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Hook Your Readers with Effective World-Building
Speaker: Bria Burton

Thursday, October 29, 2015

November FWA St. Pete Meeting

For our Nov. 12th meeting, award-winning author Ken Pelham 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: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Writing in the Fictional Point of View

At the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Banquet, Ken won Published Book of the Year for his non-fiction book, Out of Sight, Out of Mind. He'll be sharing his insights and expertise on point of view.


KEN PELHAM lives and writes in Maitland, Florida. His debut thriller, Brigands Key, won first place in the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Awards and was published in hardcover in 2012 by Cengage/Five Star Mystery. The ebook edition was released in 2013. His BK prequel, Place of Fear, also a first place winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, hit the electronic shelves as an ebook in 2013, and the wood shelves in softcover in 2014. Short stories by Ken, available for e-readers on, include: "Tales of Old Brigands Key," three short stories about the sordid and unseemly past of little Brigands Key; "Treacherous Bastards: Stories of Suspense, Deceit, and Skullduggery," three stories in the Hitchcock tradition, including one about Brigands Key; "A Double Shot of Fright: Two Stories of Horror," two chilling short stories guaranteed to cause loss of sleep.
Ken has penned two nonfiction books on the craft of writing: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Writer’s Guide to Mastering Viewpoint, and Great Danger: A Writer’s Guide to Building Suspense.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October FWA St. Pete Meeting

For our Oct 8th meeting, author, blogger, and St. Pete Writers Group leader Bria Burton 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: Writing and Running: Improving Craft Through Blood, Sweat, and Tears
What to bring: Something to write with (pencil/paper, stylus/tablet, etc)

Throughout her years as a writer and a runner, Bria has discovered that writing and running have quite a lot in common. She'll be making connections between the craft of writing and the art of running that will help writers cement some important truths about their craft. She'll also be leading the group through a few simple exercises (not the physical kind).

BRIA BURTON graduated magna cum laude from Flagler College with a bachelor's degree in English. In 2008, she joined the Florida Writers Assocation and began leading the FWA St. Pete group in 2015. She also serves as an FWA Board Member. At St. Pete Running Company, she's employed as a blogger and customer service manager. Her speculative fiction has appeared in over a dozen anthologies and magazines, such as The Prometheus SagaBroken WorldsWelcome to the FutureThe Colored Lens, the Journey Into... podcast, and the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine. In 2011, her manuscript, Livinity, won a First Place Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) in the Unpublished Fantasy Novel category. Her novella, Little Angel Helper, and her unpublished women's fiction novel, Sprinter, are currently RPLA finalists. While she writes, her dog and cat do their best to distract her, which is why they now star in her family-friendly short story collection, Lance & Ringo Tails.

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