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Pensacola gets a little bit funnier this year. The West Florida Literary Federation’s Writing on the Funny Side of Florida event series is fostering a creative domain for literary expression.
This year the program features humorous prose writing by iconic Florida journalists and novelists, including the “Oh Florida!”event featuring Craig Pittman, Florida native/commentator.
In addition to Pittman, Writing on the Funny Side of Florida will also feature Eric Deckers and Leanna Conley.
For more information, or to buy tickets online, please visit wflf.org.
About Craig Pittman
Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.”
Since, he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper, the “Tampa Bay Times.” Pittman has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times, and twice won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Stories he has written for “Sarasota” magazine have won three first-place awards from the Florida Magazine Association. He’s the co-author, with Matthew Waite, of “Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands” and the Failure of No Net Loss,”(2009) which won the Stetson Kennedy Award from the Florida Historical Society.
His third book, 2012’s “The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid,” received high critical praise. WFLF’s theme for this event is based on Pittman’s latest book “Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country.” It received the 2016 Florida Book Award for non-fiction, and was a New York Times bestseller
About Erik Deckers
Erik Deckers is the president of Pro Blog Service, a content marketing agency with clients throughout the United States. He is also the co-author of Branding Yourself, No Bullshit Social Media, and The Owned Media Doctrine.
Erik has been a newspaper humor columnist since 1994 and has published over 1100 columns. He has also written several radio and stage plays, and countless business articles (countless, because he’s too lazy to, you know, actually count them). Erik was the Spring 2016 writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, FL, and now serves on their board of directors.
Mr. Deckers is the founder and syndicated humor columnist for “Laughing Stalk,” which has been published in newspapers for more than twenty years. Deckers also co-wrote the first edition of “Twitter Marketing for Dummies.” He has been called the “Funniest Man in Social Media Marketing in America.”
About Leanna Conley
Leanna Conley is a talented author and comedienne. Originally from Michigan, Leanna graduated from The University of Michigan with a bachelors in English Literature and has always been involved in the arts; theater, writing, photography and illustration. After college, she studied improv at The Second City, Chicago (along with Chris Farley and Tim Meadows) and acting at Circle in the Square, NYC. Conley was also a writer for “Dennis Miller Live.”
Locally, Leanna has worked at SoftRock 94.1, freelanced for Bella Magazine, coaches public speaking through her “Stand Up to Speak” seminars, and is a die hard Gulf Breeze Toastmaster. In 2011-2012, she emceed The Comedy Zone at Lillo’s Tuscan Grille – with positive reviews from The Pensacola News Journal. She is currently writing “The Janet Chronicles,” based on her lively Southern-Belle mother, Janet. Leanna also illustrates children’s books, enjoys the beach and loves living in Pensacola.
Complementary self-guided suggestions on ‘Weird Pensacola” will be available before and after the main event. To be sure that you are thoroughly entertained during the break between the workshops and the reading, Pensacola’s “String Farm Band” will be present to keep you grooving during the downtime. Light refreshments will also be available.