Next Meeting

Aug 10th- The Writer's Block Myth: Get Past Stuck with the Evidence Journal (speaker Heloise Jones)
Sept 14th- topic pending (speaker John Rehg)
Oct 12th- Navigating the World of Writers Conferences (speaker Diana Lund)
Nov 9th- Live Critique (moderator Bria Burton)
Dec 14- Potluck-Style Christmas Party (Miami Ave Wine Bar, Indian Rocks Beach)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Donna Cutting Introduces the Sexiest Man Alive

"Running makes me think of death." Yeah, let me give you a good therapist's number. "A cockroach crawled across his face, and he looked up to realize he had spent the night in a dumpster, his best sleep in months." And they didn't even leave the light on. The dark side of professional sports; what it's like to be a foster child; mapping Alaska in a wild adventure -- present books and future books, FWA members practiced their pitches under the expert eye of certified professional speaker Donna Cutting tonight, Thursday, December 10th.

Donna warmed up the group with a quick review of the Celebrity Experience, then covered some basics of presentation and why a writer might want to get comfortable in front of an audience. She broke the structure of a presentation into three parts: Opening, Body, and Closing. Sounds very similar to a 3-act play to me.

After each brave writer made their pitch, Donna provided feedback on their strengths and weaknesses, and was impressed with each person's preparation. Donna provided a handout that gave a concise list of the main objectives and points of each part of a presentation.

Oh, and the sexiest man? He spoke of the cockroach, but shall remain nameless. Guess you just had to be there!

Until next year,


Sam said...

As always, you brought us a fantastic speaker. I can hardly wait to see what 2010 will bring.

No takers yet on the Word/Windows advice, but I have a couple of ideas to get things rolling and with any luck, questions will start coming in once I get started.

FWA St. Petersburg said...

Thanks, Sam. Yeah, the advice might need a kick start. I've got a couple thoughts on it, too. Will see what I can come up with and email you.