florida writers association youth

Do you love writing?

Join the  Florida Writers Association Youth program (FWAY) for middle and high school writers, and improve your writing, meet new friends, enter contests, and get publishing opportunities.

We believe everyone should have a chance to live out their dreams. We foster creativity and mutual support through our network of writers, teachers, poets, editors, publishers, and agents.

Annual dues are only $15, but the benefits are huge!

  • Zoom Writing Club. Find friendship with writers like you and support and advice from special guests who are publishing industry professionals and award-winning authors. Be inspired.
  • A great support network that includes authors, agents, publishers, and all the resources of the Florida Writers Association (FWA). 
  • Free entries to the FWA Collection writing contest. Winners are published in the Collection, celebrated at a luncheon attended by authors, agents and publishers, and participate in a book signing at the annual conference.
  • One free entry to the Royal Palm Literary Awards writing contest. Finalists and winners receive recognition and awards during the annual conference with hundreds attending. All entrants receive score sheets with judges’ feedback, a major benefit.
  • Opportunities to be published. Beside the Collection, your work could be published in The Florida Writer magazine and FWA blog.
  • Free subscriptions to The Florida Writer magazine and monthly FWA newsletter to stay informed about publishing, and much more.
  • Attend the annual Florida Writers Association Youth Conference. Learn from and network with authors, agents, and publishers in exciting sessions designed for FWAY. You can even set up agent or publisher interviews!
  • Share your love of writing with new friends who appreciate your passion and work!

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FWAY Leadership Team

mark newhouse

Mark H. Newhouse, Chairperson. the NY State Reading Association Elementary/Secondary Teacher of the Year 1989, was an adjunct professor at SUNY Old Westbury and served on Newsday’s educational advisory board. He is a multiple RPLA winner, and has had stories featured in the FWA Collections, Creative Writers Notebook, Tales 2 Inspire, and other contests. Born in Germany to Holocaust survivors, he enjoys working with youth and is an anti-bullying advocate.


Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell was drawn into the world of writing by his childhood dreams and the stories in his head that he wishes to bring to life. He loves psychology, fantasy worlds, and stories about the wonders of life. He is a black belt in tae kwon do and has practiced the art for ten years. He also has a background in tumbling. Michael joined the Florida Writers Association in 2019 and serves on the Board of Directors.


paula feuersteinPaula Feuerstein has a master’s degree in elementary education and a PhD in curriculum development. Paula taught elementary school and has developed several educational books and learning experiences for students. Some of her instructional materials have won national and state awards.  She has published two picture books and is currently writing her first chapter book. Paula is the FWAY co-chairperson.