Please join us to hear John Capouya

John Capouya is a professor of journalism and other forms of nonfiction writing at the University of Tampa.  He also teaches at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg.  John was a journalist in New York City for many years, and worked at Newsweek magazine, SmartMoney magazine, Newsday and The New York Times.  During that time he also taught journalism as an adjunct professor at New York University.

John's most recent book was "Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created Pop Culture", for which he is co-producer of the film and documentary.  He is currently working on a new book entitled "Florida Soul", a history of rhythm and blues music in this state.  He is going to share with us the methods he is using in researching and writing this book.

When John spoke with our group two years ago about "Gorgeous George", he provided a wealth of information on writing an autobiography about a celebrity who has long passed.  His stories about research and interviewing were wonderfully intriguing and his methods and tips, enlightening.  Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your knowledge on writing nonfiction.

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  • B. Leigh H.

    I enjoyed Mr. Capouya's talk. He took us through his thought process from the beginning of his idea to the actual publishing of his work and he didn't pretend that it was easy. Like all non-fiction writers he seemed to be excited about the research of the material more than the actual writing of the book. (That seems to be the case with most non-fiction writers I have met) I have written both non-fiction and fiction...fiction is more fun but you find out a lot of fascinating things when you research a non-fiction piece. I will certainly be sitting in when his author's group gathers in the spring.

    February 6, 2013

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