Next Meeting

June 20th~
Hook Your Readers with Effective World-Building
Speaker: Bria Burton

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:

Monday, May 6, 2019

May 16 ~  How to Submit Prose and Poetry to the Literary Journal Marketplace

Speaker: Julieanna Blackwell

Come with your short story, poem, novella, novel, or memoir that is ready for publication! We will explore the benefits to publishing in literary journals, reviews, and magazines to strengthen your author’s platform. Learn how to research, shop, and understand the ins-and-outs of publishing a piece in a literary journal or magazine. After this evening’s presentation, you will have the tools to submit your work for publication. 

Julieanna Blackwell is an editor for 805 Literary and Arts Journal, the first literary journal published by a library in the country. She is also the instructor of the Elements & Arcs series of writing classes and workshops. Her short stories and essays have appeared in several publications including Lunch TicketSlippery Elm Literary Journal, Ragazine, and featured in SCENE Magazine’s yearly beach read issues. She was a finalist for the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award. The Naples Daily News published her humorous column of personal essays. A native Chicagoan, she lives in Florida. You can visit her at

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


For our Thursday, April 18, 2019, meeting, writers are welcome to join us for a Live Critique Session. We'll meet at the Seminole Community Library at 6:00 PM. Networking and mingling begin at 5:30 PM. As always, this meeting is open to the public.

Activity: One Page Critique

Moderator: Bria Burton

What to bring: A single 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. Sign up when you arrive.

How the critique works:

·         After the author reads their page, listeners will offer their comments.

·         Listeners 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 moderator will announce that the critique is over. The next author will then read their First Page.

Does everyone have to read?

No. But all in attendance will be encouraged to provide feedback, even those who choose not to read their work to the group.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 22, 2019

March 21 ~  Book Fairs - Author Book Selling Success

Speaker: John Hope

Selling books at book fairs and other various events can be a challenge for authors, who are typically introspective by nature. This tutorial will provide tips on making the most out of a book event, including how to approach readers while coming across genuine and not a greasy salesman. Also provides advice on researching events and finding your audience.

JOHN HOPE was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. John earned his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and since 1999 has developed and designed software for simulators, websites, traveler information systems, and numerous other technical widgets. All the while, he has quenched his creative hunger with writing a few novels, hundreds of poems and short stories, several short plays many of which he's acted and/or directed, puppeteered in countless skits, and built a number of toy train layouts. To keep a steady rhythm in his life, John has run over 30,000 miles in various road and trail races and training runs through the years, including captaining the UCF Men's Cross Country team, achieving TAAC all conference, managing 5k races, and at times traversing entire states in relay teams and triathlons.
John is married and the proud father of two.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

February 11th~MONDAY

Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
(also known as Pinellas Park Public Library)
7770 52nd Street North
Pinellas Park 33781

Please note different location and day of the week from past meetings.

Presentation begins at 6 PM; mingling at 5:30 PM

Tools of the Trade for the Independent Author - 
Lose the Stress and Keep Your Hair

Speaker: Martin Von Cannon

Martin is a science fiction / fantasy writer living in the St. Petersburg area. As he read way too many comic books as a kid, he writes superhero stories in both novel and short story format. His books can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, and other eBook retailers.