Instructors


Prudy Taylor Board

Prudy Taylor Board is the author of 28 books including mysteries, horror novels, histories and a how-to. She's edited newspapers, newsletters and magazines. Prudy is also the author of 101 Tips on Writing and Selling your First Novel. In addition, she has taught creative writing for 20-plus years as well as lectured, appeared on panels and conducted writers' workshops throughout the United States and in Canada. Prudy is a freelance writer and editor of newsletters and manuscripts of all genres, both fiction nonfiction.


MJ Carlson

Michael J. Carlson writes novels, short stories, and non-fiction reference books. He also maintains an active schedule, giving workshops on writing software, story structure, and point of view. He lives in Melbourne, Florida, with his wise reader and muse, Sparkle, and more computers than any sane person should have. For more information, check out mjcarlson.com.



Jane Cleland

Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning and long-running Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series [St. Martin’s Minotaur]. The 12th in the series, Antique Blues, has just received a starred review from Library Journal. Jane’s bestseller about the craft of writing, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot [Writer’s Digest Books], won the Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. Mastering Plot Twists, also from Writer’s Digest Books, has just been published. www.janecleland.com. 



Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, and won third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. As the author of over twenty novels, Nancy is a featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events. She’s served as president of both the Florida Romance Writers and the Mystery Writers of  America.


Marcia King-Gamble

Romance writer, Marcia King-Gamble originally hails from a sunny Caribbean island where the sky and ocean are the same mesmerizing shade of blue. She is a former travel industry executive who has spent most of life in the United States. A national bestselling author, Marcia has penned over 34 books and 8 novellas and has written for the major publishers.



Christopher Hawke

Christopher Hawke has a heart for teaching the craft of writing . Whether with groups, through content editing, or one-on-one writing coaching, his business is helping authors to the finish line. His client roster includes well-known names, as well as aspiring authors. He has led a weekly critique group in South Florida for over 5 years and has a highly acclaimed video series and e-book the Craft of Writing available.



Eliot Kleinberg
Eliot Kleinberg is that rarest of Floridians: a native. Born in South Florida, he has spent 35 years in both broadcast and print news, including a quarter century at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach.  He has published ten books, all focusing on Florida, including Black Cloud, a 75th anniversary book on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; two Weird Florida books, and Palm Beach Past and Wicked Palm Beach, both collections of his weekly local history column in the Palm Beach Post.


Victoria Landis

Victoria Landis is a professional writer and editor, and a veteran member of one of the toughest critique groups ever to grace South Florida.  Since 2008, she’s written a monthly humor column for The Parklander magazine.  She has two novels published:  Blinke It Away, a suspense novel set on Oahu, is a BookRooster Reviewer’s pick and  Alias: Mitzi & Mack is a humorous womens’ crime fiction set in South Florida.  She has been teaching and designing book covers for over eight years.


Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and author. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. Her non-fiction book, Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), was translated into Spanish and film rights sold. Her historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), won the Rosemary Award and the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award. www.AlisonMcMahan.com






DJ Niko

Daphne Nikolopoulos writes archaeological and historical thrillers under the pseudonym DJ Niko.  Her debut novel, The Tenth Saint, won the Gold Medal for popular fiction in the juried Florida Book Awards 2012 and inspired a series of thrillers based on the lead character, Sarah Weston.  A career journalist, she is also editor-in-chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group.  She is a native of Athens, Greece and resides in West Palm Beach FL. 



Randy Rawls
Randy Rawls is a retired US Army officer and a lifetime ardent reader. After retirement, he turned his fingers to doing something he’d always admired in others—writing fiction. Since then, he has been fortunate to have fifteen books published while leaving a few on his hard drive. Randy writes because he enjoys it and smiles because  life is fun. 


Solange Ritchie

Fed up with thrillers that start with a fizzle and longing to see more powerful women as lead characters, Solange decided to create her own characters. Solange's first psychological thriller, The Burning Man, featuring FBI forensic pathologist Dr. Catherine "Cat" Powers was published in 2015. Her second novel, Firestorm, was released in May 2018.  She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers and Florida Mystery Writers and Southern California Writers Association.


Nina Romano
Nina Romano earned a B.S., an M.A. a B.A. and an M.F.A. She has published The Other Side of the Gates, five poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Nina Romano’s Wayfarer Trilogy was published from Turner Publishing. All three novels were finalists in book contests and The Secret Language of Women won a Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher’s 2016 IPPY Book Award.



Brenda Serotte
Brenda Serotte grew up in the Bronx, earned her Masters in literature from Lehman College of The City University of New York, and her Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Miami as a James A. Michener Fellow. She’s in the Who’s Who of Translators for Ladino (ancient Spanish) poetry, has published a book of poems, The Blue Farm, and also a book club favorite memoir, The Fortune Teller’s Kiss, University of Nebraska Press. She teaches literature and writing part time at Nova Southeastern, and does memoir workshops for the library system.


Elizabeth Sims

Elizabeth Sims is the author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries and the Lillian Byrd Crime Series. Her standalone novel, Crimes in a Second Language, recently won a Florida Book Awards silver medal. She’s also a contributing editor at Writer’s Digest magazine, and her instructional title, You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams, is a favorite of writers everywhere. Elizabeth belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa. ElizabethSims.com


Mark Spivak

Mark Spivak is the author of Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History (Lyons Press, 2012) and Moonshine Nation (Lyons Press, 2014). Friend of the Devil, his first novel, was published by Black Opal Books in 2016. Mark’s second novel, The Final Crusade, a political thriller set during the invasion of Iraq, will be forthcoming in 2019.



Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets returns to her hardboiled roots with her Angela Richman, Death Investigator series. Ice Blonde is the latest in the series, following Fire and Ashes and Brain Storm. Charlaine Harris calls Brain Storm “a complex novel of crime, punishment, and medical malfeasance.” Elaine has 33 bestselling mysteries in four series: hardboiled Francesca Vierling, traditional Dead-End Job, cozy Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper, and Angela Richman, Death Investigator. Elaine passed the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course for forensic professionals. She’s won the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards. www.elaineviets.com