June 10, 2015
$7 in advance, $10 at the door to watch / Team registration $75
Join the Wordier Than Thou crew for an Adult Spelling Bee to benefit The Literary Council of St. Petersburg! Why should kids get all the fun? Ten adult teams (comprised of 2-4 people each) will battle it out to determine the best spellers in the area during this fundraiser for The Literacy Council of St. Petersburg. The competition consists of 11 rounds of 10 words. The Stand-Up Librarian Meredith Myers will host the event. This evening will also include snacks, music and a raffle featuring items from local businesses and authors.
“The Literacy Council of St. Petersburg is excited to partner with Wordier Than Thou, another local, like-minded organization that focuses on the power of the written word,” said Amy Durand, vice president of the Literacy Council’s Board of Directors.“This spelling bee is the first of what will become an annual event, and we expect it to be a lot of fun!”
To compete, teams must have two to four members. Theatricality, team names and costumes are encouraged. Registration is $75 per team. To register, visit www.wordierthanthou.com/shop/adult-spelling-bee-registration, or send a check for $75 made out to The Literacy Council of St. Petersburg, 1717 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33714-2038.
During each round, each team competing will spell five words. At the end of each round, the team with the lowest number of points will be eliminated. Words spelled correctly earn a team three points. Teams will lose one point for each word spelled incorrectly.
Teams can also collect donations for the Literacy Council ahead of the event. The team that collects the most donations will get one free pass into the next round. The winning team will receive a prize.
The Stand-Up Librarian Meredith Myers, a literary comedian and performer, will host the event.
This evening will also include snacks, music, and an opportunity drawing featuring items from local businesses, artists, and authors. Raffle items are currently being sought and will be collected through the day of the event.
Tickets to watch the spelling bee are $7 per person in advance and $10 at the door.
To register a team or buy advance tickets, visit wordierthanthou.com.
About the Literacy Council of St. Petersburg
The Literacy Council of St. Petersburg is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping people take a forward step in their lives by creating an environment for learning that encourages the development of each individual’s potential. The organization was established in 1968 to meet the educational needs of adults in south Pinellas County by offering innovative tutoring and learning programs.
The organization’s goal is to unleash the power of literacy that improves lives. Through a wide range of literacy services – including reading, writing, math, life, technology, and work skills – The Literacy Council of St. Petersburg helps a diverse population of learners meet their needs and achieve their personal and employment-related goals.
To learn more about The Literacy Council of St Petersburg, visit stpetereads.com.
About Wordier Than Thou
Founded in 2012, Wordier Than Thou is a literary arts organization based in Pinellas County.
The group’s goal is to build a thriving community of writers and readers in the Tampa Bay area while helping to raise Florida’s literary profile.
Wordier Than Thou hosts monthly storytelling and prose open mics in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Orlando, as well as several times a year in other cities, including Sarasota, Dunedin, Gainesville and Miami.
The group also presents other events, including themed readings, literary pub crawls and write-ins. This summer it will launch Camp Wordier Than Thou, an after-work