Visiting Writers Forum

The Creative Writing Department is pleased to announce the Visiting Writers 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 novelists.

All events are free and open to the public. Please email creativewriting@ringing.edu with any questions.
 

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2018/2019 Schedule
 

Fall 2018

Lorin Oberweger - Tuesday, September 4

Richard Lee Byers - Tuesday, October 2

Don Bruns - Tuesday, October 30

Julianna Baggott - Wednesday, November 7

Delilah S. Dawson - Tuesday, November 13

 

 

Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Lorin Oberweger

Lorin Oberweger is a highly sought-after independent book editor and ghostwriter with almost twenty-five years of experience in publishing. Her company, Free Expressions, offers writing seminars nationwide with literary agent Donald Maass and others--primarily for YA and MG writers.

Her students and clients have millions of books in print and have been published by imprints of HarperCollins, Random House, Penguin, Scholastic, and other mainstream and independent presses. They have also gained representation with some of the industry’s leading literary agents. Lorin now works as a literary agent for Adams Literary. Visit her online at http://lorinoberweger.com/

 

 

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Richard Lee Byers

Richard Lee Byers is the author of more than forty novels, including the Pathfinder Tales novel Called to Darkness and the first book in R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen series. In addition, he's also the co-creator of the critically acclaimed young adult series The Nightmare Club, the author of a new urban fantasy series beginning with the novel Blind God's Bluff, and has written tie-in novels in the Forgotten Realms and Warhammer settings, comic books, and Pathfinder Tales web fiction. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

He’s also written scores of short stories, scripted a graphic novel, and contributed content on tabletop and electronic games.

A resident of the Tampa Bay area, the setting for many of his contemporary stories, he’s a fencing and poker enthusiast and a frequent program participant at Florida conventions, Dragon Con, and Gen Con.

He holds a master’s degree in psychology, and worked in an emergency psychiatric facility before over a year before becoming a writer

 

 

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Don Bruns

USA Today bestselling author Don Bruns is the author of three mystery series. His first novel, Jamaica Blue, was championed by author Sue Grafton and became the cornerstone for his Caribbean series. His second series, the Stuff series, involves two twenty-four-year old private detectives in Miami. The books have been praised for their humor, their compelling storylines and the characters. A starred review in Booklist compares the novels to Mark Twain's Huck Finn.

Bruns's newest series, the Quentin Archer mysteries, involves a New Orleans homicide detective and a voodoo practitioner who team up to solve crime in the Big Easy.

Traveling the country as a guitar-playing comic, Bruns worked the Playboy Circuit, Las Vegas, and a number of nightclubs across the country. As a writer, he has traveled the country for book signings, signing twice at the Playboy Mansion.

Bruns is a musician, songwriter, advertising guru, painter, cook, stand-up comic and novelist who has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up. Visit him online at http://donbrunsbooks.com/

 

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Location: Academic Center Auditorium (room 102)
This event is free and open to the public, but it does require tickets in advance.

Julianna Baggott

Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott has published more than twenty books under her own name as well as pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. Her recent novel, Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (2015). Her novel Pure, the first of a trilogy, was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (2012) and won an ALA Alex Award; James Ponsoldt, the director of Smashed and The Spectacular Now, starring Miles Teller, penned the screenplay while it was in development with Fox2000. Her young adult novel, The Infinity of You and Me, was published this fall by St. Martin’s Press under the pseudonym J.Q. Coyle, the joint pen name Baggott shares with novelist and short-story writer Quinn Dalton.

Baggott’s work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Modern Love column, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, Glamour, Real Simple, Best Creative Nonfiction, Best American Poetry, and has been read on NPR’s Here and Now, Talk of the Nation, and All Things Considered.

She is an associate professor at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts where she teaches screenwriting. From 2013-2017, she held the William H.P. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross. In 2006, Baggott and her husband, David Scott, co-founded the nonprofit organization Kids in Need – Books in Deed which focuses on literacy and getting free books into the hands of underprivileged children in the state of Florida. Visit her online at http://juliannabaggott.com/

 

 

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Delilah S. Dawson

Delilah S. Dawson is the New York Times bestselling writer of Star Wars: PHASMA, The Secrets of Long Snoot, The Perfect Weapon, and Scorched; the Blud series, Servants of the Storm, the HIT series, Wake of Vultures and the Shadow series (as Lila Bowen), and a variety of short stories in anthologies such as Robots vs. Fairies, Hellboy: an Assortment of Horrors, Violent Ends, Carniepunk, Three Slices, and Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life.

Her most recent book, Kill the Farm Boy, came out July 17 and was co-written with Kevin Hearne.

Her comics credits include the creator-owned Ladycastle #1-4, The X-Files Case Files: Florida Man #1-2, Adventure Time comics #66-69, and Jim Henson's Labyrinth 2017 Special from BOOM! Studios, as well as stories in Star Wars Adventures #5 and #6 and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny: Rose and Paige for IDW.

Delilah is the winner of the 2015 Fantasy Book of the Year from RT Book Reviews for Wake of Vultures and the 2013 Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for Wicked as She Wants. She has earned stars from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal for Wake of Vultures, as well as a star from Library Journal for the Blud e-novella The Damsel and the Daggerman. Visit her online at https://www.whimsydark.com/

 

Spring 2019

Sarah Gerard - Tuesday, January 22

Jonathan Maberry - Tuesday, February 5

Fred Koehler - Tuesday, March 5

Erica Dawson - Tuesday, April 23

 

 

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Sarah Gerard

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, a New York Times critics’ choice, the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize, and two chapbooks. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, BOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies. Her paper collages have appeared in Hazlitt, BOMB Magazine, Epiphany Magazine, No Tokens Journal, and the Blue Earth Review. Recycle, a book of collages and text co-authored with the writer and artist Amy Gall, was published by Pacific in 2018. Her column Mouthful, published by Hazlitt, explored her relationship with food ten years into recovery from anorexia. She’s been supported by scholarships and fellowships from Yaddo, Tin House, PlatteForum, and Ucross. She is the 2018 – 2019 New College of Florida Writer-in-Residence. Visit her online at http://sarah-gerard.com/.

 

 

 

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.
 

Johnathon Maberry 

Writer in Residence

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning suspense author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator, and writing teacher/lecturer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-Wars, is being produced as a Netflix original series, starring Ian Somerhalder (Lost, Vampire Diaries) and will debut in early 2019. His other works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, The Wolfman, and X-Files Origins.
http://www.jonathanmaberry.com/

 

 

 

 

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.  

Fred Koehler

Fred Koehler is an artist and writer whose real-life misadventures include sunken boats, shark encounters, and getting caught in a hurricane. Whether freediving in the Gulf of Mexico or backpacking across Africa, Fred's sense of adventure and awe of nature overflow into his characters' stories. He won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for his illustrations for One Day, The End. Fred is passionate about encouraging young artists, promoting social justice, and conserving our environment. He lives in Florida with his wife, kids, and a rescue dog named Cheerio Mutt-Face McChubbybutt. Visit him online at https://www.ilikefred.com/

 

 

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Erica Dawson

Erica Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize, and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Press, 2007), winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Literary Imagination, Unsplendid, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. Her poems have been featured in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2008, 2012, and 2015, American Society: What Poets See; Living in Storms: Contemporary Poetry and the Moods of Manic-Depression; and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets.

Erica’s third book, When Rap Spoke Straight to God, will published by Tin House Books in Fall 2018.

Born and raised in Maryland, Erica holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from Ohio State University, and a PhD from University of Cincinnati. She’s taught workshops and seminars at the Florida Arts Coalition’s Other Words Conference, St. Leo University’s Sandhill Writers Retreat, and the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon. Erica is the Director of The University of Tampa’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, and, at UT, an associate professor of English and Writing. Visit her online at http://ericadawsonpoet.net/

 

 

Past Visiting Writers

 

Spring 2018

Jane Yolen - Tuesday, January 23

Patricia Gussin - Tuesday, January 30

Lisa Daily - Tuesday, February 13

Stacy DeKeyser - Tuesday, February 27

Austin McKinley - Tuesday, March 13

Roy Peter Clark - Tuesday, March 27

Geoff Bouvier - Tuesday, April 17

 

 

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 5:30PM - 6:45PM
Location: Academic Center Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public.

Jane Yolen

Yolen is the author of more than 300 books, and her work has been translated into almost two dozen languages. Her poetry collection Radiation Sonnets: Love, in Sickness and in Health (2003) deals with her late husband’s battle with cancer. Her numerous books for young readers include the picture books Owl Moon (1987, illustrated by John Schoenherr), How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (2000, illustrated by Mark Teague), and the novella The Devil’s Arithmetic (2004). Her nonfiction includes Take Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft (2006) and Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood (1981, expanded edition 2007). She has edited many anthologies, including Favorite Folktales from Around the World (1986).

Yolen has received the Daedelus Award and the Catholic Library Association’s Regina Medal, and her books have won two Caldecott Medals, two Nebula Awards from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, two Christopher Medals, and the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has honorary doctorates from Smith College, Keene State College, and the College of Our Lady of the Elms. The former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Yolen has served on the board of directors for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for more than 25 years. She divides her time between homes in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and Scotland.

 

 

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Patricia Gussin

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Patricia Gussin has practiced medicine and has worked in medical research as worldwide vice president for a leading healthcare products company. She is a graduate of Aquinas College, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Columbia University Business School, and has an honorary degree from Duquesne University.

She is the author of seven novels including four in the Laura Nelson series. Her first novel was a Thriller Award nominee for Best First Novel, and she has won the Florida Book Award and the USA National Book Award.

She lives in Longboat Key, Florida, and in Amagansett, New York with her husband, Dr. Robert Gussin and together, they co-authored What’s Next…For You?

 

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Lisa Daily

Lisa Daily is the bestselling, award-winning author of Stop Getting Dumped!Beauty (a novel), The Get-Married GuaranteeIs He Cheating?Fifteen Minutes of Shame (a novel)  and How to Date Like a Grown-Up. She’s a syndicated relationships columnist, popular media guest, and dating expert for “Daytime,” a syndicated morning television show. She’s been interviewed and quoted everywhere from iVillage Live, MTV and ET to Cosmopolitan, the Washington Post to the New York Times.

 

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Stacy DeKeyser

Stacy DeKeyser is the author of highly-acclaimed books for kids, including The Brixen Witch and One Witch at a Time. Her books have been listed among the Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, the Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year, Amazon Editors’ Picks, KIRKUS REVIEW’s New and Notable Books for Children, and state award lists in Utah, Missouri, and South Dakota. She received a 2009 Artist's Fellowship from the state of Connecticut, where she lived with her family, their dog Scout, and the occasional black bear, before moving to the sunny shores of Florida. Visit her online at stacydekeyser.com

 

 

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Austin McKinley

Austin McKinley is an award-winning author, cartoonist, and director. He was the 2011 grand prize winner of the national TVMe television treatment contest, and the Florida Film Network's 2012 Operation: Logline contest, which facilitated the production of his third short film, Quicklime. His short film, Life in a Glass House, took home an honorable mention from the 2013 Boston Science Fiction Film Festival. Austin has worked in video games, comic books, local television, and created video segments for live performances with the Sarasota Orchestra. He wrote and illustrated Squareasota, a weekly cartoon in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for seven years. He lives and works in Sarasota.

 

 

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at Poynter to students of all ages since 1979. He has served the Institute as its first full-time faculty member, dean, vice president, and senior scholar. He contributes regularly to Poynter.org on topics such as writing, reporting, editing, coaching writers, reading, language and politics, American culture, ethics, and the standards and practices of journalism. He is the author or editor of eighteen books. His most recent include Writing Tools, The Glamour of Grammar, Help! For Writers, How to Write Short, and The Art of X-ray Reading

 

 

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Geoff Bouvier

Geoff Bouvier’s first book, Living Room, was selected by Heather McHugh as the winner of the 2005 APR/Honickman Prize. His second book, Glass Harmonica, was published in 2011 by Quale Press. Recent writings have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, New American Writing, Western Humanities Review, and VOLT. He received an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in 1997, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University in 2016. In 2009, he was the Roberta C. Holloway visiting poet at the University of California-Berkeley. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry and Nonfiction at University of Tampa, and is the Poetry Editor of Tampa Review.

 

2017

SJ Sindu - Tuesday, August 29

Ken Hite - Tuesday, September 19

Roy Furchgott - Tuesday, October 3

Robert Day - Tuesday, October 10

Peter Rawlik - Tuesday, October 24

Walton Beacham - Tuesday, November 14

David Hagberg - Tuesday, November 28

 

Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

SJ Sindu

SJ Sindu was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts. Her hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, won the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and was published by Split Lip Press. She was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Her work has been published in Brevity, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Normal School, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and other journals and anthologies. She teaches creative writing at Ringling College of Art and Design. Marriage of a Thousand Lies is her first novel.

 

 

 

 

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Ken Hite

Multiple Origins, Golden Geek, and ENnie Award winner Kenneth Hite has designed, written, or co-authored over 100 RPG books, including GURPS Horror, Call of Cthulhu d20, The Day After Ragnarok, Trail of Cthulhu, Bookhounds of London, Qelong, the Delta Green RPG, The Fall of DELTA GREEN, The Dracula Dossier, and Night’s Black Agents. He is currently the Lead Designer for Vampire: the Masquerade, 5th Edition. Outside gaming, his other works include Tour de Lovecraft: the Tales, Cthulhu 101, The Thrill of Dracula, The Nazi Occult and The Cthulhu Wars (both for Osprey), several Cthulhu Mythos short stories, the “Lost in Lovecraft” column for Weird Tales, a regular column for Sweden’s Fenix magazine, and four Lovecraftian children’s books. He is half of the award-winning podcast Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, and an Artistic Associate at Chicago’s WildClaw Theatre.

 

 

 

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Roy Furchgott

Having written for more years than he cares to admit, he’s covered a wide range of topics, from the role of marketing in politics to motorcycling in New Zealand. He has flown aerobatics in a fighter trainer, lived in a retirement home, toured the sewers of Vienna, crossed Maryland on a bicycle built for two, climbed the Bay Bridge with the maintenance crew, and personally tried out more than 1,000 pieces of consumer technology and more than 500 apps.

His work has appeared in more than 100 publications, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostBusiness Week, Forbes, Outside, Maxim, Self, and the Arbutus Times. He has won both local and national awards for his writing and photography.

 

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Robert Day

Robert Day is the author of numerous books, including The Last Cattle Drive, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection.  His short fiction has won a number of prizes and citations, including two Seaton Prizes, a Pen Faulkner/NEA prize, and Best American Short story and Pushcart citations. His fiction has been published by Tri-Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Kansas Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, and New Letters among other belles-lettres magazines. He is past President of the Associated Writing Programs; the founder and former director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House; and founder and publisher of the Literary House Press at Washington College where he is an Emeritus Professor of English Literature.

 

 

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

 

Peter Rawlik

Pete Rawlik is the author of more than fifty short stories as well as the novels Reanimators, The Weird Company, Reanimatrix, and The Peaslee Papers, a chronicle of the distant past, the present, and the far future. As editor, he has produced The Legacy of the Reanimator and the forthcoming Chromatic Court. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Science Fiction and a regular member of the Lovecraft Ezine Podcast.

 

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

Walton Beacham

I am Barbie, the first in Walton’s four-play cycle, The Barbie Chronicles, was produced at the Main Street (equity) Theatre in Houston. His comedy, Other Voices, set in the ventriloquists’ museum in Cincinnati, was performed by the Fusion Theatre (Albuquerque). His 10-minute comedy Stormy won Theatre Odyssey’s Best Play. He is also a poet and novelist; his exotic novel, Platinum Burning, set in Lebanon and Syria during the war, is the story of the breakup of an American couple caused by Rasheva, a dancing girl in Damascus.

 

Walton founded Beacham Publishing in 1985. His publishing adventure for the past 13 years has been the development of one of the world’s most comprehensive research centers on terrorism.  www.Tracterrorism.org

 

 

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM
Location: Goldstein Library, Room 113
This event is free and open to the public.

David Hagberg

David Hagberg is a former Air Force cryptographer who has traveled extensively in Europe, the Arctic, and the Caribbean, and has spoken at CIA functions. He has published more than seventy novels of suspense, including RetributionThe Fourth Horseman, and End Game in the New York Times bestselling Kirk McGarvey series. He makes his home in Sarasota, Florida. Find him online at www.david-hagberg.com.

 

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