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Networking for Writers

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on August 10, 2011

It’s always great to gather with other writers and talk about the craft you love. This past weekend, I had the privilege of presenting a Fiction Writing Workshop to Florida Sisters in Crime. If you live in Northern Florida, consider joining this dynamic group. On Saturday, the library community room was filled with over 50 attendees, all eager to take notes.

We covered fiction writing essentials in the morning and business aspects in the afternoon. In between, people met each other and mingled. That’s the best part of conferences, too. You never know who you’ll discover sitting next to you in a seminar or at the bar. You’ll make new writer friends, greet old acquaintances, and learn the industry buzz. Everything I’ve learned about the business of being a professional writer, I have gained from other authors.

Nancy and chapter president Kathy Bain

We’re a generous group, and online blogs offer a tremendous amount of valuable information. So do professional organizations, and in Florida, we have branch chapters of RWA, MWA, and SinC, and this year the national Ninc conference will be held here, too. Sometimes even RT makes an appearance in FL.

Don’t know what all these abbreviations mean? Then jump on the bandwagon and find out. After sitting alone at the computer for days on end, don’t you yearn to talk about writing with other like-minded individuals? If so, look for a writing workshop near you and sign up to attend.


If you live in SE Florida, there’s still time to sign up for the Author’s Academy:

Saturday August 13, 10am – Noon

Point of View. Whose head are we in and why are we there?
Instructor: Diane A.S. Stuckart, author of the Leonardo da Vinci series.

Saturday September 10, 10am – Noon

How To Get Published. Learn what it takes to get your work published.
Instructor: Joanna Campbell Slan, author of Photo Snap Shot.

Saturday September 24, 10am – Noon

Finding an Agent. Query Letters, Synopses, and the Pitch!
Instructor: Nancy J. Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day mysteries.

All workshops are held at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL. All instructors are multi-published authors. Charge for each workshop is $25 per person. Cash, check or credit cards accepted. Make Your Reservation Now! Call 561-279-7790 or email


2 Responses to “Networking for Writers”

  1. I can’t tell you how important such groups have been to me over the years. It’s an amazing support system and learning tool that helps perfect the craft of writing.

  2. You’re right, Angela. So are critique groups, which can improve one’s writing a lot faster than working totally alone.

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