Make Your Manuscript Shine

Join us Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM when the Orlando FWA writing group presents  Patricia Charpentier of Writing Your Life (.org) who will introduce us to all the current writing gadgets and technology to make producing a book or ebook easier. When you place your manuscript in front of an agent or seal the envelope containing the results of months, even years, of effort, is it the best it can possibly be? How do you know for sure? In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to a variety of free or inexpensive tools and other procedures and processes to root out typos, overused words and phrases, redundant sentence structures and a variety of other oversights that dull the shine of your fabulous stories.

Participants will:

  • Discover free or inexpensive tools an author can use to create a clean manuscript
  • Learn proven procedures and processes to produce manuscripts of the highest quality
  • Make the word processing software you already use do more of the work for you

This meeting is free and open to the public. Contact: Rik Feeney at

Orlando Writer’s Events – Spring 2012

eBook Self-Publishing ClassesThurs. March 1st at 6:30 p.m.

Orange County Library, Main Branch, Central Ave., Orlando – 6:30 p.m.

Aspiring authors and wannabe writers are invited to join the Library’s eBook Publishing series. This eight-week interactive workshop is designed to help local authors and writers with self-publishing their manuscript as an eBook. The workshop will be held at the Orlando Public Library on Thursdays beginning February 23 and will be led by Rik Feeney of Feeney, author of Writing Books for Fun, Fame & Fortune! and Publishing for Penny-Pinchers, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Literature from Vermont College of Norwich University and frequently presents seminars at writers conferences throughout the Southeast. For more information on Rik Feeney, visit

To register for this program, please call 407.835.7481.

eBook Self-Publishing Classes

(continuing at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at the Orange County Library, Main Branch)

March 8 – Developing eBook Content: Part 2

March 15 – Publishing the eBook: Part 1

March 22 – Publishing the eBook: Part 2

March 29 – Marketing the eBook: Part 1

April 5 – Marketing the eBook: Part 2

April 12 – Marketing the eBook: Part 3 (& Seminar Conclusion)

Sleuthfest – March 1st – 4th, 2012

Sleuthfest is Florida’s premier mystery writer’s conference, held annually and sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. The 2012 conference will be held in Orlando, Florida. Learn more at

2012 FPA Spring Ed-U-Conference (Florida Publisher’s Association) Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mark your calendars! The 2012 FPA Spring conference takes place in Orlando.  This one-day workshop will feature hands-on, interactive programs and promises to be packed with more information and tips than ever! More details coming soon! See for more information.

The Writer’s Nest:  Mini-Conference in Central Florida, Saturday April 21, 2012
Featured Speaker: Tim Dorsey
Where: Altamonte Springs FL
Contact: Tom Swartz at

Orlando FWA Meeting Topics:

March – Unique Writing Software / Editing Techniques with Patricia Charpentier.

AprilCommunicate with Purpose: How to Optimize Your Impact with Maureen Jung, Ph.D.

May – Children’s Book Writing, Illustrating, and Marketing with Mark Wayne Adams.

June – What Every Writer Should Know About Publishing with Chris Angermann.

July – Writing Crime Scenes with Bob Morris (unless he is on vacation)

August – The Agent Experience with Dr. Claire Johnson.

September – Beyond the Creaking Door with Jennifer Gregory (writing horror / paranormal)

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.


February 29, 2012. Announcements.

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