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Save the date for our annual Poetry and BBQ Sunday, April 5, 2020.


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Free SAT Grammar Workshop!

March 1 12:30-3:30


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LRJF Names Louise Kennedy as Executive Director

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation has named Louise Kennedy to its newly created position of Executive Director which becomes effective July 5, 2020. “After completing a milestone move of the Laura (Riding) Jackson historic home to its new location on the Mueller campus on Indian River State College, we felt it is time to step up our Foundation initiatives and enhance what we can provide to our community,” said Marie Stiefel, President of Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation. Stiefel added, “once our Board made the decision to create this new position to lead us in the coming years, Louise Kennedy was a natural choice.”

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Writing From Your Cell Phone

A teen writing workshop

February 23, 2020

Suzanne Fox will work with students to explore smartphones the starting point for brief fiction and nonfiction writing exercises and discussion in this fun, interactive workshop.

Bring your cell phone and thoughts about three photos on it that you might like to write about: one of yourself, one of a friend or family member, and one of a favorite place. You won't need to share the photos (or your writing) publicly!

FREE for high school students!

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Screenwriting Workshop

Screenwriting: How to Write a Short Film

An adult writing workshop

February 15, 2020

Host: Xaque Gruber, writer, director and the first Vero Beach filmmaker to be accepted to the Cannes Film Festival

Short films (under 20 minutes) are more popular than ever and easier to make than a feature! But they don’t always play by the same rules as feature length films. Using video examples, Gruber will teach participants how to craft a powerful narrative short film, comedy or drama, using real life as inspiration or by brainstorming new ideas.


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Preserving The Past, Writing The Future



The mission of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is to preserve and interpret the historic home of poet Laura (Riding) Jackson and promote literary programs that nurture passion for the written word. A primary mission is to preserve the 1910 homestead of Laura (Riding) Jackson both as an example of environmentally sensitive FLorida architecture and as a valued emblem of her significant contributions made in a life devoted to language and literature.

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Save The Historic House

Please Help Support the Literary Programs That Nurture Passion for Writing

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is dedicated to preserving this home and nurturing local writers through a series of literary offerings including writers groups, summer camps, workshops and poetry festivals.

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