|Elaine Viets receives Don Argo Award from Gene Davis, president of SCWG|
Elaine Viets, popular South Florida humorous mystery writer, won the Space Coast Writer’s Guild (SCWG) Don Argo Award for Florida based fiction. Among Elaine’s 25 books are her Dead End Job series. Elaine actually took the dead end jobs that heroine, Helen, suffers through in the books. Elaine, author and Emmy Award winning TV broadcaster, is doing a new radio series on Radio Ear Network interviewing people who, you guessed it, do Dead End Jobs.
The Argo Award was a highlight of the Space Coast Writer’s “Celebrating Florida Writers and Writing” Conference held in the International Palms Convention Center in Cocoa Beach Friday and Saturday, the 27th and 28th of January. Other noted authors, including local Florida artists Davis Bunn, Mark Mynheir, Dianne Marcum, Cris Kridler, the Nardini Sisters, Joyce Henderson, and Bruce Cadle educated attendees with seminars, workshops, and individual presentations.
Bethany Brown, Nancy Cohen, and Rachel Hauck led six hour mentoring sessions that gave writers an up close and personal opportunity to improve their writing skills and learn business tips for promoting their works.
The SCWG short story contest winners were recognized and awarded certificates at the Saturday night dinner for their works. Winners were: First Place, Amy Demmy, The Ring; Second Place, Jaimie Engle, The Heist; and Third Place, Terry Lee Hess, Brazilian Back. Dr. Robert Taylor, FIT professor and historian, entertained and informed the audience with his talk “Writing Florida.”
The Conference was considered a “literary success” with over 90% of those responding to a end-of-conference survey rating most activities as excellent..