Next Meeting

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July 13th- Facts, Rules, and Myths of Book Copyrights (speaker Gary "Dutch" Hinkle)
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Aug 10th- The Writer's Block Myth: Get Past Stuck with the Evidence Journal (speaker Heloise Jones)
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Sept 14th- topic pending (speaker Shana Smith)
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Oct 12th- Navigating the World of Writers Conferences (speaker Diana Lund)
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Nov 9th- topic pending (speaker pending)
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Dec 14- Christmas Party (details to come)

Upcoming Speaker BIOS 2016


July 13thFacts, Rules, and Myths of Book Copyrights
Speaker: Gary "Dutch" Hinkle
http://garyhinkle.wixsite.com/books

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~ The Writer's Block Myth: Get Past Stuck with the Evidence Journal
Speaker: Heloise Jones
www.heloisejones.com
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.









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

Diana 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.




November 9th~ Topic 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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