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2024 Pen to Paper Writer Series

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Group of attendees sit and listen to 5 speakers behind a panel table

The Franklin County Public Libraries hosts the next installment of their popular writers’ series, “Pen to Paper” on Monday, March 25 at 2 pm at the Carrabelle Branch Library. This session will feature authors Pat Stanford and Dawn Radford along with guest, Debbie Hooper. The Carrabelle Branch Library is located at 311 St. James Avenue (Hwy 98), Carrabelle, FL. 

During the series, authors will discuss the works they have written and those in progress, followed by a question and answer session. These friendly and informal sessions provide an opportunity to meet these authors and question their experiences. They are open to anyone interested in learning about the writers or the writing process. There is no charge to attend.

Pat Stanford is an award-winning author and poet with the non-fiction Fixing Boo Boo, a story of traumatic brain injury, and two books of poetry Proverbs of My Season, Poetry of Transition, and a Motley Miscellany, Misfit Poems That Fit Together. All have won gold medals from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s Annual President’s Book Awards. She was born in Philadelphia, but moved to Florida with her farming family when she was a year old. She has poetry published in several anthologies and won second place in the 2004 Seven Hills Contest with her short story Divorce Sale. She lives in Tallahassee with her husband and rambunctious puppy and is currently working on a book of short stories as well as a second nonfiction.

Dawn Radford grew up in Apalachicola and later earned her Masters in Creative Writing and English from the University of North Carolina. Dawn Radford is both a published novelist and poet. She wrote a novel based in the panhandle area called Oyster Flats, a fictional tale set in a remote fishing village on the Florida Panhandle. She was the recipient of the prestigious Sherwood Anderson Award in 1993. Published and recognized in a variety of genres including poetry, short story, essay and scholarly research, she has taught in educational, literary, community and professional settings.  She facilitates the local writer’s forum at the Eastpoint Branch Library which gets together each month. 

Debbie Hooper, a seasoned photographer, has published a tribute to Blast on the Bay Nashville Singer Songwriter Festival. In her book, 10 Year Blast on the Bay, Hooper weaves together pictures and reflective insights chronicling a decade of the Port St. Joe festival. What follows is a visual tribute of these precious moments preserved and collected by Debbie Hooper. 

Upcoming Pen to Paper events:

Monday, April 15, 2:00 pm –    Dale Cox & Thomas Becknell

Monday, May 13, 2:00 pm –  Anthony Lee Watkins & David Adlerstein

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin County Public Libraries. For more information on this event, please contact the Carrabelle Branch Library at (850) 697-2366.


Carrabelle Branch Library
311 St James Ave
Carrabelle, FL 32322 + Google Map