Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – 7 p.m.
General Meeting: FREELANCE WRITER & MARKETING EXPERT CAROLE SANEK!
Carrollwood Barnes & Noble
11802 Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618

Attend this meeting and BUILD your toolbox!

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* General MeetingGeneral Meeting

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* Screenplay Focus GroupScreenplay Focus Group

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* TWA Critique GroupTWA Critique Group

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* Poetry Critique GroupPoetry Critique Group

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* TWA Critique GroupTWA Critique Group

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CAROLE SANEK

You’ve heard about Search Engine Optimization, the tools which help your web page come up FIRST when people search for certain words? Freelance writer Carole Sanek’s focus, Social Media Optimization, helps businesses achieve branding success through the use of social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, blogging, and Tumblr). Her company, Social Butterfly Media Marketing, has helped over 30 businesses achieve branding success. (You, as a writer, are a BRAND.) An author of magazine articles, Carole is an award-winning blogger with two “BEST” awards for her blogs about cancer. Carole writes 3 personal blogs of her own and also writes blogs for other people.

2015 OFFICER SLATE

President John Tate has worked hard to come up with a list of dedicated members to serve as officers in the coming year. Elections will take place at the General Meeting on February 4, 2105. If you are interested in one of these positions, contact John so you can be added to the slate and attend the 2015 prep meeting. 2015 Slate of Officers: Past President: John Tate, President: Mark Taylor, Vice President: Tom Stahl, Secretary: Alan Lipke, Treasurer: Bob Dwyer, Member-at-Large: Kim Hackett, Member-at-Large: Marggi Rassler, Member-at-Large: Alane Oceso. You must be a member with your dues up-to-date in order to vote.

RESOURCES & NETWORKING

Founded in 1986, the Tampa Writers Alliance (TWA) meets the first Wednesday of every month (except December), at 7 pm at the Carrollwood Barnes & Noble, 11802 Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618. A member-managed organization dedicated to writers of many genres and experience levels, TWA hosts events to develop writing skills, swap marketing and publishing information, provide networking opportunities to connect with local editors and publishers who can help you make your dreams of being a published author a reality.
Membership is open to all adults. Guests are welcome to attend all general meetings. Members are entitled to participate in focus groups to hone their writing skills in different genres.

Click Here to get a map and directions.
 
We are always looking for ways to expand our offerings. If you have a writing interest you don’t find on these pages, please contact John Tate, our president, at johntate55@yahoo.com.

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John Tate, President

TWA PUBLISHES

Featured Author: Jeff Corydon

Past TWA President Jeff Corydon recently self-published his short story anthology, Leonardo’s Muse and Mine, which is (for the most part) based on the 32 years he was stationed abroad as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.
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Brilliantly crafted and polished, these stories were often published in literary magazines. His consistently real settings reflect the exotic locales of Mauritius, Cameroon and Morocco. His understanding of people in all their varieties, as well as their needs and motivations, flavors all of his work with unparalleled depth. The uniquely memorable stories touch the heart with common and satisfying truths.
After Corydon retired from Foreign Service, he freelanced as a full time food, wine, and travel photojournalist for local, regional and national publications.
Jeff’s book is available at Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/Leonardos-Muse-Mine-Collection-Stories/dp/1500880116/ directly from Jeff – email him at jcorydon@tampabay.rr.com, or at TWA’s January meeting.
 

MORE TWA PUBLISHES

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Featured Author: Bruce Hadburg

TWA member and August’s speakerBruce Hadburg published Wacky, Warped, & Wicked: Secrets Organizations Don’t Want You to Know, an insightful and “wickedly” accurate guideline to identifying corporate dysfunction without looking at financial statements. Great information for:

  1. Jobseekers (Are you REALLY sure you want to work for THAT COMPANY?),
  2. Other companies and individuals (Can you really expect a successful partnering, purchasing, or contracting relationship with a company which:
    1. does not properly maintain its physical resources,
    2. has no idea how to manage its personnel, or
    3. tries to PRETEND “All is right” when any trained observer can see it is NOT . . . ?)
  3. Potential investors who like to win more than they like to lose.

I love Bruce’s sense of humor . . . and now find myself “looking for clues” (and FINDING them!) in virtually every business and HOME I visit. Clarifies a LOT about what I can expect from the people IN those places . . . and what I the signs I see IN MY OWN HOME are telling other people. Oooops.
Bruce’s book is available at Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615830161/.

BOOKS ON CRAFT!

GREAT DEAL FOR YOUR WRITING LIBRARY!

NaNoWriMo (the organizers of National Novel Writing Month), Storybundle.com and several internationally bestselling authors have teamed up to offer twelve great books on the business of writing, honing your craft, and selling your books. Authors include Kevin J. Anderson, Dave Farland, Brandon Sanderson and more.

All twelve books are available in eBook format at storybundle.com/nano through the end of November. You can name your own price for the first six books, or pay $15 and get all of them. The books are DRM free, and can be read on any e-device.

MEMBERSHIP

To JOIN TWA and take advantage of all the benefits below, fill out the TWA Membership Application form and send with a check for $35 made out to Tampa Writers Alliance to:

Tampa Writers
PO Box 100
Odessa, FL 33556

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

  • Learn regularly from published professionals how to sell you work.
  • Learn to master the new digital age of publishing.
  • Master marketing your work.
  • Link your website to TWA  (NEW!)
  • Network with other writers.
  • Learn more about writing well.
  • Share your skills with others.
  • Have your work reviewed by others in our Poetry or Prose Critique Groups.
  • Participate in Educational Workshops at discounted rates.
  • Enjoy hundreds of valuable resources for writers.

We look forward to having you join us!