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Aspiring writers and published authors alike will have the rare opportunity to attend a series of free writer workshops as part of the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts to be held on Saturday and Sunday March 17 and 18. Six separate one-hour workshops, led by acclaimed South Florida authors will cover an array of genres. These will be held at the Barnes & Noble on The Walk on University Drive.

The workshop to kick off the event at 11 a.m. on Saturday will be “Writing Picture Books with Janeen Mason. “Writing for Young Adults and Middle Readers” with Dorian Cirrone, begins at 1 p.m. Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore will lead “The Art of Writing the Suspense Novel” at 3 p.m. On Sunday, author Steve Rom takes us through the steps towards “Writing Your Memoirs”, beginning at 11 a.m. The “Poetry Workshop” with Brenda Serotte, meets at 1 p.m., and “Fiction Writing” with Heidi Boehringer, wraps up this literary event at 3 p.m.

who will teach Saturday’s Picture Book workshop, is wild about the ocean and all who live in it, and her magical paintings can be found on products printed and sold around the world from children’s books to clay tiles, from puzzles to note cards.

Her recently published picture book Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles, was hailed by the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel as “breathtaking”, and the Palm Beach Post called the story “sweet and enlightening with magical paintings that all kids will enjoy.”

Mason calls her workshop “How to Think Like an Illustrator (When You Are Not).” She will take you on a guided journey through the imagination of a children’s picture book author and illustrator. You’ll get the inside track on what makes her illustrations “pop” and why her art immerses readers in color. She will highlight the tools successful illustrators use to guide a story with confidence from the opening line to a satisfying end. This will be a fast-moving presentation filled with wit and wisdom. You’ll leave with a fresh look at the world around you, and perhaps the perfect way to turn your story into one with inspiring momentum.

is the author of the young adult novel, DANCING IN RED SHOES WILL KILL YOU (HarperCollins, 2005) and the forthcoming PROM KINGS AND DRAMA QUEENS (HarperCollins, 2008) as well as the Lindy Blues chapter book series, which includes: THE MISSING SILVER DOLLAR and THE BIG SCOOP (Marshall Cavendish, 2006). She holds a masters degree in English and has taught writing at several universities, conferences, and workshops.

Her workshop will focus on revision techniques. Using tips “I've learned from editors and techniques I've used while revising my own work, I'll try to shed some light on the process of "re-visioning" a work.”

co-authors of THE LAST SECRET, the much anticipated sequel o the international bestselling mystery thrill, THE GRAIL CONSPIRACY, will lead the workshop on Suspense Writing. Their workshop will cover the 12 key elements to creating suspense in fiction. These will include foreshadowing, pacing, coincidence, anticipation, the ticking clock, cliffhangers, and more. Using these proven techniques will help any writer build a suspenseful story that no reader will be able to put down.

co-author of the just-released memoir entitled CENTERED BY A MIRACLE, A true story of friendship, football and life, will lead the first workshop on Sunday morning.

During his Memoir Writing workshop, Rom will not instruct students on what to write, not even on how to write, but rather in what order they might think about writing their memoirs. He finds the many qualities of memoir writing come out naturally, once a solid structure and narrative “thread” are selected and maintained.

Poetry Workshop teacher BRENDA SERROTE
tells us that Poet Li-Young Lee believes “the work of poetry is like making potato latkes. Every poem is like a potato latke, that’s all it is.” Because Poetry is a hybrid art form, a cross between prose and music, and involves the manipulation of sounds in order to create verbal music, which is built, primarily, with lines, we will manipulate, shape, and mold the words/ingredients into shape to create a latke or two. Some will be lumpy, some will be bumpy, and some will be well done. But in the end, they all should be edible.

Hers will be an interactive, hands-on class, so expect to do a number of poetry exercises. SERROTTE’S recently published book of poetry, THE BLUE FARM is hailed as a collection of probing, honest poems that is informed by a profound sense of history, of family, of culture …”. She has also just published her memoir entitled THE FORTUNE TELLER’S KISS.

first novel, CHASING JORDAN, is a “quiet novel with a thunderclap at its heart”, proclaimed the Sun-Sentinel. The writing is short, sharp and poetic and her characters are complex, intelligent human beings.

Her second novel, SCREW BOX, is due to be released in July, just a few months after she teaches her Fiction Writing Workshop. What a great way to wrap up the event on Sunday. Boehringer will share with workshop participants how her dream of being published became a reality. She will discuss the craft of writing, exploring how to mine our shadow selves in order to write interesting fiction with a spark, an edge. Because the most important process of writing calls for setting pen to paper, she will lead guided writing prompts designed to free you from those internal editors we all carry with us, and to tap into our alter egos.

Admission to all of these workshops is free, but if last year’s attendance is any indication, it’s imperative to reserve your spot. Seating is limited to 30 students per class. Decide which workshops you’d like to attend and make reservations via e-mail to
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