By Amanda Anderson
MELBOURNE -- This June, writers from all over Brevard County will merge at Florida Tech for its fifth-annual Creative Writing Institute.
Held June 5-9, the Creative Writing Institute is for beginning and advanced writers alike, looking to hone in on their craft and learn from experts.
"Florida Tech, while a science and engineering school, has long had a deep commitment to all the humanities," said Dr. Robert Taylor, department head of Humanities and Communications and professor of history at Florida Tech. "The Creative Writing Institute was created as a summer activity that brings together successful writers from many literary genres with students and, mainly, the general public."
This year's keynote speaker is award-winning author Philip F. Deaver. Mr. Deaver is a professor of English and writer-in-residence at Rollins College in Winter Park; he is also the author of the short story collection "Silent Retreats," and his poems have been featured in a wide range of publications, including the prestigious "Florida Review."
"Mr. Deaver was the first CWI keynote speaker five years ago, and, as this year is something of a landmark, we felt that bringing him back again was very appropriate," Dr. Taylor added.
Mr. Deaver is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with all those who attend the Creative Writing Institute this summer.
"The Creative Writing Institute is a great time and place to meet other writers in the region and, finally, to pull one's self back into the practice of writing," Mr. Deaver said.
Throughout the week, featured writers and lecturers will focus on a variety of writing genres, including young adult fiction, creative nonfiction, beginning short story, writing for the movies, memoirs, graphic novels and poetry.
Noted speakers and authors include Gennifer Albin, Dustin Michael, Michael Rizza, Bill Boggs, Kim Miller, Neesha Navare Michael, Greg Byrd and Dr. Terry Cronin.
Because the Creative Writing Institute is held once a year, the lectures offered fill up quickly.
"We will take registration up to and on June 5 at the opening of the Institute, before the keynote address," said Karen Rhine, news bureau chief for Florida Tech. "However, I cannot stress enough that there are strict class limits, so the sooner [people register], the better, for getting the classes they want."
The cost for a one-time lecture is $40, with Writers in Residence three-day classes being $120, four-day classes being $160, and $230 for Featured Writers four-day classes.
Discounts are available to those who register for multiple classes, and all teachers receive an additional 50 percent off the final price. Florida Tech staff and faculty are also eligible for a 50 percent discount, and must register by phone. All bonus events, held during the Creative Writing Institute, are free.
"Folks should attend the Creative Writing Institute events, as many are free and open to the public, and because it is a rare opportunity to learn from and interact with well-known authors," Dr. Taylor said. "Here, attendees have the chance to hone their skills as writers, break into new areas and find fellowship with like-minded people."
The Creative Writing Institute is June 5-9 at Florida Tech, Melbourne.
For details on classes, lectures and bonus events, or to register, visit http://411.fit.edu/cwi.
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