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Thursday, March 30, 2017

April 2017 FWA Blog Post

April brings us a shower of of outstanding programs and events for writers, so let's get started.

  • Here's your chance to get in on the ground floor of a new FWA critique group. The Jacksonville Writing Meetup holds its first meeting this Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m. in room 101 of Kaiser University. The group is being formed by attorney Gertrude Kehne and Brian Hobbs, a professor at the university. Contact Gertrude for more information.
  • On Tuesday, April 11, the River City Writers continues its journey through the Great Courses "Writing Great Fiction." They will view Professor James Hynes as he teaches on "Building Fictional Worlds Through Evocation and Fictional Characters, Imagined and Observed." Then, the group will discuss how the lessons apply to our own works-in-progress and have group critiques. The group meets at Jacksonville's SE Branch Library starting at 7:00 p.m. Contact group leader Gregg Golson for more information.
  • St. Augustine's Ancient City Writers chapter meets on Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. at Anastasia Island Branch Library. Guest speaker is Rik Feeney who will talk on the topic of "Advanced Book Marketing for the Savvy Author."
  • We travel to the Orange Park Library next for the Wednesday, April 19 meeting of the Clay County Writers. The meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. and the writers will hear from Richard Preston, author of the memoir Serenity Granted speaking on the topic "So You Want to Write a Book: 5 Things You Need to Know to be Successful." Among the things Richard will address, are how to plan your book and get started, whether to self publish, and book marketing.
  • Writers by the Sea will meet on Thursday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Amelia Island Museum of History in Fernandina Beach. Attorney and artist Deborah Reid will discuss the "Uses and Abuses of Copyright and Trademark Law." Contact Nadine Vaughan-Williams for more information.
  • Ever wonder how accurate those CSI type programs are? You'll get inside information from forensics firearms scientist Kristin Durfee as she tells us "How to Commit the Perfect Murder
    (On Paper)" and shares real news about firearms, crime labs and answers your questions. Kristin will be at the Saturday, April 29 meeting of the Ponte Vedra Writers, 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library. Kristin writes for both adults and young adults, and has published two novels and several short stories. She lives in Central Florida.
  • FWA affiliate First Coast Christian Writers meet each Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Oakleaf Christin Fellowship on Lake Grey Blvd.
But wait, there's more!
  • Florida Sisters in Crime meets this Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. to hear from JSO Lt. Kevin Geoff. In his 22-year career with JSO, Lt. Geoff has commanded units in multiple departments. He's currently in charge of the Integrity and Special Investigations Unit, which investigates human trafficking in NE Florida. They meet at the SE Branch Library.
  • First Coast Romance Writers will be welcoming Lisa Kessler speaking on “Black Moments: Make Them Earn Their Happily Ever After” to their April 15, 2017 meeting from 10am to 2:30 pm, at the West Regional Library located at 1425 Chaffee Road S, Jacksonville, Fl, 32221. Visit http://www.firstcoastromancewriters.com for more information.
  • Don't forget the first of FWA's Focus Days is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs. The focus is on character-driven stories. Click here for more information.
  • At the same time and at the same hotel as the April 29 Focus Day (go figure), I'm presenting my "world famous" Novel in a Day workshop as a benefit for the Florida Writers Foundation. It's a full day workshop (lunch and 30-page workbook included) covering the essential elements of writing a novel in a quick-paced, interactive — and entertaining — session. Registration and more details here.
  • Christina Benjamin is collecting latest release info from St. Augustine writers for an article in St. Augustine Social. She needs the title, genre, release date, and a link to the Amazon product page. Email her with the information.
That's all folks. As usual, I'll leave you with a choice quote:


“The most annoying and full-of-crap thing a writer says is, ‘I write only for myself, I don’t care if anyone reads it.’ A writer without a reader doesn’t exist.” ~Harlan Coben

Cheers,
Vic

Vic DiGenti
FWA Executive Vice President
NE Florida Regional Director






Wednesday, March 01, 2017

March 2017 FWA Blog Post

Moving into the third month of the year brings us closer to spring and the first FWA Focus Day on Saturday, April 29. This mini-conference in Altamonte Springs focuses on Character-Driven Stories with faculty members Arthur Doweyko, Tawdra Kandle and Darlyn Finch Kuhn. More information may be found here.

On the same day in the same Hilton/Orlando hotel, FWA's Executive Vice President delivers his Novel In A Day workshop as a benefit for the Florida Writers Foundation. This popular workshop covers many of the essential elements necessary to write a compelling novel, including plot and structure, characterization, dialogue, beginnings, middles and endings, and much more. The day-long workshop includes individual and group exercises, all of it delivered in a fast-paced, interactive and entertaining a workshop. Here are what two of the past attendees said:

“Vic DiGenti is a great speaker and covered all the material you could want. Group work and matching handout were very helpful.” – Shannon B.
“Vic’s workshop is fantastic! He gives information to help writers break down novel writing into chunks. I loved his use of humor and examples. It was a great day full of valuable information.” 
Kitty W.

Click here for registration information.

March also brings NE Florida all of these fine FWAA group programs:

  • On Tuesday, March 14, the River City Writers begin a series of programs based on The Great Courses series - on Novel Writing. They will watch a lecture from Writing Great Fiction and discuss how the session applies to current works on progress. The group will meet at 7:00 p.m. at the SE Branch Library. Contact group leader Gregg Golson for more information.
  • Clay County Writers group leader Maureen Jung reports there is good news for writers looking to upgrade their professional bio. The group meets Wednesday, March 15, 6:15 p.m. at the Orange Park Library for a hands-on session on "How to Polish Your Bio." Maureen says, "Your bio statement acts as your introduction when you’re not around. It helps establish your credibility and build trust. It can express your personality and entice readers to buy your book or read your article." Bring three copies of your current writing bio.
  • Writers by the Sea will tickle your funny bone with the Thursday, March 16 program, "The Funny Thing About Writing Humor." Humor writer and educator Michelle Boyette begins by asking, “What is going on in the brain when we laugh?” and posits that knowing something of how and why humor works helps create the humorous piece or the comic story. The group meets at 6:00 p.m. at the Amelia Island Museum of History
  • The Ancient City Writers FWA chapter is on the move for the Saturday, March 18 meeting. Due to construction at the Main Library, the group will meet at the SE Branch Library, 6670 US 1, south of St. Augustine. The meeting starts at 10:00 a.m., and Vic DiGenti pays a visit to present his "Life is Like a River" memoir writing workshop. If you've been thinking of writing a memoir or biography, this workshop session will get you off to a fast start.
  • The Ponte Vedra Writers welcome multiple award-winning writer John Hope who will tell us how deep editing short stories can take them from good to great. John, who won five 2016 RPLA's for his stories, will show us how to dissect and view our stories the way readers and publishers view them. The group meets Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library.
  • FWA affiliate First Coast Christian Writers meet each Thursday at 6:45 p.m at the Oakleaf Christian Fellowship on Lake Grey Blvd.
And in other news:
  • Florida Sisters in Crime meets Saturday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. at SE Branch Library to hear from Dr. Sabine O'Laughlin, Anatomic Pathologist.
  • The International Woman's Writing Guild presents Florida Fling 2017 on Saturday, March 25 at the Del Webb clubhouse in Nocatee. Judy Huge and Kelly DuMar will present workshops. Click here for more information. 
  • If you're looking for venues to sell your books and willing to travel, then check out FWA's 2nd Annual I (Heart) Books event on May 21 in Boca Raton, FL. This is a multi-genre book signing event limited to the first 50 authors. Here's the link for more information.
  • The May 10-11 Florida Library Association Annual Conference will have opportunities for authors to see their books. Information may be found here.
Until next time, keep these words of wisdom in mind:

"If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write."
 ~ Stephen King

Cheers,
Vic

FWA Executive Vice President 
FWA Regional Director







Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Blog Post



The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Honest Abe knows what he's talking about, and if he was still around he'd be happy to know so many people are writing books these days. And FWA is still here helping to smooth the way for writers.

Two of our FWA writers groups will not have meetings this month. River City Writers is taking Valentines Day off—awww—and those pesky income tax people are taking over the Ancient City Writers' meeting room. Both will return in March, although the Ancient City Writers will shift to other St. Johns County Libraries for a few months due to renovations at the Main Library.

Here's what the other groups have to offer this month:

  • Clay County writers meet on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:15 p.m. at the Orange Park Library. Guest speaker is journalist and travel writer Kathleen Walls. Her topic, "It's Not All Glitz and Glamour, But it is Rewarding." Find out how to keep all the balls in the air: writing, travel, blogging and more.
  • Writers by the Sea gathers at the Amelia Island Museum of History on Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m. Attendees will be invited to wade into the memoir-writing waters with FWA Regional Director Vic DiGenti and learn why he says, "Life is Like a River."
  • Wondering why some writers sell more books than others? It's usually a game of numbers, and when you attend the Ponte Vedra Writers meeting on Saturday, February 18 you'll hear Susan Kiernan-Lewis explain why, "The Key to Increased Book Sales is Writing Faster." The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library.
  • FWA affiliate First Coast Christian Writers meets each Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Oakleaf Christian Fellowship on Lake Grey Boulevard.
There are two FWA critique groups in our region. They are:
  • Serivilous Panerians (yes, that's their name) meets at Panera Bread at St. Johns Town Center on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Cheri Roman is the group leader, but when last we checked they were at their maximum.
  • Townie Critics is a fairly new critique group, also meeting at Panera Bread in the Town Center every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Krys Fenner is the group leader and she says they're still accepting writers of any genre. 
And in other news:
  • Florida Sisters in Crime meets at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4 at the SE Branch Library.
  • First Coast Romance Writers meets Saturday, February 11 at 10:15 a.m. at the West Regional Library on Chaffee  Road. They will be hosting a panel of bestselling authors on "Choices, Choices, Choices – Traditional, Indie & Hybrid Authors Tell All." 
  • The Amelia Island Book Festival kicks off on Friday, February 17 with an 8:30 a.m. workshop by Steve Berry, "Lessons from a Bestseller." That evening the Author Face-Off Gala Dinner brings together David Baldacci, Steve Berry, Lara Adrian, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder and R. L. Stine. There's much more including Saturday's Author Expo. Visit the website for all the details.
  • Don't forget the Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is now open for submissions, and the Collections, "What a Character," will open tomorrow, February 1.
  • And "What a Character!" is also the theme of the 2017 Florida Writers Conference, October 19 - 22. You'll be hearing much more about the conference soon as we unveil our National Guest of Honor, the Florida Writer of the Year and the Celebrity Workshop presenter. This will be one writers conference you don't want to miss. Stay tuned.
  • Poets, you're invited to attend a Gathering of Poets critique group meeting on the first and third Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library.
  • And on a sad note, we're sorry to hear of the passing of one of our First Coast writers. Linda Foley, a retired forensic psychologist who used her professional background to write a pair of mysteries, passed away yesterday.
  • Tony Timbol has started a writing group that will meet once a month at 7:00 p.m. at Jason's Deli, 4375 Southside Blvd. The first meeting is on Tuesday, February 21. Here's a link to their Facebook page, and you may contact Tony for more information.
Since we began with a quotation about books, it's only fitting that we end with one as well.

"Whenever you read a good book, it's like the author is right there, in the room, talking to you, which is why I don't like to read good books."  -~ Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey

Cheers,
Vic

Vic DiGenti
FWA Executive Vice President
FWA Regional Director
Faculty Chair, 2017 Florida Writers Conference



Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Here's to New Beginnings


With 2016 behind us — for better or for worse — we can all look forward to another opportunity to improve our lives and the world around us. In this week's Mad About Words Monday Muse, Mary Ann de Stefano posted this appropriate quote by author Neil Gaiman,

"Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin.

"Meet new people and talk to them. Make new things and show them to people who might enjoy them."

You can make things happen this month by attending one or more of these FWA meetings:
  • River City Writers, Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the SE Regional Library off Gate Parkway. Contact Gregg Golson for details.
  • Clay County Writers, Wednesday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. at a site to be announced soon. Group leader Maureen Jung tells us this will be a "Salute to Local Writers," and a look ahead to future projects. All writers are welcome.
  • Writers by the Sea gathers on Thursday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Amelia Island Museum of History. This month's program is "Keeping it Relevant: Writing and Selling an Op Ed Piece." Nadine Vaughan has the details.
  • St. Augustine's Ancient City Writers chapter meets on Saturday, January 21 at the Main Library to hear from the writing team of Judy Weber and Marie Vernon (aka Amber Adams) on "Writing the Series Character."
  • The Ponte Vedra Writers group returns to the Ponte Vedra Library on Saturday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m. Horror fiction writer Will Ludwigsen presents "Getting Personal With Horror," and will share his secrets for developing characters uniquely attuned to the reader's fears.
  • FWA affiliate First Coast Christian Writers meets each Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Oakleaf Christian Fellowship on Lake Grey Boulevard.
And here are more opportunities to meet people and learn something new:
  • FWA presents four Focus Days during 2017 (aka mini-conferences), the first one being Focus on Character-Driven Stories on April 29. More information and registration here.
  • The world famous (or nearly so) Royal Palm Literary Awards competition opens for submissions on January 15. Get an early start and save money by entering sooner than later.
  • The 2017 Collections, "What A Character," will begin accepting submissions on February 1.
  • Florida Sisters in Crime starts off the year this Saturday, January 7 with details from a retired NYPD police officer about what the TV programs get wrong. Paul Schad walks us through the technical things that don't work in real life crime fighting. They meet at 10:00 a.m. at the SE Regional Branch Library.
  • The Jacksonville Public Library will hold its first Jax Book Fest on Saturday, March 25. They're looking for authors to exhibit during the event to market and sell their books. The early bird booth rate is $30 through January 6, increasing to $50 after that. Click here for more information.
  • The deadline for the 2016 Florida Book Awards is fast approaching. January 13 is the last day to enter this prestigious award. Visit the website for all the details.
  • The Ancient City Poets will host a community open mic poetry reading on Sunday January 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 4:30 at Corazon Cinema and Cafe, across from the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine. There will be a "New Year / Brave New World" theme to kick off the year, although attendees do not have to stick to this theme to share their work. The gatherings are held "renga style" with no emcee or sign-up sheet and end when everyone has had an opportunity to share.
Best wishes for a meaningful 2017,
Vic

Vic DiGenti
FWA Regional Director
2017 FWA Conference Chair
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A December to Remember

The year 2016 apparently did an end run on us, and we find ourselves facing the merry month of December once again. With hopes that this will be a December to remember for you, here's what's in store at our NE Florida FWA meetings and more.

  • The Open Mic tradition we started last year continues at the Ponte Vedra Writers meeting this month on Saturday, December 10, 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library. Do you have a work in progress or a completed project you'd like to share? Come and read your first page (4 minute limit to give everyone a chance) and celebrate the season with some holiday refreshments and a book exchange. Bring any new or gently used book—fiction or nonfiction—and exchange it for another. All remainders will be donated to Seymour's, the library's bookstore. If you wish to participate in the Open Mic program please contact me by Thursday, December 8, and it's first contact, first up. Bring a goodie to share if you're so inclined.
  • River City Writers will meet on Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the SE Branch Library. Contact group leader Gregg Golson for details.
  • Another holiday gathering is in the works at the Writers by the Sea meeting on Thursday, December 15 at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Starting at 6:00pm, each writer is invited to read 1-3 minutes of something she or he wrote. The cost of admission is a plate of cookies or other finger-food to share. They will provide the coffee.
  • Keeping in the holiday spirit, Ancient City Writers hold a networking and informational session on Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine's Main Library. A panel that includes three RPLA winners will be available to answer questions, while holiday refreshments are served.
  • The Clay County Writers will focus on book covers at its Wednesday, December 21st meeting, 6:15 p.m. at the Orange Park Library. A discussion of the key elements of a good book cover will include a show and tell by attendees who are invited to bring their favorite book covers and be able to explain why it's their favorite.
  • FWA affiliate First Coast Christian Writers meets each Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Oakleaf Christian Fellowship on Lake Gray Boulevard.
And in other news ...
  • Florida Sisters in Crime welcomes author Nancy Haddock to its December 3rd holiday party meeting. The sisters will gather at 10:00 a.m. at the SE Branch Library. Nancy is the author of the "Silver Six Crafting" mystery series published by Berkley Crime Time. She'll talk about how to develop series characters that will grab your reader.
  • A Gathering of Poets meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ponte Vedra Library. Bring four extra copies of your work to be critiqued by the group.
  • Here's a list of December deadlines courtesy of The Masters Review.
  • The Jacksonville Public Library will hold its first ever Jax Book Fest on Saturday, March 25 at the Main Library. They're looking for local authors to be exhibitors for the day at a cost of $30. Click here for more information.
  • Kudos to John Carson on the publication of his book, Kid's Sports – A Parent's Best Friend.
  • If you participated in November's National Novel Writing Month, please share your experience with us and we'll pass them along next month.

Until we meet again, my editor Duke and I wish you and yours a joyful Christmas, a happy Hanukkah or whatever you choose to celebrate during this festive holiday season.
Vic

Vic DiGenti
FWA Regional Director
2017 FWA Conference Faculty Chair



Monday, October 31, 2016

November FWA Blog Post

Over 450 people attended the 2016 FWA Conference this month, many of them from the NE Florida area. If you missed it, you missed a good one, but you can make up for it by attending one of the FWA Focus Days, formerly known as mini-conferences. The first one is scheduled for April 29 in Altamonte Springs, and the focus is on Character-Driven Stories. But definitely put the 2017 Conference on your calendar, October 19 - 22, as the new Faculty Chair is planning a bunch of innovative sessions and new features.

Congratulations to all the RPLA winners. I hope you were one of them, but be sure to congratulate any of the writers you may know as these are the best of the best.

And now for the November meeting news:

  • The River City Writers offers the perfect prescription for ridding yourself of the election blues since the meeting falls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the SE Branch Library. Linda Schilling Mitchell tells the story of how she developed her popular coloring book, Colorful Florida in a talk she calls, "Thinking Outside the Box for Writers." And maybe outside the lines as well.
  • Laura Lee Smith knows a thing or two about rejections and what it takes to catch the attention of editors and agents. Laura's acclaimed novel Heart of Palm came after a series of rejections, and many short stories published in literary magazines. Laura will discuss her writing and publishing process and lay out a step-by-step strategy for "Breaking In" to the publishing scene. She's the special guest speaker at the Ponte Vedra Writers meeting on Saturday, November 12 at the Ponte Vedra Library. The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Wondering what a writing platform is and how to build one? Nancy Quatrano will tell you to put away the hammer and nails, and start thinking about your brand and reputation. Nancy is the guest speaker/author/editor at the Wednesday, November 16 meeting of the Clay County Writers to discuss "How to Build a Writing Platform." The meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. at the Orange Park Library.
  • Writers by the Sea meets on Thursday, November 17 at the Amelia Island Museum of History at 6:00 p.m. The topic is "First Aid for High Risk Writing," and editor Heather Whitaker can help writers not only improve their writing, but also their chances of success. She's a developmental editor and writing coach and has worked with bestselling authors Julianna Baggott, Jon Jefferson and Laura Lascarso.
  • The Ancient City Writers chapter of FWA will gather together Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine's Main Library. Heather Ashby is an award-winning military romance writer who served in the U.S. Navy. Heather tells us "The First Draft is Supposed to Stink," and advises writers to "turn off your internal editor while you're writing."
  • FWA affiliate First Coast Christian Writers meets each Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Oakleaf Christian Fellowship on Lake Gray Boulevard.
And in other news:
  • The Okefenokee Heritage Center in Waycross, GA is looking for 5 or 6 writers for a book signing this Sunday following the presentation of awards and a reception honoring winners of the Writer's Guild Contest. If interested, please contact Elizabeth Welch at okeheritage@gmail.com, or phone 912-285-4260.
  • Florida Sisters in Crime meets Saturday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bartram Trail Branch Library. The guest speaker is Candace Gerding, retired State Probation/Parole Officer.
  • A gathering of Poets meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library. Bring four extra copies of your work to be critiqued by the group.
  • The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library will present noted author Les Standiford at the Monday, November 14 Book Talk Cafe program. Les will talk about and sign his latest nonfiction book, Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • November is National Novel Writing Month. Can you write a novel in a month? If you'd like to give it a try, visit the official website for all the details, from how it works to tracking your progress to getting daily pep talks. Good luck, and let us know how you did.
That's all folks. Have a great writing month, and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.
Vic

Vic DiGenti
FWA NE Florida Regional Director
2017 FWA Conference Faculty Chair
October 19 - 22, 2017






Thursday, September 29, 2016

It's Conference Time


With over 70 workshops, panels and other sessions, keynoter John Gilstrap, the Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet, and much more, this is one FWA Conference not to be missed. Check out the list of faculty members, including agents, editors and publishers waiting to hear your pitch, then click here to register for the 15th annual FWA Conference. You won't be disappointed.

And because we want as many NE Florida writers as possible to attend the conference, both the Ponte Vedra Writers and Writers by the Sea groups will not have meetings this month. I'll be at the conference presenting two workshop sessions. I hope to see you there. Here's what the other area writers groups have planned for this month.

  • The River City Writers will meet on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Room D of the SE Branch Library. Group leader Gregg Golson will present "The Ten Commandments of Self Editing," how to ensure your writing is ready to be submitted to an agent or publisher.
  • The Ancient City Chapter welcomes Marge Smith, who writes as Elizabeth Sinclair, on Saturday, October 15 at St. Augustine's Main Library. Her topic is "First Chapters Count" and she will explore all the facets of a dynamic beginning that will keep the reader turning pages. It will answer the burning question of "Where do you begin?" Library doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:15 a.m.
  • The Clay County Writers have a fun and helpful session planned for the Wednesday, October 19 meeting at the Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Avenue. In "The Heart of the Story," writers are invited to pitch their story to the group in 50 words or less. They'll receive valuable feedback to help them hone their messages to readers. Group leader Maureen Jung reports the group is also holding a book sale on Saturday, October 15 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Community Commons Classroom in Penney Farms. She invites everyone attending the meetings to donate their gently used books on writing, editing, reading or speaking. Proceeds will go toward the group's Embedded in Clay anthology project. For more information, contact Maureen.
  • FWA affiliate First Coast Christian Writers meets each Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Oakleaf Christian Fellowship on Lake Gray Boulevard.
  • There will be no meeting of Writers by the Sea in October so that everyone is able to attend the FWA Annual Conference in Altamonte Springs that week. In November, the group meets at the normal time on the third Thursday, at the Amelia Island Museum of History.
  • Again, the Ponte Vedra Writers are also taking a break this month, but will return on Saturday, November 12 with a workshop on how to break in to the publishing scene by novelist and short story writer Laura Lee Smith.
Around the area
  • Florida Sisters in Crime meets Saturday, October 1 at 10:15 a.m. at the Bartram Trail Library, 60 Davis Pond Boulevard, to hear from private investigator Steven Brown. Visit the website for more information.
  • Don't forget to register for the FWA Foundation's Celebrity Workshop with bestselling author Tosca Lee. Or select a separate Foundation workshop with author John Rehg. Both full day workshops precede the annual Conference on Thursday, October 20. You'll want to arrive early anyway since the conference kicks off Thursday evening with five outstanding sessions.
  • A Gathering of Poets meets on the first and third Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library. This is a working group of poets, so bring four extra copies of your poems.
  • Speaking of the Ponte Vedra Library, the library's Book Talk Cafe program will feature noir novelist Michael Wiley discussing his latest Daniel Turner thriller, Black Hammock on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.
And that's all the latest in the neighborhood until next month. Don't forget the FWA Conference, October 20 - 23, and for those of you who are finalists in the RPLAs, I wish you the best of luck. If you're not sure who the finalists are, you can see them here.

Cheers,
Vic

Vic DiGenti
FWA Regional Director
2017 Conference Chair
October 19 - 22, 2017