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Monthly Meetings

June 11 2016

Critique-a palooza

Do you have a spot in you WIP that is giving you trouble, or are you not sure about your books beginning? Or does your ending fall flat? Well, this is the meeting for you!!

Bring five pages of your WIP and let your fellow writers help you.

Depending on attendance we will break up into groups with each group headed by an established author and each group will discuses each other’s pages.

The cost of the meetings is $25.00 for FRW members and $35.00 for non members. The cost of the meeting covers a full breakfast and the meeting space. 

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 $25.00. Parking is now FREE. Please remember we are now accepting only CHECKS or PayPal. Please be advised there is a $5.00 late fee for any reservations made after 4:30pm on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

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 $35.00 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

or pay via PayPal (Please bring your receipt/confirmation # to the meeting!!):

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Monthly Meetings

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

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port

180 SW 18th Ave, Dania Beach, FL 33004.

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

MENU: Full Breakfast 

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!


August 13 2016

FRW is going on a field trip, to The National Navy SEAL Museum.

Pack your lunchboxes and backpacks. We are going old school. And we’re doing it in style too.

The attendee from down south We will board a coach bus at 9:30 in south Browed county, and head north to Palm Beach to pick our Palm beach friends at 10:30.

Then we will head on to Fort Pierce FL. We will be taken on a tour of the National Navy SEAL Museum and then be left to do some exposing of our own. At 4pm we will get back on the bus and head home.

Space is limited on the bus. First come first served. RSVP Heidi at

September 10 2016

FRW is turning 30!!!

Come Join us September 10, 2016 at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Florida for a celebration lunch. Lets reminisce about the good old days with old friends and new ones too.

There is special prices for this event so sign up and pay early and get a discount. Head on to our events page for more info

October 8 2016


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 dialog

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.

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.