2022 Event Guide & Information
Friday evening, October 28, 2022, the JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival kicks off with a a dramatic reading of Featured Playwright Bobbie O'Connor's "Screams Echo" in the Lecture Hall at the Jessie Ball duPont Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. The play will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and run until 7 p.m., followed by a talkback with the playwright and cast and a discussion led by 904WARD until 8:00 p.m.
On Saturday morning, October 29, the day begins at 10 a.m. with seven one-hour-long workshops from which to choose:
Sharon Cobb, Monique Madrid, Alexa Wint & Franklin Ritch
"Screenwriting in Jacksonville"
Northern Trust Seminar Room 219
Women Writing for a Change
"This is Jacksonville"
2nd Floor Conference Room 202
Lynn Skapyak Harlin
"Writing the Rondolet Poem"
Training Center Room 038
"Writing the Bop Poem"
Training Center Room 039
"Emerging Technologies in Sci-Fi Writing" Training Center Room 042
"Writing Flash Memoir"
Training Center Room 043
"The Not-So-Secret Life of a Ghostwriter"
Training Center Room 044
At 11 a.m., enjoy readings from the first set of eight writers in the Auditorium/Lecture Hall or the Rooftop Garden.
Auditorium/Lecture Hall: Barbara Colaciello, Wynne Karnath, James Hunter, Sohrab Homi Fracis
(hosted by Tim Gilmore)
Rooftop Garden: Jessica Stark, Ma Bones, Linda O'Connell, Sonja Mongar (hosted by John Masiulewicz)
(Book signings for these eight writers will take place in the Great Hall from 12 noon - 12:30 p.m.)
From 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., hear the work of outstanding student writers from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, FSCJ, and UNF at the Rooftop Garden (with host Tricia Booker) and the Loading Dock (with host Andres Rojas).
At 2:30 p.m., hear the work of the second set of eight writers in the Auditorium/Lecture Hall or the Rooftop Garden.
Auditorium/Lecture Hall: Michael O'Connell, Lynn Skapyak Harlin, Howard Denson, Tricia Booker
(hosted by John Masiulewicz)
Rooftop Garden: Valarie Esguerra, Nancy Murrey-Settle, Jeff Knapp, Tim Gilmore (hosted by Tim Gilmore)
(Book signings for these eight writers will take place in the Great Hall from 3:30 - 4 p.m.)
At 4 p.m., enjoy readings from Featured Memoirist Damon Thomas, Featured Poet Andres Rojas, Featured Playwright Bobbie O'Connor, and Featured Author Julie Delegal in the Auditorium/Lecture Hall.
At 5 p.m., Darlyn Finch Kuhn will moderate a panel of Featured Screenwriters to include Sharon Cobb, Ebony Payne English, Monique Madrid, Alexa Wint, and Franklin Ritch in the Auditorium/Lecture Hall.
(Book signings for these nine writers will take place in the Great Hall from 6 - 6:30 p.m.)
Then enjoy finger-foods, a cash bar, and live music while you meet and mingle with authors, students, and fans at the after-party in the Great Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.
List of Events by Venue/Room:
Writing Workshops – Second Floor or Training Center (Basement) – 10:00
Room #219 (Northern Trust Seminar Room) - Sharon Cobb, Monique Madrid, Alexa Wint, & Franklin Ritch - "Screenwriting in Jacksonville"
Room #202 - Jennifer Wolfe - Women Writing for a Change - "This is Jacksonville"
Room #038 - Lynn Skapyak Harlin - "Writing the Rondolet Poem"
Room #039 - Yvette Angelique - "Writing the Bop Poem"
Room #042 - Wynne Karnath - "Emerging Techonogies in Sci-Fi Writing"
Room #043 - DamonThomas - "Writing Flash Memoir"
Room #044 - Vic DiGenti - "The Not-So-Secret Life of a Ghostwriter"
11:00 - Barbara Colaciello
11:15 - Wayne Karnath
11:30 - James Hunter
11:45 - Sohrab Homi Fracis
2:30 - Michael O'Connell
2:45 - Lynn Skapyak Harlin
3:00 - Howard Denson
3:15 - Tricia Booker
4:00 – Damon Thomas
4:15 – Andres Rojas
4:30 – Bobbie O'Connor
4:45 – Julie Delegal
5:00 – Featured Screenwriting Panel - Sharon Cobb, Ebony Payne English, Monique Madrid, Alexa Wint, & Franklin Ritch
11:00 - Jessica Stark
11:15 - Ma Bones
11:30 - Linda O'Connell
11:45 - Sonja Mongar
12:30 – 2:00 PM Student Showcase Prose Readers (hosted by Tricia Booker)
2:00 - 2:15 Move to Loading Dock for Dr. James Robert Cobb Student Writer Awards
2:30 - Valarie Esguerra
2:45 - Nancy Murrey-Settle
3:00 - Jeff Knapp
3:15 - Tim Gilmore
12:30 – 2:00 PM Student Showcase Poetry Readers (hosted by Andres Rojas)
2:00 – Rooftop Garden Students join the Loading Dock
2:15 – 2:30 PM Dr. James Robert Cobb Student Writer Awards presented by Andres Rojas
12:00 - 12:30 - Book Sales & Signings
3:30 - 4:00 - Book Sales & Signings
6:00 - 6:30 - Book Sales & Signings
6:30 – 7:30 – Authors/Fans Meet & Mingle
The Jessie Ball DuPont Center is located at 40 East Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Photo by Robin Clark