Welcome to the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation

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Our House is Home!

Grand Reopening of Laura's House

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Join us to celebrate our house move. We'll have a brief ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the house, and cake! All are welcome to celebrate this historic event.


Location: the Vero Beach Mueller campus of Indian River State College


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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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Let's Start at the Beginning: Novel Openings

An adult writing workshop

February 1, 2020

Host: Susan Conley, teacher and award-winning author

Conley will help participants mine their life experiences to write incisive, cinematic scenes that hook the reader. With innovative writing prompts, she will demonstrate ways to jump-start or re-imagine a character’s development and motivations, investigate the larger questions in their work and make a plan for moving forward in a structured way.


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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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