Where we meet
Carrollwood Barnes and Noble
Check out each group for meeting times.
We are now posting “external” screenwriter events to our calendar and to the Screenwriters Group.
Visit our groups page to see which groups support your interests.
Visit our resources page for information on craft, contests, conferences, publication opportunities, and protecting your work.
Tampa Writers Alliance, Inc., participates in many activities in the surrounding Tampa area, including the Festival of Reading held in October of each year.
Check out our Events calendar at the bottom of this page for more information.
May General Meeting
From Life to Page
Author Catherine Astl-Henshaw will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Carrollwood Barnes and Noble.
A Tampa Writers Alliance member from a decade ago, Catherine took her life experience and crafted from it two highly informative books on the paralegal profession, which became well-respected college textbooks (a great way to generate streaming income). Then she took her life experience again and turned it into her latest novel, “Three Gates: Lessons in Humility, Virtue, and Honor,” recently released by Brighton Publishing, LLC
“Fueled by poignant characters and an awe-inspiring journey of personal discovery, author Catherine Astl delivers a masterfully crafted novel—a remarkable tale of revelation and contemplation,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “Paying homage to popular inspirational novels like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, Astl’s Three Gates: Lessons in Humility, Virtue, and Honor is an emotionally gravitating novel rarely found in the current market.”
Cathy Astl’s powerfully written allegorical tale is distributed by Ingram, the world’s largest book wholesaler, on-demand from the Espresso Book Machine, and in popular e-book formats.
Catherine Astl-Henshaw holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English-American Literature from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of the International Summer Schools Shakespeare and Literature program at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England.
Ms. Astl is the author of two non-fiction books, Behind the Bar: Inside the Paralegal Profession and Behind the Bar-From Intake to Trial, as well as having authored over twenty-five published articles. She lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida with her son and husband
Third Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat
Early registration open until April 15
A faculty of nationally acclaimed Florida authors includes fiction writer Karen Brown (The Longings of Wayward Girls, Little Sinners and Other Stories, and Pins and Needles: Stories); creative nonfiction writer and editor of Florida Review Jocelyn Bartkevicius; poet Michael Hettich (The Animals Beyond Us and Systems of Vanishing); Tampa Bay Times columnist and bureau chief Ernest Hooper; and young adult writer Amy Christine Parker (Gated, and the sequel, Astray). These renowned writers will be joined by Saint Leo writing faculty members Dr. Patrick Crerand, Gianna Russo, and Dr. Kurt Wilt to guide attendees through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works. The retreat will also include a faculty reading and book signing, a reception, and an optional lunch-time open reading for participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or order a box lunch for an additional charge.
A very limited number of private one-on-one manuscript consultations are available on a first come, first served basis. There is an additional fee for the 15-minute consultation of up to 10 pages of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
Early registration for the Sandhill Writers Retreat is open until April 30. The cost is $85 for the public; $65 for teachers, students, and senior citizens; $25 for Saint Leo faculty, staff, veterans, and active-duty military; $10 for SLU students. Five student internships, for which there is an application process, waive the registration fee. Optional one-on-one manuscript review conferences will be available with retreat faculty for an additional fee of $75. There will also be a box lunch provided for $8.
Late registration, from May 1 to 12, includes an additional fee of $15 per registrant. To read more detailed information and register online, visit http://www.saintleo.edu/academics/schools/school-of-arts-sciences/the-sandhill-writers-retreat.aspx.
For more information, contact Gianna Russo, retreat director, at (352) 588-8282 or email@example.com.
Why Spring Cleaning is Important
General Meeting 7:00 pm
General Meeting @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Executive Committee Meeting 9:00 pm
Executive Committee Meeting @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
Apr 1 @ 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Quorum, discussion, and voting is limited to the Executive Committee, but all members may attend.