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Where we meet

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

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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

Writing Contests

Please visit our Contests page for updated information we receive from the surrounding Tampa Bay community regarding essay, poem, and other contests.

Groups

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

Resources/Workshops

Visit our resources page for information on craft, 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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August General Meeting

pic_ivy1 On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, Ivy Tobin (writing as Rose Gardner), author  of My Life as a Doormat, will speak to the Tampa Writers Alliance at the Carrollwood Barnes and Noble, 11802 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618.
 Ivy Tobin’s recently released novel has won rave reviews on Amazon . . . and her character maintains her own blog and Facebook pages!My Life as a Doormat follows the adventures of Rose Gardner. It’s 1980. Naïve and fresh out of college Rose moves to Manhattan against her parents’ wishes to pursue an acting career. Anxiety-ridden and insecure, Rose fights to maintain her sanity, while establishing herself as an actress and coping with bad relationships, unpredictable roommates, bad decisions, bad jobs, and bad friends.
doormat tobin Follow Rose Gardner (created by author Ivy Tobin) as she continues standing up and speaking out on her Facebook page – The Society for Recovering Doormats. And on her blog site www.thesocietyforrecoveringdoormats.com.Ivy was also Actor/ co Author for the 1991 film Scenes from a Mall / The Acting Lesson. Join TWA for what promised to be an entertaining evening!

To Kill A Mockingbird reading

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Monday, July 13th reading of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee to commemorate the release of the book’s sequel.

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 where I’ve never been. 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. I receive one more framed “certificate of appreciation.”

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.