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Florida Romance Writers

Monthly Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month

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

Directions:
From I-95, exit at Griffin Road and head west. Make a Left at the light onto Angler /Ravenswood. Take the first left (there is a light) onto Gulf Stream Way. A chain link fence is on your right. Make a quick right into the open gate. If parking is full, park at the garage on your left outside of the gates.

TIME: 10:00am to 12:30pm
COST:  $10.00 for FRW members and $15.00 for non members. (Includes Continental Breakfast.)

RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE VIA E-MAIL to Janet Little at janetfrankslittle@gmail.com AND RECEIVED BY THE WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO 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 via PayPal, please bring your receipt/confirmation number to the meeting. Members may pay by check at the door. Parking is FREE. Please remember we are accepting only CHECKS or PayPal.

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

Florida Romance Writers, P.O Box 260296, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

Or pay via PayPal (Please bring your receipt/confirmation # to the meeting!) below.

2019 MEETING SCHEDULE:

Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m. 

Victoria Landis:  Cover Me Romantic

You can write the most engaging book ever, but without a compelling cover to attract readers, chances are few will read it. Learn what elements go into a great book cover, how to target your chosen demographic, & what options are available to you as an author.

Victoria Landis is a writer, editor, and artist. A 16-year member, and former board member, of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, she co-chaired the SleuthFest Writers’ Conference from 2015-2018. She’s taught cover design and writing craft at the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University, the FL Authors Academy at Murder on the Beach, and at SleuthFest.  Her newest novel, JORDAN, is a thriller with a magical realism/paranormal element and a cautionary tale of human nature and how it hasn’t changed in thousands of years. Please visit her website for more about her books and cover design. www.VictoriaLandis.com.

Follow her on Facebook: www.tinyurl.com/VLandisAuthorFB, Instagram: vlandisartist, Twitter: @VictoriaLandis1

Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. 

Christopher Hawke:  Building Scenes the Cinematic Way

How can a writer use cinematic techniques to strengthen scenes? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the written word versus film? We will answer these questions while addressing the use of camera angles, set design, and that sometimes elusive action. Learn how to best utilize the theater of the mind in your writing.

Christopher Hawke has a heart for teaching the craft of writing. Whether with groups, through content editing, or one-on-one writing coaching, his business is helping authors to the finish line. His client roster includes well-known names, as well as aspiring authors. He has led a weekly critique group in South Florida for over 6 years and has a highly acclaimed video series and e-book The Craft of Writing available at EclecticStores.com.  Hawke’s The Craft of Writing book is currently #2 (under free) on Amazon and has maintained a ranking in the top 20 range for over a year.  He co-runs www.CommunityAuthors.com, a one-stop author services company, and his own writings are represented by The Evan Marshall Agency. His titles include UNNATURAL TRUTH, a highly acclaimed psychological thriller and ALTERED SELVES, a redemptive dystopian novel.

*Saturday July 13  No Meeting! Due to RWA National Conference.*

 

Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. 

Joyce Sweeney: The Plot Clock 

As a plot-challenged writer, Joyce Sweeney has spent a lifetime looking for a template that really works. With a former teaching partner, Jamie Morris, she developed the four-act Plot Clock which has become one of her most popular topics in her presentations and on-line classes. The Plot Clock is a reliable roadmap for when you find yourself lost in a sea of events and not sure where your story should go next. Don’t go into your first draft of any novel without it!

Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults, for which she has won numerous awards. She has also written two chapbooks of poetry and is now working on her first adult novel, a historical fantasy about Atlantis. In addition, she teaches, coaches and mentors writers at http://www.sweeneywritingcoach.com. To date, she has guided 61 students to traditional publishing contracts. This year, she is publishing, along with Jamie Morris and Tia Levings, a non-fiction book about her highly successful Plot Clock template.

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Jane K. Cleland: Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot

The stories that keep people on the edge of their seats and up all night are filled with unexpected twists and turns. By integrating plot Twists, plot Reversals, and moments of heightened Danger, which can include spiritual and emotional fears, as well as physical danger, (TRDs) at tactically sound moments, your stories will captivate readers with their I-can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next unpredictability. When your TRDs come at the right moments, your pace will be quicker and the action more focused, and these are the nuanced, multifaceted books that sell, and that find a devoted readership.

Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries [St. Martin’s Minotaur]. The 13th in the series, Hidden Treasures, will be published in April 2020. The twelfth, Antique Blues, received a starred review from Library Journal. She also writes short stories, all published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM). In addition, Jane writes about the craft of writing, including Mastering Plot Twists and the bestselling Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, which won the Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction [Writer’s Digest Books]. She is also a Contributing Editor at Writer’s Digest Magazine.  Jane chairs the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award in partnership with AHMM. www.janecleland.com

 

January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Program: It’s Showtime! Show, Don’t Tell … Presented by Janice Hardy.

At some point, every author hears it. It’s critical to crafting a story that works, but what exactly does it mean?

And more importantly, how do you make sure you’re using it correctly in your own work? In this workshop, writers will learn how to spot the common telling signposts, from motivational, descriptive, and emotional tells, to those frequent mental signposts that explain, not dramatize, and the always pesky adverbs. They’ll also learn how to spot common red flag words that often indicate told, not shown, prose, and what they can do to fix them once they’ve found them.

Janice Hardy is the award-winning author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. She also writes the Grace Harper series for adults under the name J.T. Hardy. When she’s not writing fiction, she runs the popular writing site Fiction University, and has written multiple books on writing, including Understanding Show, Don’t Tell (And Really Getting It), Plotting Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, and the Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft series.

 

Please Join Us!  Regular Meetings: 

TIME: 10:00am to 12:00pm

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

COST: $10 for FRW members; $15 for non-members
Scroll down to pay via Paypal. Please bring the receipt/confirmation number to the meeting. Checks made out to Florida Romance Writers are mailed to: c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L 207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734.

Please RSVP janetfrankslittle@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.

 

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS/SPEAKERS for 2018: 

Saturday November 10 at 10:00 am

NOVEMBER WORKSHOP:DEEP POV

Alison McMahan

Deep Point of View is the degree of psychic distance that positions the reader most deeply inside the character’s mind. Deep POV can be written in first or third person.

Fiction does Deep POV; movies don’t. Deep POV opens the door into a character’s mind. It’s the best way to help a reader develop empathy, because the reader is privy to the character’s visceral reactions.

Deep POV works better in certain genres: Romance. Mystery. Some forms of YA.

This class will cover the five hallmarks of Deep POV, Deep POV in first and third person, Visceral reactions, Free Indirect Discourse (FID) and some narrative theory.

Suggested reading:
BLOGS:

INTRO LEVEL:

Four Tips for Writing Deep POV

Deep POV: What’s So Deep About It?

How to Write Deep POV

Ten Tips for Writing In Deep POV

INTERMEDIATE:
Deep POV in First or Third Person

ADVANCED:
POV and NARRATORS -Part 1
(the above is the first of  four parts – read all four parts)

BOOK – short, sweet, and cheap:
RIVER YOUR READERS WITH DEEP POINT OF VIEW by Jill Nelson

Alison McMahan, Ph.D. has written The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury 2005); Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002); The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal, 2014). Short stories anthologized by Level Best Books, Wildside Press, Down-and-Out Books, and HarperCollins. Represented by Gina Panettieri of Talcott Notch Literary. AlisonMcMahan.com

Saturday October 13 at 10:00 am

OCTOBER WORKSHOP: KravMaga with Randall Koch

KravMaga is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense forces. It offers an easy-to-learn yet highly effective self-defense system that emphasizes practical techniques and realistic training scenarios. Combat scenes in movies often use KravMaga techniques because of its realism, effectiveness, and how easy it is to learn.

In this interactive workshop you will learn a variety of basic self-defense techniques, such as how defend yourself against an attacker armed with a gun or a bat, how to escape from the hostage/human shield position, and how a group can work together to bring down an attacker with a machine gun. Wear loose-fitting casual clothes and sneakers.

BIO
Randall Koch is a KravMaga Black Belt and Expert V Certified Instructor through KravMaga Worldwide.He became a certified Taekwondo instructor at eighteen and owned three martial arts schools at twenty-five. Feeling that Taekwondo had limitations, he added Karate, Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to his curriculum. Since 1999 he’s taught KravMaga as his primary system with a focus on real self-defense techniques at the KravMagaWorldWide (TM) Official Training Center in Pompano Beach.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KravMagaTraining/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=1356841656&fref=tag

WEBSITE: https://kravmagatraining.com/

 

Saturday September 15 at 10:00 am 

Karen Kendall – From Idea To Novel

Workshop Description: From Idea … to Novel!

How do you take an image, a character or an idea that inspires you and turn it into an actual book? Where do you begin? This hands-on, interactive workshop will show you how to wrangle your idea into basic story structure, with a beginning, middle and end—and have fun doing it!

Karen Kendall is the best-selling, award-winning author of twenty-four novels (mostly romantic comedies) for New York publishers such as Avon/HarperCollins, NAL/Penguin, Harlequin and Simon & Schuster (w/a Kat Carlton). She is the recipient of the Book Buyer’s Best and RT Reviewers Choice Awards, among others, and has garnered positive reviews from both Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. Karen has served on the board of Florida Romance Writers several times and has been featured in regional publications such as the Sun Sentinel, the Boca Raton Observer and the Gulf Coast Times.

Saturday August 11 at 10:00 am

PROGRAM: Marketing on the Cheap
Learn about ways to market your book, regardless of whether you’re traditionally or indie published, that is free or cheap. Find out about social media, newsletters, and growing your followers. Discover a few sites you may not yet know about.

SPEAKER: Shannon Bell
Shannon Bell is the author of six paranormal romances, and three marketing books. She grew up in Florida and has always dreamed about vampires – and still secretly hopes they exist. She is married to someone who tolerates her crazy story-telling about Romania and has a daughter she hopes will have the same enthusiasm for vampires when she grows up that her mommy does.

Shannon has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida as well as an online degree in vampirology. She loves writing about vampires, romance, food and drink, as well as travel. She is a full-time writer and currently hard at work on her next novel.

July 2018 – No meeting due to RWA National Conference

Saturday, June 9, 2018

PROGRAM: IngramSpark vs CreateSpace
Multi-published author, Nancy J. Cohen, will discuss the differences between IngramSpark and CreateSpace for indie authors and how to navigate either site. Should you get your own ISBNs? What about pre-orders and proof copies? What other options are available? Whether you are reissuing backlist titles or publishing original material, this workshop will enlighten you.

SPEAKER: Nancy J. Cohen
Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as the best cozy mystery, won a Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi-Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy has served as president of Florida Romance Writers and president of the Mystery Writers of America Florida chapter. Visit her at NancyJCohen.com.

Saturday May 12 at 10:00 am.

Joanna Campbell Slan – Write Like a Pro: Motivation for Authors

In this power-packed presentation, multi-published, bestselling, and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan will share five tested ways to shift into high gear as a writer. If your goal is to get more words on paper, to finish that unfinished manuscript, and to get published, this session will be well worth your time.

RT Reviews has called Joanna Campbell Slan “one of mystery’s rising stars,” and it’s easy to see why. She’s the award-winning and national bestselling author of three mystery series. Previous to writing fiction, Joanna penned seven scrapbooking technique books and wrote for Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, and PaperKuts. She has taught scrapbooking online, on cruises, and in Europe, as well as here in the US. In her past life, Joanna was a television talk show host, an adjunct professor of public relations, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a corporate speechwriter. The Slans and their two dogs make their home on Jupiter Island, Florida.
$10 for FRW members, $15 for nonmembers.

Saturday April 14 at 10:00 am

John Dufresne – Flash Fiction

“For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” This very short narrative is over quite suddenly, but continues to evoke an emotional story for the reader. John DuFresne will explain the basics of flash fiction (very short fiction), and the art of refining, concentrating, layering, and resonating your writing to fit the shrinking attention spans of our twenty-first century lives.

John Dufresne is the author of six novels, two short story collections, as well as three chapbooks. He has three books on writing including Flash!. He has also written a full-length play, which was produced at the Blue Heron Theatre in New York in 2005, and the screenplay for the award-winning short film The Freezer Jesus. John was a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.
$10 for FRW members, $15 for nonmembers.

Super Saturday March 10 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Alison McMahon – How To Make Your Book A Page-Turner

This course will show you the elements of craft needed to keep the reader turning the pages. We will start with plot and pace, the hooks to grab a reader and the cliffhangers to lead them to the next hook. We’ll analyze the rhythm of paragraphs. You’ll learn how to recognize and correct MRU violations (motivation reaction units).

Once we have a good plot outlined we will look at what makes good characters, character traits, and character arc. We will look at deep POV, psychic distance, and dialogue. Finally we will examine rhetorical devices and other techniques for crafting beautiful, impactful sentences.

Workshop attendees are encouraged to register early. Once you’ve signed up for the course you can send Alison a 1600 word sample (at least two consecutive scenes) from anywhere in your WIP. Alison will use the works submitted as examples to analyze in class.

Alison McMahan, Ph.D.,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 the author of the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), which was translated into Spanish, films rights sold to a Hollywood agency for production as a documentary. Her historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), won the Rosemary Award for Best YA Historical and the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award. Her short mystery “The New Score” was just published in the Fish Out of Water Anthology (Wildside Press), and her short story “The Drive By” will appear in the Busted anthology (LevelBest Books) in April, 2017. “Kamikaze Iguanas” will appear in the MWA anthology for middle grade readers entitled Scream and Scream Again, edited by R.L. Stine, (HarperCollins, 2018).

Super Saturday All Day Workshop $55 for FRW members $65 for nonmembers. Sign up under the Super Saturday tab.

Saturday February 10 at 10:00 am

Getting Candid with Lisa Gardner. Lisa will answer your questions about writing, motivation, and her books.

Lisa Gardner, a #1 New York Times crime thriller novelist, began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. With over 22 million books in print, Lisa is published in 30 countries.

Lisa Gardner’s novels have also received awards from across the globe, including the ITW Best Novel, the Grand Prix, and the Daphne du Maurier from RWA. In 2017 Lisa was awarded the Literary Silver Bullet Award by ITW for her charitable work. She spends her days writing in her loft with a young silly sheltie and an adventurous terrier.
Book sale and signing will follow.
$10 for FRW members, $15 for nonmembers.

Saturday January 13 at 10:00 am

Erica Manfred – Marketable Musings

Turn personal experiences into marketable essays or op-ed columns for newspapers or the web. This popular genre is a great way to break into a competitive marketplace. Editors want writers’ unique perspectives and quirky slants on a wide variety of topics. Learn how to recast life lessons into essays with universal appeal or to transform them into topical opinion pieces. Erica Manfred explores how to turn ideas into prose, to find forms for your voice and views by practicing different essay styles, and to get your work published.

Erica’s essays have appeared in New Age Journal, SELF, Consumer’s Digest, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s Day, Bottom Line/Personal and a host of other publications. Known for her stylish writing, her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine “Lives” page, New Age Journal, Village Voice, in addition to being anthologized in a number of college textbooks. Her popular column for seniorplanet.org called Aging With Geekitude helps seniors conquer their technophobia by encouraging them to laugh about it.

TIME: 10:00am to 12:00pm

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

COST: $10 for FRW members; $15 for non-members
Scroll down to pay via Paypal. Please bring the receipt/confirmation number to the meeting. Checks made out to Florida Romance Writers are mailed to: c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L 207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734.

Please RSVP janetfrankslittle@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.

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