The Elephant III Storytelling Performance Showcase
3rd Annual, All New Stories

Ten tellers perform tales of laughter, emotion, and excitement. From personal stories to tall tales, folk tales to fractured stories, and more…
Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table.
FeaturingDistinguished Toastmasters:
Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Tashahara Jallad, Rhonda Brazina
with …
Marilyn Graham, Lisa Leonhardt, Tony Marr, Phyllis May, Pam Minton, Leonor Reales

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7pm—9pm
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919
Tickets $20 (Alliance members $15)
Box Office: (239) 939-2787

 

Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the Southwest Florida Military Museum
Charley Valera, author of My Father’s War and GCWA member will present a free workshop about developing a compelling pitch to promote your book. He will help you formulate a One Sheet that presents your book, you, and your anticipated audience in an interesting concise format.

Charley has attended several classes and an extensive week-long conference in NYC on promoting yourself, your business, and your book to all levels and types of media including many of the largest syndicated networks and papers. He has used this knowledge in pitching his book to literary agents, TV producers, newspapers, freelance magazines, national radio, and various other media.

The workshop will be held at the Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library at 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, FL 33904.  The museum will be hosting a pancake breakfast that day from 8:00 am-11:00 am. The cost will be $8.00 per person. You are welcome to attend the breakfast prior to the workshop.

Open Mic Big Arts Sanibel

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Please join us for another enjoyable Spoke Wordplay evening.
Young.Sanibel performance poet Brodie Burns will be our featured poet. Sanibel and SW Florida poets and writers will perform their works. Marjorie and Joe Pacheco will read tennis poems. Members of the audience will be invited to perform original or favorite works.

 

SleuthFest 2019

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Welcome to SleuthFest 2019

March 14-17, 2019 – A Premier Conference for Writers of All Levels
Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton
661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487

 

Why should you attend Sleuthfest? Glad you asked…

As winter drags on, March in South Florida is the place to be! Our all-suites conference hotel has a gorgeous outdoor heated pool, free made-to-order breakfast daily, and a complimentary evening reception as each day winds down.

Since 1994 SleuthFest has connected authors with agents and publishers and helped writers improve their craft learning from award-winning and best-selling writers like T. Jefferson ParkerTom StrawAlex Segura, and Alexia Gordon.

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your finished manuscript to agents like Tess Callero of Curtis Brown, Cari Lamba of Jennifer de Chiara Agency, Nicole Resciniti of Seymour Agency, Michelle Richter of Fuse Literary.

You can make your manuscript all it can be or jump-start if you’re stuck with a strategy session with editors Anna Michels of Sourcebooks, Chantelle Aimée Osman of Agora (Polis Books), Stacey Donovan of Hallmark or Neil Nyren, former VP of Putnam.

Convinced? Great! REGISTER NOW! Registration fees increase on January 15 so don’t wait!

2019 FAPA Annual Conference

Save the date!

Each year, FAPA holds the FAPA Annual Conference, the premier educational and networking event for authors and publishers in Florida. The 2019 FAPA Annual Conference will be held on August 2 and 3, 2019 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.  The FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, August 3, 2019, after the conference.

The 2018 FAPA Annual Conference was held on August 3rd and 4th, 2018 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. This exciting networking and educational event offered two days of sessions with a focus on The Business of Publishing.  Industry leaders, including Charles Todd, Lisa Black, Angela Bole, and Dianna Collier, shared their expertise and a variety of tools needed to flourish in this evolving publishing environment. For the first time, the conference featured a pre-conference workshop and an onsite bookstore where FAPA members and book award medalists could sell their books.

Save the dates on your calendar for these great opportunities in 2019 to learn, network, and grow your business.

Visit the FAPA website.

TELLABRATION 2018!

An afternoon of lively storytelling for the whole family
Saturday, November 17, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Presented by the Tamiami Tale Tellers of Fort Myers
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road
Fort Myers, Florida
 
Free Admission
Call (239) 543-4872 for information

Drawing the battle lines between Show and Tell – Part 2

Ed Ellis will be using information as developed by Robert Plutchik (Psychologist of Note) and his emotions wheel. Please print the wheel graphic and bring it to the meeting. It will be used to explain the examples during the meeting.

Meeting Date: Wednesday June 13th.

Jacaranda Meeting – 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Conference Room, second floor
Jacaranda Trace
3600 William Penn Way, Venice, FL 34293

Englewood Meeting – 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Elsie Quirk Library
100 W Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34223

Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Meeting Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Edwin R. Ellis from the Sarasota Writer’s Group/Englewood Authors
Topic: Organizational Models for Quality Writing

Meeting Location: Nokomis Fire Station—Training Room. Entrance is in rear of building.

Parking: Available behind the fire station

Everyone is invited: If you have a special need such as limited driving at night, please contact Ed Ellis at edellis20@gmail.com to make arrangements.

Directions: fwasarasota.blogspot.com

ONE NIGHT ONLY StorySLAM!

An Evening of Storytelling. Ten tellers perform tales of laughter, tears, fun and excitement. From personal stories to tall tales, folk tales to fractured tales, and more…

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Monday, April 3, 2017, 7pm—9pm
Sugden Theatre (Tobye Studio)
701 5th Ave S, Naples FL 34102
Get your ticket today: $20
Box Office: (239) 263-7990
Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table & Naples Advanced Toastmasters
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“The Elephant” – Stories You’ll Never Forget

GCWA Writers Retreat

Proud to announce what is sure to be a grand event, with Master Story Teller, Kim Weitkamp. She will be joining us on our cruise to the bahamas and sharing stories and tons of valuable lessons. Click under the News tab above on Writers Retreat or here to read all about it.

VERY IMPORTANT! You must register by October 1st to get in. Deposit only is due at that time, so hurry before it’s too late!