Taking place the last week of January each year in Eatonville and throughout Orange County, Florida, this multi-day, multi-disciplinary event celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, her hometown, Eatonville, the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality and the contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and world culture.

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A Call to High School Students Interested in Creative Writing

Prosperity Publications LLC, a San Antonio-based company, in collaboration with the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival), will conduct Creative Writing Workshop for High School Students sessions on “Education Day,” Friday, January 31 (2014) at the 25th Annual ZORA! Festival.


The workshop will introduce high school students to the craft of writing fiction, with the goal being to assist them in advancing their writing skills. Two sessions, 9:30 – 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM – 12 Noon will be offered. The sessions will be conducted in the Council Chambers of the Eatonville Town Hall, 307 East Kennedy Boulevard in Eatonville and the title for both sessions is “How to Get Started: A Lesson for the Young Novelist” and will be presented by Frederick Williams, Executive Editor and President of Prosperity Publications and by D. L. Grant, Assistant Branch Manager, at the Carver Branch of the San Antonio Library.


Interested students must submit a 150 – 250 word writing sample no later than Friday, Novcmber 15 (2013) explaining why they want to register for the Creative Writing Workshop. Students will receive written notice of standing no later than Friday, December 15 (2013). Only students who have received written notice of acceptance will be permitted to attend these sessions.


By November 15, each student must return a completed registration form along with a notarized parental form to ZORA! Festival 2014, Creative Writing Workshop for High School Students, 227 East Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville, Florida 32751.


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Eatonville Sustainable Visions – North Carolina A & T State University

Advanced landscape architecture students from North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina will spend the fall semester developing frameworks for sustainable visions for the physical resources of Eatonville, Florida. The students, Christian Anderson, John Dufort and Keana Graham, will work as a team to prepare a broad set of proposals tailored to authentic attributes and heritage of the town. The project will provide unique field experiences in an underserved community. The students and their professor, Perry Howard, FASLA, visited Eatonville early this semester for an intensive introduction and overview of the historic, cultural, and environmental background of the community. They met with residents, civic leaders, and toured the town on foot and by car. The student visions are scheduled to be presented in early December, 2013 and again in Eatonville on January 31, 2014 during the Zora Neale Hurston Festival for the Arts and the Humanities

The Janie & Tea Cake- Gold Package

[one_half]The Janie & Tea Cake- Gold Package – $250 before January 15th ($350 after January 15th)

  • ZORA! Festival 2014 Souvenir Package
  • Female Florida, (Note:  There will be 3 performances; 2 on Friday, “Education Day,” Friday, January 31 and 1 on Saturday, February 1
  • “An Evening with Zora,” Friday, January 31
  • ‘Round ‘Bout Midnight, Jazz
  • HATitude, Saturday, February 1
  • Gala, Saturday, February 1
  • General Admission to Outdoor Festival of the Arts (February 1 & 2)
  • Outdoor Festival of the Arts, Reserved Seating (February 1 & 2)


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Festival Souvenir Package Only:

Includes: 1 copy of Zora Neale Hurston’s Eatonville folklore collection Mules and Men, 1 copy of the 2014 edition of ZORA! Magazine; and 1 copy of the Official Poster, for ZORA! Festival 2014.

Please Note: The ZORA! Festival 2014 Souvenir Package can be mailed. Postage and/or shipping costs plus the 6.5% State of Florida Sales Tax will apply and must be paid before an order can be released.