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May 16-17, 2014


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"The Write Stuff!"


Friday Evening

Keynote Speaker:

Jon Jefferson

“Serial Killers We Love to Hate”

 Readers – and TV viewers – seem endlessly fascinated by serial killers. What is it about them that’s so irresistible? What do we really understand about them? And who are the most memorable serial killers – actual and fictional - of all time?

Saturday Lunch

Keynote Speaker:

Nancy Springer

“Take Your Writing to the Next Level”

What does success as a writer mean to you?  Well published in many genres, award-winning novelist Nancy Springer suggests specific ways to make the best use of your resources, conceptualize your personal goals, and explore ways to take your writing up a notch.



Lynne Silver

Shari Stauch

Kelly L. Stone


Roz Foster


Sponsorship Information

Would you like to help plan the


Contact Peggy Kassees.


Conference Co-Chairs:

Lyla Ellzey

Peggy Kassees


Interested in speaking at a future Tallahassee Festival of Books and Writers Conference?
Contact talwritersassn at gmail dot com. Please send bio, website, and topics prepared to speak on. Note: no honorarium is offered for book festival appearances, but we do offer honorariums to out-of-town conference instructors when funds permit.


Not planning to attend the TWA 2014 Conference, but you want to hear Jon Jefferson speak at the Opening Reception? Purchase your ticket here.

TWA Reception Tickets for Jon Jefferson, Kickoff Speaker
The Opening Reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, May 16th. If you purchase a ticket(s), check in with the TWA Registration Desk on the ground floor of the Four Points Sheraton to be admitted. The event features heavy hors d'hoeuvres and a cash bar plus you'll get to meet local authors and browse their books.

April issue of the TWA newsletter.

*IMPORTANT: For our meetings at the American Legion Hall, you can park in the St. Paul's Methodist Church lot and will not be towed.

April Calendar

Stop by the TWA booth at the Downtown Marketplace every Saturday this spring!



10 Marina Brown will launch her new book, AIRPORT SKETCHES, A WEEK OF LIVES AT THE TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL AIRPORT on Thursday from 11-2 and 3-7 in the Main Concourse, sponsored by Capital Gift Shop and the TRA.


12 Leslee Horner Book Signing of Summer of Stars at Unity Eastside Church on Buck Lake Rd. 7-9 p.m,


17 TWA General Meeting. 6:30 p.m., American Legion Hall on Lake Ella. *You can park in the St. Paul's Methodist Church lot and will not be towed. Speaker: Mark N. Canter, author of  The Bastard and Ember from the Sun. Details



May Calendar

No general meeting this month.

16-17 TWA Writers Conference and Book Festival

June Calendar

21 Publishing Bootcamp with Donna Meredith and Darryl Bollinger, Part I:. Basic Training in Writing as a Business. 8 a.m.-noon. Maguire Center, Westminster Oaks, Registration required. $25

28 Publishing Bootcamp with Donna Meredith and Darryl Bollinger, Part II: Survival Skills for Independent Publishers. 8 a.m.-noon. Maguire Center, Westminster Oaks, Registration required. $25

Note: The Black Dog Cafe on Lake Ella hosts an Open Mic on Sundays. Check their Facebook page for details.





Alll correspondence should be sent to the following address:

Tallahassee Writers Association
2910 Kerry Forest Parkway D-4-357

Tallahassee, FL 32309.



All newsletter items must be received by Diane Carlisle, newsletter editor, no later than 9 p.m. on the 28th day of each month except for the month of February when the deadline is 9 p.m.  on 2/26.


New Y/A novel category

for Seven Hills Contest! Submissions now open for Seven Hills and Penumbra Contests. Details.


Stacking Up the Awards

Pat Spears's short story “From Day One” is forthcoming in the anthology titled Crimes and Misdemeanors scheduled for publication in June 2014 by Main Street Rag. Her short story “Whelping” was a finalist for the 2013 Rash Award (January 2014). Her short story “Stranger At My Door” received honorable mention in the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story competition. (February 2014)


Books by TWA Authors

To add your books, send your logline in the format seen in the pdf to Donna Meredith. Please include category you want your book listed in.



William Mark's new novel is From Behind the Blue Line When an innocent loved one is taken away from police Lieutenant Dylan Akers, he enlists his longtime, but estranged friend, Beau Rivers. Together the pair step from behind the blue line to avenge the loved one's death, all while under the watchful eye of a determined Internal Affairs commander as well as their fellow officers.



This is the story of Harry Stevenson, a wealthy man in his forties who, despite his material success, comes to the realization that life is passing him by. A whirlwind vacation across the globe with his girlfriend leads them into multiple adventures risking their lives, while meeting some nice and not so nice characters.


Opportunity to sell your books

on Southern Pines website. Details



FREE assistance on book copyright registration available from new TWA member.  Ask for “Dutch."  (405) 464-6296 


Blog opportunity

TWA members are writing blogs for the Tallahassee Democrat on books and on writing. Check it out.

If you are interested in writing a book review for the blog, let Peggy Kassees know. Here are tips compiled by


Book Review Tips.




Contest Corner

If you are interested in receiving information on contest and writing opportunities, join Yahoo! groups for creative writers. You'll get up-to-date listings of contests, job openings, and prizes in your inbox.

The Missouri Review is hosting its audio literary competition again, and we would love to receive work from the writers in your organization. The competition gives entrants the opportunity to creatively blend their written work with audio production skills, and it offers a reward of $1,000 in each of three categories. Details, or to submit.

Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers. Stories can be on any theme or subject. Entries must be previously unpublished.Maximum length of 4,000 words. The entry fee is £8 (about $13 USD) per story. DEadline: April 30, 2014.

The Missouri Review’s 23rd Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well.

New literary magazine: Starting January 2014, PARAGRAPHITI will publish on a weekly basis.

Black and BLUE is a radical publication for drama, poetry, prose and all creative writing. It is currently sourcing material from across the world and from both published and previously unpublished writers. Details.



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