Laura (Riding) Jackson was a devoted mentor of young writers and an avid advocate of literary arts. In keeping with her spirit, the Foundation with the help of generous partners sponsors annual writing workshops, as well as literary and historical programs and events. Be sure to check Upcoming Events.

Poetry & BBQ

One of the most popular events of the season is the April “Poetry & Barbeque” pleine air poetry reading at the Laura (Riding) Jackson home site, held in honor of National Poetry Month. Featured poets have included: Rick Campbell, Sylvia Curbelo, Carol Frost, Michael Hettich, Campbell McGrath, Peter Meinke, Lawrence Hetrick, Lynn Knight, and Sean Sexton. Read more…

Teen Writers Workshops

The Foundation is proud to offer free writing workshops to teens in the community. Workshop topics have included poetry, fiction, creativity, essay-writing, with the most popular being the  annual “College Essay Writing” Workshop, where students learn inside tips on writing winning essays. Read more…

Poetry Open Mic Night

On the fourth Sunday of every month (except December), poets and performers of all ages – novice and experienced – are invited to present original work to a live audience at The Kilted Mermaid, a funky tapas and fondue restaurant in the Downtown Dine and Design area of Old Dixie Highway. Each month a professional Featured Poet is scheduled to appear onstage. Read more…

Adult Writing Workshops

Adult workshops offer writers of all ages an opportunity to learn more and flex their writing skills. Recent workshops include Memoir Writing and eBook Publishing.

Special Events

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is proud to partner with other community organizations, such as the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Emerson Center, to bring top-tier writers and artists to Vero Beach, such as Edwidge Danticat, Greg Mortenson,  and Rory Stewart.

Cracker Tales

An Oral History Program.  The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation has collaborated with Cracker Tales, Inc. to chronicle the oral histories of pioneers, ranchers and citrus growers in Indian River County.