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Marianne Hayes

Marianne Hayes is a writer, wife, mother and hopeless bookworm. After spending eight years getting lost in New York City and LA, she and her husband are now raising their two daughters in her hometown in the Tampa Bay region. She earned a BA in journalism and creative writing from the University of Central Florida, as well as a MA in special education. In addition to writing, Marianne spent several years as a special needs teacher in Brooklyn. Marianne’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, The Daily Beast, Babble, LearnVest, and more. She particularly loves writing about Florida life and her family. Learn more about her adventures on her blog.


True Stories at Spitfire Theater.

Moving to Tampa Bay: How to plug into the local storytelling scene

The storytelling scene is flourishing in the Tampa Bay area, building organic connections through vulnerable truth-telling. It’s a unique medium, a fantastic hybrid of creative nonfiction and oral memoir.


Creative makers embody local entrepreneurial spirit

It's never been a better time to unleash and capitalize on your creative spirit in the Tampa Bay region. We caught up with four thriving creatives who are carving out a niche in the local makers scene. 


Local STEM thought leaders rally support to create space for youth to study robotics

The goal? To create a space where Tampa-area youths can work on robotics projects, test their creations, and plug into a rich network of mentors and resources.  


Libraries shake things up with 3D imaging, innovative programs for all ages, abilities

If it's been a while since you've visited your local library, you may be pleasantly surprised to find a whole lot more than books. Think maker spaces and tech hubs as seen in Clearwater and throughout the Tampa Bay Area.


Pik My Kid: Local startup streamlines school dismissal process

Frustrated by your child's after-school car line? There's an app for that. Bay Area startup PikMyKid is digitizing and streamlining the school dismissal process.
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