Donna Carbone

Donna Carbone
South Florida, USA
April 21
Writers Bloc
Married for thirty six years and the mother of the two grown children, I began writing at the age of ten. My first success was winning a poetry contest in grammar school. From that moment forward, I realized that the written word was as vital to my survival as food and air. I am presently working on two books, one of which I hope to finish before I die. A number of my poems have graced A Long Story Short, and I have been published in the Lucidity Journal. Each day inspires me...what I see, hear and experience.... if it stays in my mind, I write about it. __________________________________________ "To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: It is the only way we can leave the future open." (Lillian Smith)


DECEMBER 28, 2011 7:56AM

Burt Reynolds Institute: "Easy to Keep" 2012 Resolutions

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Jupiter, Fl: The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre (BRIFT) recently announced its Winter Schedule of classes. In discussing what The Institute has to offer, Executive Director Kelly Dennehy said, “New Year’s resolutions fail because, for the most part, they are boring. At BRIFT, we offer classes that not only improve but excite the spirit and the mind.”

On January 9th at 7 pm, Patty Serrano begins teaching the six week course, “Teleprompter: A Tool for the Actor and Business Professional.” If the thought of public speaking gives you the jitters, fear no more. Learning how to use a teleprompter will keep you from tripping over your feet… and your tongue. This proficiency course provides an opportunity to learn and grow comfortable with one of the most helpful tools used by actors and business professionals. Upon completion of the class, students will find themselves filled with greater confidence, especially when facing an audience. Included will be host technique, cold read preparation, walk and talk, ad lib and on the set dos and don’ts.

Another confidence building course being offered at The Institute is Improvisation Plus with Todd Vittum. If shyness is holding you back, join Todd on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Improv Plus will help improve your sales pitch and presentation skills and may even make you the life of the party. A proven winner in helping people stay a step ahead of the competition, improvisation teaches “think quick” skills which lead to success no matter what profession is your chosen career.

If your wish for the New Year is to become a writer, The Institute can help make that dream come true. Writer/director/producer Frank Eberling brings his Screenwriting 101 class to BRIFT beginning January 10th at 7 pm. For six weeks, students will explore the fundamentals of screenwriting for today's films.  The course will cover basic storytelling, an exploration of screenplay structure, plot development, character creation and dialogue as well as standard formatting rules. Emphasis will be placed on meeting ACT 1 requirements, pitching your story concept, and avoiding common rookie pitfalls.

For further information on these and other courses offered at The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre, contact or call 561 385-1584.

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This press release prepared by Write For Your, LLC – 561 385-1584


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