Next Meeting

Feb 8th- Time Management For Writers (speaker Cheryl Hollon)

March 8th- Topic Pending (speaker Patzi Gil)

April 12th- Topic Pending (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)

Friday, January 12, 2018

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

What's the Secret to Becoming a Best Seller?

For our Thursday, Nov 9th Meeting, author & owner of Soul Attitude Press John Rehg 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: The Untold, Amazing, Shocking! Secret Formula for Becoming a Bestselling Author Finally Revealed

Details: Scamming the Dream - how others promise you the moon as long as you pay them. Includes an open discussion about writing and publishing.

JOHN REHG has been writing and rewriting since 2006, after taking 30 years off to pursue a career. He's still working, fitting in writing at odd times of day or night. After getting several short stories published in various anthologies, he started his own publishing business, Soul Attitude Press, to control the revenue on his stories as well as to help others realize their dream of holding their own book in their hands. He has published his own short fiction and non-fiction, and has helped others publish their stories. His novel is currently in its second revision, which he hopes to complete this year.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Writers Conferences and How to Pick One

For our Thursday, Oct 12th Meeting, author Diana Lund 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: Finding a Writers Conference

DIANA LUND has been writing since she was a teenager. It started with bad poetry then progressed to lyrics for a local R&B band to creating teaching material and writing articles for a real estate magazine. Now Diana spends her time writing fiction, specifically novellas. She has attended multiple writers conferences, joined/attended a few writers groups, had a writing partner, belonged to the North Carolina Writers Association and attended its Wonderland Book Club for writers. Currently she is a member of the Florida Writers Association.

NOTE: Upcoming Conference
FWA Annual Conference
Oct 19th-22nd
Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
350 Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701-5297
Conference Rate: $109
To reserve at this reduced rate for any day of the conference, call 407-830-1985 and reference the Florida Writers Association.
Should you wish to share a room and costs with another conference attendee, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the FWA Network.

Whether you’re just getting started, or midway through a 400-page opus, or have published multiple books, the Florida Writers Conference is the one writers conference for you.
This year there are even more reasons why you should attend, ranging from the lineup of agents and editors from leading literary agencies and publishing houses, to our National Guest of Honor David Morrell, and Steve Berry, the Florida Writer of the Year.