Amelia Island Book Festival

Amelia Island Book Festival engages adults and young people in the joy of reading and writing through a series of public events featuring New York Times best-selling authors, independent publishers and authors, awards programs and workshops.

Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15.

Schedule and locations

Hearts in the Sand

Sponsored by Southwest Florida Romance Writers

Bi-annual conference allowing writers to hone their craft and marketing skills
and network with industry professionals.
Enjoy nearby beaches & Florida sunshine

January 31 – February 1, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton
10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr,
Estero, FL 33928 (Naples / Ft Myers area)

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Wilson Hawthorne

Wilson Hawthorne

 

Wilson received an BA in English Writing from the University of Georgia in 1983 and has been writing ever since. He has published countless magazine and newspaper articles, seven novels, and written hundreds of ads and television projects. Other works include annual reports, social media writing, web copy, instruction manuals, screenplays, and corporate communications. Wilson has also spent 30+ years working in all aspects of television and film production creating documentaries, corporate videos, and TV commercials. He currently serves as Project Manager at American Business Writers, coordinating the writing projects.

https://AmericanBusinessWriters.com
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Branding and Marketing

November 20 @ 6 – 8 p.m. — Define Your Audience and Branding Yourself – $45
November 21 @ 6 – 8 p.m. — Social Platforms and Networking – $45
November 22 @ 6 – 8 p.m. — Marketing Materials and Events – $45
Attend all 3 sessions for $120

All attendees receive these bonuses:
30 minute one-on-one accountability call with Jenn Smith or Patti Jefferson
$5 discount on 365 Bright Ideas to Market Your Indie Books workbook
$5 discount on your nexe MyPubLab workshop

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Telebration 2019

An afternoon of lively storytelling for the whole family. A magical day when tellers around the world celebrate the stories in all of us. Presented by the Tamiami Tale Tellers.
FREE Admission.

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road
Fort Myers, Florida

Submit ideas for workshops

At the November 2019 GCWA meeting, we asked what workshops people would like to attend.  The following are current requests for workshops.

  • How to write a Query Letter
  • How to beat Writer’s Bock
  • MS Word tools, tricks, and formatting
  • Fictional character development — adding dialogue, “show” vs. “tell”
  • Selling your book — marketing and publicity
  • Better Writing
  • Revision. Saying more with less. Rewriting your prose. Did you say that already?
  • Revision and rewriting your poetry. When in doubt leave it out.
  • How to conduct a successful oral presentation. Can you hear me? Yes?
  • Marketing one’s self as well as your new book. A Total Plan.
  • How to use the new technology on your cell phone, tablet and PC. Is this thing on?
  • Creating a good press kit, business cards, book marks, postcards for promotion. Say what?
  • Ways to get unstuck when you have writer’s block. Don’t give up yet.
  • Memoir Writing Workshop. You don’t have to tell your entire life.
  • Prompts for writing poetry. Getting started. Yes, you can write a good poem!”

We will list any workshops scheduled by GCWA here. Also keep checking events, which include workshops from various writers organizations.

Please COMMENT below if you would like to add your suggestions for workshops.

If you are willing to help run a workshop, please include that information in your comment.

The North Fort Myers Public Library with the Lee County Library System is holding a Local Author Day on February 29, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm. Authors will have a chance to promote and sell their books. This is an indoor event.

The event is free for both writers and the public. Space is limited and invites will be sent out to the authors selected to participate by February 4th.

When:
February 29th from 1 to 3 pm. Author set up and meet in greet starts at 12 pm.

Where:
North Fort Myers Library
2001 N Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Join us in welcoming our local, independent authors. Have a chance to speak with the authors, purchase their latest books, and learn more about what inspires their work.

Deadline to submit application:
January 15, 2020

Event Space:
Two authors per table (6’ x 2’), 1 chair each.

The following survey acts as an application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSCBZSX

IN VINO VERITAS
Creative Writing Workshop in the Vineyards of Tuscany

FABULOUS NEW PROGRAM FOR 2020
THREE SESSIONS:

Alison MacLeod     May 3 – 9, 2020
Tobias Jones     September 6 – 12, 2020
Writing Retreat     October 11 – 17, 2020


In Vino Veritas is a residential writing workshop in the vineyards of Tuscany featuring personalized encounters with teacher/writers, morning workshops, guided wine tastings, and wonderful Italian cuisine. Limited to a maximum of 15 participants, In Vino Veritas brings together a small group of international writers who work on memoirs, fiction, and poetry, learning about writing in the morning and wine in the evenings. All is accompanied by exquisite food and conversation.
In 2020, we are thrilled to announce three exciting sessions. Alison MacLeod, author of Unexploded, long-listed for the Booker Prize, will lead a Fiction workshop in May. Best-selling author of The Dark Heart of ItalyTobias Jones will lead a Non-fiction workshop in September. And for those who do not want to attend a morning workshop, a Writer’s Retreat in October affords the opportunity to find inspiration in the landscape and wines of Tuscany, while discussing your day’s writing at mealtimes with the other writer-participants. For more information, see our website: www.invinoveritaswriting.com
The backdrop to this exciting week is the Donatella Cinelli Colombini wine estate in Trequanda, between Florence and Siena. The day begins after breakfast with a three-hour workshop. The afternoon is free for writing, reading, swimming (in season!) or wandering through the vineyards. In the evening, wine flows over long Italian dinners that include sommelier-led guided tastings and exquisite food pairings. Some star-filled evenings are dedicated to readings.
Participants stay in superbly comfortable private bedrooms in rustic buildings in the middle of the vineyards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner feature Tuscan specialties, like the famed Chianina steak, and produce comes from local farms in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the very gardens of the Cinelli Colombini estate itself (vegetarians won’t get bored!).
Please do not hesitate to contact me for an electronic brochure.
Thank you for your attention. Cin-cin! Cheers!