Events Information

August 21, 2013 Believable Fiction Using Fact based History to Build Your Story.”

  • Research is the key to believability. Learn how to do it correctly.
  • Fact Checking: it’s not just for non-fiction.
  • How to capture the character of a historical figure and bring that person to life in fiction.

A military historian by training, Chris Berman taught writing at UNF and has a broad background in spaceflight and astronomy. He grew up reading science fiction. In 2007, he began writing and received his first book contract in 2008. His novels, The Hive (2009), Red Moon (2010), and Star Pirates (2011), and Ace of Aces (2012) combine hard-science fiction, techno-thrills, and alternate history.

Ace of Aces takes place on Earth, 2287, where after thousands of years of bloodshed, peace finally reigns. Genetics has banished war and tempered the need for violence, but not the human desire to explore other suns. When an alien foe threatens earth’s annihilation, five fighter aces must reach into the past to save the future. Five World War II pilots and sworn enemies stand as the last line of defense between Earth and annihilation. Fact meets fiction in a story that weaves the lives of five WW II pilots: Douglas Bader (Gt. Britain), Gregory Boyington (US), Adolf Galland (Ger.), D, Lydia Litvyak (USSR) and Saburo Sakai (Japan) into a fast-paced tale of adventure. Don’t miss it.

July 17, 2013 “Capitalize on Your Writing Strategies For Recognition and Making Money”

By the end of this session, you’ll understand how to:

  • Recognize the pros and cons between self-publishing and working with a publisher.
  • Identify resources to navigate the publishing process more easily.
  • Develop a strategy to get your manuscript into print.

Find out how to get your thoughts into print and earn residual income with your books. If you’re a professional thinking about writing as a way to promote your career, be sure to attend this session.

Bob Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and workplace performance expert. After a career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bob worked as a corporate executive, served as an adjunct professor for six colleges and universities, and ran three of his own companies. As principal of Robert W. Lucas Enterprises, Inc., Bob travels and speaks extensively, while continuing his writing career.

Bob’s books have received two gold-level Florida Publisher’s Assn. President’s Awards: Training Workshop Essentials: Designing, Developing and Delivering Learning Events that Get Results (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer Publishing) and Energize Your Training: Creative Techniques to Engage Learners (ASTD Press). He also presents workshops for writers aboard cruise ships through Learning at Sea.

In 2006, he became one of the first people in the world to receive the prestigious Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation from American Society for Training and Development National (ASTD). In 1995 and in 2011 he served as president of the Central Florida Chapter of ASTD. His client list includes Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, and Wachovia Bank, and organizations around the world. To learn more, visit,,, his blog for nonfiction writers.

May 15, 2013 “Writing About Place: How to Let the Local Haunt You.”

  • The extraordinary exists in the ordinary, and if we can learn to see what’s right around us, we can open our vision to the magical.
  • Every place where people have lived for some time has secrets, mysteries, things it wants to hide.
  • Places are more than the sum of the people who live in them; places have their own personalities. To write vividly about a place, you have to get to know it, just as you have to learn about a person, to create a believable character.

Tim Gilmore calls this type of writing about place “psycho-geography… the psychology of geography. It’s the exploration of the profound and usually unconscious psychological effects places have on us.”

Tim teaches literature and writing at Florida State College, Jacksonville. His writing classes include Ghost Stories and Psycho-geography. Tim is the author of This Kind of City: Ghost Stories and Psychological Landscapes (2012), and maintains the website Jax Psycho Geo. He is also the author of Horoscopes for Goblins: Poems, 2006-2009, Flights of Crows: Poems, 2002-2006the album Waiting in the Lost Rooms (2012), and the upcoming Ghost Compost: Strange Little Stories, illustrated by Jacksonville artist Nick Dunkenstein. He is currently working on a novel about Jacksonville serial killer Ottis Toole.

April 17, 2013 Titles, Covers, and Back Cover Copy Blurbs,

Rik Feeney adapted his love of reading, writing, and gymnastics to author more than 60 books, reports, and CDs on the sport and business of gymnastics. A book coach, author-webpage designer, and promotional expert for aspiring authors, Rik is also a columnist for, answering questions in two categories: Publishing/Self-publishing and Gymnastics. Rik works with authors and self-publishers as a book development and marketing coach, providing insight and information to help new writers leap beyond the mundane, but financially treacherous pitfalls of digital publishing. He’s author of Writing Books for Fun, Fame & Fortune!

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Here are Rik’s keys to bestseller status: a keyword-heavy title, a cover that attracts attention, and a back copy blurb that sells the book. The presentation focuses on:

  • The basics of book cover design critical for digital publishing success.
  • How to create a title that’s easy to remember and easy to search for that effectively describes your book.
  • How to write a back copy blurb that immediately captures attention, says who the book is for, clearly outlines the book’s benefits, and shows why the book must be bought right now!

March 20, 2013 “Self-Publishing on a Budget”

Self publishing sounds easy, but most authors have a tough time doing a good job. Along the way, they waste a lot of time and money, and still produce an inferior book. Carrol Wolverton focuses on the most common self-publishing mistakes authors make. If you’re thinking about doing-it-yourself, don’t miss this presentation.

When you self publish, “You don’t need to break the bank,” Carrol says. She knows what she’s talking about. Carrol has written and self-published several novels and self-help books now available through and on Kindle. She addresses:

*The ins and outs of CreateSpace and Kindle.
*Where to look for help—and places to avoid.
*The KISS principle as it applies to publishing.

Carrol’s most recent book, Boston Basement, incorporates Boston’s rich history, as it brings to life an ugly family secret. Method Weight Management offers a common-sense approach to weight loss. In Living Cheap & Loving It: Tomatoes in the Flower Bed Carrol celebrates her long-term frugality born of learning and necessity. Sex, Lies & Real Estate tells the tale of an abandoned woman who rises through the tangled real estate profession to success. Her first book, Serious Survival: Skills for Single Parents is a self-help and group guide for single parents.

February 20, 2013 “Getting the Gigs.”

Author Linda Schilling Mitchell (Dear Miss Schneider, Please Excuse Walter) presents “Getting the Gigs.”  How to land interviews, articles, book signings, and speaking engagements, as you promote your book.  Linda spent 30 years in the hospitality/hotel industry, as catering director, director of sales & marketing, and general manager. She uses this wealth of experience to increase her book sales, expand her network, and support our community of writers along the way.

·         Generating leads. Whom to target for your specific book.

·         Tools and resources available to promote your book.

·          How to make a good presentation at a book signing or event.

When considering how to market your book, “think outside the box,” says Linda. “Try everything and anything. If they say ‘No,’ you haven’t lost anything. You’ve gained the experience of rejection. You can then move forward, more educated, to the next opportunity.” Find out more about Linda and her book at:

January 16, 2013 “Who Needs an Editor?”

Three authors speak from experience on what to look for in an editor, how to decide when you need one, and what to expect when you work together. For this Question and Answer session, be sure to bring along your own questions and concerns about the purpose and value of editing in the writing process.

Panelists include three writers at different stages in their careers:

CCW Blog Lois Fiorelli picLois Fiorelli, Naval Reserve Officer, veteran of the Gulf and Iraqi wars, former US Navy journalist, now a technical writer and trainer. She has written radio and TV news and feature stories, technical documents, and freelance feature articles for the St. Johns Recorder, Florida Times Union, and Legal Assistant Today. In 2001, Prime Number magazine published an excerpt from Lois’ Iraqi War memoir, Living in the Zone.

CCW Blog Lillian Brown pic2Lillian Kiernan Brown, author, journalist for more than 30 years, and former host on Armed Forces Radio. Banned in Boston, Memoirs of a Stripper CCW Blog Lilian Brown pictells the story of her career. At age 14, when she followed her mother and aunts into the glittering and shady world of Burlesque. Using the stage name Lily Ann Rose, she worked with some of the top names in show business. In 2009, Cambridge, Mass. named April 10 “Lilly Ann Rose Day,” in honor of her role in this history.

CCW Blog Russell Kamradt picRussell Kamradt is a newer writer whose reputation for helping others inspired Oprah Winfrey to name him one of her “favorite volunteers” in 2011.To encourage Russ to tell his story, she also presented him with a bright red VW Beetle. Russ left school at age 14 to help his family earn a living. He worked hard and rose to a successful career in management. After he retired, he became a full time volunteer, receiving a variety of national and international awards for his steadfast efforts.

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