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Dec 14- Potluck-Style Christmas Party (Miami Ave Wine Bar, Indian Rocks Beach)
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Jan 11th, 2018- Your Mission Starts Today (speaker Andrew Bustamante)
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Feb 8th- Time Management For Writers (speaker Cheryl Hollon)
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March 8th- Topic Pending (speaker Patzi Gil)
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April 12th- Topic Pending (speaker John Hope)
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May 10th- Free Marketing Tools for Book Marketing (speaker Shannon Bell)
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June 14th- The Writing Life: Hacks, Tips, and Solutions (speaker Elle Andrews Patt)
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July 12th- From Novel to Cocoon to Screenwriting (speaker Barbara Harrington)
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August 9th- Topic Pending (speaker Sylvia Weiss Sinclair)
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September 13th- The Evolution of Genres (speaker Ken Pelham)



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,
John

2 comments:

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.

John