WRITERS FESTIVAL Friday, March 25, 2022


All take place at the William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Public Library


MORNING PANEL  10:00 am - 11:00 am

Who Will Buy Your Book?
Anyone can write a book but fewer than 5 percent will see any return on their investment of time and money.

Kim Cool, Features Editor, Venice Gondolier, learned the secrets from the third-largest craft book publisher where she and her business partner created books that sold thousands of copies at the big chain craft stores as well as in giant mail order catalogs. Printings topped 100,000 per title and sold in such numbers that resellers required extra discounts. Successful creators of fiction and non-fiction do the same. Kim shares the not-so-secret pathway to success.

11:00 am-12:30 pm Lunch on your own at one of the fabulous Venice eateries.


PLAYWRIGHT'S PANEL  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

How To Become a Drama Queen or King 

This panel features The Hermitage Artistic Director/CEO and Tony Award-winning producer and playwright Andy Sandberg, award-winning playwright Connie Schildewolf, and Venice Theatre playwriting instructors Preston Boyd and Richard Krevolin, author of Screenwriting from the Soul. Moderated by Benny Sato Ambush.

Tribute to the late great David Hagberg 1:30 pm 



Raising a Writer: A Conversation with a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Her Author-Mom

Clarissa Thomasson, local author
Lane Thomasson DeGregory, reporter at Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg

Venice Dreamers: Bios of 41 Men and Women Who Impacted Venice author and loyal book festival panelist, Clarissa Thomasson and her daughter, Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize recipient, will offer insights on raising readers, kids who write, write well and win awards. Moderated by Maria Carrillo.

WRITERS PANEL  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Write What You Know

This panel is aimed at helping authorities in their fields become authors. Venice High School teacher and Champions Way author Beth Donofrio, 61 Motivational Stories for Every Coach of Every Sport authors and VHS coaches Craig Faulkner and Ray Sinibaldi, Your Mind: An Owner’s Manual for a Better Life author and psychiatrist Chris Cortland, and How to Adapt Anything Into a Screenplay author Richard Krevolin will speak.