Ringling College: Visiting Writers Forum

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ringling College of Art and Design
Goldstein Library (room 113)
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

Author: Don Bruns

USA Today bestselling author Don Bruns is the author of three mystery series. His first novel, Jamaica Blue was championed by author Sue Grafton and became the cornerstone for his Caribbean series. His second series, the Stuff series, involves two twenty-four-year-old private detectives in Miami. The books have been praised for their humor, their compelling story lines and the characters. A starred review in Booklist compares the novels to Mark Twain’s Huck Finn. Bruns’s newest series, the Quentin Archer mysteries, involves a New Orleans homicide detective and a voodoo practitioner who team up to solve crime in the Big Easy. Read about the series here.

Traveling the country as a guitar playing comic, Bruns worked the Playboy Circuit, Las Vegas, and a number of night clubs across the country. As a writer, he has traveled the country for book signings, signing twice at the Playboy Mansion. Bruns is a musician, song writer, advertising guru, painter, cook, stand-up comic and novelist who has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up. https://donbrunsbooks.com/


Planning to attend?

Faculty, staff, students, RCLA Members, and community members are invited to attend the events. Community members attending in person should park in a visitor parking space on campus. Registration is not required.

Each forum is held from 7-8 pm in the Goldstein Library (room 113) and is free and open to the public.



What is the Visiting Writers Program?

Launching Careers

The goal of Ringling College’s Creative Writing major is to launch careers, one student at a time. And the College’s Visiting Writers Forum is just one of the ways that happens for our students.

A number of industry professionals visit Ringling College each year as part of the College’s Visiting Writers Forum. The series is a critical part of the academic program for Creative Writing students at Ringling. Visiting professionals include game writers, graphic novelists, screenwriters, novelists, journalists, editors, and literary agents.

Every Creative Writing major at Ringling College participates in this author conversation series that includes a robust Q&A period with the audience. Because this series focuses on both the craft and the industry of writing, students discover various blueprints for success directly from successful, working professionals.

The Visiting Writers Forum is hosted by the Creative Writing department and underwritten by a generous grant from the Isermann Family Foundation.

Dr. Ryan G. Van Cleave