Sunday, August 23, 2009


September 8 Meeting

On September 8, after you've rested from your long weekend, come attend our meeting on Tuesday and hear award-winning author Cic DiGenti speak on the all important first page.

Let’s face it, we have short attention spans. If the author doesn’t catch and hold the reader’s attention with the first line, first paragraph and first page, they might look for another book. Author Vic DiGenti leads us through a fast-paced, upbeat session looking at the keys to Great Beginnings, and tells us why it’s so important to grab the reader in the beginning. Bring copies of your own first page for feedback from the group.

Victor DiGenti spent more than thirty-five years working in public broadcasting as a director, public affairs producer, head of a two-station corporate communications department, and was responsible for special events, including producing the acclaimed Jacksonville Jazz Festival for eight years. During that time, he won national, regional and local awards, produced documentaries, and was a freelance writer. Prior to that, he attended the University of Florida, worked at a CBS affiliate, and as an announcer with a top 40 radio station.

After his retirement, Vic turned to his first love—writing. He found inspiration in his household of feline critters and wrote three adventure/fantasies with a feline protagonist. His first two novels —Windrusher and Windrusher and the Cave of Tho-hoth (Ocean Publishing)— have won multiple awards and attracted readers of all ages. His third in the series, Windrusher and the Trail of Fire, was released in August of 2008.

Vic is a regional director of the Florida Writers Association,President of the Friends of the Library–Ponte Vedra Beach, and a member of the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach. His unpublished manuscript, Matanzas Bay, a mystery/suspense novel set in St. Augustine, Florida, won the 2007 Josiah W. Bancroft, Sr. Award


River City Writers' Group

Welcome to the River City Writers’ Group of the Florida Writers Association, serving the Duval County area.

We are a group of published and unpublished writers, who get together each month to learn about current trends and share information on the writing craft. The FWA recognizes that you may want to explore your talents through different formats and that's why we are not a genre-specific writers' organization and offer monthly meetings that reflect a variety of interests.

You do not need to be a FWA member to begin attending our monthly meetings, but after you've come to a few you are encouraged to sign up and enjoy the many discounts and benefits of membership in this energetic organization. And you are welcome to visit any of the statewide FWA local groups at any time.

Our monthly guest speakers offer you experience and advice from diverse backgrounds and insight into successful publication strategies for your own writing project. (See our current calendar of upcoming speaker topics below.)

If you have any questions, please contact our group leader Gregg T Golson:
We look forward to meeting you soon!

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:00-8:45 pm

Where: Southeast Branch Public Library

The Southeast Branch Public Library is located at 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, on the southwest corner of J. T. Butler and Gate Parkway (Costco exit). When going south on Gate Parkway, you'll turn right onto Deerwood Park Blvd, which runs west to Southside Blvd.

We meet in conference room "A," in the alcove to your right as you enter the building. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted for the busy after-work crowd.

Writing Conferences

Florida Writers Association Chart Your Course 8th Annual Statewide Conference - details forthcoming

Area Writing Organizations

First Coast Christian Writers meets Thursday evenings from 6:45-8:45 PM in room 204 at Christ's Church at 6045 Greenland Road. Contact Chapter President Lorraine Haatia at

First Coast Romance Writers (FCRW) at the West Regional Library: 1425 Chaffee Road. 11:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month. See the FCRW website for upcoming meetings/speakers:

Florida Sisters in Crime (SinC) meets at 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month at the Southeast Regional Library; 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd The SinC Writers' Critique Group meets immediately following the monthly meeting at 12:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the Critique Group, please email 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Florida Writers Association (FWA) Amelia Island meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Florida House Inn, 31 S. Fourth Street, Fernandina Beach. Contact Group Leader Maggie de Vries at for details about their next meeting.

FWA Ancient City meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10:00 a.m. at the Downtown St. Augustine Library. Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry critique groups meet at 11:45, immediately following the monthly meeting. For more details:

FWA Ponte Vedra Beach meets at 10:30 a.m. of the fourth Saturday of the month at the Ponte Vedra Branch Library. Contact FWA Regional Director Vic DiGenti for more information:

Jane Austen Society/North Florida Region meets at noon on the first Saturday of the month at Café Carmon, 1986 San Marco Blvd. For more information, contact Regional Coordinator Kadesh L Minter or JASNA North Florida

North Florida Writers Group 2:00 p.m. at the Webb Westconnett Library, 6887 103rd St. A Writers’ Critique group follows the monthly meeting. For more info:

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Jacksonville meets irregularly on the third Saturday of every month from 1-3 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. For more information about upcoming meeting, contact Janet Walter at or

Open Mic Nights for Poets

Deadpaper - Local poets and writers read their work at 7 p.m. on the last Friday of every month at Chamblin Uptown, 215 Laura St.

Open Sesame - Spoken word and music is presented at 8:30 p.m. every other Thursday at Uncommon Grounds, 2000 Hendricks Ave. Admission is free. 398-3776.

Poetspeak - Poetspeak features spoken-word at 9 p.m. on the first and third Monday of every month at Backstreets Coffeehouse, 61 Spanish St., St. Augustine. Admission is $2. 827-0990.

Soul Release - Spoken word is staged at 8 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of every month at 9th and Main, 1850 N. Main St. 353-6002.

The Cypher - holds open-mic poetry sets at 8:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month at Cafe 331 at 331 W. Forsyth St. 354-9163

Unheard Words - Open-mic poetry is held from 8-11 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Tamerry's Sports Club, 10696 Lem Turner Road. Admission is $3 for students, $5 for general audiences. Poets are admitted free. 722-1647.

Great Links
Free book search compares prices, shipping, and availability among dozens of top book sellers in seconds:

The Association of Authors’ Representatives
Here’s a helpful link for finding a legitimate agent for your manuscript:

Florida Writers Association statewide groups and events:

Glimmer Train Press quarterly journal, Writers Ask newsletter, and year-round writing competitions:

Jacksonville Public Library
Upcoming Events, Book Clubs, etc.

OneLook® Dictionary search:

Poets and Writers magazine offers a reliable listing of writing competitions and industry insights:*&

Query Letter Know How
Here’s an agent’s web link that provides information on writing an effective query letter and tips about how to get an agent to represent you:

UNF Irish Studies For more information about events or the Irish Studies program:
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