Next Meeting


March 21st, Thursday- Speaker: John Hope


Topic: Book Fairs - Author Book Selling Success


Friday, February 22, 2019

March 21 ~  Book Fairs - Author Book Selling Success


Speaker: John Hope


Selling books at book fairs and other various events can be a challenge for authors, who are typically introspective by nature. This tutorial will provide tips on making the most out of a book event, including how to approach readers while coming across genuine and not a greasy salesman. Also provides advice on researching events and finding your audience.


JOHN HOPE was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. John earned his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and since 1999 has developed and designed software for simulators, websites, traveler information systems, and numerous other technical widgets. All the while, he has quenched his creative hunger with writing a few novels, hundreds of poems and short stories, several short plays many of which he's acted and/or directed, puppeteered in countless skits, and built a number of toy train layouts. To keep a steady rhythm in his life, John has run over 30,000 miles in various road and trail races and training runs through the years, including captaining the UCF Men's Cross Country team, achieving TAAC all conference, managing 5k races, and at times traversing entire states in relay teams and triathlons.
John is married and the proud father of two.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

February 11th~MONDAY

Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
(also known as Pinellas Park Public Library)
7770 52nd Street North
Pinellas Park 33781
727-369-0669

Please note different location and day of the week from past meetings.

Presentation begins at 6 PM; mingling at 5:30 PM

Tools of the Trade for the Independent Author - 
Lose the Stress and Keep Your Hair

Speaker: Martin Von Cannon


Martin is a science fiction / fantasy writer living in the St. Petersburg area. As he read way too many comic books as a kid, he writes superhero stories in both novel and short story format. His books can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, and other eBook retailers.


Saturday, December 15, 2018

January 10th ~

If You Think Writing Is Hard, You’re Not Doing It Right

Speaker: Tom Cuba


Tom discusses the many ways to make writing easy and fun.  Having heard time and again, how so many writers find writing hard, Tom found himself perplexed.  Writing is easy and entertaining.  In his talk, Tom presents his own special way of making it, and keeping it, a pleasant experience.



Tom is a former Naval Intelligence Officer, Professional Consulting Ecologist, adjunct professor at St. Pete College, firearms instructor, SCUBA instructor, and wilderness survival instructor.  Currently Tom is an essayist, political consultant, poet, novelist, and the managing director of Dark Horse Florida Publishing, LLC.


Saturday, November 10, 2018



Please join us for our FWA St. Pete Holiday Party! 

When: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Where: Panera, in the Community Room
Starkey Road and Bryan Dairy intersection
(shopping center on SE corner;
10801 Starkey Road, Seminole, 33777)

Who: You and friends who like to talk about writing

The cost of reserving and using the room is that we spend at least $75.00 in sales. If you buy food or drink, please put your receipt in the Receipt Box provided.

We’ll be having our book swap, as always, so please bring a gently used book to swap!

We will be holding a raffle for two $10 Starbucks gift cards. The way you get raffle tickets is by bringing donations for FWA's auction baskets to promote literacy among children in Florida. Good items to donate new would be books you've written, candles, like-new books, new DVD's, wine stoppers, wine glasses or poolside wine glasses, wine openers, French presses, or coffee grinders. Each donation receives one entry, but EACH BOTTLE OF WINE DONATED WILL RECEIVE FOUR TICKETS!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

November 8~
The Poetry of Art/The Art of Poetry: The Methodology of Ekphrastic Writing

Speaker: Rob McCabe

The workshop will be part lecture, part experiential, so please bring paper and writing tools. After a brief introduction on the nature of ekphrastic writing, Rob will have art cards to pass around from which people can choose to write something based on their visual prompt either using flash fiction or poetry (ekphrastic writing is in response to a particular piece of visual art).
Queer-identified writer Rob McCabe writes in many different forms: poetry, fiction, plays, and screenplays. In June 2016, Mr. McCabe received an MFA in the Creative Writing low-residency program at the University of Tampa, in Tampa, Florida.  His poems, Memento Mori; Hymn to Adonis; Summer Symphony; and Hymn to Pan were published in RFD magazine, while his poem Junky was published in the chapbook, “Sunny Side Down: A Charles Bukowski Tribute” by Patchouli Press in November 2017. Two of his fiction pieces were also published: one, Revelation, in “Discovery: GSF’S Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest” published by Mischief Corner Books in 2015; the other, Gotterdammerung in “Dawn of the Donald: Tampa Bay Writers on an Imaginary Presidency,” a book of dystopian fiction, was published by Tiffany Razzano and Wordier Than Thou, and released in April 2018. He has performed at several open mics including The Studio@620, the First Stop Poetry Fusion Open Mic, The Hive, and The Steep Station in St. Petersburg, Florida, and at The Blueberry Patch in Gulfport, Florida. In June 2018 he had his first collection of poetry published by Dark Horse Florida Publishing. Mr. McCabe has also taught playwriting for Keep St. Pete Lit, and two ekphrastic poetry workshops for Wordier Than Thou. He loves to listen to Goth music and loves watching and reading horror and fantasy.