Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed. Aug. 5 at 6:30 pm

How to Commit the Perfect Murder (On Paper)

Kristen Durfee

Kristen Durfee

Join us Wed., August 5th at 6:30 p.m. when Kristin Durfee, CSI and author will: 1) teach us correct types and terminology of firearms, 2) tell us what the crime lab does, and doesn’t, do, and, 3) how it all ties together in court and in your book. Durfee says, “Don’t risk throwing your reader out of your story because an incorrect term was used. Learn how to properly write about firearms, the laboratory’s role in solving your character’s death, and how to accurately portray courtroom testimony with an expert witness.” The meeting is free and open to the public. Information: Rik Feeney / usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Upcoming Writer’s Conferences

Florida Authors and Publishers – August 7 & 8 – Hilton Lake Buena Vista

Florida Heritage Book Festival – September 24 – 26 – St. Augustine, FL

Speculative Fiction Conference – September 25 – 27 – Sheraton Orlando North

St. Augustine Writer’s Conference – October 1 – 6 – St. Augustine, FL

FWA Annual Conference – October 15 – 18  – Hilton, Altamonte Springs

Sanibel Island Writers Conference – November 5-8 – Sanibel Island, FL

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

University Club of Winter Park – 841 N. Park Ave. – Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

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Orlando FWA Meeting – 6:30pm on Wed., 7/1 at Univ. Club Winter Park

Evolution of Publishing and How You Can Harness It

Ben Hale

Ben hale

On Wednesday, July 1st  at 6:30p.m., award-winning author and speaker Ben Hale  will show us

1) how to choose your publishing path,

2) what direction the publishing world is headed, and

3) how to plan big and sell big on Amazon.

Ben Hale says, “The difference between an amateur writer and a professional author is knowledge and discipline.” Use knowledge and discipline to publish effectively.

The meeting is held at the University Club of Winter Park and is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney: usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

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Orlando FWA meeting – Wed., 06/03 @ 6:30pm with Ken Pelham – Choosing POV

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Writing in the Fictional Point of View  

Ken Pelham

Ken Pelham

On June 3rd  at 6:30 p.m., award-winning author and speaker Ken Pelham will show us a concise guide to understanding and mastering fictional viewpoints. Ken will show you 1) the viewpoint types and options available to you, 2) how to select the right point of view for your story, and 3) how to avoid, spot, and fix errors in viewpoint. Ken Pelham says, “You’ve got a killer plot, engaging characters, and crackling dialogue, so why does the story still make a clunking sound? The answer, sometimes not at all obvious, might be errors in viewpoint.” The meeting is held at the University Club of Winter Park and is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney: usabookcoach@gmail.com.

May 31, 2015. Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., May 6th at 6:30 p.m.

Social Media Marketing

Learn how to market your book for free using social media with author and speaker Shannon Bell on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club in Winter Park. Shannon will teach you how to

Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell

1) effectively market with Twitter,

2) effectively market with Facebook, and

3) get buzz going about your book before it’s released.

Shannon says, “Marketing your book can be done for free as soon as you learn how to use social media to its fullest potential.”

The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact: Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

April 28, 2015. Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 p.m.

Change the Names and Make Stuff Up

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 author Darlyn Finch Kuhn will discuss the process of turning life experience into fiction. The top three things you will learn:

Orlando FWA Speaker - Darlyn Kuhn

Orlando FWA Speaker – Darlyn Kuhn

1) how to fire the judge and jury,

2) these are characters – not your friends and family, and,

3) how to write your own happy ending – or not. According to Darlyn,

“You’ll never know how great your life stories can be until you free yourself to exaggerate.”

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library of the University Club of Winter Park and is free and open to the public.

Additional information: Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

 From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Go up the ramp to the side door, then keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

Altamonte Springs FWA Mini-Conference – April 25th

Please check out the website for our Altamonte Springs mini-conference. This is going to be one of the best ever FWA events.

http://bit.ly/1yp81NZ

Tom Swartz

 

March 31, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Story Stories – How to Fit it All In / Orlando FWA – Wed – Mar 4 at 6:30pm

Story Stories – How to Fit it All In

John Hope

John Hope

Join us Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m. and learn how to tackle the challenge of telling a complete story, with fully realized characters, scenes, and plot, within the confines of a short story’s limited word count presented by award-winning author John Hope. John will teach you how to: 1) minimize the fluff and maximize word usage, 2) structure your story, and 3) focus on a key piece of a large concept/story. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

No Good by John Hope

No Good by John Hope

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FWA Meeting Wednesday, February 4th at 6:30 pm with Professor Leonard Birdsong

Writing and Selling Humor Books: Where I Plan to Go from Here…

Leonard Birdsong

Leonard Birdsong

On Wednesday, February 4th at 6:30 p.m., author, speaker, and law professor Leonard Birdsong will: 1) show you why you need multiple books to make money in publishing, 2) discuss finding the time to write and getting help to do it, 3) show you how to get your book(s) in the hands of readers and buyers. Birdsong says, “My story is certainly different from everyone else’s but I hope I can provide inspiration to help you succeed in your publishing endeavors.” This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com or www.RickFeeney.com.

 

Upcoming Orlando FWA Speakers – 2015

March – John Hope – Short Stories: How to Fit It All In

April – Darlyn Kuhn – Change the Names and Make Stuff Up

May – Shannon Bell – Social Media Marketing

June – Ken Pelham – Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Writing in the Fictional Point of View

 

Writer Events (speaker: Rik Feeney)

February 23, 2015 – Orlando Public Library – Article Writing Success! – 6:00 p.m.

February 25, 2015 – Southeast Branch – Writing Books for Fun, Fame & Fortune! – 6:30 p.m.

March 30, 2015 – Orlando Public Library – Fiction Writing Basics – 6:00 p.m.

 

Need writer for: The Prose of Passion: A Night of Literary Seduction

The event will be March 19th at 6:30pm at Leroy’s 19th Hole in Palm Coast (formerly Cypress Knoll Country Club).

Here’s what I need:

A writer to come up with something romantic that pushes boundaries without going into porn. We don’t need graphic insertions and money shots. What we are looking for is something geared more to couples that pushes the rated “R” envelope a bit.

The writing will be read/presented at the event. There will be 7 writers. Each presenter gets 8 minutes, so the story MUST have a beginning, middle, and end and be wrapped up in 8 minutes or less. We are really looking for a writer who can not only write something “hot” but present it well – vocally. We’re not looking for a runway model, but someone who can read/present their original material with enough pizzazz to grab the audience.

You will have a table where the writer may sell his/her book(s) at the event. There is no compensation, but a ticket to the event is free. Food or drinks will be available  to purchase.

Word count is determined by the author’s ability to present their material done in 8 minutes or less.

Contact: Mike King at author@michaelrayking.comwww.gowriteandyouwontgowrong.com.  (Click on “Events” tab.)

 

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

Next month…

Story Stories – How to Fit it All In Hope, John_2009_small

Join us Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m. and learn how to tackle the challenge of telling a complete story, with fully realized characters, scenes, and plot, within the confines of a short story’s limited word count presented by award-winning author John Hope. John will teach you how to: 1) minimize the fluff and maximize word usage, 2) structure your story, and 3) focus on a key piece of a large concept/story. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

February 2, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., January 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Picking and Training on the Perfect Word Processor

MJ Carlson

MJ Carlson

On Wednesday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m., author and speaker, MJ Carlson will: 1) discuss common word processor pros & cons (PC&Mac), 2) review common novel organizing software (PC&Mac), 3) show you how to make Word behave––setting up MS Word for (almost) painless ebook uploading. Bonus! A quick look at the possible future––system independent web-based word processing. This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com or www.RickFeeney.com.

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

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December 3, 2014 Orlando FWA Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Writing Resolutions: Tips and tricks to maximize your writing time

Larry Leech

Larry Leech

On Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. author of 2300 articles and a dozen ghostwritten books, Larry Leech, will show you how to find the right time to write, how to maximize that writing time, and show you why a daily writing schedule is important. Leech says, “If you’re working on what you’re burdened to write, then you have things in your daily schedule that don’t belong.” This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com or http://www.RickFeeney.com.

Stocking Stuffer Fundraiser

University Club dues for next year are right around the corner. To help defray the cost, your fearless leader will be sacrificing his cherished video and CD collections for unbelievably low prices like $1 for individual videos and CD’s or $5 for multi-unit sets. The fundraiser takes place from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. and again at the end of the meeting. First come, first served, as-is, no returns. Cash only. No items will be reserved for future purchase.

Upcoming Orlando FWA Speakers – 2015

January – MJ Carlson – Word processors
February – Leonard Birdsong – Write Your Passion and Then Sell It
March – John Hope – Short Stories: How to Fit It All In
April – Darlyn Kuhn
May – Shannon Bell – Social Media Marketing

Writer Events (speaker: Rik Feeney)

January 13, 2015 – Edgewater Library
January 23, 2015 – South Florida State College
January 26, 2015 – Orlando Public Library
January 27, 2015 – South Creek Library
January 30, 2015 – Writers League of the Villages

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park
841 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

November 30, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed. 6:30 p.m. – The Writing Life / Jeanne Moon Farmer

The Writing Life  

Jeanne Moon Farmer

Jeanne Moon Farmer

Listening to other authors is interesting and informative, but only you can write your book. Join the author of the Family Shadows book series, Jeanne Moon Farmer, Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. Farmer will talk about how to do what you love and love what you do. Farmer states, “It’s never too late to find your writing muse.” This talk is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

Upcoming Orlando FWA Speakers – 2014

Writing Resolutions: Tips and tricks to maximize your writing time – December 2014

On Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. author of 2300 articles and a dozen ghostwritten books, Larry Leech, will show you how to find the right time to write, how to maximize that writing time, and show you why a daily writing schedule is important. Leech says, “If you’re working on what you’re burdened to write, then you have things in your daily schedule that don’t belong.” This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com or www.RickFeeney.com.

December – Larry Leech – Writer’s Resolutions

2015

January – MJ Carlson – Word processors

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting

The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at 17-92 (Orlando Ave.) where you will make a right turn, then get immediately into the left turn lane to make a left on Webster (as you turn a Borders book store will be on your right). Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Go up the ramp to the side door, then keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

November 3, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

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