Next Meeting

Nov 9th- The Secret to Becoming a Best Seller (speaker John Rehg)
Dec 14- Potluck-Style Christmas Party (Miami Ave Wine Bar, Indian Rocks Beach)
Jan 11th, 2018- The Evolution of Genres (speaker Ken Pelham)
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)

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.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 14th Meeting for FWA St. Pete is Cancelled

Meeting Tomorrow Cancelled

Due to Hurricane Irma's extensive reach across our state and for those who may have evacuated, who have power out, etc, the FWA St. Pete meeting is cancelled tomorrow, Sept 14th. John Rehg's presentation is being moved to our November meeting.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Seeking New Leader for FWA St. Pete

Looking to Volunteer? Become a Writers Group Leader!

A note from WGL Bria Burton:
It's been my privilege to serve FWA as a Writers Group Leader since January 2015. As of December 1st, I will be stepping down from the position. I'm hoping that someone else will be willing to step up!
Is that you? If you (or multiple people as co-leaders) are interested in becoming the St. Pete Writers Group Leader, please email me at Or if you simply have questions about what the position entails, feel free to email me as well. There are benefits, too, like receiving a discount at the Annual FWA Conference. I can help the new person (or people) smoothly transition into the role. So don't hesitate to contact me!