Next Meeting

October 11th - How to Prepare for Pitching to an Agent (speaker Sharon Belcastro)


November 8th - The Writing of Art/ The Art of Writing: Using Ekphrastic Methodology in Writing Fiction & Poetry (speaker Rob McCabe)

December 13th - Holiday Party (details and location TBA)

Friday, September 14, 2018

October 11~

How to Prepare for Pitching to an Agent

Speaker: Sharon Belcastro

Sharon Belcastro was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio. It only took her 37 years to get sick of the snow, cracked fingers and chapped lips before she picked up and moved to the much warmer and sunnier Tampa Bay area. Her love of books goes back to early childhood where some of her fondest memories were spent with Gulliver in Lilliput and Ishmael and his voyage on the Pequod. She has had a book in her hand and her nose in a book ever since. Forced to grow up and face the real world, Sharon earned her Engineering degree from Youngstown State University and her master’s in business from Case Western Reserve University. She spent several years in product development, sales and the development and streamlining of key business processes before she returned to her passion for books attended classes in publishing at NYU and applied her experience to the founding of Belcastro Agency.

Monday, August 13, 2018

September 13th~
Ten Steps to Author Collaboration

Speaker: Bria Burton

Have you ever considered taking on a writing project with other authors? Find out the many ways in which authors can collaborate, including some tried and true tips from a member of the Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of accomplished and award-winning authors.

Bria Burton lives in St. Petersburg with her wonderful husband, darling son, and two wild pets. Her fiction has appeared in over twenty anthologies and magazines. As a member of the Alvarium Experiment, her short stories have appeared in The Prometheus Saga Volumes 1 & 2, Return to Earth, and The Masters Reimagined. Her novella, Little Angel Helper, won a 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award. Other indie publications include The Running Girls and Lance & Ringo Tails. She’s a blogger and customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company, and she’s an active member of the Florida Writers Association.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

August 9thThe Evolution of Genres (And Why it Matters): A Kind of Sideways Look at Literature

Speaker:  Ken Pelham

KEN PELHAM lives and writes in Maitland, Florida. His debut thriller, Brigands Key, won first place in the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Awards and was published in hardcover in 2012 by Cengage/Five Star Mystery. The ebook edition was released in 2013. His BK prequel, Place of Fear, also a first place winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, hit the electronic shelves as an ebook in 2013, and the wood shelves in softcover in 2014. Short stories by Ken, available for e-readers on, include: "Tales of Old Brigands Key," three short stories about the sordid and unseemly past of little Brigands Key; "Treacherous Bastards: Stories of Suspense, Deceit, and Skullduggery," three stories in the Hitchcock tradition, including one about Brigands Key; "A Double Shot of Fright: Two Stories of Horror," two chilling short stories guaranteed to cause loss of sleep. Ken has penned two nonfiction books on the craft of writing: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Writer’s Guide to Mastering Viewpoint, and Great Danger: A Writer’s Guide to Building Suspense.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

July 12thFrom Novel to Cocoon to Screenwriting

Speaker: Barbara Harrington

BARBARA CRONIN 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 has written seven short films and produced five of them. They can be seen on YouTube. 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, May 2, 2018

May 10th~ Free Marketing Tools for Book Marketing

Speaker: Shannon Bell
SHANNON BELL lives in Riverview, Florida with her husband and daughter. She has a BA in English from the University of Central Florida. She has loved vampires for as long as she can remember and has been inspired by the likes of Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton. To date, Shannon has published 5 novels, 2 novellas, 3 marketing books, and a cookbook. She serves on the board of the Florida Writers Association and is also the Marketing Chair. Shannon loves to help new authors as well as authors and writers of all levels.