On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Tampa homicide detective CHUCK MASSUCCI will discuss his career experiences. He is an entertaining speaker, outstanding storyteller, and an excellent source of information for writers who want to know what “really happens” behind the "yellow tape." Past topics have included:
* Police investigative procedures.
* The most bizarre crimes he has investigated.
* The most intriguing criminal minds he has encountered.
Do you write or long to write mysteries, intrigue, or true crime?
Or are these subplots in your work?
Then just come and listen to one of the most entertaining speakers TWA has hosted.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We are kicking off our programs this year with the return one of TWA's favorite speakers. A lot of people seem to enjoy reading about crime, even though we don't WANT it in our personal lives. How do we "write what we know" when we avoid experiences which would provide us with first-hand knowledge?
We CONSULT AN EXPERT.
This January, we will have the opportunity to learn from Chuck Massucci, homicide detective with the Tampa Police Department. Detective Massucci retires in 2015, so I am grateful I managed to catch up with him this past fall. He was incredible in 2004 and 2005 . . . and told me he thoroughly enjoyed speaking with TWA then.
Yes. I am excited about this meeting. And spread the word.
Founded in 1986, the Tampa Writers Alliance (TWA) is an organization dedicated to writers of many genres and levels of experience, as well as any in the Tampa Bay area who have an interest in the literary world.
The TWA is a member-managed organization and is always looking for ways to expand the offerings to our diverse membership. If you have a writing interest you don’t find on these pages, please be in touch. We may have members with like interests who have formed groups to pursue them. Contact John Tate, our president, at email@example.com.
Online literary journal Pilcrow & Dagger will publish its premiere issue in January 2015. Submission guidelines & themes are available at www.pilcrowdagger.com/submissions.
SCREENPLAY FOCUS GROUP
The Screenplay Focus Group will meet 7pm to 9 pm on Tuesday, October 14 at Starbucks, 10002 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL, then move to the Carrollwood Barnes & Noble, 11802 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa FL 33618, Tampa, FL for the second Tuesday of subsequent months.
TWA sponsors events to develop writing skills, network with the outside writing community, and promote membership camaraderie. Attend our general meetings to learn from guest speakers and informal workshops.
We have the best parties in town! What do we talk about? WRITING, of course. When we’re not playing . . .
Keep your eye on this post for special event announcements.
NEW! The winner of the Jackson Daughtry Literary Honor receives a one thousand dollar ($1,000) cash prize, a publication deal (includes professional editing, full distribution, marketing), and recognition as the 2015 Jackson Daughtry Literary Honor Winner. Submit the first twenty (20) pages of your novel and a three to five (3-5) page synopsis in one .pdf file, named with the Title of your novel, plus the $25 entrance fee. See details at jdlh.org/ Deadline: 01/31/15.
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.
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.