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North Lake College Presents Annual Writer’s Fest

IRVING – North Lake College will host a Writer’s Fest on Wednesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 22 at the Central Campus in Irving. A collection of authors will read excerpts and discuss selected works.

The Writer’s Fest offers aspiring writers, poets and the general public the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field, as well as, the chance to appreciate, firsthand, the craft of these writers. The authors will share their stories, experienced insights and tips for becoming a better writer. The event is open to the public, and will feature writers: Skip Hollandsworth, Catherine Ann Jones and Detra Moore. 

Featured writers include:

  • Skip Hollandsworth, Wednesday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Room G401
  • Catherine Ann Jones, Wednesday, April 21, 7 – 9 p.m., Room, G401
  • Shon (aka Detra Moore ), Thursday, April 22, 2 – 4 p.m., Room G401
Skip Hollandsworth has worked as a reporter and columnist for newspapers in Dallas, Texas, and has also worked as a television producer and documentary filmmaker. For the last twenty years, Hollandsworth has been a staff writer at Texas Monthly, where he has received several journalism awards, including a National Headliners Award, the National John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism, the City and Regional Magazine Gold Award for feature writing and the Texas Institute of Letters O. Henry Award for magazine writing. He has been a finalist four times for the National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and his work has been included in such publications as Best American Crime Writing and Best American Magazine Writing. Hollandsworth specializes in long-form narratives, and he has written about everyone from serial killers to business titans. He also regularly works as a ghost writer, producing books and articles for celebrities and other newsmakers.

Catherine Ann Jones is an award-winning playwright with ten plays produced both in and out of New York City, as well as, a Hollywood screenwriter and author of “The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of Writing”. Her films include “The Christmas Wife”, “Unlikely Angel”,” Angel Passing”, which premiered at Sundance and went on to garner 15 awards here and abroad. Jones was also a writer for the popular TV series, “Touched by an Angel”. A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism and graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, she offers workshops in United States, Europe, and Asia. 

Shon, is a multi-faceted writer with more than 15 years of writing and publishing experience. She has a passion to assist others in overcoming the challenges of life, and this passion has resulted in writings on topics that are controversial yet fundamental to daily living. On the lighter side of life, she has interviewed and written about artists, musicians and actors and actresses such as Kyla Pratt and Tequan Richardson. Her numerous publishing credits appear in magazines, on websites and in newsletters. Shon is a native of the Midwest, but now resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family. She also gives her time and talent to Teens Reaching Teens, Inc., a non-profit organization that builds self-esteem in teenagers. 

The Writer’s Fest is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning Center at 972-273-33480, or English professor Brett Bodily at 972-273-3293.

The North Lake College Central Campus is located at 5001 North MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Texas, 75038.


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Editor's note: for interviews, photo opportunities and media support, please contact Andrea Ciminelli, marketing and advertising coordinator, at 972-273-3005, or the North Lake College Public Information Office, 972-273-3004.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College system. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College system without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation.