MWAThe next Southwest Florida meeting of the Florida MWA will be Saturday, April 14th and will feature author Suzi Weinert. She will discuss her Garage Sale mystery series, her dance with Hollywood, and having her books produced for the Hallmark Channel.

All meetings start at 1pm. We meet in room 108 of the L-building at Florida SouthWestern State College – adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. I will put up signs inside. Check the Lee Campus map here for more details <http://www.fsw.edu/about/maps>

Parking: You are allowed to park in Lot 7 next to the L-building (usually reserved for faculty) on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting – although MWA membership materials will be available – invite your fiction writing friends.

We will meet for lunch before each meeting at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli – 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It’s off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.

Contact me with questions: <author.mljoy@hotmail.com>

Unique Opportunity

We are the beginning stages of setting up at a writers conference. Can you spread the word to your group?
ABCBook4children&Adultsinc will be heading up a writers conference in April 2019.

It will be held at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center. There will be workshops and talks and you can apply to have face time with real agents from NY and around the area. The event will begin on Friday evening, Saturday, and end on Sunday. We are looking into prices now.

There will be 12 – 14 agents at the conference for you to meet and pitch your book to as well as editors and other professionals in their fields. We are looking into well-recognized authors to give talks in the theater.

What I need now is volunteers to be agent assistants. You will be asked to help them get from A to B at the conference. You will also get a chance to meet your assigned agent at a meet and greet at the hotel for about an hour on Friday. The agent will then travel by arranged transport to Luigi’s restaurant on Friday evening for a special reception and back to their hotel. A limited number of places will be available at Luigi’s.

You will meet your assigned agent Saturday morning and see that they get to the cultural center where you will guide them to where they need to be. Again there will be transportation supplied. To be repeated on Sunday if necessary.

There will be maps and timetables given out. This is an opportunity to get to meet an agent and they will get to meet you on a one-to-one personal level. This is not a time to pitch your book. You will need to schedule that with the agent that suits your work the best. We will help you with what agents require from a pitch as time gets closer.

Help us make this a great conference. We need everyone to dig out all your media contacts and send us names, emails, phone numbers, anyone you know from the newspapers or local radio. Also any local publishers information. (I love my excel spreadsheets) We want to spread the word to as many writers as possible.

If you have a printing shop that will sponsor some of the printing in exchange for an ad in the program.

Can you promote the event at your local social club, Kiwanis, Elks, Moose, Masons???? Can I come and give a talk??

This event is for everyone no matter if they still have the book in their head or are a seasoned author, Traditional or Independent.

Let’s have the best conference on the Gulf Coast

DL Havlin and I are the points of contact for any questions. Most questions will be answered as we get more things confirmed. If you have a question please ask. It may be something we have not thought about.

Brenda M. Spalding – Author
http://www.heritagepublishingus.com
http://www.amazon.com/author/brendaspalding

 

Florida Writers Conference

This is the conference for you if you’re looking for three days devoted to the craft and business of writing. With more than 70 workshops and panels ranging from sessions for beginners to deeper, more interactive workshops, the Florida Writers Conference offers a satisfying and supportive celebration of the writing world in all its infinite variety.

You need to be here because this is where your muse lives.

Registration opens April 1, 2018

Submit to CRAFT online magazine

Time for some great stories.

CRAFT is an online publication celebrating both emerging and established writers. Our focus is on the craft of writing and how those elements make a good story great. We are interested in strong fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. We feature new and republished fiction; critical pieces on craft; craft exercises; interviews on craft with established writers; book reviews and summaries; and much more.

STORIES by Michael McGriff, Clare Beams, Melissa Yancy, Megan Cummins, Bret Anthony Johnston, and more. Our entire library can be found on our fiction page.

We pay our authors a flat rate of $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for original short fiction. We do not charge submission fees, but are highly selective in what we choose to publish. [more]

 

IN THIS HOUSE

Prone on the sagging divan
I see the breeze flirt with the curtains
Through the open window

Bolts of sun shoot into the room
Archways caress them
Into shadows of themselves

Landscapes warm wheat-hued walls
Taormina, Taranto, Rockport Harbor
Dream tips

Just when sleep soothes my aching back
Wind gusts the French doors wide
Waking my wandering mind

I could die in this house

Gary McLouth

 “Eclipse” is a villanelle which appears in my weekly poetry column, “Poetry Place” at SantivaChronicle.com

Eclipse

Beyond my window blooms the moon
Hangs ripe and full before sunrise
Moonbeams scatter round the room

Awakened from night’s cocoon
Circle of light before me lies
Beyond my window blooms the moon

Over the moon a shadow looms
Watching it grow I’m mesmerized
Moonbeams scatter round the room

Lunar light will darken soon
Earth masks moon as it arrives
Beyond my window blooms the moon

Penumbra passes light resumes
Emerging from its dark disguise
Moonbeams scatter round the room

Serenely shining ancient rune
With the power to hypnotize
Moonbeams scatter round the room
Beyond my window blooms the moon

Lorraine Walker Williams

“Orlando” has been published in the 2018 Winter issue of Pen Woman magazine, a national publication of the oldest literary organization for women in the US.

Orlando

I have driven through you,
I have stayed in your city—
Visited Disney with my daughter.

Still… Orlando, I had to be
almost three thousand miles away
to be touched by you,
to be at the edge of tears.

The Rose Bowl Parade, bands marching,
flower-filled floats, the pageantry, then
you arrive in a rainbow of bloom,

white stars on a blood-red sea,
a dove rising. The message—
Honor and Remember Orlando.

A cold and shrouded January sky,
a slow procession as the crowd
claps chilled hands. Hearts fill
and spill for you, Orlando.

I was horrified after the shooting,
glued to the screen as the tragedy
unfolded, yet no tears fell,

Orlando—until this flower-filled
morning of hope and healing,
at the beginning of this New Year.

Lorraine Walker Williams

Lorrainewalkerwilliams.com

Brooks, J — Beautiful You Are

Beautiful You Are
by Jamilla D. Brooks

 

Beautiful You Are! is a book of Inspired Poems. Each poem is a part of my uniqueness. My greatest hope is that one of these poems inspires you to share your beauty and uniqueness with the world because the world needs your greatness! These poems will take you on a journey. So are you ready to embark on your journey? The beauty of this book of poetry, is that it will shine a light on some issues and it encourages you to speak your truth!

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