Tuesday, August 04, 2009


FWA Ancient City Chapter Newsletter for August 2009

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

Location: Main Library (St. John's County)

Address: 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32084

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.

Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10:15 a.m.

Location: Main Library (St. John’s County)
Address: 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32084

Topic: Turning Your Novel Into A Screenplay

Turning a 400-page novel into a 100-page script involves much more than just judicious editing. This presentation will touch on the need to convert first-person narrative to third-person; learning to show, not tell by getting the story out of your characters' heads and onto the screen; telling your tale in three-act story structure by the use of cinematic turning points; and mastering the unique demands of screenplay formatting.

Our speaker John Boles is an award-winning writer, producer, director, editor, and actor with more than twenty-five years’ experience in the entertainment industry. His credits include more than two thousand commercials and a number of TV programs and film productions. He has also consulted for many television stations and broadcast corporations around the country. John’s television and film work has been honored with an EMMY, two Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives’ International Gold Medallion Awards, seven ADDY Awards, and a Florida Governor’s Screenwriting Award. He’s worked with such companies as: Columbia Pictures, Spelling/Goldberg, Rona II, ABC, and NBC.

Critique Groups

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

Upcoming Events / Contests

August 7th – August 9th

Let your creative spirit soar at the 2009 UNF Writers Conference to be heldat 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-dayconference 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 afternoon's schedule includes a marketing panel and a workshop featuring the UNF WritersConference Book & Film Deal Connection, an opportunity for attendees tosubmit their work to agents, book editors and film producers after theconference.

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

River City Writers member, Anna Rabhan, will present "Freelance Writing - Is It For You?" 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.

Anna K. Rabhan has provided translation, editing and writing services to nonprofit community groups, health services organizations, schools, school systems, teachers, and business organizations. Anna currently writes articles both in print and online for EU Jacksonville, a comprehensive guide to entertainment, arts and dining in Jacksonville and the surrounding Northeast Florida communities. She also contributes, as a Community Columnist, to Jacksonville.com, the online presence of the Florida Times-Union.

Mrs. Rabhan served as a preliminary judge for the 2008 Northeast Florida Lighthouse Book Awards. She has presented numerous programs for school and community groups, including workshops, courses and programs on writing, organization, SAT preparation, study skills, teaching AP Spanish, PowerPoint for the classroom, using the Internet in education, Hispanic heritage, leadership, cultural literacy and more.

Anna Rabhan is a member of Florida Freelance Writers Association and Florida Writers Association. She is also a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi (Alumnus) and Golden Key. During her career as an educator, she was a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, Virginia Teachers of English, American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Foreign Language Association of Virginia, and the National Education Association and its subsidiaries in Virginia. For more information, visit her website at http://anna.rabhan.com/.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

On August 13th at 1:00 pm, Ancient City author and playwright, Mary Jane Hayes, will be speaking about “Emma’s House of Sound,” her inspirational children’s book about a deaf child’s struggles to fit in at school. This speaking engagement will be held in the main building at the Cypress Village Retirement Community on San Pablo Road next to the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville. http://www.emmashouseofsound.com/

Saturday, August 15th – Tuesday, September 15th

The Rogues Gallery Writers Present: The Rogue Wave Short Story Contest

Calling all unpublished short stories 1500 words or less for the 1st Rogue Wave Short Story Contest! Both fiction and non-fiction of all genres will be eligible. Entries will be accepted from August 15, 2009 until midnight on September 15, 2009.

The winning entry will be published in the upcoming book, "Writing is Easy." The winner will also receive three copies of "Writing is Easy" and a t-shirt containing a print of the book cover.

For rules and guidelines go to: http://www.clearviewpressinc.com/Contests.htm

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

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 best-selling 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: http://www.fhbookfest.com/.

Monday, August 31, 2009

On August 31st at 11:00 am, Ancient City author and playwright, Mary Jane Hayes, will be speaking about “Emma’s House of Sound,” her inspirational children’s book about a deaf child’s struggles to fit in at school. This speaking engagement will be held at the Council On Aging, 180 Marine Street in St. Augustine. http://www.emmashouseofsound.com/

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 http://www.fhbookfest.com/.

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 [www.MargieLawson.com] 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: http://www.floridawriters.net/uploads/Microsoft_Word_-_102208_Margie_Lawson_regtn.pdf

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: http://www.floridawriters.net/FWA_Annual_Conferences.html

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

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