“You fail only if you stop writing.”   —Ray Bradbury

February Speaker: Carol Post – “Injecting Sparkle and Pizazz into Your Writing”

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 6:30 pm


What makes some writing leap off the page and other prose fall flat? Learn how to grip your readers with stories that radiate energy and emotion. This workshop covers how to bring out a character’s unique voice, how to create vivid description that transports readers into your world, how to write dialogue that pops, and how to spot lackluster writing and replace it with sentences that sparkle. Attendees will be given lots of examples from a variety of authors.

Carol J. Post writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have received the Royal Palm Literary Award and been nominated for the RITA® and the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Book award. She’s also a popular speaker, presenting workshops on a variety of craft topics. When Carol isn’t writing, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Since her kids flew the nest, she pours all that nurturing into spoiling two sassy black cats.

To Connect via Zoom, Click This Link at 6:15 p.m.:


Tampa’s Longest-Running Critique Group Meets Three Times a Month via Hybrid Format (Zoom + In-Person) – All Are Welcome!

Critique groups are on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

See details below.

Guest Speakers are on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

See details below.


How Do I Attend a Meeting?

The location for folks who want to meet in person is North Tampa Branch Public Library, in Classroom 9.

The address is: 8916 N Blvd, Tampa, FL 33604. It is just south of the intersection of North Boulevard and Busch Boulevard.

To Connect to the Critique Meetings via ZOOM, click this link at 6:15 p.m.:


How Do I Participate In a Critique?

  1. Download and critique the submissions found on this website at GROUPS>CRITIQUE GROUP>CRITIQUE GROUP DOWNLOADS approximately one week in advance of the meeting date. Entry requires the password “Critic”.
  2. On Wednesday, connect via video call or in person to share your critiques. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
  3. Email your comments directly to the author after the critique. The author’s email address will be included in their submission. 
  4. Membership is not required to download the submissions and attend meetings, but only members may submit work for critique.

Can I mail my critiques to the author? 

No. We are not providing home addresses of the authors. Please send your comments via email. 

I hate technology and I don’t want to do this. 

That’s okay. You are welcome to download the submissions and email your comments directly to the author. No need to attempt the video call. Or, you can wait for the live group to resume. 

Is this free? 

Using the Zoom software to join this call is free. TWA is paying for a Zoom Pro membership to make this work. Your annual dues are covering this cost. Thanks for being a member and making this possible! 

What other questions do you have?

Email them to critique@tampawriters.org.