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2445 San Diego Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32207

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    Inaugural poet, Richard Blanco

    The Douglas Anderson Writers' Festival welcomes renowned poet and memoirist, Richard Blanco, as our 2016 Co-headlining author.

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    Award-winning novelist, Ron Carlson

    The Douglas Anderson Writers' Festival welcomes award-winning writer, Ron Carlson, as our 2016 Co-headlining author.

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    Advancing Craft

    We differentiate our writing workshops by creating an opportunity for actual writing within the workshop experience with a focus on the generation of new work.

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    Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

    For the 14th Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival we will return to the event’s original home, the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts campus.

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    Festival Poets

    Read the biographies and work of our award-winning Festival Poets.

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    Festival Authors

    Read the biographies and work of our authors who specialize in prose.

A gathering for writers of all ages to advance their craft Saturday, March 5th, 2016

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Our festival features a series of all day, hands-on writing workshops conducted by nationally renowned authors in celebration of the printed word. Click through to get a glimpse of this year's impressive line-up!

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Plan your day in advance by reading through our unique selection of offerings which include workshops on poetic craft, fiction technique, creative nonfiction, journalism, spoken word performance, and publication.

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This year's festival will return to its original home, the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts’ campus. Get a glimpse into the extraordinary environment students of the program have access to as members of this unique arts community.

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Testimony from Festival-Goers

"I always thought writing was something that kept you in a box. Mark Ari inspired me to use new languages, music, and voices in my writing." - Dwight James III

“My experience at the 2014 Writers’ Fest was about building a community through a common love of writing. It was a quiet kind of camaraderie that can only be present in a place full of writers.” - Ruvi Gonzalez

“Two years after the 2014 Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival with several portfolios of poetry I am proud to say I have written, I look back on that day and am thankful for the exposure and inspiration it gave me.” - Mary Feimi

“The Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival in 2014 helped me become comfortable with writing anything. Since then, I’ve written about experiences I thought were too personal to be shared, and shared them proudly.” - Jordan Jacob

“The Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival gave me this lesson: write what kills you, write what brings you to your knees, write it because vulnerability and pain are among the greatest catalysts for a writer.” - Aracely Medina

Book Reviews and Writer Spotlights

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Guts and Blood: A Writers...

Kiara Ivey shares her memories of Writers’ Fest.
by Kiara Ivey, Elan Junior Layout/Design Editor
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Spotlight: Billy Merrell

Zoey Carter shares her interest in Festival Author Billy Merrell
by Zoey Carter, Elan Art Editor
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Growing Intimate: A Write...

Jordan Jacob shares her experience with the Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival.
by Jordan Jacob, Elan Editor-in-Chief
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Learning Grief: A Writers...

Aracely Medina shares her experience with Patricia Smith.
by Aracely Medina, Elan Senior Poetry Editor
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Fire in Beulah

Rilla Askew’s chaotic novel explores race and violence.
Set during the tense days of the Oklahoma …