Course Description

2017 Semester


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Saturday, August 12, 10 am - Noon

     The 12 Commandments of Editing

Any successful writer knows that "The End" actually marks the beginning of a writer's work. This workshop will take you step-by-step through an efficient process that will make your writing better, and your editing much easier and quicker. $25 per person.

         Instructor:  Prudy Taylor Board


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Saturday, August 19, 10 am - Noon

   Writing the World

This course will show students how to take the random experiences and impressions from a trip and turn them into a cohesive story through the use of scenes, characters, dialogue, and narrative arc. We will discuss the elements that are essential to a good travel story, like personal voice and point of view. Also we will discuss the business of travel writing: What are the markets, both print and online, and how to approach them. $25 per person.

        Instructor:  Tom Swick

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Saturday, August 26, 10 am - Noon   

    The Ins and Outs of the Agent Biz

The first question writers often ask is “How do I get an agent?” This workshop will guide you through the process of getting an agent, including a little known “secret” for snagging the coveted prize. You’ll learn whether you need an agent, how to get one, how to keep one, and when to sever the relationship. Michael will also share what famous authors like Stephen King and Janet Evanovich have to say about agents. So draft that query letter and get prepared to go on the hunt!  $25 per person.

        Instructor:  Michael Meeske w/a VS Alexander
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Saturday, September 9, 10 am - Noon 

     Everyone Judges a Book by Its Cover

Your book cover is your readers' first impression. Learn what attracts readers so they'll open the book and peruse those first pages.  If the cover doesn't do that, you're sunk before you've begun.  A professional cover designer will explain and show the basics of images, layouts, good vs. bad photo-editing, fonts, dpi, and much more.  Even if you don't want to do your own cover, knowing these things will help you work more successfully with a designer.
 
        Instructor:  Victoria Landis

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Saturday, September 16, 10 am - Noon 

     The Road to Independent Publishing in Simple Steps!

This course covers the pros and cons of self-publishing and how to do so economically. We'll discuss cover art, copy editing, formatting, and the marketing aspects of doing self publishing the right way. We'll discuss the various platforms to showcase your work, and the most advantageous days and seasons to self publish. We'll even discuss how to go about getting reviews.  $25 per person.
 
   
     Instructor:  Marcia King-Gamble


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 FL Authors Academy Has Talent!

 As the finale for our FL Authors Academy at Murder on the Beach, we are planning an event "FL Authors Academy Has Talent!"  This will be an open mike for the attendees of the workshops to read from their work in progress and get feedback from three multi-published author judges.

Authors Deborah Sharp , Prudy Taylor Board  and Randy Rawls will be our judges.

More to come.

Deborah Sharp


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The Date is Saturday, September 23, 2017

10 am - Noon. 

Here’s how it will work:


There will be a maximum of 10 or 12 readers

Each will read for 3 minutes from their work in progress

Each judge will then give a short verbal critique of the work just read

There will be an audience, but they will not critique the readers

At the end, the judges confer among themselves for the one reader who in  their opinion, has the best work

A prize will be awarded to the winner

 To qualify as a reader you must:

 Have attended at least one of our FL Authors Academy workshops

Have a current work in progress

Pay a fee of $25

Bring 3 copies, double spaced, of the 5-6 pages you intend to read 

 You may sign up in person, email murdermb@gate.net, or phone (561-279-7790).  We take cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover or Amex.