Meetings

CFRW holds a monthly meeting, typically on the first Saturday of the month.

Next Meeting:

July 12th, 2014

Speaker: Deborah Grace Staley,
author of the Angel Ridge Series.

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Deborah, who writes both sweet and spicy, will be speaking on the challenges of writing in multiple genres—especially ones as diverse as these two!

June 7, 2014

 @   West Osceola Public Library
 305 Campus Street, Celebration, FL 34747

10:00 –  10:45 am  Business Meeting

11:00  - 11:15 am TECHY TIPS 

11:30 –  Main Program:  

The Wise Author’s Approach to Writing a Book

or How to Rise Above the Ordinary

with  Grace Kone, writing as Blair Bancroft

A step-by-step look at what it takes to write a book that’s a cut above. From Idea, Title, Research, Opening and Hooks to all those things they list in Contests: Setting, Characterization, Plot, Narration, Dialogue, Goal, Motivation, Conflict, Point of View, Pacing, Mechanics, and Grace’s special addition – Self-Editing. An intimidating list, but this workshop is designed to help you make sense of it all.

There will be a 4-page handout, plus an 2-page index to the Writing and Editing topics covered on Grace’s Mosaic Moments blog over the past three years.

Speaker bio: Blair Bancroft’s writing and the Internet began the same year—1991, the year of the first Gulf War. Alas, the Internet has become considerably more famous and influential, but she can claim a Golden Heart win, a Golden Heart nomination, and a RITA final from the Romance Writers of America, a Best Regency award from Romantic Times, a Best Romance award from the Florida Writers’ Association, and two nominations for an EPPIE, sponsored by the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition.

After nine published print books and eight books presented by major e-publishers, Blair plunged into indie publishing in the winter of 2011, uploading a good deal of her backlist and beginning to add new titles in 2012. She has been a strong advocate of online publishing (as long as it’s done with professionalism) since her first e-book came out in 1999 and an enthusiastic proponent for the freedom of Do It Yourself. Blair currently has twenty-seven full-length books and four novellas available online, and considers hand-held e-readers one of the great boons to mankind—thank you very much, Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek).

Blair also writes a weekly blog featuring Writing and Editing information. The blog’s web address and an index to the topics is included in your handouts. She hopes you’ll stop by and check it out. The only toll – you sometimes have to get past photos of the grandchildren before you come to the writing tips!

Previous Programs…

May 3, 2014
Dara Edmondson (Wynter Daniels) The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

April 5, 2014
Nancy Robards Thompson: The Writer’s Journey

March 1, 2014
Crime Scene Processing

February 1, 2014
Balancing Emotion and Pacing for Unforgettable Fiction with speakers:  Charlee Allden and Priscilla Kissenger

January 4, 2014
ALL ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF RWA

2013

December 7, 2013

HOLIDAY PARTY – Members Only

November 2, 2013

Must-have Books for the Writer’s Bookshelf present by ALICE GILMARTIN. 

October 5, 2013  VCRW/CFRW Super Saturday

“From Manuscript to Market”  Featuring: Best Selling Author ROXANNE ST. CLAIR, Social Media Expert  LORENA STREETER, and Cold Read Critiques with Publishing Agent   LUCIENNE DIVER

September 7, 2013

Business Meeting: Adoption of New Bylaws and Super Saturday Planning

                SMART Goals with Lorena Streeter

               WPUB -  The Radio Show for Writers Who Want to Know  Guest Speakers – T. Elliott Brown, Caro Carson, Catherine Kean & Nancy Robards Thompson

         August 3, 2013

                     Writer’s Studio: Lena Diaz

                      Topic: Author Marketing for Non-Marketers

                      SpeakerValerie Bowman

July 13th, 2013

Deep Dish Critique Session

Topic:  Conference Etiquette and Practice Pitching Sessions
Speaker –  Karen Potter

June 1st, 2013

Writer’s Studio:  Jessica Souders

Topic: Writing Love Scenes
Guest Speaker –Charlee Allden

May 4th, 2013

Writer’s Studio:  Abigail Sharpe

Topic: Goal Setting
Guest Speaker – Chudney DeFreitas-Thomas

April 6th, 2013

First Critique Session

Topic: What Every Writer Needs to Know about Publishing Law
Speaker(s):  Cynthia Conlin

March 2nd, 2013

Writer’s Studio: Cynthia d’Alba

Topic: Book It – Dan-O
Speaker(s):  Leigh Duncan

 February 2nd, 2013

Writer’s Studio – Martha Farabee

Topic: What is Your Heroine Packing?
Speaker(s):  Dawn Knight

January 5th, 2013

Writer’s Studio – Lori Sjoberg

Topic: Suspense Writing
SpeakerSandy Parks

2012

November 3, 2012

Writer’s Studio – Kristen Painter

Topic: Setting Intentions and Keeping Them
Guest Speaker – Lisa Broesch, Life Coach

October 20th, 2012

Writer’s Studio – Lorena Streeter

Topic: Potpourri:  Some Ideas to Keep You Writing Through the Holidays and Beyond”
Guest Speaker – Karen Potter

September 1, 2012

Writer’s Studio – Maria Geraci

Topic: E-Pub Journey
Guest Speaker – Lara Santiago

August 4th, 2012

Writer’s StudioLouise Gouge

Topic: Keeping your Muse on Speed Dial
Guest Speaker(s) – Ava Milone

July 7th, 2012

Writer’s StudioPamela LaBud

Topic:  The Fears of Writing Romantic (Suspense) Elements
Speaker(s): Gennita Low