Literary Program


Coral Springs Festival of the Arts Literary Workshops 2017



Thursday March 16th 6-10 PM

6:00 - 6:45 PM

Meet & Greet Cocktail & Snacks

6:45 - 7:45 PM

Stacie Ramey - Real Writers Wear PJs

7:45 - 8:45 PM

L Macdonald - Let's Get Emotional

9:00 - 10:00 PM

Joyce Sweeney - It's all Good

Friday March 17th 6-10 PM

6:00 - 6:45 PM

Nancy Cohen - Conflict and Character

6:45 - 7:45 PM

Joanne Lewis - That's Life

7:45 - 8:45 PM

Jade Kerion - You are What You Write

9:00 - 10:00 PM

Janet Franks Little - Tagline & Loglines

Saturday March 18th 10 AM - 5 PM

10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Dave Goudsward - Factual Fiction

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Randy Rawis - Author Experience

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Violet Howe - Book Signing Essentials

2:30 PM - 1:30 PM

John Mcllveen - Trade Secrets

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM

Heather Graham - It's Only Words

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Do's and Don'ts in Writing (Panel)

Heather Graham

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers' organizations for excellence in her work, and she is also proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers. (And award for charitable endeavors.) Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.

David Goudsward: Factual Fictions

David Goudsward lives in Florida in the shadow of the Lake Worth Muck Monster, but was raised in the haunted hills of Haverhill, Massachusetts, hometown of Rob Zombie, axe murderess Hannah Duston, and a disturbingly large number of horror writers. Author of 14 books on various nonfiction topics, his next publications will include H. P. Lovecraft in Florida (Hippocampus Press) and Horror Guide to Northern New England (Post Mortem Press) and Sun, Sand, and Sea Serpents: A History of Florida Sea Monster Sightings (McFarland Publishing). He can occasionally be seen on past episodes of the Travel Channel shows Mysteries at the Museum and Mysteries at the Monument.

Randy Rawls: Author Experience

Randy Rawls is a retired US Army officer, currently living in Delray Beach, FL. He has eleven books published to date. Ten are mysteries/thrillers and one is an historical fiction. The Ace Edwards, Dallas PI series, six books, The Beth Bowman series and South Florida PI series with two books, and The Tom Jeffries books. Down by the River, a historical fiction, takes place in 1955-1956 in a small town in eastern North Carolina. It portrays the effect of the civil rights movement on the town and the people—of both races. Randy writes because he enjoys it. Living in South Florida, where fact and fiction run together, gives him a rich environment in which to harvest plots. He smiles because life is fun.

Violet Howe: Book Signing Essentials

Violet Howe is a former writing teacher who left the field of education to pursue a fulltimewriting career. Violet is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Women's Fiction WritersAssociation, and Florida Writers Association. She enjoys writing romantic suspense, romanticcomedy, and women's fiction. Violet strongly believes it is crucial that authors helping eachother, and she strives to assist her fellow writers in achieving their goals. When she's not writing, Violet is usually watching movies, reading, or planning hernext traveladventure. You can follow Violet's ramblings on her blog, The Goddess Howe.

John McIlveen: Trade Secrets

John McIlveen is the author of the paranormal suspense novel, HANNAHWHERE, winner of the 2015 Drunken Druids Award (Ireland) for high literary merit and Nominee for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award (HWA) in the First Novel category. He has also the author of two story collections, INFLICTIONSand JERKS AND OTHER TALES FROM A PERFECT MAN and the well-received novelette GOT YOUR BACK. A father of five daughters, he works at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory and lives in Haverhill, MA with his wife, Roberta. or

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Stacey Ramey: Real Authors Wear PJs

Stacie Ramey learned to read at a very early age to escape the endless tormenting from her older siblings. She attended the University of Florida, where she majored in communication sciences, and Penn State where she received a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology. She currently works with high aged Autistic kids, introducing them to the literary worlds she grew up loving. When she's not working or writing, she engages in Netflix wars with her children or beats her husband in Scrabble, all while watching the Florida Gators and Penn State Nittany Lions play (Go Gators). She lives in Florida with her husband, children, and rescue dogs.

Laurianne Macdonald: Let's Get Emotional

Laurianne Macdonald is artist, author, blogger, and poet laureate with a degree in Alternative Medicine and Health Sciences. She works in a wide a range of mediums and genres, a member of Mystery Writers Association, The Coral Springs Writers, and an RPLA judge for the Florida Writer's Association. This is her fifth year producing and presenting literary workshop events for the CSFOA.Her love of life, people, and the dynamic interplay of the seen, unseen and esoteric are the focus of her stories. She currently has three novels in various phases of completion and query while working full time and completing her Master degree in Public Health and Hospital Administration.

Joyce Sweeney: It's all Good

Joyce Sweeney, the author of fourteenyoung adult novels and two chapbooks of poetry won her first literary award, Delacorte Press Prize, with her first novel, Center Line. Many of her books appear on the American Library Association's Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Her novel Shadow won the Nevada State Reading Award in 1997. Her novel Players was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Sports Book and by Working Mother magazine as a Top Ten for Tweens. Her novel, Headlock (Holt 2006), won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Florida Book Awards. Joyce has coached writers for 25 years and now runs online workshops ( for nationaland international students. 57 of Joyce's students have successfully published with traditional contracts.

In 2011, Joyce and a coalition of local playwrights, directors and actors formed The Playgroup LLC, which conducts workshops for playwrights and actors and produces original works by local playwrights. The Playgroup currently presents three productions a year at their home base, The WillowTheatre in Boca Raton.

Nancy Cohen: Character & Conflict

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans aswell. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. Visit her at

Joanne Lewis: That's Life

Joanne Lewisis a valued member of the Florida Writers Association family, as a volunteer and friend. When she is not practicing law, she is writing. She pens murder mysteries, historical fiction and historical fantasy books. She has authored several award-winning novels. Her latest release is the fourth of her Michael Angelo and Me Series, Space Between. As an author, she hopes to entertain, to educate, and to enlighten. As an attorney, she is most proud of her work as a guardian ad litem representing the best interests of children. See all her works on

Jade Kerrion: You are What You Write

Jade Kerrion defied (or leveraged, depending on your point of view) her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy, as well as her MBA, to be a multi genre author.
Her debut novel, Perfection Unleashed, won six literary awards and launched her best-selling futuristic thriller series, Double Helix. Earth-Simand Eternal Night won first place Royal Palm Literary Awards in the Young Adult and Fantasy categories and readers clamor for sequels. Jade will get around to them when her To Do list opens up (sometime after 2020.) Life Shocks Romances features Jade's sweet and sexy contemporary romance series, which proves that, at the very least, she knows how to alphabetize books. If she sounds busy, that's because she is. Jade writes at 3 a.m., when her husband and three sons are asleep. She aspires to write stories that keep her readers as sleep-deprived as she.

Janet Franks Little: Tag & Log Lines

Janet Franks Little began writing at the age of twelve and started her high school's first literary magazine before spending twenty-five years as a Speech Language Pathologist. She now writes full-time as a member of the Coral Springs Writers Group, Romance Writers of America, Florida Romance Writers, and the Florida Writers Associations. She has co-authored four self-help e-books: About Your Writer's Block, About Your Character's Name, About Your Book's Setting, and About Your Book Title. They are available on Amazon. She has published several short stories and placed second in the Hide and Seek anthology judged by NYT best-selling author, John Gilstrap. Her latest book, Worth Her Weight, won second place in the Romance category of the Royal Palm Literary Award and is available in print and e-book on Amazon, B&N, and BAM.