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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


From I95 exit at Griffin Road and head west. On your left should be the Humane Society. Make a Left on 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

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 260296, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

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


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 called Aging With Geekitude helps seniors conquer their technophobia by encouraging them to laugh about it.

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.

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 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.

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.





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