On June 10, 2017 we have a handful of science fiction authors coming that will be at SWFL SpaceCon. Our keynote speakers are Ben Bova & Rick Wilber who will be discussing their picks of the best first contact stories. We have four writers’ workshops and presentations which are mostly tailored for science fiction works. Ticket prices for the convention are only $8/adult and include all the panels/presentations.

1:30-2:30pm Discussion of the Best First Contact Stories –

Rick Wilber, Ben Bova and Heather Preston discuss their picks for the best first contact stories.

2:45-3:45pm Outer Limits, Inner Boundaries: “Building Realistic Relationships in SFR” Learn from top authors Linnea Sinclair, Christina Westcott, Rhonda Mason and Eveyln Lederman how they create intimate relationships between kick-butt characters living in the fantastic yet perilous worlds of science fiction!

4-5pm “Exoplanets: What You Need to Know to Craft a Self-Consistent Planet/System” – targeted for writers and those interested in our existing exoplanet knowledge, this presentation deals with plausible exoplanets. Presented by Heather Preston, Research Astronomer and Director of the Planetarium at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.

5:15-6:30pm “Make your own Alien” workshop style presentation by Rick Wilber.

Spring 2017 Visiting Writers Forum

Spring 2017 Visiting Writers Forum
Join us for the Spring 2017 Visiting Writers Forum, brought to you by the Ringling College of Art and Design Creative Writing Program. You’ll get email reminders the week before each event that include an author’s bio, samples of their work, and links to more information about them.

The entire Spring lineup is below. Mark your calendars!
Christopher Phelps – March 28th
Vivian Shipley – April 4th
Susan Klaus – April 11th
Virgil Suarez – April 25th

This series is free and open to the public. All events are from 7:00 – 8:15 pm in room 209 of the Larry Thompson Academic Center (2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234).

For more details visit visitingwritersforum

Hi – I’m wondering if your membership might be interested in attending these writing retreats? Gerard is a Canadian author (originally from Newfoundland, now based in New Brunswick) and is offering retreats in Salem MA in November and Ireland in spring 2017. 

Please share in whatever way you see fit. Thanks so much!

Award-winning fiction author, Dr. Gerard Collins (PhD, MA, BA, BEd), is hosting two unique Go and Write retreats over the coming year: in Salem, MA, November 6-11, 2016 and in Ireland, UK, April 20-May 1, 2017. Gerard offers group workshops, customized written feedback and one-on-one meetings with each participant, and these particular Go and Write retreats combine inspiring travel with dedicated writing time.

The Salem retreat will feature five nights at the luxurious Salem Waterfront Hotel, workshops and individual consultation, and a day-trip to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond and Louisa May Alcott’s home in Concord.
Ireland in 2017 offers workshops and individual sessions, five nights in a castle in Dublin, two nights in Ennis, a trip to Sligo and Yeats’ stomping grounds, and ends with a two-night stay in London.
Gerard has teamed up with Freedom Tours and Travel to offer these incredible creative writing retreats. Participants can register through the travel company directly by visiting www.freedomtours.com or calling (506) 632-1012 or (800) 561-2324 toll free.
Visit www.goandwrite.ca to see details about both retreats, or you can contact Gerard directly at gerardcollins@gerardcollins.ca or 506-432-1530.
Please feel free to share this email with those you think might be interested – you can also find it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goandwrite.ca/.
Gerard Collins, PhD, is the New Brunswick-based, multi-award winning author of Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches. Originally from Newfoundland, he has lectured at Memorial University for nearly two decades, has taught at UNB, and has delivered writing workshops across Atlantic Canada. Gerard is a member of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick and Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.

NFWC 2017

GCWA members can receive a 30% discount.

The 7th annual Nonfiction Writers Conference returns May 3-5, 2017 with an incredible line-up of speakers and content to help your author career soar!
NFWC is a Powerful Virtual Event!

NFWC delivers 15 sessions over three days, all by teleseminar. Attendees can participate live via phone or Skype, including Q&A with the speakers, or download recordings and transcripts (depending on your registration option). No travel required—attend in your pajamas! Teleseminar dial-in options include local phone numbers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Netherlands and Australia. Skype access is also available.

Visit their website for more information at http://nonfictionwritersconference.com/