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 kick off our programs this year with the return one of TWA's favorite speakers. Many 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) 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or at TWA’s January meeting.
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:
Jobseekers (Are you REALLY sure you want to work for THAT COMPANY?),
Other companies and individuals (Can you really expect a successful partnering, purchasing, or contracting relationship with a company which:
does not properly maintain its physical resources,
has no idea how to manage its personnel, or
tries to PRETEND “All is right” when any trained observer can see it is NOT . . . ?)
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/.
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.
PILCROW & DAGGER
Online literary journal Pilcrow & Dagger will publish its premiere issue in January 2015. Submission guidelines & themes are available at www.pilcrowdagger.com/submissions.
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.