The Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Suncoast Writers Guild are partnering to present a Fiction Writers Workshop on Tuesday, October 11 from 10:00 am to noon

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The Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Suncoast Writers Guild are partnering to present a Fiction Writers Workshop on Tuesday, October 11 from 10:00 am to noon. The workshop, in the Hermitage Palm House, 6630 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, will be led by award-winning novelist and Hermitage fellow Eric K. Goodman. Entitled The Things We Cherish, the workshop is designed to help writers of all levels create vivid character through the use of objects which hold meaning to the character they are developing. There is no fee but reservations are requested as seating is limited. To rsvp, call the Hermitage reservation line at 941-475-2098, ext. 8 or reserve online at [email protected].

“We hope area writers will take advantage of this opportunity to work with Eric,” remarked Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director for the Hermitage. “As former head of the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, he has vast experience as not only a successful novelist, but also as an educator. Being able to share him with area writers will be especially meaningful.”

Eric K. Goodman’s career as a writer is rich and varied. He writes novels, has been a rock lyricist, travel writer, journalist, and TV writer. His most recent novel, Twelfth and Race, is set during a period of racial problems in a fictional midwest Missouri town. Four previous novels include Child of My Right Hand, In Days of Awe, The First Time I Saw Jenny Hall and High on the Energy Bridge. Eric continues as a professor of English at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He is a graduate of both Yale and Stanford Universities, where he received his M.A. in Creative Writing.

The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood, FL. It invites accomplished painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for residencies on its beachfront historic campus. Artists are asked to contribute two services to the community during their stay and as a result, Hermitage artists touch thousands of Gulf Coast community residents with unique and inspiring programs each year. Hermitage community programs are partially sponsored by Philanthropist Gerri Aaron, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Woman’s Exchange. In addition, the Hermitage awards and administers the prestigious Greenfield Prize, an annual $30,000 commission for a new work of art, rotating among visual art, music and drama. The Hermitage also partners with the Aspen Music Festival and School to award the annual Hermitage Prize to a composition student during the Festival. For more information about The Hermitage Artist Retreat, call 941-475-2098, ext. 5, or visit the website at

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