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WordSmitten Writers Workshop

Meet working authors and journalists in a relaxed atmosphere to brainstorm about "the book biz" and form productive critique groups. Come to a WordSmitten Writers Workshop to review work, trade literary tips, make friends and have fun with professional and dedicated fiction and non-fiction writers.

Tune in to the WordSmitten "About the Books" talk radio show.

Recent guests include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge) and Edward P. Jones (The Known World). Listen to writing tips from Sara Nelson, former editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly.

On About the Books, hear author and journalist, Mr. Gay Talese (Honor Thy Father) who wrote the article "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" for Esquire, talk about breaking new ground in writing his memoir and in the new creative journalism.

Discover an interview with Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones), noted as a celebrated writing teacher, and listen to her discuss her innovative "prompts" for getting a story started.

Tune in to the WordSmitten broadcast, "About the Books," on WLSS-AM radio, BTR, NPR and download our show's archived broadcasts from iTunes http://tinyurl.com/38ceew6 (keyword: WordSmitten) and tune in live on Sunday afternoons to our New York broadcast.

All writers and should-be writers are welcome. To join, there is a short review process and you'll be assigned to one of the workshops. Please submit five pages of your current work for the group to review.

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Visit all our sites for writers:

www.WordSmittenMedia.com
www.Meetup.com/WordSmitten
www.Twitter.com/WordSmitten

And, visit our sites for something fun today:

www.About-the-Town.com
www.Meetup.com/About-the-Town

WordSmitten Media, Inc.

Our office relocated from our old building on First Avenue North in 2016.

Our new location is
100 Corey Avenue
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
800-727-6214 Office Phone

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WordSmitten.
The people, the books, the business of writing.

Upcoming events (5+)

Sunday, October 27 - Authors Guild Autumn Event - podcasts, YouTube, Ira, Oh My!

What: Authors Guild - Chapter Event When: Sunday, October 27. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Why Attend: THE FLORIDA CHAPTER of the AUTHORS GUILD hosts the bad boy of writing, author and renowned professor (buddhistboy.com), Ira Sukrungruang who travels from Kenyon College where he was recently appointed the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. The author of three nonfiction books Buddha’s Dog & other Meditations, Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the short story collection The Melting Season, Ira received the 2015 American Book Award. Awards: New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. He is the president of Sweet: A Literary Confection, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. YouTube advocate and trainer Diane Kutz shares outstanding tips for writers who want to add to their "author platforms" and she demonstrates how to build your YouTube channel. It's part of a social media strategy that puts you front and center with people who are looking for what you offer. Diane's company, Modern Concept Media, consults, trains, and educates individuals and businesses on the "best of breed" digital, audio, and video concepts. Learn how technology helps to create author visibility—the author’s platform. Explore YouTube through Diane's session and find out what key components can make or break the success of your video. How does YouTube become a valuable asset to your author platform and visibility? Find out in this informative session. Podcasting guru Robyn Sayles is the Co-Founder of St. Pete Podcasters. In this fun and interactive session, discover if podcasting is right for you, how to make sure your brand is consistent across all media & content channels, and discover the most effective way to engage and grow your audience. Robyn covers the tools you'll need for creating an engaging podcast and how to apply what you learn in today's session, immediately, to your goal for increased visibility (and reader fan base). For more than 16 years, she worked in corporate training and sales for big ol' corporations. Now, she helps ambitious folks launch the success of their content, teams, and projects using the power of a personal brand. As is the CEO and Founder of Launching Your Success, Robyn started Launching Your Success to increase the value, the fun, and the recognition of individuals and business leaders who launch creative and engaging brands. The panel’s moderator is Kate Sullivan, who chairs the Gulf Coast chapter of the AuthorsGuild.org, and is the executive editor of WordSmitten Media. The event is free, open to the public and to Authors Guild members and guests. Reservations required: Email [masked] by October 25, 2019. Seating is limited. About the Authors Guild. Based in New York City, the Authors Guild (AG) launched 14 nationwide chapters in 2018 and has served as the collective voice of American authors since beginning in 1912. The AG’s nearly 10,000 members include novelists (Richard Russo, Judy Blume, Scott Turow), historians, journalists, and poets—traditionally and independently published. The Guild advocates for authors on issues of copyright, fair contracts, free speech, and tax fairness. Visit www.authorsguild.org. for more information about this non-profit organization and its writing community. Fee: This event is FREE to all AG members, writers, and guests. Join us for this event. Meet other area writers, authors, and Authors Guild members who live and write in and around the Gulf Coast area. RSVP to let us know you are joining us: [masked] Looking forward to seeing everyone there. Warmest regards. Kate Sullivan, Chair Authors Guild Florida Chapter WordSmitten Executive Editor

WordSmitten Writing Workshop :: Saturday 1 PM - Advanced Class

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$15.00

What: The WordSmitten Writing Workshop Series When: The Third Saturday of the Month from 1 PM to 5 PM. Why Attend: Open to advanced writers who are working on fiction (a novel or short story collection) or nonfiction (personal memoir, how-to, history, biography). This writing workshop is for those who are interested in learning how to approach literary agents with a professional query letter, to revise their manuscripts, to form critique groups and "workshop" their stories. Who: Instructor for is Kate Sullivan, the executive editor of WordSmitten Media (www.WordSmittenMedia.com) and the producer/host of the popular radio broadcast "About the Books (http://www.about-the-books.com)" that airs on AM Radio and NPR's affiliate stations in Florida (88.9 WFSU). Fee: $15.00 per month, per person. For details: Contact Kate Sullivan at (800)[masked]. Become a writing workshop member by creating your login ID and your password for Meetup.com/WordSmitten and register for the WordSmitten Writing Workshops. When you register and create your password on meetup.com/wordsmitten, look for the event on the Calendar Tab (left side of the page) that says Our Calendar. Look for your next session of the WordSmitten Writing Workshops for the Advanced Writers. Welcome to WordSmitten!

WordSmitten Writing Workshop :: Saturday 1 PM - Advanced Class

Location visible to members

$15.00

What: The WordSmitten Writing Workshop Series When: The Third Saturday of the Month from 1 PM to 5 PM. Why Attend: Open to advanced writers who are working on fiction (a novel or short story collection) or nonfiction (personal memoir, how-to, history, biography). This writing workshop is for those who are interested in learning how to approach literary agents with a professional query letter, to revise their manuscripts, to form critique groups and "workshop" their stories. Who: Instructor for is Kate Sullivan, the executive editor of WordSmitten Media (www.WordSmittenMedia.com) and the producer/host of the popular radio broadcast "About the Books (http://www.about-the-books.com)" that airs on AM Radio and NPR's affiliate stations in Florida (88.9 WFSU). Fee: $15.00 per month, per person. For details: Contact Kate Sullivan at (800)[masked]. Become a writing workshop member by creating your login ID and your password for Meetup.com/WordSmitten and register for the WordSmitten Writing Workshops. When you register and create your password on meetup.com/wordsmitten, look for the event on the Calendar Tab (left side of the page) that says Our Calendar. Look for your next session of the WordSmitten Writing Workshops for the Advanced Writers. Welcome to WordSmitten!

WordSmitten Writing Workshop :: Saturday 1 PM - Advanced Class

Location visible to members

$15.00

What: The WordSmitten Writing Workshop Series When: The Third Saturday of the Month from 1 PM to 5 PM. Why Attend: Open to advanced writers who are working on fiction (a novel or short story collection) or nonfiction (personal memoir, how-to, history, biography). This writing workshop is for those who are interested in learning how to approach literary agents with a professional query letter, to revise their manuscripts, to form critique groups and "workshop" their stories. Who: Instructor for is Kate Sullivan, the executive editor of WordSmitten Media (www.WordSmittenMedia.com) and the producer/host of the popular radio broadcast "About the Books (http://www.about-the-books.com)" that airs on AM Radio and NPR's affiliate stations in Florida (88.9 WFSU). Fee: $15.00 per month, per person. For details: Contact Kate Sullivan at (800)[masked]. Become a writing workshop member by creating your login ID and your password for Meetup.com/WordSmitten and register for the WordSmitten Writing Workshops. When you register and create your password on meetup.com/wordsmitten, look for the event on the Calendar Tab (left side of the page) that says Our Calendar. Look for your next session of the WordSmitten Writing Workshops for the Advanced Writers. Welcome to WordSmitten!

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