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Florida Romance Writers 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

RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE VIA E-MAIL to Janet Little at AND RECEIVED BY THE WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO THE MEETING, but preferably before. 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 number to the meeting.

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 Janet Little at to make your reservation. Members may pay by check at the door. 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 Janet Little 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
P.O Box 17743, Plantation, FL 33318

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


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

Steven Brown began his investigative career as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As a special agent and supervisory special agent he worked in Phoenix, Chicago, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. During his 11 years with the FBI he was assigned a multitude of different cases, ranging from bank robberies and theft of government property, to foreign and domestic terrorism, and foreign counter-intelligence matters, particularly the Cuban Intelligence Service (DGI).

For the last 30 years he has successfully managed his own private investigative firm. During this time, his clients have called upon his expertise for every conceivable investigative need—from simple pre-employment background checks to sophisticated white-collar thefts, from murders disguised as suicides to the returning of parentally abducted children from foreign lands, and environmental contamination cases.

Steve also is an avid sailor, has held a one hundred ton U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license, sailed throughout the Caribbean, and spent two years as captain of a sixty-foot ketch running sailing charters in the Bahamas.

He authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating (3 editions thus far and upteen printings), non-fiction magazine articles on gambling, and has appeared in the local and national press and television including Hard Copy and A Current Affair. He appeared with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes.

Steve lectures on all aspects of the private investigative business and lectures to writers on The Worst Mistakes Writers Makes with Their Fictional Sleuths. He is also authoring a series of adventure/thriller novels set in the Bahamas and a PI series set in St. Augustine, Florida, the first of this series is out Redeeming The Dead. He also wrote the book 5 Things Women Need To Know About the Men They date. He can be reached at his e-mail address of


August 12 2017 –Kevin Tydlaska-Dziedzic on Creative Marketing Strategies.

September 9 2017 – Brenda Jackson Author

November 11 2017 –Daphne Nikolopoulos -Mechanics of Outlining

Guest Speaker: Daphne Nikolopoulos
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.

FRW Presents


Class has been shortened to three sessions as follows:

SESSION 1 (September 9, 2017): Characters, character traits, character arc

SESSION 2 (October 14, 2017): Deep POV and Psychic distance

SESSION 3 (November 11, 2017): Rhythm and Pacing (Hooks, Cliffhangers, and Motivation Reaction Units).


Course taught by Alison McMahan

 Classes run 1-4 pm

Head on over to  for payment info.

Some writers are born with more talent than others, but all writers have to learn our craft. Our challenge is to find out what elements of craft we need to know starting out. This course will show you the techniques that make your book a page-turner: hooks, cliffhangers, motivation-reaction units, Deep POV, and rhythm and pacing. Homework each week will include finding examples of different techniques in published works, and submitting examples from your own works in progress. One session a month for four months, class sessions will take place after FRWA meetings (there will be a break for lunch – brown bag).


Fee: Charge $15 per session for non-members $50 for series. For members, $10 for one meeting, $30 for series. Lunch is provided for members who attend the regular meeting and stay for the 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 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).








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