FREE MONTHLY MEETINGS
West Osceola Branch Library*
305 Campus St.
Celebration, FL 34747
*All meetings are at this library unless otherwise specified.
There is no meeting in September
due to our low-cost Boot Camps around the state on Sept 21.
See below for the Boot Camp in the Orlando Area
CREATING PICTURE BOOKS
Sept. 21, 2019, 10 AM-4 PM
BRINGING YOUR NOVEL TO LIFE
Description: Great novels blend skilled writing with compelling storytelling, using a multitude of techniques to draw readers in and make them love the book. These techniques work together to build immersive story worlds, creating characters readers love, settings they want to live in, and stories they can’t put down. In this workshop, writers will learn techniques to bring a novel to life for readers. Use point of view to show, not tell, and draw readers in without info-dumping; find the best ways to describe the setting and build a world; tap into the emotions of the characters and use those emotions to drive the plot and deepen the story; and how all these techniques work together to build a novel.
What to bring: Bring your work-in-progress and your favorite note-taking tools.
Target audience: MG and YA authors of all experience levels.
Learn more about Janice: http://www.janicehardy.com/
St. Leo University
Gainesville Educational Center
4650-B NW 39th Place
Gainesville, FL 32606
Contact/Host: Nancy Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 5, 2019
From Craft to Career: The Professional Path to Publishing
Presented by Erica Cameron
From finishing your first draft to finding your first agent and everything that comes after, publishing is often a tricky journey to navigate. Erica will talk about the traditional, the unexpected, and the modern paths to publishing. She will also discuss the basics of subrights (what are they?), agents (why have one?), movies (how does that work?), and more (what exactly is a mid-size house?). Get answers to your burning questions about editorial relationships, deadlines, twitter pitching, and everything else in this informational session.
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and has since written several series for young adults and contributed to various online blogs and publications. She is also an advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness. She currently lives in South Florida.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
(UN)STUCK IN THE MIDDLE
with Lorin Oberweger
In this workshop, Lorin will present strategies to help keep promising early chapters from melting into a mushy middle. Bring your WIP and be prepared to explore methods for building your novel’s premise and other story elements to make certain you’re creating the foundation for a rich work, filled with escalating stakes and complications; developing fully formed characters whose backstories, desires, and motivations are powerful enough to support a compelling narrative; and more!
LORIN OBERWEGER is a highly sought-after independent book editor and ghostwriter with more than twenty-five years experience in publishing. Her company,, offers writing workshops nationwide, and she’s known for her one-on-one story mastermind weekends.
An award-winning author, Lorin had six traditionally published books (four fiction, two nonfiction), including BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE, published by Harper/William Morrow. Her work has appeared in well over one-hundred periodicals, and her books have received glowing reviews from the New York Times, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, and others.
She has also joined Adams Literary as an agent and is slowly growing her list. She can be contacted at.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
For more information about free monthly meetings and to be put on a mailing list, contact Jan Eldredge: Jan@JEldritch.com
Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-noon at:
West Osceola Branch Library
305 Campus Street
Celebration, FL 34747