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Deep Carnivale 2009

10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 12-13, 2009
The Performing Arts Building
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Campus Tampa Florida
Readings by authors and poets, songs sung by songwriters, child-friendly performances, games, activites, food and non-alcoholic beverages
Children and families, teens, adults and tribal elders
Free and open to the public
More Information
Contact Festival Director David Audet at or 813-253-7000 x5179

2009 Workshops

Passive Speech Research: Language and the Animal Mind

When: 3:00 - 4:00pm Saturday, September 12, 2009
Where: Classroom 102, Performing Arts Building, HCC Ybor Campus

Michael Dalton will speak of his studies about animal cognition, consciousness, the ability of an animal (apes, dolphins, birds, and others) to learn human language. For those interested in an unexpected adventure into language study with a bird. Dalton will bring Arielle the Parrot to the event, although she will not speak in the presence of strangers.

Twitter Flash Fiction

When: 4:00 - 5:00pm Saturday, September 12, 2009
Where: Classroom 102, Performing Arts Building, HCC Ybor Campus

Sally Bosco leads a workshop on writing for Some call it nano-fiction, micro-fiction, twitfic, twiction. It's fiction written in 140 characters and in this age of short attention spans, believe it or not this form is gaining attention.

2008 Workshops

Deep Carnivale Writer's Forum

When: 1:00 - 4:00pm Friday, September 19, 2008
Where: Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, 2112 N. 15th St., Tampa, FL 33605
Admission: $10 per session, $20 for the entire afternoon, free to HCC students and faculty

Meet Marcia Freespirit of JimSam Inc. Publishing, Bo Savino of Aisling Press and Julie Ann Howell of Peppertree Press for an afternoon of education and engaging conversation about writing, books, marketing and surviving the publishing process.

Deep Carnivale Literacy Symposium: Challenges and Champions

When: 10:00am - 2:30pm Saturday, September 20 2008
Where: HCC-Ybor
Admission: Free

The Deep Carnivale Literacy Symposium: Challenges and Champions is an interactive series of panels and discussions about the state of literacy in Hillsborough County. The event is in preparation for Deep Carnivale: A Celebration of Words, Tampa's premiere literary festival on Saturday, September 27th, also in Ybor City.

Write Now Workshop

When: 1:00 - 4:00pm Sunday, Sept. 28 2008
Where: HCC-Ybor
Admission: $20

This unique bootcamp workshop will guide writers through the entire process of writing, editing and marketing a new piece of fiction. Attendees will go beyond just putting words down on paper, and will be well on their way to producing marketable stories and sharing them with the world.

Trends and Opportunities in E-Publishing

When: 10:00 – 11:30 am September 26 2008
Where: HCC–Ybor
Admission: $10

Susan Edwards, Vice President Jasmine-Jade Enterprises LLC

Fast coming into its own, electronic publishing is providing authors more opportunities than ever before for getting published, developing audiences, and making money.

Self-Promotion on the Cheap

When: 1:00 – 2:30 pm September 26 2008
Where: HCC–Ybor Campus
Admission: $10

Susan Edwards, Vice President, Jasmine-Jade Enterprises LLC

Getting a book published is great. But that's when the hard part starts: getting people to buy it. New authors are often surprised that their publishers do very little to promote their books. This workshop will focus on free and low-cost ways to get the word out about your book.


Intelligence Respected

Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."

A Different Sort of Ybor Celebration

Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."

"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."

"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments.

"The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."

Comments From Our Fans

"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again. I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.