Next Meeting


There will NOT be a meeting in October 2019, as the third Thursday in October is the first day of the FWA Conference.





Friday, September 20, 2019

October 17 ~

There will NOT be a meeting in October 2019, as the third Thursday in October is the first day of the FWA Conference.

We hope to see you there!

https://floridawriters.net/conferences/conference-2019/

Friday, August 16, 2019

September 19 ~

Cover Design:  Tips to Create a Cover on Your Own or to Prepare for Hiring a Designer
Speaker: Deb Von Cannon



This mini-course will cover the basic elements of cover design, how writers can develop their own basic cover and what should be prepared for and provided to a cover designer for-hire. The participants will have a hands-on experience of design elements, learn about some of the tools they can use to create their own covers and discuss a checklist of what to prepare should they decide to hire a cover designer.



Deb Von Cannon is an Army veteran and the small-business owner of Urban Artist Florida Studio LLC in St. Petersburg, Florida.  In 2019, two divisions were added: 1) Zoë-Milles Publishing, to assist those needing technical assistance and writing services for their self-published works and 2) Forward Flight Photography, photo services for custom photography, author bio photos and the artist's private collection of work. Deb has designed over 15 book covers since 2017 for local-area authors in addition to creating a food-truck wrap design, custom logos, business cards and multiple fine art pieces. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Studio Art, and an A.A. in Drafting Technologies with over 14 years of drafting and design experience. She is currently working on a degree in English in preparation for graduate level studies at USF St. Petersburg. She lives in the Historic Kenwood District with her husband, Martin, and dog, Luna. Deb has been a member of the Artist Enclave Historic Kenwood (AEHK) since 2016. Her studio website can be viewed at www.urbanartistflorida.com.  She can be reached at deb@urbanartistflorida.com.

Monday, August 5, 2019

August 15th ~ Thursday

The Basics of Marketing

Speaker: Elle Andrews Patt


The Basics of Marketing will cover why and how to set up an author page at Facebook, boosting posts, targeted ads, autoresponders and the role of landing pages in email list creation, and highlight ad basics on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. If you have a laptop or iPad, please come prepared to work. 

Elle Andrews Patt's short fiction has been published in online and print magazines such as Saw Palm, Solarcide, and The Rag, as well as several anthologies. She has won several RPLA awards in both short fiction and novel categories, and an honorable mention from The Writers of the Future for "Prelude To A Murder Conviction", which was originally published by DarkFuse Magazine. Her book-length work is represented by the Donald Maass Literary Agency. She blogs for the FWA on "The Writing Life", and speaks on the writing life and marketing basics for authors. 


Monday, July 8, 2019

July 18th ~ 

Scheduled talk unfortunately canceled due to a family emergency.

Please join us instead for 
a round-table discussion of whatever issues people would like to bring up about the craft and business of writing. Tips, advice, networking, information-sharing, brainstorming—here’s a chance to tap into our members’ experiences (both good and bad) and knowledge!


Cover Design:  Tips to Create a Cover on Your Own or to Prepare for Hiring a Designer

Speaker: Deb Von Cannon


This mini-course will cover the basic elements of cover design, how writers can develop their own basic cover and what should be prepared for and provided to a cover designer for-hire. The participants will have a hands-on experience of design elements, learn about some of the tools they can use to create their own covers and discuss a checklist of what to prepare should they decide to hire a cover designer.


Deb Von Cannon is an Army veteran and the small-business owner of Urban Artist Florida Studio LLC in St. Petersburg, Florida.  In 2019, two divisions were added: 1) Zoë-Milles Publishing, to assist those needing technical assistance and writing services for their self-published works and 2) Forward Flight Photography, photo services for custom photography, author bio photos and the artist's private collection of work. Deb has designed over 15 book covers since 2017 for local-area authors in addition to creating a food-truck wrap design, custom logos, business cards and multiple fine art pieces. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Studio Art, and an A.A. in Drafting Technologies with over 14 years of drafting and design experience. She is currently working on a degree in English in preparation for graduate level studies at USF St. Petersburg. She lives in the Historic Kenwood District with her husband, Martin, and dog, Luna. Deb has been a member of the Artist Enclave Historic Kenwood (AEHK) since 2016. Her studio website can be viewed at www.urbanartistflorida.com.  She can be reached at deb@urbanartistflorida.com.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

June 20th ~ 
Hook Your Readers with Effective World-Building

Speaker: Bria Burton

All genres (fantasy, science fiction, literary, thriller, mystery, etc.) have an element of world-building. Come learn how to build a world (real or imagined) to suit your readers while immersing them in a place that keeps them reading. For those who are interested, bring pen and paper (laptops/iPads, etc.) for a writing exercise at the end.

Author Bria Burton has over twenty short fiction publications in magazines and anthologies. Her imagination often gets carried away, which is why world-building is one of her favorite aspects of writing. She lives in St. Pete with her wonderful husband, darling son, and two wild pets. 
Visit her website: http://www.briaburton.com