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Aspiring Authors Contest

The Aspiring Authors Writing Contest is presented by the Lee County Teachers of English and has been going for nearly 30 years. The contest recognizes students in grades K-12 who submit original writing in the categories of poetry, fiction and personal memoir. The contest is open for entries during the month of January. The winning grade level and overall winning entries are awarded and displayed at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. For more information please contact Ms. Jean Fulbrook at Treeline Elementary and Mrs. Vanessa York at Caloosa Elementary.


Berne Davis Author Lecture - John Carter Cash

Monday, Jan. 20 at noon

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center,
2301 First Street, Fort Myers

John Carter Cash, son of the legendary Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash lectures about his authorship of several children’s books and works about his parents. Lecture with lunch $35. For details and tickets visit www.sbdac.com.


The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Steven Canny & John Nicholson

Feb. 14 – March 5

Show Times:
Tue - Sat: 8 p.m. / Wed & Sun: 2 p.m. /Select Sat: 2 p.m.

Florida Repertory Theatre
in the Historic Arcade Theatre, Fort Myers

A comic twist on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel! Nothing is “elementary” in this zany NEW farce! Ticket price: $40, $45, $25. For details visit www.FloridaRep.org or call
239-332-4488.


Berne Davis Author Lecture - Diana Abu-Jaber

Monday, Feb. 17 at noon

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center,
2301 First Street, Fort Myers

Lecture by Diana Abu-Jaber award-winning author of Birds of Paradise, The Language of Baklava, Crescent and Origin. Lecture with lunch $35. For details and tickets visit www.sbdac.com.


From Page to Stage:
Vignette of The Hound
of the Baskervilles

Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.

Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers

A comic twist on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel! Nothing is “elementary” in this zany NEW farce! Free. For details visit leelibrary.net/calendar or call 239-533-4000.

The Novel in You

Saturday, March 1 from 2-4 p.m.

Fountain Lakes Community Center,
22201 Fountain Lakes Boulevard, Estero

Featuring a panel of three authors: Mary Ann Haverlack (writing contemporary romance as M.A. Ellis), Doris Lemcke (writing historical romance) and Christina Westcott (writing science fiction and fantasy romance). Free. For details contact Christina Westcott at 239-731-0305.


Writing Your Novel From Start to Finish

Thursday, March 6 from 2-4 p.m.

South County Regional Library,
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero

Featuring a panel of four authors: Lynnette Hallberg (writing contemporary romance), Diane O'Key, (writing historical romance). Patty Campbell (writing contemporary romance)' and Jean Harrington (writing historical romance and cozy mystery). Free. For details contact Christina Westcott
at 239-731-0305.


Meet the Author: Andrew Gross

Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

Fort Myers Congregational
United Church of Christ,
8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers

Presented by the Fort Myers Congregational
United Church of Christ Women’s Group

Free. Refreshments and a book sale/book signing will follow the author’s presentation. For details contact Terri Crawford at 239-772-9678.


Berne Davis Author Lecture - Gregg Hurwitz

Monday,March 17 at noon

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers

Lecture by Gregg Hurwitz, critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 12 novels, most recently They’re Watching, You’re Next, The Survivor and Tell No Lies. Lecture with lunch $35. For details and tickets visit www.sbdac.com.


Applying a Romantic Subplot for Non-romance writers

Thursday, March 20 from 2-4 p.m.

South County Regional Library,
21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero

Presented by Michael Joy, MFA (teacher and writer of cozy mystery). Free. For details contact Christina Westcott
at 239-731-0305.


Thank you to our Festival Partners:


Florida Repertory Theatre, Myers Congregational United Church of Christ, Lee County Teachers of English,
Southwest Florida Romance Writers Assoc., Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
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