Networking for Writers

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Networking is a great way to learn about the industry, stay motivated and form connections that will enrich your career. The word may strike fear into writers’ hearts, but networking should also be fun and natural. Author Sarah Nicolas will provide tips on effective networking, both online and in-person, to help you take your writing career to the next level.

Melissa Ferrick

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Born to a music-industry family and trained at the New England Conservatory, Melissa Ferrick appeared on the big stage on tour with Morrissey as the opening act of his “Kill Uncle” tour. Her career includes appearances with Paul Westerberg, Weezer, Ani DiFranco, Dwight Yoakam and G-Love & Special Sauce. Ferrick started her own label in 2000, releasing a wave of popular alt music albums and earning wide respect from fans and peers as one of the most prolific writers in the business. Eight-time Boston Music Award winner, Ferrick’s strong, earthy voice delivers toe-tapping, evocative songs full of insight and subtle humor.

GLAAD: Hollywood needs to do better

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GLAAD has a new online campaign to battle what it says is Hollywood’s “lack of relevant representation of LGBT people in film.”

The organization criticized such films as Ted 2, Project X and Pain & Gain for their use of homophobic language and violence against LGBT characters, and pointed to a recent report that shows more than 80 percent of the major studio films released in 2014 had no LGBT characters whatsoever.

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Wordier Than Thou brings creative minds together in Tampa Bay and has expanded to Orlando

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St. Petersburg – Nearly three years ago, an open mic outlet that catered to fiction and non-fiction writers has transformed into a monthly event for creative writers in Tampa Bay. Now Tiffany Razzano’s Wordier Than Thou brings together creative minds from throughout Tampa Bay.

Razzano, a New York native, moved to Florida with her parents six years ago, and at first, it wasn’t the ideal living or job situation.

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