Elizabeth Phillips Goehringer, an accomplished photographer, graphic artist, poet and author, will speak at the next East Lake Community Library Author Showcase Tuesday, Aug. 19, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Her latest book, Fuel for the Fire: A Photographer Looks at the Psalms, is the first in her Fire Trilogy, which portrays life in a world increasingly ordered by a global government as the planet convulses with earthquakes, disease, corruption and war hurtling ever closer to what appears to be the end of the age. She’s currently working on Blood and Fire, the sequel to Fuel for the Fire.
Wordier Than Thou hosts its next storytelling and prose open mic Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Pete. Come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area’s talented wordsmiths. The featured readers are Julie Armstrong and Thomas Hallock from USF-St. Pete. They'll be followed by 10-minute long open mic slots. Suggested $5 donation at the door and refreshments available for donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m.
Inkwood Books' favorite New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White is back Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. This time he’s discussing and signing copies of Haunted, the third installment in his Hannah Smith series.
Calling all bards! Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College hosts Pause for Poetry Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Enjoy a supportive atmosphere where lovers of poetry share their works and/or read favorite selections aloud.
Meet literary agent Evelyn Rainey at McAlister’s Deli in Tampa on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. Rainey is founder of Denouement Literary Agency, LLC.
Local writer Mark Powell will discuss and sign his fourth novel, The Sheltering, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., at Inkwood Books in Tampa. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, and in 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature.
Work on your blockbuster hit at Tampa Writers Alliance’s Screenplay Focus Group, which meets Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble in Carrollwood. The group discusses different forms of screenwriting, and the genre’s rules and conventions.
The Tampa Writers Critique Alliance meets on Wed., Aug. 13, 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.
The Palm Harbor School of the Novel hosts its monthly meet-up at Organic Life Café, 35362 U.S. 19 N., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. Bring up to three pages for other members to read and critique.
Bruce Hadburg, author of Wacky, Warped & Wicked, will discuss the process of building a non-fiction book. His Wednesday, Aug. 6 seminar for the Tampa Writers Alliance, held at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, will include topic selection, organization, humor and story.
Join Inkwood Books and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities for an evening of science and literacy Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet two young women, Avalon Theisen and Dani Bowman, who founded projects that hep humanity, animals and/or the planet before they were 18. They were both featured in Kerryn Vaughn’s book Magnificent Kids. The first 30 teachers to register and be present on the day of the event will receive a free copy of the book as well as a copy of the award-winning CD Pacha’s Pajamas - Volume 1. Refreshments will be provided. Inkwood Books is located at 216 S. Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Books and Brews, Tampa FreeSkool’s monthly classic literature book club, will meet Wednesday, July 30, 7 p.m., at Tampa’s Coppertop, 5112 E. Fowler Ave. The group, led by instructor Emily Adkins, will focus on books that are generally considered part of American cultural knowledge and deserve a second look after being read in high school or college. This month’s book is Lord of the Flies.
Share your poetry, stories and songs at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church’s bi-monthly Poetry & Open Mic Night, Wednesday, July 30. The evening kicks off with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. So get there early to sign in and snack; readings and performances begin promptly at 7 p.m. The church is located at 3747 34th St. S, St. Pete. Call (727) 452-2369 for more information.
Felicitous Coffee & Tea House hosts its monthly outdoor open mic for poets, spoken word artists, artists and musicians Wednesday, July 30, 7 to 10 p.m. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m.; readings and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The open mic will be moved indoors for inclement weather. Felicitous is located at 11706 N. 51st St., Tampa.
Learn how to Kickstart Your Book! in a workshop on Tuesday, July 22, 6 to 8 p.m., at McAlister’s Deli, 4410 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Suite 150. Krayl Funch of An Appealing Plan will share her strategies to raise money to publish. Learn about crowdfunding and how to use ads to drive supporters to your campaign. Tickets are $25 each.
The Tampa Writers Critique Alliance next meets on Wed., July 23, 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. The Tampa Writers Alliance Poetry Group meets the next day, Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m., at the same Barnes & Noble.
East Lake Community Library’s Author Showcase features author Lynn Combes Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. She’ll discuss and sign copies of her book, A Garden Full of Butterflies. Combes’ first daughter died at the age of 5, which inspired her to write the novel to help others deal with their grief. A Garden Full of Butterflies focuses on the relationship between 10-year-old Marissa, who mother has died, and her neighbor Mrs. Chancey, who has also lost loved ones and takes the girl under wing. The two bond while tending to a flower garden that attracts butterflies.
Wordier Than Thou hosts its next storytelling and prose open mic Tuesday, July 15 at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Pete. Come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area’s talented wordsmiths. The featured reader is Tampa Bay Times writer Jeff Klinkenberg. He’ll be followed by 10-minute long open mic slots. Suggested $5 donation at the door and refreshments available for donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m.
Author Andrea Brunais stops by Inkwood Books Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m., with her new book, Mercedes Wore Black. Brunais uses Florida politics and the 2014 election as a backdrop for this fast-paced murder mystery.
Catch Tim Dorsey, the former Tampa Tribune journalist turned novelist, at the Ruskin Library Wednesday, July 16, 2 p.m. He’ll discuss his 15 zany, Florida-based mystery novels, answer questions and sign copies of his books.
Seasoned sailor and author Linda Petrat will discuss her three-month solo sailing trip from Kittery, Maine to Sarasota on her “Good Little Boat,” a 22-foot Pearson Ensign racing sloop on Wednesday, July 9, 7 to 8 p.m., Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Petrat sign copies of her book A Great Big Adventure on a Good Little Boat following the presentation.
Tampa Writers Alliance’s Critique Group meets on Wednesday, July 9, 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N. Dale Mabry. About 20 TWA members gather and review hard copies of manuscripts previously submitted and scheduled for review. Visitors are welcome to attend, but only members’ work will be discussed, generally five pieces per session.
Safety Harbor Writers and Poets hosts its monthly Open Mic Wednesday, July 9, 7 p.m., at Tapping the Vine, 737 Main St. Spoken word artists, storytellers, fiction writers, comedians and musicians are welcome. Each reader/performer gets five minutes.
Let out your inner vintage nerd. Inkwood Books, 216 S. Armenia Ave., Tampa hosts its Summer Postcard Typewriter Party on Thursday, July 10, 7 to 9 p.m. Write letters or postcards on real vintage typewriters set up throughout the shop.