Contact: Liz Flaisig

                                                                                            Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

                                                                                                                 (904) 346-5620 ext. 176

                                                                                                            flaisige@duvalschools.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Ford to Headline Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival

Saturday, March 8

 Richard Ford, the Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner Award winning fiction writer heads the 2014 Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival on Saturday, March 8 at the University of North Florida.

An impressive array of local, regional and nationally-renowned novelists, poets, essayists songwriters and journalists will present interactive workshops for student and community writers alike. Workshops are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. An evening presentation and reading by Richard Ford will take place at 7:00 p.m.

“He’s a fabulous speaker. We are truly honored to give our community and our students the opportunity to engage with such an established voice in the literary world,” said Liz Flaisig, festival chairperson and head of the Creative Writing Department at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

In addition to Ford, other writers at the festival include poet Patricia Smith, finalist for the National Book Award and a winner of the National Poetry Series; Dorianne Laux, recipient of the Oregon Book Award as well as a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle for poetry; spoken word poet Sarah Kay, founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E.; Joseph Millar, a Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts grant and Pushcart Prize winner; and Rick Moody, writer of both fiction and non-fiction, who was awarded the Editor’s Choice Award from Pushcart Press. His novel Ice Storm (1994) was released by Fox Searchlight as a film directed by Ang Lee. Many other professional writers as well as local and regional writing professors will also present workshops focused on literary topics, narrative and poetic craft, and on the generation of new writing.

Cost for the all-day workshops, including lunch and the evening reading with Richard Ford is $70 for adults and $35 for students. Space is limited. Individual tickets to Ford’s evening reading are $20. For registration information and a full list of presenting writers, visit www.douglasandersonwritersfest.com or phone (904) 346-5620 ext. 176.

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