More than 30 award-winning writers and literary enthusiasts will share their experiences and tips of the writing profession with hundreds of veteran and emerging writers, as part of the ninth annual Florida Heritage Book Festival (FHBF). The event, which showcases Florida’s rich and diverse literary legacy, will be held at Flagler College from Thursday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 17. This year’s three-day event will include critique sessions and lectures on the writing craft, as well as a day-long book festival, which is free and open to the public. Below is an overview of events:
• Thursday, Sept. 15, Critique Session Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their writing submissions from peers and session leaders. This year’s session leaders include fiction writer Sohrab Homi Fracis, recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature/Fiction and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction; non-fiction specialist Eric Cravey, United Press International’s “Stringer of Year” in Georgia recipient of an Excellence in Business News Reporting Award from the Florida Press Club; and poet Darlyn Finch Kuhn, whose work has appeared on NPR, literary journals, newspapers and magazines. Registration is required at fhbookfest.com.
• Thursday evening, “Stetson Kennedy Legacy: Man in the Mirror” event, 7 p.m. The event will honor the centennial of the late of Stetson Kennedy, American folklorist and human rights activist with a performance by Young Minds Readers Theater of Jacksonville, and a conversation on Kennedy’s impact between Dr. Peggy A. Bulger, retired executive director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, executive director of the Florida Historical Society. The event, funded in part by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, is free and open to the public and will be held at Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
• Friday, Sept. 16, Writers Workshops and Keynote Luncheon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required at fhbookfest.com. Workshops include:
* “Creating Characters Who Stand the Test of Time” by Michael Morris explores character development.
* “Finding Bigfoot and Developing Scenes” recounts Joe Gisondi’s adventures and shares tips on the research and writing process.
* “How to let the necessity of plot guide your writing” by John Dufresne emphasizes the significance of plot in the craft.
* Brad & Darlyn Kuhn discuss branding yourself in “Bookstores & Beyond: Marketing in the Age of Amazon.”
* Keynote speaker Susanna Daniel discusses “My Fictional Floridians: Point of View and Narrative Shape” during the festival luncheon.
* Roy Peter Clark’s “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” reveals the secrets of the writing process.
* Jennie Jarvis details a practical guide to creating dynamic characters in “Crafting the Character Arc.”
* Terrell Griffin discusses “From Self-Published Author to Number One National Best Seller: The Art and Craft of Writing a Mystery Novel.”
* Cecilia Milanes presents a workshop titled “Our American Lives: Fact/Fiction/Film and Craft.”
* Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke talks about his own process in “The Writing Life: Habits, Attitude, Luck and Poems.”
* John Henry Fleming digs deeper into neuroscience in his lectured titled “Storybrain: What Recent Discoveries in Neuroscience Mean for Fiction Writers.”
* In “A Good Title is Not Hard to Find,” Robin Lippincott offers guidelines for creating effective titles.
• Friday evening, The Literary Legend Reception, This event will honor Elaine Lobl (E.L.) Konigsburg, the late American writer and illustrator of children's books. The posthumous award will be accepted by her son Paul Konigsburg. Registration is required here.
• Saturday, Sept. 17, Florida Heritage Book Festival Presentations, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Twenty-nine featured authors will offer free presentations showcasing Florida's rich and diverse literary culture, and three acclaimed writers will offer two hands-on youth sessions focused on poetry and the graphic novel ($20 per youth). The Festival Marketplace will include over 50 vendors of books and book. The St. Johns County Library Bookmobile and staff will offer children's activities. All activities take place in and around Flagler College's Ringhaver Student Center, located at 50 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine. VeloFest Bicycle Parking will be on site.
To register or for more information, visit http://www.fhbookfest.com.
The Florida Heritage Book Festival, Inc. in St. Augustine, Fla., promotes the state's authors and literary works while providing educational opportunities for the students of St. Johns County. Since 2008, the festival has attracted more than 200 nationally-known authors and writers to its annual panel discussions, book signings, and writers conference. The festival also honors Florida Literary Legends, and in the past has recognized Carl Hiaasen, Michael Gannon, John Jakes, Peter Matthiessen, and Edna Buchanan. Major grant support for the 2016 festival provided by Culture Builds Florida, cultural funding program of the Florida Department of State, and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council's Art, Culture and Heritage Division, Culture Around Every Corner. The Book Festival provides funding for the St. Johns County Public Library System, The St. Augustine Record's Newspaper Media in Education Program, and a creative writing scholarship at Flagler College.