Upcoming Events

All Events are Zoom Events. To register call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net

This is the information as of now for the Florida Authors Academy, but workshops may be subject to change.

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Saturday May 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Getting Started (and Getting to the Finish) . You have a story . . . or a kernel of a story . . . or an idea for a kernel. You have a computer . . . or a pen and paper . . . or a crayon and a blank wall. You have the desire. But you also have a hundred demands on your time, a thousand obligations, a million distractions.  How do you get started on that story/novel/multi-volume opus? In “Getting Started (and Getting to the Finish),” we’ll workshop processes that enable writers to start writing in ways that enable them to pursue a story through a challenging middle to a successful end with Instructor Michael Wiley.  All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Monday May 31, 2021 All Day

Closed on Memorial Day

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Saturday June 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Tips & Tricks For Writing Addictive Short Fiction with Instructor Debra H. Goldstein.  Through an examination of the definition and compositional elements of short stories, including structure, characters, conflict, setting, and dialogue, Debra will provide tips, tricks, and markets for writing and successfully placing short stories. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday June 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

It’s Showtime! Understanding Show, Don’t Tell

Show don’t tell. At some point, every writer hears it. It’s critical to crafting a story that works, but what exactly does it mean? And more importantly, how do you make sure you’re using it correctly in your own work. In this workshop, writers will learn how to spot the common telling signposts, from motivational, descriptive, and emotional tells, to those frequent mental signposts that explain, not dramatize, and the always pesky adverbs. They’ll also learn how to spot common red flag words that often indicate told, not shown prose, and what they can do to fix them once they’ve found them. Instructor Janice Hardy.  All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Sunday June 13, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday Sleuths Book Group Zoom Discussion

The Sunday Sleuths Book Group will discuss Never Ask Me by Jeff Abbott $17.00. Please call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net to order and get the zoom link.

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Saturday June 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Who’s Talkin’ Here? It’s Dialogue, Silly

The surest way to stop readers in their tracks is bad dialogue. On the flip side, skillful dialogue is the Swiss Army Knife of writing. It can be used to define characters, to move the narrative along, to supply necessary information to the reader, and to set tone. Learn some very easy techniques—both practical and esoteric—in order to improve your abilities and willingness to use dialogue to help make your work more professional. Learn how to do attribution without repeating …” he said/she said. Learn how to create and shape characters through their speech and intonation. More importantly, learn how to do dialogue from the inside out instead of artificially from the outside in. I promise, you’ll be much better at it and more confident in your ability to do it after this class with Instructor Reed Farrel Coleman.  All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday June 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

The Muddle in the Middle with Instructor Hank Phillippi Ryan. You have a rocking first act to your novel, and you even have an idea of how to end your story with a twist and a bang and a shot at certain bestsellerdom. But now what? How will you get from that great beginning to the kickass ending? You’ve hit the muddle in the middle.  USA Today best-selling author Hank Phillippi Ryan will show you how these central pages can be made to intrigue and delight your readers–and have them turning pages as fast as they can. With practical advice and specific tips, Hank will show you how to make the magic in the middle. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday June 26, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Traci Hall In Person Event

Traci will speak and sign Murder in a Scottish Garden $15.95. It’s tea time with Walker’s shortbread cookies and Brodie’s tea served. Face masks required for unvaccinated people. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net to reserve a spot.

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Saturday July 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

For your story to work, readers need context—your characters’ backstories. It’s a risky proposition, though, because many times, it’s a thinly veiled excuse for an info-dump. The trick to revealing your characters’ pasts is to sprinkle in references to the past that are linked to current events or showthe events that made the characters who they are today through flashbacks or flash-forwards. You’ll learn a 3-step decision-making tool designed to help you determine whether you need backstory, and if so, how to implement it well with Instructor Jane Cleland. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday July 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

“Omit needless words.” Strunk and White said it, and it’s still perhaps the most important rule of good writing. If you take twice as long as you need to say something, you’ve done your reader, and yourself, a disservice. And doomed your work. You might love your flowery prose, but you must kill your darlings! Omit needless words and you leave room for more story and more impact with Instructor Eliot Kleinberg. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Sunday July 18, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

The Sunday Sleuths Book Group

The Sunday Sleuths will discuss Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. $18.00. Please call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net to order and get the zoom link.

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Saturday July 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

And then what happens? And then? And then? PLOT is what happens in a book. Seems simple — until you sit down to write. How do you create a compelling series of scenes to propel your story’s events — your plot — from beginning to end? Whether you are someone who meticulously maps your book’s action before starting, or you let things organically unfold, there are ways to breathe life into your plot. In this class, you will learn techniques to make your scenes interesting, common pitfalls to avoid, and ways to insure the thread of your plot is woven through the entire fabric of your story. with Instructor Sue Sussman. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Wednesday July 28, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Brad Parks In Conversation with Riley Sager

Brad in conversation with Riley Sager about Unthinkable $24.95 . Please call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net to order and get the zoom link.

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Saturday July 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Whether in space, under water, or on land, the most successful stories ground readers in time and place. When carefully considered, setting offers far more than a simple backdrop. It can control mood, create conflict, and influence pacing. Discover how setting forms the foundation of a story, adds to each scene, and what it reveals about characters, while learning how to avoid overwhelming your narrative with Instructor Micki Browning. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday August 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Learn how to write interior descriptions that put your reader into the scene, but won’t slow the action. How much is enough? How much is too much? Learn unusual facts about the places we live and work in, and how to use them as factors in creating your characters and their worlds with Instructor Victoria Landis. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday August 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Dead Write: Forensics for Writers. Elaine Viets passed the Medicolegal Death Investigators Course for forensic professionals at St. Louis University’s School of Medicine, and used that information for her new Angela Richman Death Investigator series. Brain Storm is the first book in that series. The latest is Death Grip.  Elaine will discuss the proper methods and pitfalls of body identification, and other tips that will give your mysteries authenticity. The talk includes handouts. with Instructor Elaine Viets.  All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday August 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

17 Things I’ve Learned About Writing. This is a hodgepodge grab-bag mix-mash of the best writing advice Brad has ever come up with and/or cleverly stolen from people smarter than him. It includes “Every story needs a spider,” “Take the anti-Hippocratic Oath,” and Brad’s Patented Formula for Suspense (which is not actually patented . . . but for those of you frustrated math students, he can express it algebraically!). Trigger warning: This presentation may involve Broadway spoof songs. Attend at your own risk with Instructor Brad Parks.  All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday August 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Seeing (For Writers). Our job is to see the world clearly and to make the reader see exactly what we have seen. But, too often, we look when we should see. Looking is not the same as seeing. Looking is easy, seeing is hard. Looking is spontaneous and casual; seeing is deliberate and purposeful. How, then, do you teach yourself to see? Perhaps you need to begin to look at the world in an unhabitual way. We’ll discuss strategies to do just that. We’ll discuss seeing what’s there and what’s not there. We’ll train ourselves to see with various exercises with Instructor John Dufresne.  All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Tuesday August 31, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Carol J. Perry and Traci Wilton Virtual Author Event

Carol J. Perry will discuss Be My Ghost $15.95 and Traci Wilton will discuss Mrs. Morris and the Vampire $8.99.  Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday September 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

The How-to of Deep Point of View. You’ve been introduced to the basics of point of view. Now learn more about one aspect of it: Deep Point of View. Deep POV is the degree of psychic distance that positions the reader most deeply inside the character’s mind. Deep POV can be written in first or third person. Fiction does Deep POV; movies don’t. Deep POV is the best way to help a reader develop empathy, because the reader is privy to the character’s visceral reactions or deepest emotional reactions. Deep POV works better in certain genres: Young Adult, Romance, and Mystery. This class will cover the  hallmarks of Deep POV, Deep POV in first and third person, Visceral reactions, Free Indirect Discourse (FID) and some narrative theory with Instructor Alison McMahan.  All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday September 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Research: The Foundation of Fiction. Research is not about dusty books and library stacks. It is the first and vital step in creating your story. From fantasy to science fiction or modern day to historical; research is the foundation of all genres. This class delves into the techniques and sources an author needs to create a believable world where their characters live. From space ships to old English villages, the climate, lay out and scope of your landscape require research and planning. If you want to truly make your world of fiction real for your readers, proper research will lead you on a journey of discovery and planning with Instructor Charles Todd. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday September 25, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Heroes vs. Villains: Police Procedure for Writers. Making your characters and scenes more believable and full of conflict for maximum thrills. How to “Suspend Disbelief” by writing characters, scenes, and police procedures that are compelling and believable enough to keep the pages turning; Moving the action forward via scene sequencing; Avoiding writers’ block and plot fatigue using: “Motivation+Action+Reaction with Instructor David Putnam. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday October 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Fiction readers are getting more sophisticated all the time, and it’s a writer’s job to get the details correct. New York Times bestselling author John Gilstrap brings his thirty-five years of experience as a firefighter, EMT, safety engineer and hazardous materials specialist to the classroom in a lively, interactive session to teach the basics of projectile ballistics, fire behavior, how explosives work, and how the human body functions. What actually happens when a person gets shot or stabbed? Do silencers really work? What’s the difference between a fire, a deflagration and a detonation? Was there really another shooter on the grassy knoll when JFK was shot? These and many other questions will be answered. Note: This presentation contains graphic imagery with Instructor John Gilstrap. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday October 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Cool Tools for Crime Scenes . Crime scene investigations require the right tools, strong skills and the right personnel to help solve cases. In order to do this crime scene investigators must be well trained and be up to date on tools and technology that help us stay one step ahead of the offender. This two-hour webinar will introduce attendees to the innovative tools and technology that crime scene investigators utilize when responding to crime scenes and to assist in solving the case! Tool kits have expanded while budgets have been reduced. Attendees will also be introduced to forensics on a budget! with Instructor Sharon Plotkin. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday October 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Rocking & Rolling, Twisting & Turning: Creating Suspense . Every story needs hair-raising climbs and stomach-plummeting drops to keep your audience turning pages, but creating the wrong ones or putting them in the wrong place will make the reader go splat instead of soaring. In this fun, interactive workshop, learn how secrets, surprise, and stakes are the keys to inciting both fear and exhilaration…and ways to build all three so that your novel can come to rest on a pinnacle of success with Instructor Jenny Milchman. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday October 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Villains and Villainesses: The Characters You Love to Hate with Instructor Cara Black. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday October 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Become Your Own Best Editor with Instructor Lori Rader-Day. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday November 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Book Marketing on a Budget with Instructor Nancy Cohen.  All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday November 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Land Your Dream Agent with Instructor K.J. Howe. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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Saturday November 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Florida Authors Academy 2021

Independent Publishing for the Lazy Author with Instructor M.J. Carlson. All two hour workshops are $25 per person, except where noted. Reservations are required for Zoom invite. Call 561-279-7790 or email murdermb@gate.net.

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