Oct. 17, 2020 Virtual Meeting


DATE: October 17, 2020 

VIRTUAL PROGRAM: How to Write a Story.

This presentation will address the process of writing a story from start to finish. It will focus on the creative process, plot, place, character, point of view, and other narrative elements. 


John Dufresne has written two story collections and six novels, including Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He’s also written four books on writing, two plays, Liv & Di and Trailerville and has co-written two feature films. His stories have twice been named Best American Mystery Stories. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and teaches creative writing at FIU in Miami. 


12:00-12:25: Virtual mingling
12:25-12:30: Board Announcements
12:30-1:30: Presentation


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  • Please register no later than Thursday, October 15. 
  • A link and password to join the meeting will be sent to you on the Friday prior to the meeting. If you do not receive the Zoom Invite & link, send an email to info@mwaflorida.org
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  • Until further notice, the FMWA virtual meetings are open to FMWA members and invited guests only. If you’d like to invite a guest, please register them below.

 NEXT VIRTUAL MEETING: November 21, 2020


September 12, 2020 Virtual Meeting

DATE: September 12, 2020 

VIRTUAL PROGRAM: Writing While Black 

An informative and entertaining program about what a career spanning 40 years in the publishing industry looks like from the African American perspective.  Sandra Kitt and Laura Castoro will share their professional experiences; the positive, the astonishing, and some quite funny moments.  And a few incidents that reveal what it means to be a minority in the industry.

SPEAKERS: Sandra Kitt and Laura Castoro 

Sandra KittSandra Kitt has published more than 40 novels and novellas. Her ground-breaking 1995 release, THE COLOR OF LOVE, received critical acclaim from USA Today and was optioned by HBO and LIFETIME from a script she authored. She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and presented with the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award. Sandra holds an MFA. She has designed cards for UNICEF, and illustrated books for the late writer, Dr. Isaac Asimov. She served as the Managing Director of the astronomy and astrophysics library collection at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Sandra was an Adjunct Instructor in Getting Published, and Fiction Writing for fifteen years. WINNER TAKES ALL, an April 2021 release, is the first book in a trilogy from Sourcebooks.

Laura CastoroLaura Parker Castoro, a USA Today bestseller author, has published 46 books under various names.  She has written in multiple genres and has been published by multiple mainstream publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Harlequin, and Kensington. EVERYBODY LOVES RAMON was her first venture into E-publishing.  It was nominated for a “Readers’ Choice Award” and the “Frankfurt Book Award” for E-publishing. Her most recent foray into writing is a six-book, one novella Romantic Suspense Series entitled K-9 RESCUE with St. Martin’s Press under the name D. D. Ayres. Internationally, she is published in 14 languages, including (in addition to the common ones like Italian and German) Swedish, Polish, Dutch, and Icelandic. 

Laura is active in literary circles. Recently, she served as president and long-time board member of Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, AR, a nonprofit writers residency program. Laura has been a frequent featured speaker at numerous conferences and workshops including Thrillerfest, Bouchercon, and Iceland Noir. Laura was inducted into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame in 2005. Her awards include twice selected as a “Literary Lion” by the Southwestern Bookseller’s Association and several “Reviewers Choice” awards from Romantic Times.  Her release, IMPETOUS, won the New Jersey Writers Golden Leaf Award for best historical romance of 1995.  TIGER IN THE RAIN won the 1995 national Readers’ Choice Award for best long contemporary romance. She has been recently honored by Romantic Times with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovative Writing.

12:00-12:20: Virtual mingling
12:20-12:40: Chapter business meeting
12:45-2:00: Presentation 


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Until further notice, the FMWA virtual meetings are open to FMWA and invited guests only.

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NEXT VIRTUAL MEETING:  Saturday, October 17, 2020

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July 18, 2020 Virtual Meeting

July 18, 2020 FMWA VIRTUAL Meeting 

DATE: July 18, 2020 


PROGRAM: Proven Social Media Book Launch Success Strategies (that cost nothing!)

How do you help people discover your book? How can you draw attention to your writing? What websites can help and how should you spend your time, attention, and money? These questions, and more, have stumped authors for decades. Whether you are traditionally or independently published, the truth is, that the success of your book sales rests on your shoulders, and marketing books can be a frustrating and sometimes career-killing task for many authors.

While there are no simple answers to these tough questions, there are some proven strategies you can use to launch your first, or next, book successfully using a simple Facebook formula that costs nothing. During this presentation, April O’Leary, author and hybrid publisher, will show you exactly what she has done to launch six first time authors to #1 in their category on Amazon this past year. While there are no shortcuts to a successful career as a writer, this is one tool you’ll want to have in your book marketing toolkit.

SPEAKER: April O’Leary

April OLearyApril O’Leary is the Founder of O’Leary Publishing and the author of five books. She understands how exciting it is to launch your first (or second or third…) book and how important it is to have the right team to guide your book’s birth into the world. Because of her knowledge of the industry trends, titles released by O’Leary Publishing frequently achieve top rankings on Amazon. She is on the board of the Florida Author’s and Publisher’s Association. She is also a member of the IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and a judge for their national Benjamin Franklin book awards contest. https://www.olearypublishing.com/

DATE SATURDAY, July 18, 2020

TIME: 12:00-12:20: Virtual mingling; 12:20-12:40: Chapter business meeting; 12:45-2:00: Presentation




Our virtual meeting will follow the same procedures as our In Person meetings, except for the lunch period. We want to encourage all our members, statewide, to attend and join in. The first twenty minutes will be a virtual mingling, so please don’t be shy.

You will receive a link to the zoom meeting a day or two prior to the meeting.  Please keep your eyes out for the eBlast.   Another link will be sent on the FMWA list serve, so if you have not signed up for the list serve, check the Rap Sheet for the signup link. 

Next Meeting Date:  SATURDAY, August 15, 2020

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