MONDAY, JUNE 29TH | 3PM

South Florida Book Festival Workshop:
“Young Adult Writing with Stefani Deoul”

Stefani Deoul

Author

Stefani Deoul is the author of the award-winning ya mystery series, the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures: ON A LARP, ZERO SUM GAME, and the recently published, SAY HER NAME. Her backlist includes first novel, THE CAROUSEL, along with numerous pieces including Curve magazine, Outdoor Delaware, and LeOers from CAMP Rehoboth, where she is a regular columnist. Deoul’s short stories appear in several collecQons, and she has both film and television treatments to her credit.. As a television producer Stefani’s resume includes SyFy series HAVEN, THE DEAD ZONE, BRAVE NEW GIRL, DRESDEN FILES, and MISSING. While producing five seasons of Haven, Stefani succumbed to the allure of acQng, “starring” as the off-camera, and uncredited, radio dispatcher, Laverne.

Young Adult Fiction is today's top-selling category. Are you new to writing fiction for young adults? Do you want to learn how to write a young adult book and break into the market? Learn how to turn your ideas into a novel. Writing and publishing today is challenging: make your work stand out in a crowded market.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1ST | 3PM

South Florida Book Festival Workshop:
“Using the Notebook Method to Write Mysteries with Marty Ambrose”

Marty Ambrose

Author

Marty Ambrose has been a writer most of her life, consumed with the world of literature whether teaching English at Southern New Hampshire University or creating her own fiction. Her writing career has spanned almost fifteen years, with eight published novels for Avalon Books, Kensington Books, Thomas & Mercer—and, now, Severn House.

A few years ago, Marty had the opportunity to take a new creative direction that builds on her interest in the Romantic poets: historical fiction. Her first book in a trilogy, Claire’s Last Secret, combines memoir and mystery in a genre-bending narrative of the Byron/Shelley “haunted summer,” with Claire Clairmont, as the protagonist/sleuth—the “almost famous” member of the group. Her second novel, A Shadowed Fate, begins where the first novel ends with Claire on an “odyssey” through Italy to find the fate of her daughter, Allegra, whom she now believes might have survived; her narrative plays out with Byron’s memoir from 1821, and Allegra’s own story. It was published by Severn House this past spring in the U.K. and United States.

Marty lives on an island in Southwest Florida with her husband, former news-anchor, Jim McLaughlin, where they tend their mango grove. She is currently working on the third book in her trilogy, Forever Past.

Writing and publishing mysteries today is challenging: You want to use every device in the creative toolbox to make your work stand out in a crowded market. It’s a given that you’re going to write the book of your heart, but you also want to learn the craft of writing to give structure to your artistic vision.   Learn how to set up your own Notebook Method to create tight plots, fully-developed characters, and evocative settings (historical or contemporary).

Nancy J. Cohen

Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers’ Favorite gold medal and a RONE Award, placed first in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy’s instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award, earned first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards and the TopShelf Magazine Book Awards, and won a gold medal in the President’s Book Awards. Active in the writing community, Nancy is a past president of Florida Romance Writers and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. When not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising, and visiting Disney World. Visit her at Nancyjcohen.com

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8TH | 3PM

“Self-Publishing Made Simple”
hosted by Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter

Do you have a novel that doesn’t fit genre guidelines or a personal project you want to self-publish? Or perhaps you want to reissue backlist titles or become a hybrid author? In this workshop, award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen will discuss setting up your own imprint, buying and assigning ISBNs, preparing your manuscript, ebook and print distributors and marketing tips.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15TH | 3PM

South Florida Book Festival Workshop:
“Blogging, Posting, & Tweeting Your Way to Success”

Young Adult Fiction is today's top-selling category. Are you new to writing fiction for young adults? Do you want to learn how to write a young adult book and break into the market? Learn how to turn your ideas into a novel. Writing and publishing today is challenging: make your work stand out in a crowded market.

FRIDAY, JULY 17TH | 6:45PM

Flip & Sip Virtual Lounge: Reveal of the 2020 Drink hosted by Randolph Dukes

Randolph Dukes

Founder of Success Fridays

Randolph Dukes is a Technologist & Entrepreneur with over 25 years of successful experiences in Information Technology, all built on a solid foundation of 2 college degrees (B.S. and M.S., both in Computer Information Systems). Over the years of balancing work and play, Mr. Dukes has cultivated his interests in the culinary arts and has since developed into an amateur chef and self-taught mixologist. A self-described "Brown Liquor Connoisseur", he has created a variety of original drink recipes, with a special focus on cognacs. Building on his curated collection of cocktail recipes, Randolph will soon launch a pre-mixed cocktail manufacturing company. In sharing his passion for craft cocktails and social engagement, Dukes is also the founder of Success Fridays. Success Fridays creates social experiences that provide an entertaining and inspiring outlet for stress free networking.

Dukes is the social convener of craft cocktails and conversation with Success Fridays. Success Fridays creates social experiences that provide an entertaining and inspiring outlet for stress free networking.

South Florida Book Festival 2020 EAT DRINK READ will feature the new culinary book by Sarah Tiong “Sweet, Savory, Spicy” and we are doing it up with style featuring Chef Alex Kuk of Temple Street Eatery.

Sweet, Savory, Spicy: Exciting Street Market Food from Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and More by Sarah Tiong (Author)

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