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

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Your Mission Starts Today

For our Thursday, January 11th Meeting, veteran, former CIA officer, and author Andrew Bustamante will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: Your Mission Starts Today

BIO: Andrew Bustamante is an award-winning speaker with a history shrouded in intrigue and espionage. A decorated combat veteran and graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. Andrew's military career includes wartime service in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following a successful military career, Andrew was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and trained as covert intelligence officer. Specializing in Asia and South Asia field operations, Andrew played key roles in covert action and human intelligence operations.

After spending more than 15 years in service to his nation, Andrew has chosen to embark on a new mission as a professional speaker; to inspire positive change through new thinking. Andrew is a dedicated husband and father and proud to call St. Petersburg, Florida home. If he is not on stage, behind a microphone or engaging his community, Andrew can be found enjoying the beaches, beers, and boats that make the Tampa Bay region great. 

Learn more about Andrew at 
and see his mission come to life at!

Book Title and background: Everyday Espionage: Winning the Workplace

People make decisions every day based on direct influences like personal experience, formal education and religious beliefs. But people are less aware of the decisions they make based on indirect influences like ego, emotions and individual biases. In the world of big business, politics and international espionage, indirect influence rules the day.
Espionage uses indirect influence to drive human behavior and win objectives. Everyday Espionage: Winning the Workplace takes proven espionage tactics and applies them to the corporate workplace, equipping readers to cultivate influence and win professional objectives. Espionage is no longer an art form reserved for covert operatives and deep cover agents. This book shows how the fundamentals of espionage can be learned and applied by anyone to achieve anything. Your mission starts today.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Potluck-Style Christmas Party at Miami Ave Wine Bar in Indian Rocks Beach

We're very excited about our holiday celebration in December. We hope you'll be able to join us.
Here's everything you need to know, including what to bring (and what not to):

Potluck-Style Christmas Party at Miami Ave Wine Bar

When: Thurs, Dec 14th at 6 PM

Where: Miami Ave Wine Bar (LIKE them on FB)
311 1st Street, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785 (parking and entrance around back)

Who to Bring: FWA and non-members welcome
Spouse or Significant Other- Yes
Friends Who Enjoy Writing- Yes
Children under 18- No (infants okay)

What to Bring:
-Side dish to share
-Cash for the cash-only bar (sodas and non-alcoholic options available)
-A book you're ready to hand off to someone else for the book exchange.
-Items for the Raffle (See "What to Bring" below)

NOTE: Please do not bring drinks
The owner of Miami Ave Wine Bar is not charging us to use her amazing venue, so please purchase beverages there WITH CASH (no credit card payments). Wine, hard liquor, mixed drinks, sodas, etc, will be available for purchase, and water will also be available for us.

What to Bring For the Silent Auction Raffle:

In preparation for next year's Silent Auction at the FWA Conference which promotes children's literacy in Florida, we're getting the baskets started. We will be holding a raffle for two $10 Starbucks gift cards plus a bunch of other fun stuff!

How to enter the raffle: Good items to donate would be books you've written, candles, "like new" books, new DVDs, wine stoppers, wine glasses or poolside wine glasses, wine openers, French presses, or coffee grinders, wine decanters or some things for an exercise or a cooking themed basket. Each donation receives one entry but EACH BOTTLE OF WINE DONATED WILL RECEIVE FOUR TICKETS! (A good place to get nice bottles that are still cost-effective is Trader Joe's).

Why: Win free stuff, eat good food, drink the best wine, and celebrate the holidays all while networking with local writers. Plus there is some great stuff at the Wine Bar and Art Gallery if you're looking for Christmas gifts.

Any questions? Need ideas for a side dish?
Feel free to email me at

Friday, October 13, 2017

What's the Secret to Becoming a Best Seller?

For our Thursday, Nov 9th Meeting, author & owner of Soul Attitude Press John Rehg will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: The Untold, Amazing, Shocking! Secret Formula for Becoming a Bestselling Author Finally Revealed

Details: Scamming the Dream - how others promise you the moon as long as you pay them. Includes an open discussion about writing and publishing.

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, Soul Attitude Press, 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, September 15, 2017

Writers Conferences and How to Pick One

For our Thursday, Oct 12th Meeting, author Diana Lund will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: Finding a Writers Conference

DIANA LUND has been writing since she was a teenager. It started with bad poetry then progressed to lyrics for a local R&B band to creating teaching material and writing articles for a real estate magazine. Now Diana spends her time writing fiction, specifically novellas. She has attended multiple writers conferences, joined/attended a few writers groups, had a writing partner, belonged to the North Carolina Writers Association and attended its Wonderland Book Club for writers. Currently she is a member of the Florida Writers Association.

NOTE: Upcoming Conference
FWA Annual Conference
Oct 19th-22nd
Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
350 Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701-5297
Conference Rate: $109
To reserve at this reduced rate for any day of the conference, call 407-830-1985 and reference the Florida Writers Association.
Should you wish to share a room and costs with another conference attendee, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the FWA Network.

Whether you’re just getting started, or midway through a 400-page opus, or have published multiple books, the Florida Writers Conference is the one writers conference for you.
This year there are even more reasons why you should attend, ranging from the lineup of agents and editors from leading literary agencies and publishing houses, to our National Guest of Honor David Morrell, and Steve Berry, the Florida Writer of the Year.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 14th Meeting for FWA St. Pete is Cancelled

Meeting Tomorrow Cancelled

Due to Hurricane Irma's extensive reach across our state and for those who may have evacuated, who have power out, etc, the FWA St. Pete meeting is cancelled tomorrow, Sept 14th. John Rehg's presentation is being moved to our November meeting.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Seeking New Leader for FWA St. Pete

Looking to Volunteer? Become a Writers Group Leader!

A note from WGL Bria Burton:
It's been my privilege to serve FWA as a Writers Group Leader since January 2015. As of December 1st, I will be stepping down from the position. I'm hoping that someone else will be willing to step up!
Is that you? If you (or multiple people as co-leaders) are interested in becoming the St. Pete Writers Group Leader, please email me at Or if you simply have questions about what the position entails, feel free to email me as well. There are benefits, too, like receiving a discount at the Annual FWA Conference. I can help the new person (or people) smoothly transition into the role. So don't hesitate to contact me!

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Mini-Workshop to Help Writers Get Past Stuck in August

For our Thursday, Aug 10th Meeting, author & writing mentor Heloise Jones will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

The Writer's Block Myth: Get Past Stuck with the Evidence Journal

A mini-workshop drawn from the principles in the #1 bestselling book: “The Writer’s Block Myth - A Guide to Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom.” Gain insights and tools for how to sustain your creative life through the ebb and flow of work, family, and obligations.

HELOISE JONES is an author, speaker, and mentor for creatives. She assists writers and others getting to the heart of what they need to complete their projects & sustain their creative lives. Her background includes years of study in craft, process, & the publishing industry + fields of wisdom and experience from a host of supportive holistic tools. Most importantly, she knows all the ways writers and creatives get waylaid. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Friday, June 9, 2017

What Authors Need to Know About Copyright in July

For our Thursday, July 13th Meeting, author Gary "Dutch" Hinkle will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: Facts, Rules, and Myths of Book Copyrights

GARY "DUTCH" HINKLE is a three-time #1 Bestselling Author internationally on Amazon. Dutch has an extensive martial arts background that spans fifty years and includes training and teaching internationally in over two dozen different martial arts in the U.S., Europe, South America, and the Orient. Master Hinkle is also an author of many published books and articles in self-defense, martial arts, Oriental philosophy, Oriental tactics and strategies, and Oriental pressure point defense.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Talking Points - Writing Great Dialogue in June

For our Thursday, June 8th Meeting, author and musician
Ricko Donovan will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: Talking Points - Writing Great Dialogue

RICKO DONOVAN is an award-winning singer/songwriter who plays a variety of stringed instruments, a hammered dulcimer virtuoso, silent film composer, and a critically acclaimed novelist. His debut novel Sunnyville made Nashville Lifestyle Magazine’s 2014 Summer Reading List Picks. His second novel, The Broken Promised Land, begun in 1994, was completed and published in 2015.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

14 Ways to Find More Writing Time in May

For our Thursday, May 11th Meeting, authors of Now SC Press Liza Garcia and Shirley Jump will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: 14 Ways to Find More Writing Time

LIZA GARCIA of Now SC Press is a C-level executive mom who has supported her employees, her former husband, and her children fully with the technology company she founded in Seattle for more than fifteen years. She has two published books and recently completed a nationwide book signing tour for Barnes & Noble and speaks regularly to business professionals.

SHIRLEY JUMP is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She's published more than 60 books in 24 languages. For author news and a booklist, visit She's also a mother of two who competes in triathlons.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Journey to Publication with Cheryl Hollon in April

For our Thursday, April 13th Meeting, author Cheryl Hollon will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: My Journey to Publication

BIO: CHERYL HOLLON writes full time after leaving an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling a lifetime dream, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks. Cheryl is an officer of the Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime, and a member of Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. A mystery conference addict, she regularly attends SleuthFest in Florida, Malice Domestic in DC, Thrillerfest in NYC, and Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis, IN. You will also find her at Left Coast Crime and Bouchercon, wherever they are being held. Cheryl and her husband live in St. Petersburg, FL in a 1920’s Craftsman Bungalow.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Writing Retropunk and Futurism in March

For our Thursday, March 9th Meeting, author Charles A. Cornell will be speaking. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

Topic: Writing Retropunk Fiction & Retrofuturism
Speaker: Charles A. Cornell

Author CHARLES A. CORNELL writes speculative fiction ranging from the mysterious to the macabre; blending science fiction, fantasy, alternative history and horror. He is a regular contributor to podcasts, seminars and conferences, and conducts webinars and workshops on his specialty, retro-punk fiction (Steampunk, Dieselpunk). His mystery thriller, Tiger Paw won the Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Thriller in 2012 and was nominated for Best Indie Thriller by Kindle Book Reviews. His dieselpunk novel DragonFly was a Finalist in the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Awards in the Science Fiction category. Crystal Night from The Prometheus Saga won First Place Published Novella at the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Check out his world of DragonFly at featuring galleries of retrofuturistic aircraft and other illustrations from DragonFly.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Live Critique at FWA St. Pete February Meeting

For our Thursday, February 9th Meeting, writers are welcome to join us for a Live Critique Session. We'll meet at the Main Branch St. Pete Library at 6:00 PM. Networking/mingling begins at 5:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public.

One Page Critique

Moderator: Bria Burton

What to bring: A singe page of your novel, short story, or other writing (double-spaced, up to 250 words)
Who can participate: First-come first-serve, members and non-members

What will the critique look like:
  • After the author reads their page, the critique will open up to the audience
  • Audience will be encouraged to provide positive feedback and constructive criticism in combination
  • Author will not be allowed to talk during the critique (a buzzer will be on hand--if the author talks, they will get buzzed)
  • The critique will be timed for each author. At four minutes, the timer will announce that the critique is over and the next author will be allowed to read their First Page
Does everyone have to read?
  • No. But the audience will be encouraged to provide feedback, even those who choose not to read their work to the group.