FWA Special Talk: Ben Hale – “Courage of Writing” Tues. – May 30 – 7-9 pm

The Courage of Writing

Ben Hale

Ben Hale

(Special presentation by Ben Hale Tuesday, May 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the University Club in Winter Park.)

“The publishing world is daunting, but anyone can conquer it with the write tools, “says speaker and mega-selling Kindle author Ben Hale. During this talk Hale will help you to recognize your courage, and learn to harness it, how courage and discipline can help you attain your goals, and how to use your courage of writing to triple your word count. Hale asks, “Do you want to write and publish like a professional?” Then, find your courage. Join the undaunted on Tuesday, May 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the University Club in Winter Park for his presentation, The Courage of Writing. This talk is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

Note: The normal FWA meeting in June will still take place on Wednesday, June 7th starting at 6:30pm.

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., May 3 – 6:30pm – Over $2 Million in Free Advertising?!

Over $2 Million in Free Advertising?!

If you’ve ever read the newspaper, surfed the web, watch TV, or read magazines you’ve likely seen our speaker Mark Simon. He’s a master of getting self-promotion. On May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. he will share the following secrets with you.

  • How to get free promotion.
  • How to write an article that papers and magazines will run.
  • How to get radio and TV interviews.
  • 16 Steps to Get FREE Advertising.
  • How to build a Press Kit.
  • How to turn promotion into $$$.

If you’re an author, creative, or run any type of business don’t miss this event! It can change your income! This program is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com . Go to https://fwaorlando.wordpress.com/ for updates.

 

Upcoming Talks

May 2017 – Bonus Presentation! Ben Hale – super successful Kindle author will be in town to tell how he got on Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous through writing. His talk will be on Tuesday, May 30th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Suggested donation: $5.00 (All proceeds to benefit the University Club of Winter Park.)

June 2017 – An Introduction to Writing Erotica by Caramel

July 2017 – Deep Editing Short Stories, Good to Great by multiple RPLA award winner John Hope

August 2017 – TBA

September 2017 – Developing Research and Ideas for Documentary Films – Bill Suchy

October 2017 – Pitching for TV Shows – Jeanne Simon

 

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 Webster Avenue (after crossing over 17-92 – Orlando Ave.). You will make a left turn on to 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 – Please use back door

Special Note: The University Club of Winter Park will be running a function Wednesday, April 5th – the same time as our meeting. Due to the nature of the activity we have been asked to enter and exit our meeting through the back door of the library – the exit door next to where our speaker presents. The front door of the club as well as the handicap ramp on the side (entrance) will be closed off.

Thanks for your understanding. I look forward to seeing you at Professor Gerald Schiffhort’s talk on Blogging. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Contact: Rik Feeney – usabookcoach@gmail.com

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., April 5th – 6:30 pm – Gerald Schiffhorst – Blogging

The Benefits of Blogging: If you write, readers will come.

Join us Wednesday, April 5th at 6:30 pm at the University Club of Winter Park when author / Professor Gerald Schiffhorst will present his talk, The Benefits of Blogging. Schiffhorst says, “Blogging is much more than a marketing or networking tool.” Schiffhorst continues, “blogging is free and easy to do, blogging offers great freedom for writers, and blogging is a creative and practical way to find readers.” The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact: Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

 

Novel in a Day – Writer’s Workshop with Vic DiGenti

Don’t put your writing dreams on hold any longer! Writers today face an uphill climb. The competition is fierce, the learning curve steep. There’s no magic wand, but by learning the basic techniques for crafting a novel, the beginning writer can quickly flatten the learning curve. For both beginning writers and more advanced pros looking for new insights, this workshop provides writers with the tools needed to craft their own novel.

Held at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, 350 Northlake Blvd. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701.

8:30 am – 4:00 pm Lunch included – $89 FWA members – $109 Non Members.

REGISTER AT SHOP.FLORIDAWRITERSFOUNDATION.ORG TODAY!

 

Upcoming FWA Events: Open for Registration

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Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., Feb 1st – 6:30pm – Erik Deckers – Ten Professional Humor Writing Secrets

Ten Professional Humor Writing Secrets

The Orlando FWA presents Erik Deckers giving his talk Ten Professional Humor Writing Secrets on Wednesday, February 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the University Club in Winter Park. You will learn; how to use comedic timing in the written word, how to set up a joke that may not pay off for several pages, and, why some jokes score and others fail, and how to prevent those failures. Erik has been blogging since 1997, and has been a published writer for more than 27 years. He has been a newspaper humor columnist for over 20 years, and is published in 10 newspapers around Indiana. He is also an award-winning playwright, both for stage and radio theatre. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at rikfeeney@publishingsuccessomline.com for more information.

 

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 Webster Avenue (after crossing over 17-92 – Orlando Ave.). You will make a left turn on to 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.

January 29, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – Wed., Jan. 4th @ 6:30pm – E. J. Wenstrom – RPLA Overall Winner

10 Questions to Ask When Writer’s Block Attacks

E. J. Wenstrom

E. J. Wenstrom

“Writer’s block happens, but with specific questions, you can turn it into an opportunity instead of a setback,” says E. J. Wenstrom, author of “Mud” named Florida Writers Association’s 2016 Book of the Year. Visit with E. J. Wenstrom at the Orlando FWA meeting on Wednesday, January 4th at 6:30 pm at the University Club in Winter Park. Wenstrom says, “This presentation will prepare writers to take out writers block and uncover fresh ideas for their stories.” During this talk you will learn: 1) how creative thought functions and what causes writer’s block, 2) insights into how to reduce and break through writer’s block, and 3) specific examples of questions that can help a writer break through a block and tap into creative flow again. This talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rik Feeney at rikfeeney@publishingsuccessonline.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 (Chase Bank will be on your right as you turn.). 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 Mtg. – Wed., Dec. 8th, 6:30 pm – A Courtroom and Trial Primer

A Courtroom and Trial Primer for Authors

Leonard Birdsong

Leonard Birdsong

Join us Wednesday, December 8th at 6:30 pm at the University Club of Winter Park to hear award-winning author and Professor of Law from Barry University, Leonard Birdsong, present a primer for the lay person/author on what happens during an arrest through courtroom procedures. Having worked 31 murder trials Professor Birdsong will provide complete and accurate information on the subject. This talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: Rik Feeney at rik@publishingsuccessonline.com.

Upcoming Talks:

January 4, 2017 – E. J. Wenstrom – 10 Questions to Ask When Writer’s Block Attacks

February 1, 2017 – Erik Deckers – Humor Writing

March 1, 2017 – TBA

April 5, 2017 – Gerald Schiffhorst – The Benefits of Blogging

Directions to 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 now continues across and loops around to a light at Webster Avenue. Turn left on to  Webster and go through the 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.

Any additional questions, contact Rik Feeney at: rik@publishingsuccessonline.com.

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Orlando FWA meeting – Wed., Nov 2nd – Paul D. Schad – Writing for Police and Crime Novels

Police and Crime Technical Advice for Literature

Paul D. Schad

Paul D. Schad

Law & Order, CSI, Miami Vice, NYPD Blue…they’re doing it WRONG! Learn from a veteran cop what law enforcement and the street is really like at the next Orlando FWA meeting held at the University Club of Winter Park on Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm. Paul D. Schad, a former NYPD police officer and Broward County Deputy Sheriff and Detective, as well as script advisor and actor on TV shows America’s Most Wanted and Burn Notice will show you; 1) the ten common errors seen every day in film and on TV, 2) the generalizations and cultures of different law enforcement assignments, and 3) what it’s like to be a rookie cop. Spend an hour with Paul Schad to learn a summary of law enforcement (and crime) realities to help you write better. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

Upcoming Talks

November 7th – Independent Publishing – What Does It Really Cost? – Rik Feeney – 7:30 – 9:00pm – library main room at the Winter Park Public Library. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

December 7th – A Courtroom and Trial Primer for Authors – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

January 4, 2017 – Humor Writing – Erik Deckers – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

February 1 – TBA – E. J. Wenstrom – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

March 1 – TBA – – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. Free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

April 5 – TBA – Dr. Gerald Schiffhorst – – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Orlando FWA / University Club of Winter Park. 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 (Chase Bank will be on your right as you turn.). 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.

October 30, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – re Hurricane Matthew

As of today, Tuesday, October 4th at 7:45 pm, the Orlando FWA meeting with speaker Leslie Halpern will still take place at its scheduled time on Wednesday, October 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Obviously, your safety is the paramount concern in this situation and, if for any reason, you feel it is not safe to drive, you should stay home and off the roads.

I have spoken with Leslie and we are going to touch base at 2:00 pm tomorrow. She will decide at that time if she feels comfortable coming to the meeting.

If there are significant storm winds and rain, we will likely cancel the meeting and reschedule Leslie Halpern to speak in early 2017.

I will post again on the FWA blog tomorrow after 2:00 pm to confirm whether the meeting will take place or will be canceled due to weather conditions.

If you have any additional questions, please email me at usabookcoach@gmail.com.

October 4, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Announcements. Comments off.

Orlando FWA Meeting – 09/07 – Tips from a Writing Coach

Larry Leech

Larry Leech

Tips from a Writing Coach

Weak and unprofessional writing will sink a manuscript every time. Learn the craft and the professionalism needed to attract readers at the next Orlando FWA meeting held at the newly renovated University Club in Winter Park, Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. Writing coach Larry Leech will show you: 1) Words to eliminate from your manuscript to make it read better, 2) How to grab the attention of an editor or agent, and 3) How your writer’s voice will separate you from the noise of the masses. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney at usabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

Larry Leech – Short biography

Unholy Quest

Unholy Quest

For more than thirty years, Larry J. Leech II has written and edited in a number of capacities. He began his professional writing career in 1981 at age 18 and spent twenty-three years writing and editing at daily newspapers and a magazine. With more than two thousand published articles and twelve thousand interviews under his belt, Larry moved into freelance writing and editing in 2004. He has ghostwritten twenty books and coached dozens of aspiring writers. Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide and has become a much sought-after writing coach.

 

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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