Science-Fiction Screenplay Writer Michael Miner to Speak in Knoxville

Screenplay writer Michael Miner will speak at Friends of Literacy’s 7th annual East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame awards dinner on September 23, 2010, at the Crowne Plaza. Mr. Miner has written screenplays for Oliver Stone, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Douglas. As co-writer of “Robocop," the iconic action story about the part man/part machine law enforcer of the future, Mr. Miner received the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Screenplay and a nomination for Best Screenplay by the Mystery Writers of America. He is also the co-writer of the pilot for Robocop: The Television Show, produced by Sky TV, “Anacondas: Search for the Blood Orchid,” the action adventure sequel about humans battling deadly snakes, and “Lawnmower Man II,” the science fiction sequel to the virtual reality story about an idiot savant trapped in a computer program. At the event, Friends of Literacy (FOL) will induct five local writers into the East TN Writers Hall of Fame. This year’s winners are Loletta Clouse, retired librarian and fulltime writer, for fiction; Edward Francisco, Pellissippi State professor of English, for poetry; Alex Haley, author of Roots: The Saga of An American Family, for the Lifetime Achievement Award; Cynthia Moxley, Chief Executive Officer of the P.R. firm Moxley Carmichael, for Social Media; and Bruce Wheeler, University of Tennessee professor and Director Emeritus of the UT Chancellor’s Honor Program, for non-fiction. Click here to learn more about our 2010 Hall of Fame inductees.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 and available by calling 865-594-1507. You may also purchase your tickets via PayPal using the "Buy Now" button below. Table sponsorship is available as well. Event sponsors are Pilot Travel Centers, B97.5, Knoxville News Sentinel, 21st Mortgage Corporation and Boeing Design & Illustration.

Over 10,000 people in Knox County cannot read. Friends of Literacy is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1991 to support the delivery of free high quality literacy and GED classes to adults in Knox County who are inadequately educated for the challenges of daily life. Working in partnership with area adult education providers, our goal is to help provide basic education and life-skill training to help our students become better workers, parents, and citizens. Funds raised at the event support our mission. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor or are in need of GED classes or other literacy services, please call 865-594-1507 or visit our volunteer information page and fill out a volunteer application.

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