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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 13 and Thursday, April 14 at the Central Campus’s Student Life Center. 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: Scott Parks, Rosalyn Story and Julie Kenner. 

Featured writers 

Scott Parks, Wednesday, April 13, 10:10 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., Student Life Center (H-200)

Scott Parks is a senior staff writer and works as a general assignments editor for The Dallas Morning News. His favorite type of story is the personality profile, and Parks has written profiles on Texas governors Rick Perry and Ann Richards, televangelist Robert Tilton, American domestic terrorist Tim McVeigh and The Texas 7. Parks is a Texas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas. He has worked as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Denton, Wichita Falls, Corpus Christi and Dallas. Parks has covered Dallas County government for The Dallas Morning News from 1979-82, and then left print journalism to start a career in broadcast media where he spent eight years as news director of WIS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, and four years as news director at KOTV, the CBS affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Parks returned to The Dallas Morning News in 1994, where he worked for the Texas & Southwest desk as a reporter covering news stories in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. He has also covered public education. In between assignments, Parks spends his time mentoring reporters in how to write in the active voice, which he says is becoming a lost art in journalism.

Rosalyn Story, Wednesday, April 13, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Student Life Center (H-200)
Rosalyn Story is a professional classical violinist, journalist and author of fiction and non-fiction work. A member of the violin section of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, she divides her time between performing and writing magazine and journal articles on the visual and performing arts, and has written three books. Her articles have appeared in Essence, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Stagebill (the magazine of Lincoln Center), The Crisis (the magazine of the NAACP), and she has been a frequent contributor to Opera News magazine, writing about black opera singers, since 1990. Story’s first book, “And So I Sing: African-American Divas of Opera and Concert”, the first comprehensive book on the history of black women in opera, was the inspiration for the PBS documentary “Aida’s Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera” (in which she appears as commentator and served as consultant), and has been broadcast in the United States, Europe and New Zealand. Her first novel, “More Than You Know”, set against the backdrop of the jazz worlds of Kansas City and New York, was an Essence magazine bestseller, and has been developed into a screenplay. Her second novel, “Wading Home”, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, was released in September 2010, and was an Essence magazine book club pick and ‘recommended read.’

Julie Kenner, Thursday, April 14, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Student Life Center (H-200)
Julie Kenner, journalist and novelist, told her parents that she was going to be a novelist, and proceeded to write “Kitty Claws”, a bestselling book about a cat as Santa. After this strong start, Kenner continued to dabble in the literary arts while studying journalism at University of Texas Austin and writing for The Daily Texan. She studied film, completed a law degree and worked as a lawyer. Kenner is a two-time RITA finalist, both times for books about strong women, and she was the winner of Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Contemporary Paranormal of 2001, the winner of the Reviewers International Organization’s award for best romantic suspense of 2004 and best paranormal of 2005, and the winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award for best mainstream book of 2005. Julie Kenner writes a range of stories including quirky romances, sexy contemporaries, young adult novels, suspense, paranormal mommy lit and she will soon be writing darker urban fantasy.

The Writer’s Fest is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning Center at 972-273-3480, or English professor Brett Bodily at 972-273-3293.


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.