March 11, 2020 Meeting

March’s guest speaker will be Ritchie Gaydos. Ritchie will share a bit about his writing journey and will have time for Q & A so maybe we can all benefit from what he’s learned along the way.

Hope to see you there.

Check out Ritchie’s bio:

Ritchie received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University in 2003. He began writing seriously about two years ago, when he took a creative writing class. Ritchie has since written nine or ten short stories and is working on compiling these stories into a book. He is yet to be published, but is working towards that end.

News from Florida Writers Association:

Submissions for both RPLA awards and for the Collection Competition are now open.

The theme for this year’s Collection is “Create an Illusion.” Open submissions are from February 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.
Details here:

We challenge all Lakeland Writers to enter. There is no entry fee and 60 winners are chosen for publication.

Royal Palm Literary Awards competition (RPLA) recognizes extraordinary writing in 28 genre-categories for adults and 5 for youth. Categories include fiction and nonfiction, short works and book-length, and poetry, stage plays, and “general catch-all” submissions. All entries receive extensive professional feedback. Submissions are accepted through April 30, 2020. Entry fees are tiered. The later you enter, the higher the fee. Entry details here:

Tonisha Mitchell messaged us to share the following:  I’m hosting the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo in April. I’d love to have your authors participate if they’re available! Here is the Eventbrite link. Thank you!

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