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Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004.

TIME: 10:00am to 12:30pm.

November 12 2016

Program Oline Cogdill (Newspaper Reviewer) will talk about book reviewing and the changes, and how we face a crisis of ethics.

Speaker Oline Cagdill

Award winning book critic Oline Cogdill will speak about her process on Picking and evaluating books.

Oline Cogdill is an award-winning book critic and one of the most highly respected professional reviewers in the mystery and thriller community.

She writes reviews for the Associated Press, Publishers Weekly, Mystery Scene Magazine, and the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinal. As you’ll hear in this interview, Oline’s reviews are syndicated around the world.

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 The cost of the meetings is $10.00 for FRW members and $15.00 for non members. 

FRW MEMBERS please RSVP by the Wednesday prior to the meeting by e-mail to Heidi Lynn Anderson at to make your reservation. Members may pay by check at the door, but if you make a reservation and then can’t attend, you will be billed for $10.00. Parking is now FREE. Please remember we are now accepting only CHECKS or PayPal.

NON-MEMBERS are welcome to attend two (2) meetings per year. Please contact Heidi Lynn Anderson at for more information. You may pay the meeting fee of $15.00 in advanced by check or Paypal.  All checks payable to Florida Romance Writers, Inc. must be sent in advance to:

Florida Romance Writers

c/o FRW Treasurer, P. O. Box 823414, Pembroke Pines, FL 33082

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Monthly Meetings

WHEN: Monthly Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month


Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004

TIME: 10:00am to 12:30pm. 

ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE BY E- MAIL to Heidi Lynn Anderson at AND RECEIVED BY THE WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO THE MEETING, but preferably before. Please be advised there is a $5.00 late fee for any reservations made after 4:30 on the Wednesday before the meeting. Non-members are welcome to attend up to two meetings per year and are required to make advance reservations as well.

If you pay by PayPal, please bring your receipt/confirmation # to the meeting!



December 10 2016

Program: Talk with a cop

Speaker: James Born

 Jim Born is a former U.S. Drug agent and State Law Enforcement agent. Each of his novels is based on some aspect of his career. His third novel, Escape Clause, won the inaugural Florida Book Award for Best Novel.

In 2009 Born published the first in a series of science fiction novels under the name James O’Neal. The novels are police stories set in the near future.

Currently, Born is coauthoring novels with TV commentator Lou Dobbs and his newest novel, Scent of Murder, about a specialized K-9 unit, is due April 7.

He continues to actively consult with other authors as well as movies and TV shows.



January 14 2017 Debra Dixon Goal, Motivation, Conflict/ The Dark Moment

Super Saturday January 14, 2017

Get two fabulous workshops in one day

Speaker Deb Dixon

Time 10:00am to 5:30

The Slippery Slope (Big Black Moment) 10:00am to 1:00pm

Learn how to pack some character baggage and create a character arc that builds to an emotional crisis that can help you fuel the resolution of your book.

GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Goal, motivation, and conflict are the foundation of the story world. Using charts, examples, and movies, the author breaks these key elements down into understandable components and walks the reader through the process of laying this foundation for story.

Location: Tigertail Lake Recreation Center

580 Gulfstream Way

Dania Beach, FL 33004

February 11 2017– Alison McMahan

 GUEST SPEAKER:                 
Speaker:  Alison McMahan

The Character Diamond system is taught by Game Design and Screenwriting Guru David Freeman. A variation of it, called the Four-trait system, is taught by other screenwriting gurus such as Hal Croesmun of ScreenwritingU. McMahan has expanded the model slightly and calls her version the 4 + 1 Character Trait system.

This is a technique used to design characters for maximum effect. That is, maximum complementarity and contrast between leads, maximum color from secondary characters, and to make it easy for you, the writer, to generate rich, distinctive dialogue for each character.

By using this technique you can come up with a character bio of less than 100 words which will accomplish all of those goals. That’s all you have to keep in mind as you write to design characters that have unique voiced and jump off the page.

This is an interactive workshop. McMahan will explain the technique, then together we will design two or three characters and outline a scene that would result from putting those characters in a situation with some sample dialogue.


Freeman applies the Character Diamond to a ship:

Alison McMahan, Ph.D., is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, a company that produces industrial, educational and documentary films. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. She is currently in post-production on the feature documentary The Eight Faces of Jane (2016). From 1997 to 2001 she was an associate professor, teaching film history and theory and new media at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.  She is the author the award-winning bookAlice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), which was translated into Spanish and adapted into a play. The films rights to this book have been sold to a Hollywood agency for production as a documentary, Be Natural. ( She is also the author of  The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury 2005). Her latest award-winning screenplay, White Rum, is being marketed by Scriptshark.  Her first novel, a historical mystery for young adults, The Saffron Crocus, was published by Black Opal Books in 2014.

March 11 2017 – Amy Atwell – Topic TBD (Indie business related)

April 8 2017 – Dana Mave- Barnes and Noble Community Manager

May 13 2017- Eliot Kleinberg -Florida’s Amazing History and Why You Should Care

Presented By Eliot Kleinberg

A whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history and how it has changed the state, for better or worse,capped with a strong argument that Florida’s biggest challenge is encouraging its transplants to become Floridians and work to solve the state’s problems.Eliot Kleinberg BiographyEliot Kleinberg is that rarest of Floridians: a native.

Born in South Florida, he has spent nearly four decades as a journalist and author.
He has worked for more than a quarter century at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. In addition to covering local news for the Post, he also writes extensively about Florida and Floridiana.
He has produced 10 books, all focusing on Florida, including Black Cloud, a 75th anniversary book on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; two Weird Florida books, and Palm Beach Past andWicked Palm Beach, both collections of his weekly local history column in the Post that’s run continuously for a dozen years.
His 10th, his first fiction effort, is Peace River, a historical novel based at the end of the Civil War.
Eliot, son of longtime South Florida journalist Howard Kleinberg, was born in Coral Gables, graduated Miami-area public schools, and earned two degrees at the University of Florida.
His career as a radio and television reporter and editor, from 1979 to 1984, included work in Miami and at the Cable News Network. He was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News from 1984 until 1987, when he returned to Florida and joined the Post.
He is a member of the Florida, South Florida and Palm Beach County historical societies.
Eliot and his wife have two adult sons and live at Casa Floridiana in Boca Raton.

June 10 2017 – – Steve Brown – PI – 5 Things Women need To know

August 12 2017 _ Viewing of Love Between The Covers – Documentary

September 9 2017 – Brenda Jackson Author

November 11 2017 –DAPHNE NIKOLOPOULOS -Mechanics of outlining

Daphne Nikolopoulos is the editor in chief of Palm Beach Illustrated, the most respected monthly magazine in Palm Beach, and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group. She leads an award-winning editorial, art, and fashion team in the production of authoritative and visually captivating publications and websites celebrating the luxury lifestyle in top Florida markets.
 A native of Athens, Greece, Daphne has traveled widely on both a professional and personal level, and her journeys have inspired her writing. Under the pseudonym D.J. Niko, she has penned award-winning, internationally published historical novels and thrillers, including The Tenth Saint, The Riddle of Solomon, The Oracle, and The Judgment. She lectures on archaeology and ancient history at Florida Atlantic University Lifelong Learning Society and presents courses on writing and editing throughout South Florida.
 A believer in the power of community and philanthropy, Daphne supports various causes in children’s advocacy, literacy, and arts education.