6th Annual Writers Festival

Posted by James Revillini - April 8, 2009 - - No Comments

During this all day event, we’re proud to offer an amazing slate of speakers who will talk about the challenges and rewards of writing and publishing in today’s market.


8:00-8:30            Continental Breakfast


8:30-8:45            Opening Comments by Dr. Cathryn Addy, President Tunxis Community College


8:45-9:45            Gilbert Gigliotti

Professor and Chair of the English Department at CCSU, and author of A Storied Singer: Frank Sinatra as Literary Conceit and the editor of Sinatra: But Buddy I’m a Kind of Poem and the forthcoming Ava Gardner: Touches of Venus.


10:15-11:20        Denis Horgan

Veteran newspaper columnist, blogger, editor and author of fiction and non-fiction, including Sharks in the Bathtub, Flotsam:  A Life in Debris, and The Dawn of Days


11:50-1:00          Joel Derfner.

Author of Swish, My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever.  Harvard graduate with a degree in linguistics, his work for the musical theater has been produced in London, New York, and various cities in between.


1:25-2:30            Poetry Slam – Open to anyone who would like to read their poetry


3:20-4:30            Jan Coffey

James A. McGoldrick and Nikoo K. Coffey McGoldrick write under the pennames of Jan Coffey, May McGoldrick, and Nicole Cody.  Their books include The Puppet Master, Trust Me Once, Twice Burned, The Deadliest Strain, The Project, Silent Waters, Thistle and the Rose, Tess and the Highlander, Marriage of Minds.


5:10-6:20           Frances Gilbert

Gillian Collins writes books for young children under the penname of Frances Gilbert.  Some of her books include Goodnight World Outside, Elephant Blue (poetry), Celeste and Regine in the RainforestTurtle on a Summers Day,  a math poems book A World of Numbers.  Recently completed a novel for adults entitled Where Is She Now?


6:40-7:40            Linda Garmon

Four-time Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, and director of documentaries. Her films, including Coma, Secret of the Wild Child, and The Truth About Cancer have appeared on several PBS series, such as NOVA and the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, as well as on ABC.



7:45-9:00            Regina Barreca.

Professor of English at UConn, is the bestselling author of They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted , Perfect Husbands (and Other Fairy Tales), Sweet Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even, Untamed and Unabashed: Essays on Women and Humor in British Literature, Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in The Ivy League.  She is also a columnist for The Hartford Courant.

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