-acts were winners in the Nantucket Short Play Contest in 2014 and the Firehouse Theater New Works Contest in 2010 and 2012. He is a finalist for the 2014 Heideman Award at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Tony Pelham (From Fear to Eternity): Tony is a software engineer, writer, and playwright who hopes to complement his logical world view with writings that evoke warmth, humor and humanity (though not necessarily in that order.) He is grateful to the Orlando PRT board and officers, including Kristen, Al, David, and Chuck, and to the play’s talented director and cast, Buddy, Noel and Blake, for bringing “From Fear to Eternity” to life (or death, as it were.)

Rod McFadden (Man’s Best Friend): Rod McFadden began writing plays in 2009. He has received awards in national playwriting competitions for his plays, Love Birds, Counting on Love, and Getting the Message, and was chosen for the People’s Choice award at the 2012 inspiraTO Festival in Toronto. In addition to successful productions at theatres near his home in the San Francisco area, Rod’s plays have been seen at dozens of theatres around the country, including four times previously with PRT (“Prosperity,” “The Test of The Touchstone,” Lost and Phoned, and “Extra Cherries”). Rod serves on the Board of Directors for the Playwrights Center of SF, as well as teaches in the masters program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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Florida State Poets Association Wants YOU!

by Darlyn Kuhn on November 14, 2014

The new FSPA year started November 1st, so send in your membership renewal.  You can download the form at

The November meeting will be held on Thursday, November 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the Maitland Library.

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