Next Meeting

February 11th, MONDAY - Speaker: Martin Von Cannon

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

July FWA St. Pete Meeting

For our upcoming meeting on Thursday, July 9th, Author Lisa Ann O'Kane 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: Embracing Your (Sometimes Fickle) Muse

Writing is a wonderful and challenging endeavor that we, as writers, have decided to conquer. However, writing a memoir, novel, short story, or poem is not as simple as it sounds. At times, a thrilling overload of ideas fuels our creative process, but at other times, the Muse seems to have gone on vacation without asking our permission.

Join us as Lisa Ann O'Kane delves into this topic and the process of writing with our (sometimes fickle) muse.


LISA ANN O'KANE is a young adult author and former vagabond who once camped out in Yosemite National Park for an entire summer, an experience that inspired her debut novel Essence (Strange Chemistry, June 2014).
Her background is in zookeeping and environmental education, and she has been kicked, cornered, bitten and chased by nearly every animal she has ever loved. She currently resides in Florida, and she is now a huge fan of shooting stars, indoor plumbing and keeping both her feet planted firmly on the trail.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Non-Fiction Mini-Conference June 27th

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Check-in & registration opens 8:30 AM
Bookstore open 9:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Closing & door prizes 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
350 Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, Florida, 32701-5297
Telephone: 407-830-1985
Registration Fee
  • $79. Florida Writers Association Member
  • $99. Non-Member
  • Includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Last day to register online 6/24/15. On-site registration available.
Effective Writing Tools, How to Land an Agent, How to Make Money Writing, Marketing (Author Bootcamp), What’s Your Story? (How to write a memoir).

Saturday, June 6, 2015

FWA St. Pete Meeting June 11th with Molli Nickell

June FWA St. Pete Meeting

For our upcoming meeting on Thursday, June 11th, Publishing Wizard Molli Nickell will be speaking and workshopping query letters. 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: Rules of the Query Road

What to Bring: Please bring a query letter that you have written, no more than 350 words. Treat this query letter as if it were the email you would send an agent, publisher, or editor. At the top of the query letter, type SUBJECT LINE and enter whatever subject line you will be entering in the email's subject line.

Writing a query letter can be very challenging. The agent, publisher, or editor on the receiving end can simply hit "DELETE" in order to send a writer's letter into the virtual trash receptacle. Molli will be helping us understand how to properly write professional query letters that avoid the virtual trash bin. She will also be doing cold readings and evaluations of query letters that are brought to the meeting. This is not usually a free service! Take advantage and come with your query letter.


MOLLI NICKELL, author of “WRITE RIGHT: Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot,” has survived 35 years in the publishing biz as a Time-Life editor, publisher, motivational speaker, UCLA writing instructor, six-times published author, and, in her way-former life, Malibu surfer chick. Currently she mentors writers as a pre-submission specialist, story doctor, query wizard, and marketing guru. Molli helps writers achieve the ultimate goal of agent, publisher, and shelf space at Barnes and Noble.