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Screenwriter and producer Khris Baxter to speak at Flagler College

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September 22, 2011

Screenwriter Khris Baxter will visit Flagler College in October to work with screenwriting students and deliver a presentation titled, "Don't Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story: Telling Compelling Stories in Non-Fiction Television." The presentation will be held in the Gamache-Koger Theater at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. Baxter's visit is sponsored by the Flagler's English and Communication departments as part of the College's Writers in Residence Program.

Baxter is a screenwriter, producer, teacher and story consultant. He teaches screenwriting at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Md., Gettysburg College, and the low-residency MFA at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. His body of work includes five optioned screenplays and one produced film. He is a member of the Virginia Film Office, where he is a judge for the annual Governor's Screenwriting Competition. He is also the founder of Baxter Baker & Associates, a consulting firm that engages the power of Hollywood story craft, helping clients share their passion, sell their ideas and win more business. Story Lab Partners, his newest company, produces fiction and nonfiction "Inside the Beltway" stories for film and television.

"I was in Khris Baxter's workshop at last year's Jacksonville Film Festival. His presentation was a wealth of information; it not only covered screenplay pitching, but also offered ideas that have informed how I now approach my writing and teaching my feature screenwriting class," said Lorraine Portman, Flagler screenwriting instructor. "I am thrilled he agreed to visit Flagler and work with our students. He is an excellent teacher with a wonderful body of work."

In addition to his evening workshop, Baxter will also spend two days visiting Flagler's screenwriting classes and providing guidance to students and faculty on the screenwriting business and effective pitching techniques.

Baxter's presentation will be held in the Gamache-Koger Theater at the Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters available upon request. Call (904) 819-6282 or visit www.flagler.edu/our-community for more information.

Upcoming events in the College's Writers in Residence Program include:

  • Nov. 10-12, 2011 - Florida Literary Arts Coalition Other Words Conference
  • Feb. 8, 2012 - Poet Tim Seibels