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Safety Harbor’s First
Writers Conference Aims to Inspire and Inform Emerging Writers


SAFETY HARBOR, FL, Oct 12, 2015 ? Safety Harbor Writers & Poets and the Safety Harbor Public Library Foundation are excited to present the city’s first writers conference on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd Ave. North, Safety Harbor, FL 34695. Freedom Riders: 1961 and The Struggle for Racial Justice), Gregory Byrd (Salt and Iron, Florida Straits, and At Penuel), Nicole Caron (ESL & Writing Coordinator at Ringling College of Art + Design), Janet Lee Stinson (columnist/blogger), Jim & Maura Sweeney (Maura - HuffPost blogger, international speaker, Jim - sports blogger and creator of comic book MIKE),Warren Firschein (A Brief History of Safety Harbor, Florida, and Out of Synch), and Laurie Ross (Shop Dogs). Workshops range from plotting, poetry, sentence-level editing, to blogging and e-publishing.

Book signings

will occur after the keynote speakers and during conference breaks. Local restaurants will offer Florida author-themed specials throughout the city during lunch. A wine & cheese gathering, poetry readings, and zine-making workshop will follow the conference at Sideshow, 737 Main Street, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The cost

for the Safety Harbor Writers & Poets Conference 2015: A Focus on Craft is $75 before 11/7, and $85 the day of. High school and college students pay $45 with valid school ID. To purchase tickets and for more information visit:

Started by Laura Kepner in 2009, Safety Harbor Writers & Poets aims to promote and encourage writing in Pinellas County. Kepner is a writing coach, teacher, editor and the co-author of

"My goal is that everyone who attends will leave knowing more about the art and craft of writing than they did the day before." – Laura Kepner, organizer.

A Brief History of Safety Harbor, Florida (History Press, 2013).


Laura Kepner (727) 269-9719

Tickets are now available for this full-day writing event. Speakers will include: Roy Peter Clark (Vice President and Senior Scholar of Poynter Institute. The author or editor of 14 professional books, and founding director of the National Writer's Workshops), Raymond Arsenault (

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