Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

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click to enlarge AT INKWOOD: Dr. Ben Carson, May 31. 7:30 p.m.
  • AT INKWOOD: Dr. Ben Carson, May 31. 7:30 p.m.
Words and Writers presents a Build a Mailing List workshop at ITT Tech in Sarasota Tuesday, May 27, 3-5 p.m. One of the most important, overlooked things an author needs to do is to build a list of potential readers. This can be done by having opt-in forms in various places on your website. This seminar will cover how and where to place opt-in forms on your site as well as how to write a series of email messages that compel your readers to action.

The Tampa Writers Alliance next meets on Wed., May 28, 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble in Carrollwood. Visitors are welcome, but only members’ works will be discussed, about five pieces per session. Works critiqued are submitted two weeks in advance. If you’re interested in attending, contact the group for copies of the submitted pieces if possible, though it’s not required to attend.

Is there a better combination than books and brews? Beer guru Gerard Walen will be selling and signing copies of his new book, Florida Breweries, in Sarasota this week. On Thursday, May 29, 5 to 9 p.m., he’ll be at one of Sarasota’s newest breweries, JDub’s Brewing Company & Tap Room. Or you can catch him at the Cock & Bull the next night, Friday, May 30, 6-8 p.m.

St. Pete College professor and author Sheree Greer offers an intensive five-hour writing workshop on Saturday, May 31. The writing session, Driven by Desire, is centered on expanding writers’ understanding of character, desire and plot development for crafting strong, forward-moving scenes and plots for short- or long-form fiction and memoir. The workshop will be held at the R Bar in Ybor City.

Page Turners, a group for women of all ages who love to read old or new books, fiction and non-fiction, all genres, will meet Saturday, May 31, 5 p.m., to discuss Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. No location is set yet. This unforgettable memoir was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film of the same name. This is the true story of Northup, who was born and raised as a freeman in New York. He lived the American dream, with a house and a loving family - a wife and two kids. Then one day he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the Deep South. These are the true accounts of his 12 hard years as a slave, and his extraordinary journey proves the resiliency of hope and the human spirit despite the most grueling and formidable of circumstances.

Dr. Ben Carson will sign his latest book, One Nation, at Inkwood Books in Tampa on Saturday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. This event is ticketed and his book must be purchased through Inkwood to get it signed and to meet Dr. Carson.

Arts2Action Inc. and Sacred Grounds Coffee House in Tampa present its monthly Veterans Community Open Mic on Sunday, June 1, 6:30-9 p.m. This creative space is open not only to veterans, but also to families, community supporters, caregivers and allies.

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