Visting Writers Forum

The Creative Writing Department is pleased to announce the Visiting Writer's Forum. Every Creative Writing major at Ringling College participates in the Visiting Writers Forum by reading samples of an author’s work before attending an on-campus reading and talk. There's also  time allowed for a craft-focused Q&A. Students will discover the various blueprints for success as a writer directly from successful, working writers in the field. Visiting professionals include local poets, graphic novelists, newspaper editors, literary agents, screenwriters, and world-renowned novelists.

All events are free and open to the public. Please email rvcleave@c.ringling.edu with any questions.
 

Spring 2017 Schedule:

Todd Pierce - January 17th

Dianne Ochiltree - February 7th

Shavon Reed - Febuary 21st

Julie Riddle - March 14th

Christopher Phelps - March 28th

Vivian Shipley - April 4th

Susan Klaus - April 11th

Virgil Suarez - April 25th

 


 

 

Date: Tuesday, January 17
Time: 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Location: Academic Center, Room 209 
This event is free and open to the public.

Todd Pierce

Todd James Pierce is primarily known as a novelist and short story writer. He is a graduate of the MFA program at UC Irvine and the PhD program at Florida State University. The winner of the 2006 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, he is the author of four books, and his work has appeared in over 80 literary journals and magazines, including The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and more. His short stories have been anthologized in college textbooks and have been listed as distinguished stories in Best American Short Stories. Reviewers have hailed his stories as "robust", filled with an "unexpected sense of grace and ease," and as "a beautiful whirl of love and language, longing and mystery." Currently he is revising a 600-page narrative nonfiction book that tells the story of the men and women who built the first wave of American theme parks in the 1950s, as well as editing two new anthologies of short fiction: Dead Neon and Contemporary American Short Shorts.

He lives in Santa Barbara County and teaches creative writing at California Polytechnic State University.

 


 

 

Date: Tuesday, February 7
Time: 7:00 - 8:15pm
Location: Academic Center, Room 209 
This event is free and open to the public.

Dianne Ochiltree

Dianne Ochiltree has been writing stories and poems since she was a kid growing up in Ohio. Her family’s small home was filled to the rafters with books, books, books. Her father was a lawyer who spent his evenings painting with oils, and teaching her all about Van Gogh, Vermeer and Gauguin. Her stay-at-home mom read to Dianne, her two little sisters and baby brother at bedtime. Their home was populated by a parade of pets, from guppy to puppy, as well as the stray animals Dianne had a habit of rescuing. With a BFA in Applied Design from Miami University in hand, and newlywed husband by her side, Dianne happily dove into her first job as an advertising copywriter for a regional carpet chain, where she wrote scripts for the mascot—a talking roll of carpet. After 20 years as a marketing/public relations writer, Dianne decided to try writing for a new audience, one she had gotten to know quite well since the births of her two sons: namely, kids!

Dianne and her husband, Jim, currently live in sunny Sarasota, Florida, with their pets: a Maine coon cat called Simon, and Sally, a chocolate Labrador Retriever, who not only entertains and inspires her owners, but also accompanies Dianne on visits to schools and nursing homes as a certified therapy dog.

 


 

 

Date: Tuesday, Febuary 21
Time: 7:00 - 8:15pm
Location: Academic Center, Room 209 
This event is free and open to the public.

Shavon Reed

Shávon Reed is the president and owner of Echo-Luv Enterprises, LLC (ELE), a communication and social development network. Echo-Luv's mission is to encourage, train, and empower others toward an advanced level of self-discovery, interpersonal relationships and successful communication skills in business and in life. This is accomplished through her passion as an author, communication consultant, and motivational speaker. Shávon is a certified life-coach through the Life Coach Institute of Orange County and is devoted to helping others identify and achieve their most desired personal and career goals. Shávon consults and works with individuals and small businesses on the development and implementation of strategic communication plans. This includes the management and producer/director role of projects; such as, television commercials, documentaries, short-films, corporate presentations and promotional videos. As a speaker, Shávon is recognized as one of the world's next top motivators as she presents poetic and engaging speeches to audiences ranging from corporations, youth groups, colleges/universities, faith-based organizations, and non-profits. Within "The Discovery of YOU - Unveil Your True Self," Shávon shares her personal life experiences as examples for overcoming great obstacles and disappointments. Her goal is to help others navigate through life's most prevalent challenges and influences by seeing and utilizing their own inner strength.

 


 

 

Date: Tuesday, March 14
Time: 7:00 - 8:15pm
Location: Academic Center, Room 209 
This event is free and open to the public.

Julie Riddle

Julie Riddle is the author of the memoir, "The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness," published by the University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series. Her essay, “Shadow Animals,” from her memoir manuscript, appeared in "The Georgia Review"; the essay received a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses 2015 and was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

Julie holds a B.A. in American studies from Whitworth University and an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

 


 

 

Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 7:00 - 8:15pm
Location: Academic Center, Room 209 
This event is free and open to the public.

Christopher Phelps

Christopher Phelps lives in south Florida where he works as a freelance editor and in a small sculpture workshop.  He received degrees in physics and philosophy from MIT, disciplines that discreetly inform his work, but Dickinson and the dictionary were his first loves.  Some of his poems appear in Assaracus, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Field, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Poetry Northwest, and in the anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality.  More information can be found at www.christopher-phelps.com/details.

 


 

 

Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 7:00 - 8:15pm
Location: Academic Center, Room 209 
This event is free and open to the public.

Vivian Shipley

Vivian Shipley is Editor of the award-winning Connecticut Review, and she is the Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was named Faculty Scholar in 2000, 2005 and 2008. Her eighth book of poetry, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased, was published in 2010 by Southeastern Louisiana University. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, it won the 2011 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and the CT Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing. In 2010, her sixth chapbook, Greatest Hits: 1974-2010 was published by Pudding House Press. She has a PhD from Vanderbilt University and is a member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni.
Additional honors include the Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community, the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize, the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California, the Marble Faun Poetry Prize from the William Faulkner Society, and the Hart Crane Prize from Kent State.

 


 

 

Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 7:00 - 8:15pm
Location: Academic Center, Room 209 
This event is free and open to the public.

Susan Klaus

Susan Klaus is an author of fantasy and thrillers. Tor Books released her fantasy, Flight of the Golden Harpy in 2014. It is a Royal Palm Literary Award Winner for Best Sci/fi, a Silver President Award winner, and has been in an Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list for fantasy, ranked #6. The sequel, Flight of the Golden Harpy II, Waylaid was released in Nov. 2016 and has been on an Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list, ranked #75.  Secretariat Reborn, first in the Christian Roberts series, was released by Oceanview Publishing in 2013. The thriller is a Silver President Award winner for Best Adult Fla Fiction and has been on an Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list, ranked #10. Its sequel, Shark Fin Soup, also published by Oceanview won the RPLA for second best unpublished thriller and the Silver Presidential Award for Best Action/Suspense.

Klaus is pres/founder of Sarasota Authors Connection Club with over 200 members. For nine years she was the radio host for the Authors Connection Show with 18 million listeners. She has been in Amazon Top 100 Authors for Mystery/Romance. Klaus was born in Sarasota, Fl. and resides in Myakka City, Fl. on a 40 acre farm where she has bred and raced Thoroughbred horses and now raises rodeo bulls.

Website: susanklaus.com, On Facebook, Susan C. Klaus and on Twitter, Klaussue.

 


 

 

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 7:00 - 8:15pm
Location: Academic Center, Room 209 
This event is free and open to the public.

Virgil Suarez

Virgil Suarez, Professor, MFA, Louisiana State University (1987), specializes in creative writing (fiction and poetry) and Latino/a (especially Cuban-American) literature. Poet, essayist, novelist, and short story writer, Professor Suarez is the author or co-author of over fifteen books of poetry and prose. His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The New England Review, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Poetry New Zealand, Imago (Australia), The Toronto Review (Canada), The Barcelona Review (Spain), Ploughshares, and many others nationally and internationally. His latest book is 90 Miles (Selected & New Poems), University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005. His work will be featured in the W.W. Norton Anthology of Latino/a Literature, 2010.

 


 

Fall 2016 Schedule:

Elizabeth Sims - August 23

Patricia Corbus - September 6

Heather Butler - September 27

E.A.A. Wilson - October 11

Monica McFawn - October 25

Rob Sanders - November 1

Robert Olen Butler - November 17 (tickets available here)


Elizabeth Sims

Elizabeth Sims is a writer, journalist, and contributing editor at Writer's Digest magazine. She is a correspondent for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and author of two series of crime novels, including her Rita Farmer Mystery series, published by St. Martin's Press Minotaur and Lillian Byrd Crime Story series, published by Alyson Books. Her nonfiction works include articles, short stories, poems, and essays for magazines and books. She also serves as a coach and mentor for new and aspiring writers and offers keynote speeches and presents workshops at writer's conferences around North America. Her most recent book is You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams. She holds degrees in English from Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

Bradenton writer Elizabeth Sims will read selections of her work, discuss her career as a creative writer, and answer questions from the audience.

Tuesday, August 23
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Academic Center--Room 209

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Patricia Corbus

Patricia Corbus lives in Sarasota, Florida, where she grew up in her parents’ shell shop, The Nautilus. She graduated from Agnes Scott College, and holds a Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA from Warren Wilson. She is the author of two poetry collections: Ashes, Jade, Mirrors and Finestra’s Window. Her poems have appeared in numerous distinguished literary journals such as The Antioch Review, The Georgia Review, and The Paris Review as well as the anthology Conversations Pieces: Poems that Talk to Other Poems.

Tuesday, September 6
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Academic Center--Room 209

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Heather Butler

In addition to writing many teacher resource products, UK author Heather Butler has published two young adult novels, The Milkshake Detectives and Us Minus Mum, which won the first ever UK Literacy Association Highly Commended 7-11 Book Award and was longlisted for the Carnegie Award. She has served as writer-in-residence at several schools and led whole school story-writing workshops across the UK.

Tuesday, September 27
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Academic Center--Room 209

This event is free and open to the public.

 

E.A.A. Wilson

Sarasota writer Elizabeth Wilson is an ordained minister, speaker, and author of several books, including a comic fantasy novel, Ascension Denied, and—with bestselling author Scott Ciencin—a mystery novel, The Humbug Murders. She also produced the narrative development for the acclaimed Nintendo game Mystic Searches.

Tuesday, October 11
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Academic Center--Room 209

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Monica McFawn

Monica McFawn’s debut story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won a Flannery O’Connor Award and was named a Michigan Notable Book, a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award, and an NPR “Great Read.” Her stories have appeared in journals such as The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, and others, and her screenplays and plays have had readings in New York and Chicago. She is also the author of A Catalogue of Rare Movements, a poetry/art chapbook, and host of the Nathaniel Hawthorne-themed comedy podcast, The Hawthorne Effect. A recipient of a 2016 NEA Fellowship in Literature and a Walter E. Dakin fellowship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, McFawn is currently at work on a novel. She is the MFA Director at Northern Michigan University and the fiction editor of Passages North.

Tuesday, October 25
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Academic Center--Room 209

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Rob Sanders

Tampa author Rod Sanders is “a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes.” This lifelong educator is the author of numerous picture books, including Outer Space Bedtime Race, Cowboy Christmas, Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes, and Ruby Rose: Big Bravos. His picture book Rodzilla is forthcoming in 2017 and Pride: The Story of the Rainbow Flag will be published in 2018.

Tuesday, November 1
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Academic Center--Room 209

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler is one of the finest American fiction writers working today. The author of twelve novels, six short story collections, and many screenplays written for Hollywood’s major studios, he’s also the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts grant, and multiple National Magazine Awards. His book on writing, From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction, is a popular text for many creative writing classes. He serves as the Francis Eppes Professor of English at Florida State University.

Thursday, November 17
5:30 - 6:45 pm
Academic Center--Main Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public.
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