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SPC offers fun, free writing workshop by Dr. Roy Peter Clark

writing workshop

Even students who get drowsy at the mere mention of writing instruction will enjoy the upcoming writing workshop given by Dr. Roy Peter Clark, who livens up his talks with some rocking piano pieces, fun pop culture references and some seriously charismatic energy.

Clark’s free workshop, offered by St. Petersburg College, will be held at the college’s Downtown Campus on August 30, 2017, from 1- 2 p.m. in room DC-210. Faculty and staff who attend will receive one PDU credit.

Clark is a writer and editor, and has been a teacher of writing to students of all ages since 1979. He recently retired from the Poynter Institute, where he started out as their first full-time faculty member, then retired as vice president and senior scholar. He has appeared on several radio and television talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she declared him her “media expert.” He is the author or editor of eighteen books, including Writing Tools, The Glamour of Grammar, How to Write Short and The Art of X-ray Reading.

Event organizer Lauren Dykes, an Instructional Support Specialist at the Downtown Campus, knows Clark well, as he is her father. Dykes says that though her dad has retired, he is still working at what he loves: Teaching people how to write.

“He has a lot more time on his hands, and he offered to come in and try to help people sharpen their writing skills,” Dykes said.

Students, of course are encouraged to attend, but tutors, faculty, staff and anyone interested in writing are also welcome and would benefit.

“Students will benefit by being exposed to new approaches to writing,” Dykes said, “instructors will enjoy observing Dr. Clark’s approach to presenting the information and anyone could benefit from learning the skills needed to effectively communicate in today’s society.”

For more information, contact Lauren Dykes at


SPC Professor Emeritus to lead author event

Gabriel Horn

Award winning author and St. Petersburg College Professor Emeritus Gabriel Horn will speak at the Nov. 14 author event at the Mirror Lake Public Library.

Horn, a long-time activist for the spiritual and academic rights of Native Americans, lives in St. Petersburg. He taught SPC students from 1988 until his retirement in 2015, and has a writing career that spans 40 years. Though he retired from academia, he continues to teach and write. He co-founded and co-directed the first Native American Writers Camp for children on the Cherokee reservation, and has instructed young journalists at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Horn’s latest book, Motherless, is a coming-of-age tale set on the Florida coast. It tells the story of a young Native American girl, Rainy, who was orphaned at 5 and lives with her grandfather and is trying to understand herself and world she lives in. Motherless was released in late 2015, and has earned awards from the state of Florida and has received national and international attention, including:


• 2016 International Book Award Winner- Multicultural Fiction
• 2016 Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
• Honorable mention, 2016 Paris Book Festival – Spiritual
• 2016 Award of Literary Excellence – Friends of Florida Mid-County Regional Library
• 2016 Next Generation Indie Award – Finalist Best Overall Cover Design Fiction
• 2015 Florida Book Award Bronze Medal – Young Adult Literature

Horn will share the stage with his life partner, Amy Krout-Horn, a novelist(Dancing in Concrete Moccasins), essayist and a writer of short stories. She is a regular contributor to Slate and Style magazines.

The event, sponsored by The Friends of the Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit, is free and open to the public and will be held on the second floor of the Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, in St. Petersburg. Opening remarks and the lecture begin at 5:30, with an author reception and book signing from 6:30-7 p.m. For more information, call the Mirror Lake Library at 727-893-7268, or print the flyer: mlfriendsauthorevent-amy-krout-hornandgabriel-horn