Next Meeting

Oct 13th- Synopsis Workshop (speaker Molli Nickell)
Nov 10th- Curiosity Kills Cats, Not Writers: How to Find Inspiration and Interesting Subjects to Write About (speaker Bonnie Paull)
Dec 8th- Potluck-Style Christmas Party (Miami Ave Wine Bar, 311 1st St, Indian Rocks Beach, FL)
Jan 12th, 2017- Creating a Cast of Characters Your Readers Can't Resist (speaker T.J. Waters)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Synopsis Workshop Oct 13th with FWA St. Pete

For our Thursday, October 13th Meeting, publishing wizard Molli Nickell 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: Synopsis Workshop

How to prepare: Send Molli the Synopsis of your story by Oct. 6th
Note: To prepare ahead of time, Molli will have a private page on her website with info about how to write the synopsis and a simple template. Visit this LINK for that info. 

She will be giving feedback to those who submit their synopsis by October 6th. Or you can bring your synopsis to the meeting, but those will be on a first-come first-serve basis.

Former publisher, Time-Life and acquisitions editor, MOLLI NICKELL, has been in the publishing biz for 35+ years. She’s authored hundreds of articles and seven books, acquired and edited manuscripts, presented keynotes, designed projects, and led workshops for industry giants including Workman, HarperCollins, Better Homes and Gardens, Simon & Schuster, the SCBWI and ABA. Molli, THE Publishing Wizard, helps writers learn everything they need to know about the submission process to help them achieve their goals of agent/book contract/shelf space at Barnes and Noble.

Molli's website:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FWA St. Pete September Meeting with Patzi Gil and Bill Larson

For our Sept 8th Meeting, radio host Patzi Gil and her entertainment lawyer Bill Larson will be speaking. As usual, we'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Sept 8thSoaring to a Best Seller? Why You Need a Legal Eagle!

About Joy on Paper: For writers and those who dream of writing -- and for everyone who wants to know the story behind the book. It is my JOY to talk every week to amazing authors -- from best selling New York Times authors to authors who have just released their first book. For me it is always fun to hear about the passion to write and what it takes to become a published author. It is fun for me to hear their stories and I hope that their words will inspire new writers. Listen in: Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11 o'clock at home, in your car or on your phone. Download the TuneIn app. I am happy to have this opportunity to share my joy of reading with so many people. Remember to find the joy and share it. ~PatZi Gil

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Free Writing Workshop on Action Scenes

August 20th~ Topic: Action Scenes That Pack a Punch

A Free Writing Workshop! Open to the public.

When/Where: Sat, Aug 20th from 10:30 AM to Noon at St. Pete Main Branch Library
Speaker: Cheri Roman
CHERI ROMAN is a writer, editor, teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, in whatever order works best in the moment. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida with a degree in English literature and a passionate desire to promote great story-telling. With five years of editorial experience, Cheri is comfortable on both the author and editor sides of the page. When she isn’t writing or editing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and their ever-expanding family somewhere in the wilds of North Florida.

Monday, August 8, 2016

FWA St. Pete Aug 11th Meeting at 5:30 PM with Barbara Harrington

For our Thursday, August 11th Meeting, screenwriter and producer Barbara Harrington will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 5:30 PM. This is earlier than our usual start time. Networking/mingling begins at 5:15 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: From Novel to Cocoon to Screenwriting

BIOBARBARA HARRINGTON is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a producer. She worked as Assistant Casting Director in several feature films with Beverly McDermitt (Cocoon, Absence Of Malice, Stick) and still cast for Indie Productions. She has conducted many writing/publishing workshops, and formed FSAC, the Florida Screenwriters & Actors Connection about 15 years ago. She had a short lived radio show, Take One Talk. She's earned several awards, such as the Florida State Group Merit Award for the filming production of the International Association Of Personnel. For fun, she went on Safari in Africa and was almost thrown in jail by Idi Amin.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Meeting July 14th with Live Readings

For our July 14th Meeting, anyone who would like to do a reading of their First Page is welcome to participate in a live critique session. As usual, we'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

July 14th~ First Page Critique

What to bring: First Page of your novel, short story, or other writing (double-spaced, up to 250 words)
Who can participate: First-come first-serve, members and non-members

What will the critique look like:

  • After the author reads their first page, the critique will open up to the audience
  • Audience will be encouraged to provide positive feedback and constructive criticism in combination
  • Author will not be allowed to talk during the critique (a buzzer will be on hand--if the author talks, they will get buzzed)
  • The critique will be timed for each author. At four minutes, the timer will announce that the critique is over and the next author will be allowed to read their First Page
Does everyone have to read?
  • No. But the audience will be encouraged to provide feedback, even those who choose not to read their work to the group.