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Write about transitions while staring at Winter. Finish your synopsis while trimming trees. Race a Ferrari at Monaco. Whatever you do, keep writing. Winter air, fresh snow. This is weather that tends to jumpstart your mind.

If you have information about book fairs, writing conferences, workshops, and mid-summer night events, send* the information to Word Smitten. If it is timely, and of interest to our general membership, we always consider publishing it.

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The Storytellers Gathering

You Are Invited to Tellabration 2008

A Magical Evening of Storytelling for All Ages
Featuring Storytellers from the Tampa Bay Storytellers' Guild
and American Sign Language Interpreters from Sign Language Associates, Inc.

When: Saturdays Where: Pinellas Park Public Library
7770 52nd Street North (corner of 52nd St. and 78th Ave. N.)
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781
(727) 541-0718

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Presented by: Tampa Bay Storytellers' Guild
National Storytelling Network
Friends of the Pinellas Park Public Library

This evening is dedicated to the memory of Chuck Larkin, Master Storyteller
Want more information on storytellers? Click here.

Upcoming in April 2009

The Second Annual Book Festival
Philadelphia Book Festival
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In April of 2009, thousands of book lovers will converge on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway to take part in the first annual Philadelphia Book Festival.

The free, two-day event is open to the public and will take place in and around the Central Library, located at 1901 Vine Street.

Visitors will have the opportunity to attend lectures and book signings by celebrated authors, as well as attend a variety of free programs.
One of WordSmitten's staff writers will be attending this event so stop by to say hello and let us know what you are working on in the writing world.

For details, visit the conference site. Philadelphia Book Festival authors and events.

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Robert Frost Poetry Festival
April 2009
Florida Keys

Spring. You're planning a trip, so escape to Key West to enjoy the poetry and palm trees while you visit the Robert Frost Poetry Festival, held on the grounds of the cottage where Robert Frost found colleagues and a winter retreat.

Fans of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost celebrate his legacy with five days of workshops and events.

The Festival offers poetry and haiku workshops and readings, an art and film event, a poetry slam, a sunset poetry sail, and an announcement of the winners of the Robert Frost Poetry Festival international haiku and poetry contests.

Presentations feature critically acclaimed author, poet and Frost scholar Dr. Michael Wyndham Thomas, "Modern Haiku" editor Charles Trumbull, author and poet Rosalind Brackenbury, award-winning writer and modern dancer Cricket Desmarais, nationally renowned actor Richard Grusin and internationally recognized haiku poet Barry George.

The festival is headquartered at the Key West Heritage House Museum & Robert Frost Cottage, 410 Caroline St., with select events at other locations in Key West's historic Old Town.

Frost, who served as U.S. poet laureate in 1958-59, first visited Key West in 1934 and wrote one of his best-known poems, "The Gift Outright," on the island. He subsequently paid winter visits to Key West from 1945 to 1960 as the guest of local hostess and preservationist Jessie Porter, staying in the small cottage now named for him.

Now a National Literary Landmark, Porter's home and the cottage grounds are open for tours as part of the Key West Heritage House Museum.

Festival events begin with a night of poetry, cigars and wine on Wednesday, April 11, in the Robert Frost Garden at the Heritage House Museum. Cost for "Smokin' Poetry," hosted by Sunset Cigar Co., is $10 per person and starts at 5 P.M. and continuing until 8 P.M. to kick off the celebration.

On Thursday, registration for the festival is scheduled from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Heritage House Museum.

Thursday evening, poetry fans are invited to discover poetry on canvas, stage and screen during "Robert Frost Goes to the Movies," slated for 7 P.M. at Key West's Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St.

A champagne and chocolate reception includes an art opening showcasing the marriage of art and poetry, poetry readings by the festival's guest poets and a screening of the feature film "Dead Poet's Society." Cost for the evening is $25 per person.

On Friday and Saturday, after continental breakfast each morning in the Heritage House museum grounds, festival registrants explore poetry through workshops at Heritage House and nearby venues in Key West's Old Town.

Discover poetic variations under the guidance of Thomas, haiku with Trumbull and with George, "Poems to Shape the World" with Brackenbury, spontaneous writing exercises with Desmarais and a session on how to read poetry to an audience with Grusin.

A workshop for teen poets, led by Desmarais, is to be held in the garden at Heritage House. This workshop is open to all teens interested in poetry. Cost is $10 per person.

At 8 P.M. Friday evening, a poetry slam is scheduled at Sippin' Coffee House, 424 Eaton St. Three rounds are planned, so each prospective participant should prepare three poems of not longer than three minutes apiece. Entrants are to be judged on their poems' content and the strength of the poetry performance, and a $100 prize awaits the winner.

Poets must register to compete prior to 8 P.M. The entrance cost is yet to be determined. For information, call (305) 293-0555.

On Saturday evening, poets can take to the high seas for a 6:30 P.M. "Sunset Poetry Under Sail" cruise with Fury Water Adventures. Appetizers and libations, a renowned Key West sunset on the water and poetry are in store for participants.

Cost is $49 per person, and the vessel departs from the Westin Marina, behind the Westin Key West Resort at 245 Front St.

A night of pirate poetry and sea chanteys is to follow at the pirate-themed Rum Barrel, 528 Front St., starting at 9 P.M.

Sunday's events are to begin at 10 A.M., when workshop participants offer a reading of new poems written over the weekend in the garden at the Heritage House Museum.

At 2 P.M., a "Celebration of Poetry" ceremony, also in the Heritage House garden, is to begin with readings by the festival's guest poets.

Subsequently, talented young poets are to receive the festival's Poetry in the Schools prizes. Awards are to be presented to students from elementary, middle and high schools.

The announcement of the Robert Frost Poetry Festival poetry contest winner and haiku contest winner is to follow.

Cost for the Robert Frost Poetry Festival and its workshops is $175 per person ($150 before Feb. 28). Poetry lovers also can sign up for individual workshops at a cost of $50 per person per session.

For more information and registration, visit www.heritagehousemuseum.org or call (305) 296-3573.

For lodging information in Key West, contact the Key West Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-LAST-KEY (800-527-8539), or visit the Keys Web site at www.fla-keys.com for more details.

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