Even though I am more of a visual artist myself, I personally have a great respect for the literary arts as well, so every year when I get a chance to go the literary arts coalition in Florida, I jump at the opportunity.
As I said, I am more of a visual artist. I am a painter by trade and from there have branched out into other art forms that I currently work on, but I have always had tremendous respect for the literary artist. Perhaps it is a bit of envy on my part; I have always wanted to write my own novel, but there is also a great deal of overlap between visual artists and literary artists.
Just like the visual artist seeks to tell a story or communicate a message with his art, the literary artist seeks to do the same thing with the written word. This idea of telling a story and communicating a message in your work is multiplied exponentially with the literary artist. There is only so much of a message that can be communicated through a piece of artwork, but words know no limits. Not only can you create dynamic scenarios by laying down words to paper, you can also paint figurative pictures inside the minds of your readers. In this way, the novelist has a tremendous hand over his visual counterpart because he has the advantage or painting an image and the exactness of using words.
But enough about my love for writing, let’s focus on the conference. Every year in Florida at Flagler College there is a conference hosted by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition. I truly enjoy going to this event each year as it helps me reignite some of my passion for writing and it gives me an excuse to enjoy the weather in Florida! :]
Not only do some of the top writers and literary critics from around the country come to discuss their new work and evaluate others’, there is also some great workshops to attend.
The workshops range from general ones about word usage and diction to advanced ones like character development and charting out plotlines for novels. Last year there was a great workshop all about homonyms and tips to remember their differences. One of the tips for the difference between where and were has stuck with me ever since.
Another great workshop that was featured was right up my ally as it asked the question, “In What Ways Can Literature Influence Art?” I had never taken such a deep look at this question and the lecture really illuminated my mind on the subject. The speaker talked about how all art is generally done with a certain literary scope in mind and is typically a reflection of a time period of deeper work.
So if you ever find yourself down near Flagler College, check out the Florida Literary Arts Coalition. It has helped my produce a number of my best selling art pieces and settled a number of grammatical questions that have plagued me for years. It was only after last year’s conference that I was finally able to put to rest my confusion between was vs were.
Plus Flagler College has a great campus with a bunch of great restaurants to try. And if none of this at all interests you, you’re in Florida for Pete’s sake! Have a good time!