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Where we meet

Carrollwood Barnes and Noble
11802 Dale Mabry Highway,
Tampa, FL 33618.

Check out each group for meeting times.

SCREENWRITERS

We are now posting “external” screenwriter events to our calendar and to the Screenwriters Group.

Membership

To join the Tampa Writers Alliance and take advantage of all the benefits, see our membership page or fill out the Membership Application

Groups

Visit our groups page to see which groups support your interests.

Resources

Visit our resources page for information on craft, contests, conferences, publication opportunities, and protecting your work.

Community

Tampa Writers Alliance, Inc., participates in many activities in the surrounding Tampa area, including the Festival of Reading held in October of each year.

Events

Check out our Events calendar at the bottom of this page for more information.

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Please join us on Meetup.com to sign up and RSVP for upcoming meetings and to receive news and updates.
You can also follow us on Google+

 

April General Meeting

By-laws and Budget Approval

Tampa Writers Alliance, Inc. will not be hosting a speaker at the April General Meeting.  We’ll be holding votes on proposed changes to the by-laws and Fiscal 2015 budget approvals.

Must be a current, dues-paying member to participate in voting.

Meeting is Wednesday, April 1st at the Carrollwood Barnes and Noble.
11802 Dale Mabry Highway,
Tampa, FL 33618.

Please join us in May when we’ll be presenting a new speaker.

 

 

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penWRITER’S CORNER

Why Spring Cleaning is Important
–Sandra Kischuk [sandra_writer@verizon.net]

Over the years, I’ve noticed how easy it is to accumulate ‘things.’ A friend goes on vacation and brings back a souvenir from a place I’ve never been to. Another friend gives me something that doesn’t go with a thing in my house. I’m encouraged to participate in a holiday ‘gift’ exchange to receive something I would never have gotten myself. My tables get buried under magazines I haven’t read. I ‘win’ a prize someone has carefully selected from the dollar store. My shelves get full of books I only bought one at a time.

Getting hit with boredom, I think of acquiring that little something, subconsciously accepting the media hype that buying something will placate the gnawing emptiness. Usually it’s just a matter that my body/mind is telling me I need to do something or stop doing something, not a real matter of needing to continue to crowd my environment.

Occasionally, I slip up, and I have one more ‘thing’ that owns me. (We don’t own things, they own us. Think about it!) My excuses? It’s cute, it’s new, it won’t take much space. The reality? If it’s alive, it needs to be fed, watered, pruned, walked, or taken to the vet. If it’s inanimate, I find myself dusting it, washing it, repairing it (or paying to have it repaired), or horrors! replacing it when I wasn’t sure I wanted it in the first place.

If it’s mechanical, I may delude myself into thinking buying it will solve a problem, but guaranteed, it will find the most inopportune time to stop working. After all, the dishwasher didn’t decide to break until it was absolutely full. I have found that if I rely less on some of those things I used to take for granted, my life becomes simplified. For seven years I have done my dishes by hand. The house is quieter.

If I’m realistic, breaking at the most inopportune time isn’t always the case. Years ago, my car died on the way to church. Things would have been a lot more exciting if it had choked to a stop during rush hour, and if I hadn’t been able to floor it into a grocery store parking lot. Later, when I went back to clean the last of my things out of the trunk, the car was still making sputtering noises all on its own. I  felt like a crab, shedding a too-small shell, and leaving behind an empty discard. I felt an odd sense of loss.

Shedding the material things in life, the odd little accumulations, gives us the opportunity to grow. Doing without, or not adding things, lets us redefine who we are. But in the redefinition, are you moving closer to who you really are, how the world tells you to define yourself?

What, in your life, do you take for granted that you don’t really need?

What are you adding to your life as a substitute for what you really want?

As a writer, are you letting too much of the outside world define how you should live? What you should do? And how you should define your own happiness?

If you are a writer, the best thing you can do is let go of the confusion, the things, the distractions (mental clutter) and let the writer do her work.

Far better to be owned by your craft than by your things.

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General Meeting 7:00 pm
General Meeting @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Executive Committee Meeting 9:00 pm
Executive Committee Meeting @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
Mar 4 @ 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm
The next Executive Committee meeting shall be a follow-on to the General Meeting on March 4th, 2015.  Quorum, discussion, and voting is limited to the Executive Committee, but all members may attend.
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Critique Group 7:00 pm
Critique Group @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Florida Film Network “Night at the Movies” 7:00 pm
Florida Film Network “Night at the Movies” @ Suite 4K Studios
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Please join the Florida Film Network on Tuesday, March 17th at Suite 4K Studios, 12501 62nd St N, Largo for another “Night At The Movies.” Networking is 7-7:30pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm. If you would like to showcase a...
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Critique Group 7:00 pm
Critique Group @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Poetry Group 7:00 pm
Poetry Group @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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