Friday, June 26, 2009


FWA Ancient City Chapter Newsletter for July

Saturday, July 18, 2009, 10:15 a.m.

Topic: How to Research and Write the Historical Novel

Whether you’re writing an historical fiction or non-fiction novel, you will want to hear Arliss Ryan as she talks about the fifteen things you need to know to research and incorporate history into an engaging novel.

Ryan is the author of three novels, two of them historicals. The Kingsley House (St. Martin’s Press) is set in Michigan and is based on the actual house built by her ancestors. She is currently completing editorial revisions for The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare, a novel of Shakespeare’s wife, which will be published by New American Library in June 2010.

In addition to the above novels, Ryan's literary credits include the novel: How (not) To Have A Perfect Wedding, a social satire published in 2007 by Sourcebooks. Short stories: Her works have appeared in over 20 literary magazines including Wind, Nexus, Santa Clara Review, New Orleans Review, Edge City Review, Journal 500 and Bellowing Ark. For nonfiction, her articles and essays have appeared in Parents, Parenting, Ladies’ Home Journal, Child, HERs, Sail, Aviation USA, Senior Times and other regional and national publications.

Saturday, August 15, 2009, 10:15 a.m.

We’ll be having a special double-event: first Rita Malie will discuss Writing Memoirs. Her talk will be followed by book sales and signings. Refreshments will be available during this time. After this short break, Rik Feeney will talk about the Book Expo America 2009.

Topic: Writing Memoirs

What is a Memoir? A true story remembered and told by the one living it w/real-life plot, characters, setting. There is nothing new, but what is forgotten.

This is the age of the memoir. It’s the perfect product of our confessional times. There is a national appetite for true confession. Until this decade memoir writers tended to stop short of harsh reality, cloaking w/modesty their most private and shameful memories. Today no remembered episode is too sordid, no family too dysfunctional, to be trotted out for the masses in books, magazines and on talk shows.

Join Rita Malie as she talks about her family experiences, writing Goodbye America, and tells you how to tell your story and shape it for publication. Goodbye America was approved for continued display and sale at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum Aramark Gift Shop in New York Harbor.

Topic: Book Expo America

What’s going on in the world of books? Author/Book Coach and Publisher, Rik Feeney, spent several days at Book Expo America 2009 in New York. Find out what’s new in the publishing industry. Get the answers to questions Rik asked several agents, editors, and publishers.

This program is Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Main Library. Book sales, and refreshments follow the program. All sales benefit the Friends of the Main Library.

Critique Groups

If you are interested in our online Yahoo critique group and/or face-to-face critique meetings, please contact Jeff Swesky at

Upcoming Events / Contests

March 1st – July 13th

From now until July 13th is the window available to submit your entries into the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition. This is the FWA’s members-only annual writing competition. For details visit:

July 13th – August 8th

Check out the exciting online classes offered by the Orange County Chapter of RWA!

"Writing Cozy Mysteries"
With Cheryl Arguile w/a Emily Brightwell
July 13, 2009 – August 8, 2009

In Cozy Writing 101, Emily Brightwell will share the method she uses to
plot her "Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries" Victorian mystery series. In this
class, Emily will cover everything from how to come up with a real killer of an
idea to how to get to the solution of the crime.
Topics covered will include: coming up with your protagonist, how to find
the very best suspects, the kind of setting needed for a cozy, how to plant
clues and red herrings and finally, the final resolution.
This is the same great class Emily taught here in 2006!

Emily Brightwell is the author of the best-selling Victorian London Murder
Mysteries featuring the detective team of Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector
Witherspoon. She has written twenty-five novels in this cozy mystery series and
is busy working on the next.

Enrollment Information at:

COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Enrollment deadline: July 12, 2009
If you have specific questions, email:

Tuesday, July 14th

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, Mr. Henry Stevens will share his expertise in investigations and interrogations from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. at the Southeast Branch Public Library located at 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. River City Writers' monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

Mr. Stevens transferred from Infantry to Military Police Corps in 1965 as a result of an injury. He retired from active duty in May 1984. During the nineteen years as an M P officer, he served in four foreign countries and at nine stateside posts in eight states.

Upon returning to Jacksonville after retirement from active duty, Mr. Stevens became a faculty member at UNF’s Institute of Police Technology and Management. For twenty years (1989-2009), he developed and delivered advanced criminal investigation training courses to experienced police officers. Courses were conducted on campus and on-site throughout the English-speaking world.

July 29th - August 1st

The Anhinga Writers' Studio is hosting the Anhinga Writers' Studio Summer Workshops July 29-August 1 in Gainesville, Florida. Five genre tracks. Manuscript consultations. Editors, publishers, agents. Conference anchored by Charlaine Harris, NYT bestselling author of Southern Vampire series (True Blood -- HBO weekly drama).

For more information, visit:

August 7th – August 9th

Let your creative spirit soar at the 2009 UNF Writers Conference to be held
at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, August 7-9, 2009.

The conference is for writers of FICTION, NON-FICTION and SCREENPLAYS.

The Florida Writers Association partners with UNF to kick off the three-day
conference on Friday, August 7, with a full day of writing workshops. On
Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, writers participate in Fiction,
Non-Fiction and Screenwriting Critique Workshops. Sunday afternoon¹s
schedule includes a marketing panel and a workshop featuring the UNF Writers
Conference Book & Film Deal Connection, an opportunity for attendees to
submit their work to agents, book editors and film producers after the

New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry will keynote and do a workshop on "Writing Effective Dialogue." More information and registration online at

Thursday, August 27th

Literary Legends Awards Dinner, Thursday, August 27 at the Sawgrass Mariott Hotel in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Three acclaimed Florida authors will be recognized for their lifetime achievements during the Literary Legends Awards dinner presented by the Florida Heritage Book Festival. New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, Dr. Michael Gannon, the “dean of Florida studies,” and Harry Crews, an iconic novelist and writing instructor have been selected to receive this year’s Literary Legends Awards. The Honorable Kurt Browning, Florida Secretary of State, will be on hand as a guest speaker and to help with the awards ceremony. More information and registration online at:

September 11th – September 12th

Florida Heritage Writers Conference, Friday, September 11. Day-long writer's conference with eight workshops covering the craft of writing, getting published and marketing. Literary agent Lucienne Diver is joined by seven other authors and journalists.

Among the workshops and presenters:
"When History is Gone," Shawn Bean on researching your book; "How to Storyboard Your Novel," T. J. MacGregor; "Marketing with Wit & Enthusiasm," Pamela Bauer Mueller; "Putting the Mystery in Your Mystery," Thomas Cavanagh; and "Getting an Agent's Attention – The Right Way," Lucienne Diver. More information and registration online at

October 22nd

Fundraiser Annoucement:

When: October 22nd, 2009

Where: Orlando Marriott Lake Mary

Who: Margie Lawson, developer of innovative psychologically anchored
editing systems and techniques.

Why: Florida Writers Foundation has the unprecedented opportunity to bring Margie Lawson [] and her Masters Class in Empowering Characters Emotions to writers across Florida. In addition to learning all that’s described on the following pages, we’re raising money for a good cause with the profits! 100% of the profits from this all day workshop will be used for fighting illiteracy by Florida Writers Foundation.

For more information:

October 23rd - October 25th

The 8th Annual Florida Writers Conference will be held October 23 – 25, 2009 at the Orlando Marriott of Lake Mary.

More information will be available soon at:

Good luck with you writing projects and see you at the next meeting,
Jeff Swesky

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