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

Friday, July 31, 2015

Next Meeting August 13th with John Rehg

August FWA St. Pete Meeting

For our Aug 13th meeting, John Rehg of Soul Attitude Press will be presenting. As usual, we'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: Self-Publishing on a Budget (or free)

An author and publisher, John will be taking the group through the process of self-publishing, utilizing free and inexpensive software and tools.

JOHN REHG has been writing and rewriting since 2006, after taking 30 years off to pursue a career. He's still working, fitting in writing at odd times of day or night. After getting several short stories published in various anthologies, he started his own publishing business, to control the revenue on his stories as well as to help others realize their dream of holding their own book in their hands. He has published his own short fiction and non-fiction, and has helped others publish their stories. His novel is currently in its second revision, which he hopes to complete this year.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Wonderful meetings in June and July, a FREE webinar, and a peek at August

FWA St. Pete June flashback

In June, St. Pete Writers Group had the privilege of meeting Molli Nickell of Get Published Now. Her topic: Rules of the Query Road. Attendees were informed ahead of time that they could bring their query letters for Molli to workshop with the group. Five brave souls handed over their letters, and Molli gently (with plenty of humor) took the group through each letter: what worked and what didn't. She explained what agents and publishers were looking for now (an ever-changing model) in the query letter and emphasized the importance of the Subject line of the email containing our query--that line, too, must grab the agent's attention.

Molli's Free Webinar: "Write a Query that Lands an Agent!"
If you missed the June meeting, you won't want to miss this free webinar. If you attended that meeting, you're probably thinking the same thing as me: I could use more of what I learned from Molli.

FWA is planning for several future webinars, and this first one will be free so be sure to get in on the ground level and see what it's all about.

  • Saturday, August 15, 2015
  • Time: 11 AM - 12 PM Eastern
  • You will need a computer with internet access and speakers for audio
  • Login information for the event will be sent to all registered participants two weeks before the webinar. For further information, contact us.

FWA St. Pete July flashback

In July, Author Lisa Ann O'Kane spoke at our monthly meeting. Her topic: Embracing Your Sometimes Fickle Muse. An excellent presenter, Lisa took us through her personal journey to publication which included securing an agent, but also a first book that never made it to a publisher and a second book that was published just before the company dissolved, leading to a much different writing journey than she'd imagined. She asked the group tough questions about writing goals and facing fear, encouraging everyone to find what works for them in the writing process and run with it.

FWA St. Pete August flash forward

For our August 13th meeting, John Rehg will be speaking about Self-Publishing on a Budget (or free). More details to come.

Monday, July 13, 2015

FREE Writing Classes in St. Petersburg

Keep St. Pete Lit is proud to announce their partnership with the Morean Arts Center: the LitSpace Literary Arts Institute. Register now for FREE classes!

LitSpace is a place to give voice to the community and create a vibrant new literary arts scene for the city based on passion and not ability to pay. Free, professional-quality lessons in writing poetry and fiction, creativity workshops and other literary-inspired classes. Classes take place at the Morean Arts Center on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Registration is OPEN for the FWA Annual Conference

14th Annual Florida Writers Conference
When: October 15th - 18th
Where: Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Theme: Changing Times

Who should attend?
  • You’re inspired by networking with like-minded writers and publishing industry professionals
  • You are an aspiring writer who wants to learn more about the craft of writing
  • You dream about being a published author and want guidance from wise professionals
  • You are an established author who wants to reach more readers

There are so many amazing things happening at the annual conference this year, including a celebrity workshop by John Gilstrap that is held the day before. At the event, there’s the opening keynote from Marie Bostwick, as well as dozens of new workshops to choose from. A new venue means more room, a larger bookstore, and even cheaper room rates!

Early bird Registration is OPEN NOW through July 31st (fees go up August 1st).

Click HERE to find out more about faculty, workshops, agents, acquisition editors, and to register online or print a mail-in form.

Check out this conference promo video: