South Florida Events

South Florida SCBWI Events

These are FREE for SCBWI members


South Florida SCBWI Meeting Volunteers Mindy Alyse Weiss and Marjetta Geerling are now running these workshops. Contact Mindy Alyse Weiss if you have questions or want more information:


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I hope you’ll hang out with us after our meetings at Panera Bread in the Mission Bay Plaza on the N.W. corner of Glades and 441: 20437 State Road 7, Boca Raton, FL 33498. It’s near Glades Road, a little to the right of Office Max.


Headhot in TurquoiseDebbie Reed FischerCover photo Abby Show

Saturday, July 29

From 2:00 – 4:00 pm

At the West Boca Raton Library

***This is a new location***

18685 State Road 7
Boca Raton, FL 33498

On the west side of 441

between Yamato and Clint Moore


RSVPs are encouraged to help us plan the meeting . . .
but nobody will be turned away at the door.

We hope to see you on July 29th!




"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." - Mark Twain


What makes something funny? How are humor, pacing, and plot related? Can you use a piece of music to structure your book? Whether you already write humor or want to add humor to your current WIP, this workshop will give you practical tips on how to use time-tested comedy tropes without being cliche. I'll also show you techniques for fluid pacing and plotting. Come prepared for fun writing exercises and discussion. Writers of all genres welcome!  



BIO: Debbie Reed Fischer is the award-winning author of novels for teens and tweens, and has been praised by Kirkus Reviews for "balancing weighty issues with a sharp wit." Her latest middle grade novel This is not the Abby Show (Random House/ Delacorte) has been compared to Jack Gantos's Joey Pigza series (Publisher's Weekly), as well as Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Renee Russell's The Dork Diaries series (Booklist). She has been a speaker at schools, conferences, and workshops for over a decade. In addition to writing novels, Debbie has contributed to anthologies, non-fiction books, and scripts for TV commercials. Her YA novel Swimming with the Sharks (Flux) won the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award for YA fiction and Book of the Year honor in 2010.  A graduate of the University of Miami, Debbie has a degree in Screenwriting and worked for many years as an agent for film and TV after college, then as a middle and high school English teacher, before achieving her dream of becoming an author. Debbie grew up in England, Greece, and Israel, and currently resides in South Florida with her husband, two sons, and dog Daisy. When she isn't writing, she moonlights as a background singer. Visit her at 


Join us on August 26th to hear the amazing editor, agent, and author

Lorin Oberweger

speak at the West Boca Raton library from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Topic: Character Development and Voice


Save the dates for these upcoming 2017 South Florida workshops!


They’re on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 1 – 3 pm at the West Boca Raton library unless there’s an asterisk in front of them.