Course Description

Instructors 2017 Semester


Saturday, June 3, 10 am - Noon
    Boot Camp for Writers  

Transitioning from general writer to a fiction writer requires approaching the written word in a totally different way. We hear, all too often, that a writer was born with the talent to write. Writing fiction is an acquired skill. Master it or fail. In Boot Camp for Writers, you will be introduced to the traps that await until you become a skilled fiction writer. It's not like your teachers and professors taught you. You will leave this class with a general understanding of the necessary transition, ready for the in-depth sessions to follow.  $25 per person.   

    Instructor:  Randy Rawls

Saturday, June 10, 10 am - Noon
   Writing Tight: Less is More

"Omit Needless Words".  Strunk and White said it, and it’s still the most important rule of good writing. If you take twice as long as you need to say something, you’ve done your reader, and yourself, a disservice. And doomed your work. You might love your flowery prose but you must kill your darlings! Omit needless words and you leave room for more story and more impact.  $25 per person.

    Instructor:  Eliot Kleinberg


Saturday, June 17,  10 am - Noon

    The Time is Right to Write - Memoir!

Write here, write now! You've been thinking and talking about telling your special personal story for ages; it's not too late! This workshop will address the First Page Effect: get those first couple of paragraphs out, and often the rest of the story will follow. And it doesn't have to be a book, a memoir is your personal reflection on a certain incident at a certain time that happened to YOU. $25 per person

    Instructor: Brenda Serotte


Saturday, June 24, 10 am - Noon

    Plotting Made Perfect

Have an idea for a story but don’t know where to go from there? Or are you stuck in the middle of your manuscript? This workshop will address the elements of plotting and how to develop your idea into a novel. We will also  cover character development, plotting techniques, story structure, writing tools, and secrets of the synopsis.  $25 per person.

    Instructor:  Nancy J Cohen


 Saturday, July 8, 10 am - Noon

      All Talk and Action

Scenes come to life with snappy, realistic dialogue. But what makes dialogue truly work? Learn techniques to write dialogue that flows convincingly, advances the plot, and builds character. This workshop includes writing prompts for hands-on practice.  $25 per person.  

    Instructor:  D.J. Niko


Saturday, July 15, 10 am - Noon

    Pacing: How NOT To Bore Your Reader To Death

Pacing is all about bringing your reader through your story or novel without boring that reader to death or provoking a heart attack. To do that, you need a blend of compelling characters, narrative, dialogue, action, and the proper fusion of length in scenes and chapters. The right mix — which should not be downright predictable — will lend your story balance between leisurely pacing and heightened pacing. The benefit? Your reader will have trouble putting your book down. $25 per person.   

    Instructor:  Elaine Viets


Saturday, July 22, 10 am - Noon

   Who's Talking Here? Point of View

Who's telling your story? Is your novel in first person? Third person? Or something else? Each method has advantages and disadvantages. Your novel's success depends on your choice. This class will help you choose the best voice for your story. With handouts and examples. $25 per person.

    Instructor:  Elaine Viets


Saturday, July 29, 10 am - Noon

     The WHY NOTs of Children’s Books

Do you love stories told through letters, notes, or diary entries? Or were you intrigued by a map, list, or personal ad in the latest title on your nightstand? Then why not have some fun with the kinds of visuals that make manuscripts more engaging? Whether you’re writing a children’s book told through a series of letters, or hoping to find interesting ways to hook readers, there’s so many things you can do with an invitation, recipe, or newspaper headline. Plus, fiddling with formats is a great way to enrich your manuscript, to make your story more authentic, and to find new book ideas. $25 per person. 

      Instructor:  Gloria Rothstein


Saturday, August 5, 10 am - Noon

      The Who: Of What, When and Where!

This workshop focuses on character development with examples and the participant's work. What is it about the characters we love and love to hate? Reader investment in characters is examined in detail. From initial concept to the conclusion, the development and growth of characters make plots come alive. Program notes and guide provided to those attending. $25 per person.  

    Instructor:  Charles Todd

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


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


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

Saturday, September 9, 10 am - Noon 

     Everyone Judges a Book by it's 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


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

 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


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, or phone (561-279-7790).  We take cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover or Amex.