Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Florida Book News - December 3, 2008

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Inside this issue
  • News
  • Author Profile - Marshall Frank
  • Author Profile - Kee Briggs
  • Featured Books
  • Workshops/Conferences
  • Organizations/Meetings
  • This and That (services and misc. announcements)

-Book Xchg - Don't miss the book sale on 12/6/08

Book Sale: Why not give a book by a local author for the holidays:

On December 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., SCWG published authors will be at the BookXchg to participate in the Cocoa Village Holiday Craft Fair, meeting the public and selling books.

They will be in front of the Book Xchg on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village Florida. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and talk about the authors.

Round table
On January 3, 2009, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., SCWG published authors will be holding a round table at the BookXchg to discuss the joys and perils of publishing, marketing, and other related topics. The public is invited to come and hear what the writers have to say. Questions from the audience will be taken.

If you are a SCWG member and published author and wish to participate in the round table, please contact Holly Fox Vellekoop at (321) 733-9449 or hvellekoop@cfl.rr.com.

Congratulations to Judy Mammay

This just in.... Judy Mammay has just received a contract for her next book. The book is Ryan's Victory, an easy reader for grades K-2, to be published by Jason and Nordic Publishers (the publisher of It's Time). The release date for her new book is spring of 2009. Watch for more information about it as we get closer to the release date.

To take a look at other books by Judy Mammay, visit her website at http://www.judithmammay.com/

Children's Book Fair

On December 13, 2008, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the Space Coast Writer's Guild is putting on a Children's Book Fair at the Merritt Island Public Library. It will include books for children and young adults. For more information about the event, contact Jim Harris at scwg-jimharris@netscape.com.
Register Now

The 2009 SCWG Annual Writers' Conference, From Pen to Print VI, is coming soon. Be sure to check out all the information about it at http://www.scwg.org/. The conference is a popular one in Florida with authors, editors, and agents giving presentations and meeting with writers.

The conference is scheduled for 1/23 and 1/24/2009 at the Holiday Inn, Cooca Beach. For information and to register, visit http://www.scwg.org/.

Bob Brown DVD:

Robert Brown, the author of Bermuda Suicide Challenge in a Flats Boat, has a DVD presentation about his voyage from North Carolina to Bermuda and then back to New York Harbor. He has shown it at both the Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Libraries. It is 33 minutes long and starts off with a TV news clip and then shows them leaving Atlantic Beach, North Carolina and much of their return to New York starting off with the towing out to sea in Bermuda, Donna Lang's 28 foot sailboat as she completes her solo voyage around the world.

Most of the video is taken from their 21-foot flats boat as they complete their 1547 mile voyage unescorted. They come across trash hundreds of miles from shore, travel nonstop through the nights, and are visited by a school of white sided dolphin You experience what it is like entering New York Harbor by sea, going under the Verranzano Narrows Bridge and finishing at the Statue of Liberty.

Bob then will answer any questions about their trip and tell about the next trip in the works. In addition he has written a book, Bermuda Suicide Challenge in a Flats Boat. It is for sale for $15.00.

To contact Bob Brown regarding his presentation, his book or both, call him at 321-243-7311 or email him at Bobbrown1408@aol.com. His website is http://www.bermudachallenge.com/

New Writing Workshops offer Craft and Creative Community.

Orlando Writers' Workshops offers creative writing workshops, retreats and manuscript consultation using the Amherst Writers & Artists method as well as craft workshops for writers with book-length projects in the works. Aspiring and seasoned writers alike will have a new and exciting writing opportunity available to them in January. While other writing workshops focus on discussion of drafts written prior and brought in for critique, this method effectively uses prompts to stimulate writers' imaginations and produce fresh work during the workshop session.

They offer sessions within the week as well as special sessions on the weekends. Coming up in January is a 6-week "Fast Track to getting Published" boot camp. Writers can attend all six sessions or register for just one. Check out the topics:

  • January 4th - Cross-Training, Cross Genre, AWA -style
  • January 18 - Poetry Powerhouse
  • January 25th - Short Fiction Sprint
  • February 8 - Creative Non-fiction 100 Yard Dash
  • February 22 - Cross-Training, Cross -Genre
  • March 8 - Literary Magazines & Contests Publishing Panel

All sessions are in Orlando. Information about the boot camp sessions and for all the offerings of the Orlando Writers' Workshops can be found at http://www.orlandowriters.com/.

In sponsorship with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Costa Rica Writers' Retreats has launched week-long intensive retreats at the luxurious 4-star, eco-friendly Docelunas Resort in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. Beginning and experienced writers working across all genres will immerse themselves in the tranquil, tropical surroundings and the creative process will begin. Writers will expand their creativity, enhance productivity, build confidence, maximize skills, sharpen craft, develop works-in-progress, and take part in talks on craft and publishing led by Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty. The retreat writing will follow the Amherst Writers & Artists Method TM (AWA). Specially themed workshops will be offered each week, such as "The First Page," "The 5 Ps of Fiction," Poetry Infusion," and "Stories, Essays, Poems: Get Published in the LitMags Now."
For complete information, visit http://www.costaricawriters.com/.
Costa Rica Writers' Retreats Announces Writers' Holiday in the Tropics Contest
Costa Rica Writers' Retreats in sponsorship with the Vermont College of the Arts and Orlando Writers Workshops is offering an exciting opportunity for one lucky writer to enjoy a luxurious one-week writing retreat at Docelunas Resort. Participants may enter on-line at www.costaricawriters.com/contest.
  • No writing samples required
  • No purchase required
  • Luck-of-the-draw contest
  • Open to current graduate creative writing students and alumni worldwide
  • Winner must provide proof of enrollment or graduation
  • All entries must be made at www.costaricawriters.com/contest.

All entries must be received by April 1st, 2009 and the winner will be announced by April 5th, 2009.

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