Next Meeting

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May 11th- 14 Ways to Find More Writing Time (speakers Liza Garcia & Shirley Jump)
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June 8th- topic pending (speaker Ricko Donovan)
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July 13th- Facts, Rules, and Myths of Book Copyrights (speaker Gary "Dutch" Hinkle)
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Aug 10th- topic pending (speaker Heloise Jones)
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Sept 14th- topic pending (speaker Shana Smith)

Upcoming Speaker BIOS 2016


May 11th~ 14 Ways to Find More Writing Time
Speakers: Liza Garcia & Shirley Jump
www.nowscpress.com

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 www.shirleyjump.com. She's also a mother of two who competes in triathlons.




June 8th~ Topic Pending
Speaker: Ricko Donovan
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 Pics. The Broken Promised Land, begun in 1994, was completed and published in 2015.



July 13thFacts, Rules, and Myths of Book Copyrights
Speaker: Gary "Dutch" Hinkle
www.linkedin.com/in/garydutchhinkle

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.





August 10th~ Topic Pending
Speaker: Heloise Jones
www.heloisejones.com
HELOISE JONES is a novelist, poet, essayist, shift agent and consultant for all things writerly. Always an artist, her passion for creating has focused on words and the language of life in stories for the past 15 years. She has worked as a corporate advertising account manager, a micro-brewery owner building a business, an activist doing big things, and helps creatives move toward their goals through creating, connection, and a good deal of project management.








September 14th~ Topic Pending
Speaker: Shana Smith
www.shanabanana.com
SHANA SMITH is a mom, musician, marine biologist, teacher, and writer. For the past twenty years, she has been known to many across the state of Florida and the U.S. as the nationally award-winning children’s musical persona “Shana Banana.” Shana and her family have settled down in Gainesville, Florida to run their meditation- and yoga-based Gainesville Retreat Center, which attracts many renowned teachers and practitioners and offers weekly meditation nights. In addition to book and music appearances, homeschooling her two kids, and running the retreat center with her family, Shana is currently working on a series of children's books based on her original musical stories currently available on Shana Banana CD's. She is also writing a tween mystery series developed over the past two years with her kids, and recording a CD of devotional chants from various traditions. In her free time, she walks in the forest, gardens, cooks, writes poetry, and plays. A lot.




October 12th~ Finding a Writers Conference
Speaker: Diana Lund





November 9th~ Pending
Speaker: pending





December 14th~ Potluck-Style Christmas Party
Miami Avenue Wine Bar
Details forthcoming



• Mentor, Gazelle Lab
• Council Member, Pinellas County Economic Development
- See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/knowhowe#sthash.GqVAdIXT.dpuf
At the Maddux Business Report she was involved in all of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Organizations as well as the major ones across the high tech corridor. Nancy continues to sit on the boards of some of these organizations.
When the Maddux Business Report closed in June of 2010, Nancy continued on as publisher of the daily NewsWire and founded KnowHowe. It was the ideal transition based on her background of writing, editing and publishing.
On a personal front, Nancy was one of the founding officers of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club (sponsored by MOSI and USF) and has received awards for paleontology discoveries; for writing and producing a nationally recognized monthly fossil newsletter; and for publishing various archeology and paleontology books.
Current Community Involvement
• Mentor, Gazelle Lab
• Council Member, Pinellas County Economic Development
- See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/knowhowe#sthash.GqVAdIXT.dpuf
Nancy has spent the vast majority of her life in Pinellas County and began her publishing career at the St. Petersburg Times while attending USF, majoring in archaeology.  She moved on to become the Managing Editor of Art & Design News (an international graphic arts magazine), and then to Maddux Business Report 22 years ago – starting out as circulation director, moving to associate publisher and then publisher for the past 12 years and publisher of Maddux NewsWire for the past two years.
At the Maddux Business Report she was involved in all of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Organizations as well as the major ones across the high tech corridor. Nancy continues to sit on the boards of some of these organizations.
When the Maddux Business Report closed in June of 2010, Nancy continued on as publisher of the daily NewsWire and founded KnowHowe. It was the ideal transition based on her background of writing, editing and publishing.
On a personal front, Nancy was one of the founding officers of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club (sponsored by MOSI and USF) and has received awards for paleontology discoveries; for writing and producing a nationally recognized monthly fossil newsletter; and for publishing various archeology and paleontology books.
Current Community Involvement
• Mentor, Gazelle Lab
• Council Member, Pinellas County Economic Development
- See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/knowhowe#sthash.GqVAdIXT.dpuf
At the Maddux Business Report she was involved in all of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Organizations as well as the major ones across the high tech corridor. Nancy continues to sit on the boards of some of these organizations.
When the Maddux Business Report closed in June of 2010, Nancy continued on as publisher of the daily NewsWire and founded KnowHowe. It was the ideal transition based on her background of writing, editing and publishing.
On a personal front, Nancy was one of the founding officers of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club (sponsored by MOSI and USF) and has received awards for paleontology discoveries; for writing and producing a nationally recognized monthly fossil newsletter; and for publishing various archeology and paleontology books.
Current Community Involvement
• Mentor, Gazelle Lab
• Council Member, Pinellas County Economic Development
- See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/knowhowe#sthash.GqVAdIXT.dpuf

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