Eau Gallie Arts District to host this year's writers
By Deb Alberto
For Hometown News
MELBOURNE -- Florida Tech is not just about technology.
Art exists there, in the shadows, burgeoning with progressive minds, ready to take Melbourne's writing scene to new levels.
This year's annual Creative Writing Institute will be held March 17-20 at FIT's Foosaner Art's Museum in the Eau Gallie Arts District, giving participants a taste of something less, well, technology-oriented this year, as they embark upon Melbourne for four days of intensive writing workshops, taught by accomplished writers.
Organizer and FIT Instructor Dr. Melissa Crofton said the venue change was one step toward attracting more writers to the event.
"We also moved the event up this year," she said. "It is usually held during summer months, but the weather is so nice this time of year."
FIT is also working to organize quarterly events to bring authors to the area, but this is still in the planning stages.
Miami award-winning author and Florida International University Creative Writing instructor John Dufresne's keynote address will open the event at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.
Mr. Dufresne, whose latest book is "No Regrets, Coyote," will teach "Writing the First Draft of Your Novel."
Ira Sukrungruang, a University of South Florida instructor and writer, will teach a non-fiction class; Terri Witek, chair of writing at Stetson University will teach poetry; and Audrey Columbe, a faculty member at the University of Tampa will teach a short story class.
The two-hour workshops run for four consecutive days, and cost $250 per workshop. Many events, surrounding the workshop, are free and open to the public, including the keynote address, writer talks and coffee shop events.
For more information about the events, visit http://411.fit.edu/cwi.