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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 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 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 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.


Holiday Party December 8th, 12:30 p.m. at The Rustic Inn

Saturday December 8, 4331 Angler’s Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

Cost: $27 for lunch; Cash Bar. If you’d like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift of a value no more than $20. See you there!  

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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 by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.



Saturday November 10 at 10:00 am


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:


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

Deep POV in First or Third Person

(the above is the first of  four parts – read all four parts)

BOOK – short, sweet, and cheap:

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.

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.

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.

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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

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 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 by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.

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