Updates & News: October 28, 2019

I'm teaching Strong Scenes: The Essence of Stories for Keep St. Pete Lit at the Morean Arts Center, Saturday, November 16, 10am - 12pm. This 2-hour workshop will be jam-packed with useful tools for crafting compelling scenes that drive your narrative and keep readers engaged. Join me! Sign up at Keep St. Pete Lit Litspace classes

I've been very fortunate to enjoy a Professional Leave (sabbatical) thanks to my wonderful employer, Ringling College of Art + Design. I'm working on a series of novels about a multi-generational St. Pete family between 1888-present. I spent spring semester 2019 reading and researching St. Pete history from the 1860s - 1920s. The map to the right is from late 1882. Notice how what is now downtown St. Petersburg had a fairly unbroken coastline, but that Coffee Pot Bayou and Booker Creek existed and had been named. My characters settle in the late 1880s in Big Bayou/Driftwood. This was Pinellas Village and people came here before founding St. Petersburg as we know it today.  #stpetetrilogy

As of June 2019, I'm on the Board of Directors of Keep St. Pete Lit, a 501(c)3 devoted to "celebrating and promoting greater St. Petersburg's literary community." Click on the linkto learn more about this wonderful organization and its offerings to readers, writers, and students of all ages!