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Miami Book Fair features workshops on fiction, film and publishing

November 11, 2009
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Paula Mazur

This year’s Miami Book Fair International offers the chance to hone your skills with workshops by top talent in three workshops. On Friday, learn writing with acclaimed novelist Jill McCorkle, screenwriting with producer-screenwriter Paula Mazur, and gain invaluable insight into the publishing world with pros PJ Campbell and Kristen Neuhaus.

Mazur comes to the fair directly from Hollywood, where she’s busy working on a film adaptation of the bestselling novel, The Gurensey Literary and Potato Peel Society in partnership with Miami’s own Mitch Kaplan and Fox 2000. Mazur will teach a two-hour workshop on Words Into Pictures, how to turn prose into a movie to television adaptation. It’s something she knows a little bit about. She co-wrote and produced Nim’s Island, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin. Her producer credits include film versions of Lily Tomlin’s Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe, Jonathan Demme’s Swimming to Cambodia, and The Vagina Monologues. Paula’s workshop starts at 2:30 on Friday.

Jill McCorkle is the author of the new short-story collection, Going Away Shoes, plus eight previous books — three story collections and five novels. Her work has been chosen as New York Times Notable Books five times, and she’s a winner of the John Dos Passos Award for Excellence, among other prizes. She teaches writing at North Carolina State University. Jill will teach Finding Truth Through Fiction, beginning at noon on Friday.

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Jill McCorkle

Promotions maven P.J. Campbell and literary agent Kirsten Neuhaus team up to shine a searchlight Inside the World of Publishing. Learn how to pitch your book to an agent or publisher from Kristen, and how to promote or let P.J. show how to promote your book, whether commercially or self-published, Director of events for John Wiley & Sons, Campbell is also a consultant and author of 101 Author Tips: Creating a Successful Book Campaign. Nuehaus, a veteran of New York publishing, started her own agency earlier this year, specializing in strong narrative nonfiction and literary fiction, among other categories. Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Cost of each workshop is just $50 for access to the secrets of these four highly accomplished writing and publishing experts. For more information, visit The Florida Center for the Literary Arts

One Comment leave one →
  1. rachel permalink
    November 11, 2009 2:17 pm

    I’m all for writing workshops!

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