Next Meeting


June 14th- The Writing Life: Hacks, Tips, and Solutions (speaker Elle Andrews Patt)
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July 12th- From Novel to Cocoon to Screenwriting (speaker Barbara Harrington)
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August 9th- Topic Pending (speaker Sylvia Weiss Sinclair)
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September 13th- The Evolution of Genres (speaker Ken Pelham)
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October 11th- Topic Pending (speaker Sharon Belcastro)



Upcoming Speaker BIOS 2018



2018

June 14thThe Writing Life: Hacks, Tips, and Solutions
Details: Discussion on how to work around your busy life and family to achieve your writing goals.

Speaker: Elle Andrews Patt
ELLE ANDREWS PATT, like many lifelong writers, has been writing fiction for the consumption of others since the third grade. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as Saw Palm, The Rag, and DarkFuse. She received an Honorable Mention from Writers of The Future for 'Prelude To A Murder Conviction,’ and has won several Royal Palm Literary Awards for Published Short Fiction and Unpublished Book-length Fiction. Her life experience spans the range from Marine Corp brat to C-3 Pony Clubber to FL Certified Veterinary Technician to international telephone wholesale to large horse boarding and breeding where she has been a horse show photographer/consultant/manager/riding instructor/bookkeeper. She is represented by Paul Stevens of the Donald Mass Literary Agency.





July 12thFrom Novel to Cocoon to Screenwriting

Speaker: Barbara Harrington

BARBARA CRONIN HARRINGTON is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a producer. She worked as Assistant Casting Director in several feature films with Beverly McDermitt (Cocoon, Absence Of Malice, Stick) and still cast for Indie Productions. She has conducted many writing/publishing workshops, and formed FSAC, the Florida Screenwriters & Actors Connection about 15 years ago. She has written seven short films and produced five of them. They can be seen on Youtube. She had a short lived radio show, Take One Talk. She's earned several awards, such as the Florida State Group Merit Award for the filming production of the International Association Of Personnel. For fun, she went on Safari in Africa and was almost thrown in jail by Idi Amin.






August 9thTopic Pending

Speaker: Sylvia Weiss Sinclair

SYLVIA WEISS SINCLAIR is a member of the Fairhope Writers’ Forum and the Alabama Writers’ Conclave. Her novel, Fledermama's Sonhas just been published by Jan-Carol publishing about a mother and son searching for their identity in their family roots in Eastern Europe. She has written several family histories, of which her fiction book is based on. She lives in Alabama.








September 13thThe Evolution of Genres (And Why it Matters): A Kind of Sideways Look at Literature

Speaker:  Ken Pelham
www.kenpelham.com



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 Amazon.com, 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.




October 11th~ Topic Pending

Speaker:  Sharon Belcastro


Sharon Belcastro was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio.  It only took her 37 years to get sick of the snow, cracked fingers and chapped lips before she picked up and moved to the much warmer and sunnier Tampa Bay area.  Her love of books goes back to early childhood where some of her fondest memories were spent with Gulliver in Lilliput and Ishmael and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod. She has had a book in her hand and her nose in a book ever since. Forced to grow up and face the real world, Sharon earned her Engineering degree from Youngstown State University and her master’s in business from Case Western Reserve University.  She spent several years in product development, sales and the development and streamlining key business processes before she returned to her passion for books, attended classes in publishing at NYU and applied her experience to the founding of Belcastro Agency. 

Belcastro Agency is a hands-on editorially focused boutique agency representing most genres of romance, mystery and young adult.











• 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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