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.


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