Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June 2017 Blog Post

Though we're about to enter the lazy, hazy days of summer, there's nothing lazy about a writer on deadline. Let's get started.

  • The River City Writers group meets on Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the SE Branch Library. Group leader Gregg Golson reports that they will continue their journey through the "Writing Great Fiction" songbook. This meeting will discuss characters and dialogue.
  • The Ancient City Writers return to the St. Augustine's Southeast Branch Library for its Saturday, June 17 meeting. Award-winning author Elizabeth Sinclair will discuss using all five senses on a writer's literary palette. Library doors open at 10:00 a.m.
  • "Marketing for Writers" is the topic for this month's Clay County Writers meeting, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m at the Orange Park Library on Wednesday, June 21. This will be a group discussion and an overview of the Embedded in Clay anthology project. Please note that in June and July the group will meet at the Panera Bread at 661 Blanding. RSVP to Maureen Jung if you're planning to attend.
  • Writers by the Sea meets Thursday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. at the Nassau County Library. Award-winning author S. R. Staley will present "Writing Historical Fiction that Sizzles."  Note, the group will not have a meeting in July. Contact group leader Nadine Vaughan-Williams for more information.
  • Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of over 25 nonfiction books for children. Jennifer will offer ideas for "Capturing an Editor's Attention through Innovation" at the Saturday, June 24 meeting of the Ponte Vedra Writers. You can join them at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library.
And in other news ...
  • Register early for the upcoming Florida Writers Conference, October 20 - 22,  and we'll throw in Thursday evening's Writer Boot Camp sessions free of charge. Early registration ends July 31.
  • While you're registering, go ahead and sign up for the Celebrity Workshop on Thursday, October 19. David Morrell has been called "A master of the modern action novel," and it's a rare opportunity to learn from one of the all-time great writers. This day-long workshop calls for a separate registration since it's a benefit for the Florida Writers Foundation.
  • A Gathering of Poets meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at the Ponte Vedra Library at 2 p.m. and new poets are very welcome.
  • Florida Sisters in Crime meets this Saturday, June 3 at the SE Branch Library. The meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. Retired police officer Paul Schad will explain some of the psychological and health issues affecting police officers and their families.
  • First Coast Romance Writers gather on Saturday, June 10 at the West Regional Branch Library to hear Kerri Nelson's workshops on creating a pitch and producing multiple novels in one year. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
  • John Dufresne leads a two-day writers workshop at the Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora on September 29-30. Click here for details.
  • The Amelia Island Book Festival and the Florida Authors & Publishers Association have teamed up to present a half-day workshop on "DIY Book Publishing." The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at FSCJ-Nassau Center. Visit this page for details.
Until next time, keep writing and use sunscreen.

Vic DiGenti
FWA Executive VP

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