Next Meeting

There will NOT be a meeting in October 2019, as the third Thursday in October is the first day of the FWA Conference.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Daytona Beach Mini-Conference with Historical Fiction and Sci-Fi Fantasy Tracks

Saturday, May 15, 2015

Daytona Beach Mini-Conference

2 tracks, run simultaneously, all day: Historical Fiction and Sci-Fi Fantasy
Check-in & registration opens at 8:30 AM
Location – Grace Episcopal Church
4110 South Ridgewood Avenue
Port Orange FL 32127-4519
Registration Fee
– $79. Florida Writers Association Member
– $99. Non-Member
Includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks
Last day to register online 5/13/15. On-site registration available.

FWA St. Pete Meeting May 14th with Velva Lee Harety

May FWA St. Pete Meeting

For our upcoming meeting on Thursday, May 14th, author and Jungian depth psychotherapist Velva Lee Harety will be speaking. As usual, we meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6 PM. Networking begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is always open to the public.

Topic: Getting Your Writing Game On

Writing a book and bringing it to market takes heart and guts. The obstacles and set-backs can be challenging.  Even more challenging can be your Internal Saboteur creating what the Irish call “a rat in the skull”, i.e. doubt. What to do? What to do?

This intriguing presentation by Velva Lee Heraty MSW, author and Jungian depth psychotherapist, will be an open forum for questions and concerns about how best to resist the negative vibes, stay on track, and trust yourself to do the next right thing for your Inner Author.


VELVA LEE HARETY, MSW is an experienced depth-psychotherapist with 20+ years of experience in a full private practice in Chicago, IL. Velva earned a Master of Social Work, a Certification in Addictions from the state of Illinois, and eventually a Certification in Depth-Psychotherapy from the C. G. Jung Institute in Evanston, IL. She is a world-recognized expert on dreams and was a volunteer resource for the National Nightmare Hotline created as a result of 9/11. In her private practice Velva created a dreamwork model called the Subjective Symbol Immersion Method (SSIM) to efficiently help people understand their dreams. That model is the heart of the book, The Dream Belongs to the Dreamer, which was accepted into the Oxford Exchange Book Fair. Velva is from Chicago, IL and has lived in St. Petersburg for the past eight years.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Royal Palm Literary Awards Deadline Approaching

RPLA Deadline May 15th

Have you ever entered a contest where two different judges provided detailed feedback on your work?

That's just one of the things that sets the Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) apart from other writing contests. The fee that you pay is rewarded with feedback and sometimes with an actual award.

I had the privilege of winning First Place in the Unpublished Fantasy Novel category in 2011~ Bria Burton

The RPLA is an FWA benefit that has helped numerous members improve their writing and gain recognition. The RPLA Banquet takes place every year at the FWA Annual Conference, and it's an exciting and inspiring event.

Any genre you can imagine is accepted into the RPLA. From fiction to non-fiction, from flash fiction to short stories to novellas to novels to memoirs, there is a category for you where you'll be able to enter your work (both published and unpublished) and earn valuable feedback from the blind judging process.

To learn more and to enter the contest, visit

If you're not a member and you'd like to enter the RPLA contest, click HERE to first become a member.