Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Florida Romance Writers May Meeting

Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
​DATE: May 13, 2017
​TIME: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Guest Speaker: Eliot Kleinberg​ - Florida's Amazing History and Why You Should Care​

A whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history and how it has changed the state, for better or worse,capped with a strong argument that Florida’s biggest challenge is encouraging its transplants to become Floridians and work to solve the state’s problems.

​Eliot Kleinberg is that rarest of Floridians: a native.He has spent nearly four decades as a journalist and author. ​Eliot has worked for more than a quarter century at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. In addition to covering local news for the Post, he also writes extensively about Florida and Floridiana. He has produced 10 books, all focusing on Florida, including Black Cloud, a 75th anniversary book on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; two Weird Florida books, and Palm Beach Past and​ ​Wicked Palm Beach, both collections of his weekly local history column in the Post that’s run continuously for a dozen years. His 10th, his first fiction effort, is Peace River, a historical novel based at the end of the Civil War.

 Non-members are welcome to attend up to two meetings per year​. The cost of the meetings is $10.00 for FRW members and $15.00 for non members​. Payment by check to Florida Romance Writers, Inc sent to: 
Florida Romance Writers, c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L 207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734

Pay via PayPal (Please bring your receipt/confirmation # to the meeting)​. Payment will also be accepted at the door.​

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 30 is the last day to enter RPLA!

April 30 is the last day to enter RPLA!

Professional feedback and a chance to earn a trophy and bragging rights—yours for entering the Florida Writers Association’s flagship Royal Palm Literary Award writing competition!

But there’s not much time left to enter. The entry window closes April 30.

This prestigious writing competition recognizes extraordinary writing in more than 40 genre-categories, including 15 youth categories. More than that, RPLA provides objective and constructive written assessments to all entrants.

RPLA accepts entries in categories that cross the broad areas of fiction and nonfiction. We accept short works and book-length, as well as poetry, plays, and submission in a “general catch-all” category. For each category, published and unpublished works are judged separately.

To enter, you do need to be an FWA member. Not a member? No problem. You may enter and join FWA at the same time—and accrue FWA’s many other benefits.

Time is running out. Check out the guidelines now. We look forward to receiving your entry!

The Florida Writers Association, Inc. (FWA) is a nonprofit 501[c][6] organization that supports the state’s established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public and includes writers, poets, editors, publishers, and agents of all genres. Our motto, “Writers Helping Writers,” is demonstrated daily by our volunteers across the state of Florida and beyond.

What 2016 RPLA entrants said

“A really great learning experience.”
—Marina Brown

“YES! I received my rubrics! I must say they are invaluable tools for helping me improve my writing. The judges took plenty of time and were remarkably insightful and constructive with their comments. I learned a lot from them. What a great service you provide.”
—Lyla Ellizey

“The comments have inspired me.”
—Michele Moncure

Author Karen Whiting

Author Karen Whiting had a successful trip to China where she spoke to parents and teachers; trained camp staff, and worked with children.
From March 22 - April 4, a team of three ACCTS staff (Association of Christian Conferences, Teaching and Service) joined noted author and speaker Karen Whiting teaching a program of imagination, creativity, and self-worth to schoolchildren in Weifang, Shandong province and Yeng Shenyang. They will conduct two-day programs for students and also spend several days training adults in leadership, personalities, and puppetry.

This high-quality Love the World program operated in China under the direction and benefit of a Chinese partnering company, Soaring. ACCTS was honored to have the interest, support and dedication of such an accomplished Christian author as Karen.  She has authored twenty-three books, including sixteen books for young teens, as well as several for adults, and speaks often on topics of family development, seeing how God's Word relates to life, and encouraging child/teen-daughter communication and interaction. The program in China will be secular.

She has been invited back for a more extended tour in 2017.

Karen Whiting is an international speaker and award-winning author of twenty-three books. She has written more than seven hundred articles and short pieces for over sixty publications. Whiting has also been the community producer and host of a television series, Puppets on Parade, for Miami educational TV. She has appeared on a variety of TV and radio programs. Whiting raised five children, including two daughters, and she understands the perspective of parents who need guidance on raising daughters.
About the books
Nature Bible Puppet Mania
Nature Bible Puppet Maniaa
Discover unique ideas to make puppets from scrap items, develop puppetry skits, and learn the basics of manipulating puppets. Transform paper, old dusters, boxes, and inexpensive items into nature puppets to help children learn about animals, energy, and conservation.

May Meeting of Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America

MAY 2017 Monthly Meetings of FMWA

DATE: MAY 20, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER:  Tim Robertson
PROGRAM: Myth Busting the Fight Scene for Writers 

At some point in your Mystery or Thriller manuscript, you’ll likely find your protagonist facing the wrong end of a weapon -- or a fist. Want to write those scenes with greater detail and accuracy? Award-winning martial artist and self-defense instructor Tim Robertson will give you the information you need to pen a fight scene that has punch. With his presentation, “Myth Busting the Fight Scene for Writers”, you’ll learn about situational awareness, “myths” about fighting, survival techniques, and more.

Mr. Robertson asserts that “the absolute best self-defense skills are 90 % mental.” His presentation is based on real life professional experience, studies, and on-going research in the areas of personal safety and self-defense. Not only will his demonstration give you what you need to write a better fight scene, you’ll take away some real-life self-defense tactics.

Speaker:  Timothy Robertson began his training in the Martial Arts in the early 1970’s.  He is a Martial Arts Master and holds black belt rankings in Aikijutsu, Karate and Jujutsu. He is an inductee into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as Master of the Year 2002 and the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame 2003. In 2008, he was awarded Police Tactics Instructor of the Year by Gold Coast Martial Arts, and in 2009 he was honored by the IFOJJ Martial Arts University Legion of Honor Award for over 35 years of martial arts contribution.

Mr. Robertson is a former certified behavior management instructor, teaching verbal de-escalation techniques and non-lethal control techniques. He is a licensed security officer with the State of Florida (D&G license). He runs and is the lead instructor for the Certified C.O.B.R.A. ™ self-defense training center in Fort Lauderdale, FL -- a police academy for civilians. Over the years, he has instructed thousands of men, women, and children to defend themselves by using his proven simple methods that anyone can learn in a very short time.


TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by May 17 is strongly urged.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay online: got to website link and click on the “Monthly Meeting” tab under “Events”. Once you reach the page, click on the “Register for Monthly Meeting Here” link. Scroll down to the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” box and fill in your information, then click the “Pay Now” button and follow the instructions.

To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email Harriet at with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” to reserve a spot.  In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number. Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Step 3–Mail your payment to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.
Please make your reservation by May 17 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.
Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017