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Membership Benefits:

Meet and get acquainted with other writers. Tampa Writers Alliance, Inc. hosts two member parties a year, providing all members a chance to make new friends and enjoy old ones.

Educational programs of interest to writers. Each monthly General Meeting offers an opportunity to learn something that may help your writing skills grow.

Two monthly Writers Critique Group (http://www.tampawriters.org/wp/groups-2/critique-group) meetings offer members a chance to have their manuscripts evaluated by their peers.

A monthly Poetry Group (http://www.tampawriters.org/wp/groups-2/poetry-group) meeting allows members to enjoy each other’s poetry.

Participation in the annual St Petersburg Times Festival of Reading. TWA pays for a booth where members can promote, display and sell their books.

We meet at the Barnes and Noble on Dale Mabry in the rear of building at 7pm for all events unless otherwise noted. 11802 Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618

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Upcoming events (5)

Tampa Writers Alliance Critique Group

Online event

IMPORTANT NOTE: THANKS TO THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN, THE TWA CRITIQUE GROUP WILL MEET VIA VIDEO CALL. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ATTEND, PLEASE VISIT: tampawriters.org (http://www.tampawriters.org) About 15-20 TWA members gather and review hard copies of manuscripts previously submitted and scheduled for review. Author receives individually reviewed copies with edit, structure, and tone notes from each participating member at the end of session. Only dues-paying members are entitled to have works reviewed. Please see the Tampa Writers Alliance web site for more details regarding membership at tampawriters.org. Please contact our Facilitator/Coordinator for submission requirements and formatting procedures. We adhere to the same submission guidelines expected by publishers. Contact [masked] for more. Visitors are welcome to attend but only members' works will be discussed, generally 3 pieces per session. Works to be critiqued are shared with Tampa Writers Alliance members approximately two weeks before the next scheduled meeting. The author has a chance to respond after verbal critiques are finished. Emphasis is on constructive criticism. We're striving to become better writers, not at tearing people up. For more information, go to tampawriters.org.

Tampa Writers Alliance Poetry Group

Barnes & Noble Carrollwood

Thank you for your interest in the Poetry Group. For more information, please visit tampawriters.org (http://www.tampawriters.org/wp/groups-2/poetry-group).

Flash Fiction Contest (submissions no later than July 21st)

Please Join TWA on August 5th for a Flash Fiction Contest! Questions? Email [masked] How it Works: • All dues-paying members are welcome to submit • Entries must be 1,000 words or fewer • The word flash must appear in the piece • We accept all genres other than horror and erotica • Each submission will receive 3 scored rubrics from anonymous judges • No author names will appear on the pieces • The three entries with the highest scores will earn prizes • If tied, a fourth judge will rank the highest scoring ties • Submissions open July 7, 2020 at midnight • Submissions close July 21, 2020 at midnight • THE FIRST 20 SUBMISSIONS will be accepted, so do not delay! Everyone Can Participate! • Entries will be posted with rubrics within the TWA website • All members can read the submissions and fill out rubrics • On August 5th, we will refer to the rubrics while critiquing the entries • See how your scores correspond to the judges’ TWA Flash Fiction 2020 Submission Instructions: • Format with industry standard guidelines • One-inch margins, indent half an inch • Indent with tool bar, not tabs • One space after period • Double space sentences • No extra space between paragraphs • Use only one font, TNR 12-point • Submit 1,000 words or fewer, include the word flash in your work • Work may be declined or returned with a limited time allowance to make formatting corrections at moderator’s discretion *IMPORTANT* • DO NOT put your name on your entry document • DO ADD A TITLE to your entry document • Send entries to [masked] • In the subject line, write FLASH, your NAME, and the TITLE of your entry • Like this: Flash Annette Masters Violets in Spring • Don’t forget to use the word flash in a sentence! ----------------- Tips for writing flash fiction What is flash fiction? • Flash fiction is a super short story, usually fewer than 1,000 words, sometimes much shorter • Although it is short, it includes an emotional punch • Most flash fiction follows a traditional story format: a beginning, middle, and end, but some offer a variant of that structure • Good flash fiction evokes an emotion, a realization, or a new idea to ponder Why should you write flash fiction? • Flash fiction teaches writers to be concise • Saying more with fewer words is a skill that creates better storytellers • Decreased word counts encourage writers to fine-tune dialogue; every word must work to move the story forward • Flash fiction is quick to write, so writers experience that sense of accomplishment, a good motivator for future projects • With so few words, writers are compelled to hint at characterization, setting, and backstory; let readers use their imagination to fill in the blanks • There are many writing contests that feature flash fiction How can you write good flash fiction? • Start close to the climax; there is no time for lengthy exposition or character backstory • Begin the story as close to the end as possible • Create a powerful ending; let the last line give the reader something new to contemplate • In flash, the story might end in full resolution, or it might end in in a cliffhanger; either way, give the reader something to think about • Limit your characters; with little time for development, one, two, or (maybe) three is best • Use sub-text; readers don’t want to be spoon-fed; allow readers to make inferences • Offer hints of backstory and setting; readers will extrapolate • Go online and read great examples of flash fiction

Tampa Writers Alliance Critique Group

Online event

IMPORTANT NOTE: THANKS TO THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN, THE TWA CRITIQUE GROUP WILL MEET VIA VIDEO CALL. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ATTEND, PLEASE VISIT: tampawriters.org (http://www.tampawriters.org) About 15-20 TWA members gather and review hard copies of manuscripts previously submitted and scheduled for review. Author receives individually reviewed copies with edit, structure, and tone notes from each participating member at the end of session. Only dues-paying members are entitled to have works reviewed. Please see the Tampa Writers Alliance web site for more details regarding membership at tampawriters.org (http://www.tampawriters.org). Please contact our Facilitator/Coordinator for submission requirements and formatting procedures. We adhere to the same submission guidelines expected by publishers. Contact [masked] for more. Visitors are welcome to attend but only members' works will be discussed, generally 3 pieces per session. Works to be critiqued are shared with Tampa Writers Alliance members approximately two weeks before the next scheduled meeting. The author has a chance to respond after verbal critiques are finished. Emphasis is on constructive criticism. We're striving to become better writers, not at tearing people up. For more information, go to http://tampawriters.org .

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Tampa Writers Alliance Critique Group

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