Next Meeting

April 12th- Deep Editing: Going from Good to Great

(speaker John Hope)

May 10th- Free Marketing Tools for Book Marketing (speaker Shannon Bell)

June 14th- The Writing Life: Hacks, Tips, and Solutions (speaker Elle Andrews Patt)

July 12th- From Novel to Cocoon to Screenwriting (speaker Barbara Harrington)

August 9th- Topic Pending (speaker Sylvia Weiss Sinclair)

September 13th- The Evolution of Genres (speaker Ken Pelham)

October 11th- Topic Pending (speaker Sharon Belcastro)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

April 12th~ Deep Editing: Going from Good to Great

Speaker: John Hope
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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

For our Thursday, March 8th, meeting, radio talk show host Patzi Gil will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public--please join us!

March 8thLoving Every Minute - Finding the Joy Behind the Books: Or, What I Learned from Lee Child and the Other 200 Authors I Have Interviewed in Less Than Three Years

Speaker: Patzi Gil
PATZI GIL is the host of a talk radio program called Joy on Paper – a program for writers and those who dream of writing. Patzi has interviewed some of the most prestigious writers and bestselling authors in the world, including Sue Grafton, Brad Meltzer, Robin Cook, Eloisa James, Douglas Brunt, and Ann B. Ross. During the past few months she has formed a close working relationship with many major publicists and agents. Three of her film scripts have been optioned by Hollywood and have appeared in the Hollywood Reporter. She also wrote the screenplay for The All American Boys based on Apollo 7 Astronaut, Walt Cunningham’s book. In addition to her work on Joy on Paper, she is developing two television projects: History? It’s Food ( and Forgotten F-105 Warriors ( http://www.forgottenf- Patzi is a proud Yooper – which means she was born in Michigan’s Northern Peninsula.

Friday, January 12, 2018

For our Thursday, February 8th, Meeting, former engineer and current writer and glass artist Cheryl Hollon will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

February 8thTime Management For Writers

Speaker: Cheryl Hollon

CHERYL HOLLON writes full time after leaving an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling a lifetime dream, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks. Cheryl is an officer of the Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime, and a member of Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. A mystery conference addict, she regularly attends SleuthFest in Florida, Malice Domestic in DC, Thrillerfest in NYC, and Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis, IN. You will also find her at Left Coast Crime and Bouchercon, wherever they are being held. Cheryl and her husband live in St. Petersburg, FL in a 1920’s Craftsman Bungalow.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Your Mission Starts Today

For our Thursday, January 11th Meeting, veteran, former CIA officer, and author Andrew Bustamante will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: Your Mission Starts Today

BIO: Andrew Bustamante is an award-winning speaker with a history shrouded in intrigue and espionage. A decorated combat veteran and graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. Andrew's military career includes wartime service in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following a successful military career, Andrew was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and trained as covert intelligence officer. Specializing in Asia and South Asia field operations, Andrew played key roles in covert action and human intelligence operations.

After spending more than 15 years in service to his nation, Andrew has chosen to embark on a new mission as a professional speaker; to inspire positive change through new thinking. Andrew is a dedicated husband and father and proud to call St. Petersburg, Florida home. If he is not on stage, behind a microphone or engaging his community, Andrew can be found enjoying the beaches, beers, and boats that make the Tampa Bay region great. 

Learn more about Andrew at 
and see his mission come to life at!

Book Title and background: Everyday Espionage: Winning the Workplace

People make decisions every day based on direct influences like personal experience, formal education and religious beliefs. But people are less aware of the decisions they make based on indirect influences like ego, emotions and individual biases. In the world of big business, politics and international espionage, indirect influence rules the day.
Espionage uses indirect influence to drive human behavior and win objectives. Everyday Espionage: Winning the Workplace takes proven espionage tactics and applies them to the corporate workplace, equipping readers to cultivate influence and win professional objectives. Espionage is no longer an art form reserved for covert operatives and deep cover agents. This book shows how the fundamentals of espionage can be learned and applied by anyone to achieve anything. Your mission starts today.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Potluck-Style Christmas Party at Miami Ave Wine Bar in Indian Rocks Beach

We're very excited about our holiday celebration in December. We hope you'll be able to join us.
Here's everything you need to know, including what to bring (and what not to):

Potluck-Style Christmas Party at Miami Ave Wine Bar

When: Thurs, Dec 14th at 6 PM

Where: Miami Ave Wine Bar (LIKE them on FB)
311 1st Street, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785 (parking and entrance around back)

Who to Bring: FWA and non-members welcome
Spouse or Significant Other- Yes
Friends Who Enjoy Writing- Yes
Children under 18- No (infants okay)

What to Bring:
-Side dish to share
-Cash for the cash-only bar (sodas and non-alcoholic options available)
-A book you're ready to hand off to someone else for the book exchange.
-Items for the Raffle (See "What to Bring" below)

NOTE: Please do not bring drinks
The owner of Miami Ave Wine Bar is not charging us to use her amazing venue, so please purchase beverages there WITH CASH (no credit card payments). Wine, hard liquor, mixed drinks, sodas, etc, will be available for purchase, and water will also be available for us.

What to Bring For the Silent Auction Raffle:

In preparation for next year's Silent Auction at the FWA Conference which promotes children's literacy in Florida, we're getting the baskets started. We will be holding a raffle for two $10 Starbucks gift cards plus a bunch of other fun stuff!

How to enter the raffle: Good items to donate would be books you've written, candles, "like new" books, new DVDs, wine stoppers, wine glasses or poolside wine glasses, wine openers, French presses, or coffee grinders, wine decanters or some things for an exercise or a cooking themed basket. Each donation receives one entry but EACH BOTTLE OF WINE DONATED WILL RECEIVE FOUR TICKETS! (A good place to get nice bottles that are still cost-effective is Trader Joe's).

Why: Win free stuff, eat good food, drink the best wine, and celebrate the holidays all while networking with local writers. Plus there is some great stuff at the Wine Bar and Art Gallery if you're looking for Christmas gifts.

Any questions? Need ideas for a side dish?
Feel free to email me at