Free workshops scheduled for aspiring artists


A series of  literary workshops to help aspiring authors are scheduled to take place once a month beginning April 25 at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center in Daytona Beach.

The workshops are being organized by author Donna M. Gray-Banks, who in January held the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival at the same venue.

Daytona Beach Zone 6 Commissioner Paula Reed is sponsoring the workshops, therefore there is no admission to participate or attend.

First event: April 25
Gray-Banks will kick off the workshops April 25 with the topic “Choosing Your Genre.”

Banks is nationally known for her novel, “Ila’s Diamonds,’’ a story about a young African-American female working for the government during the 1970s and 1980s who finds love but ultimately loses it.

Banks said the January F.R.E.S.H. festival was conceived through conversations with other authors who had a different view of the what, where and how a literary festival should be brought into a community.

“But the one thing we all agreed on is that literacy is a legacy and the gift of being able to read will never fail you or your loved ones,” said Banks.

Dates and subjects
All of the free workshops will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Midtown center at 925 George Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Dates for other workshops are: May 23 with Attorney Sandra Sovinski on “Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights – Protect Your Words, Inventions, Logos’’; June 27 with Milton McCulloch on “Your Poetry – In Your Words – Open Mic Night.’’

On Sept. 26, the topic will be “I Want To Write A Book, Now What?” with a representative from Prindle House Publishing Company in Jacksonville and Bethune Publishing, a subsidiary of the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Preservation Institute, Inc.

The workshops will conclude on Oct. 24 with a discussion on marketing and social media. Author Rahiem Brooks and Percy Williamson II will talk about product marketing.

For more information, contact Banks at or call 386-627-4353.



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