Florida Writers Speakers Bureau

Florida Writers Association members are pleased to share their knowledge on a variety of topics related to the craft and business of writing with your group. Contact potential speakers directly for more information.


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nancy j cohenNancy J. Cohen (she/her)
Email:
 [email protected]
Website: nancyjcohen.com
Resides: Seminole County
Speaks: In-person or online
Topics: Book marketing; indie publishing; traditional publishing; social media; writing craft: fiction; the writing life

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. These books have won numerous awards along with her nonfiction titles, Writing the Cozy Mystery and A Bad Hair Day Cookbook. Active in the writing community, Nancy is a past president of Florida Romance Writers and Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.


ginny l cubelGinnye L. Cubel (she/her/hers)
Email: 
[email protected]
Website: glcubel.com
Resides: Orange County
Speaks: In-person or online
Topics: Email marketing; content marketing; alternatives to social media marketingbrand strategy; reader personasSEO author websites or blogsbook marketingsocial mediatools for writers

Ginnye Lynn Cubel is a writer, podcast host, and coffee enthusiast. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Butler University and is the Marketing Chair for the Florida Writers Association. With over eight years of corporate and small business marketing experience, Ginnye loves helping other writers create successful author marketing plans. Currently, she is working on her debut novel, Ophelium


shutta crumShutta Crum (she/her)
Email:
[email protected]
Website: shutta.com
Resides: St. Johns County
Speaks: In-person or online
Topics: Writing children's books; finding publishing opportunities using Duotrope and Submittable; writing poetry; tools for writers; traditional publishing

Shutta Crum has won 7 Royal Palm Awards (4 gold, 3 silver). Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in many publications including Acumen, Calyx and Boulevard. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook When You Get Here won a gold Royal Palm. Her newest book is The Way to the River. Her books for children include 13 picture books, 3 novels and 2 board books, published traditionally.


arthur doweykpArthur M. Doweyko, PhD
Email: 
[email protected]
Website:
 arthurmdoweyko.com
Resides:
 Indian River County
Speaks: 
In-person only
Topics: Science Fiction (hard & soft); book design; writing fiction

Arthur Doweyko writes and illustrates science fiction, fantasy and horror. He is the author of the award-winning novels: Algorithm and As Wings Unfurl. Many of his published short stories have also garnered awards and can be found in two anthologies: My Shorts and Captain Arnold. Captain Arnold won the 2021 Book of the Year (2nd runner up, FWA) Royal Palm Literary Awards). Recently, he won the 2022 L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest.


dianne farbDianne Farb
Pen Name: Rebecca Heflin
Email:
 
[email protected]
Website: rebeccaheflin.com
Resides:
 Alachua County
Speaks: 
In-person or online
Topics: Indie publishing; writing fiction

Dianne Farb is a bestselling, award-winning romance writer under the name Rebecca Heflin. Dianne has won the Royal Palm Literary Award for published romance three times. As an indie-published author herself, she often provides advice for those who wish to pursue their own indie-publishing career.


joni m fisherJoni M. Fisher (she/her)
Email: 
[email protected]
Website: 
jonimfisher.com
Resides: 
Polk County
Speaks: 
In-person or online
Topics: writing for paid blogs and magazines; research for fiction writers; editing & revision; writing fiction; the writing life

After decades in journalism, Joni M. Fisher turned to crime. Her Compass Crimes series has been recognized in the US Review, National Indie Excellence Awards, Clue Book Awards, RPLA, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Kindle Book Awards, and others. She is a member of the FWA, ACFW, and Sisters in Crime. An instrument-rated private pilot, she reports for General Aviation News.


arielle haugheeArielle Haughee (she/her)
Email: 
[email protected]
Website: 
orangeblossombooks.com
Resides: 
Orange County
Speaks: 
In-person or online
Topics: Author websites or blogs; book design; book marketing; editing & revision; indie publishing; traditional publishing; tools for writers; writing fiction

Arielle Haughee (Hoy) is a seven-time RPLA-winning author, editor, speaker, and publisher. She is the owner of the small press Orange Blossom Publishing and was previously the Executive Vice President and Marketing Chair for the Florida Writers Association. She was honored with the President’s Award from FWA in 2020, and in 2021 Pling’s Party was awarded Children’s Book of the Year.


elle ireLisa Iriarte (she/her)
Pen Name: Elle E. Ire
Email:
[email protected]
Website: 
elleire.com
Resides: 
Osceola County
Speaks: 
In-person or online
Topics: In-person networking, incorporating real life into fiction, finding and getting an agent, query letters, plotting vs. pantsing, writing sex scenes, pushing through writer's block; traditional publishing; social media; writing fiction; the writing life

Elle Ire is the author of nine traditionally published science fiction and paranormal romance novels. She has won a Goldie from the Golden Crown Literary Society, four gold RPLA awards, and been first runner up for book of the year. She has spoken at conferences all over the country, including FWA, WorldCon, ReaderCon, MegaCon, GCLS, and many more. Elle is represented by Naomi Davis.


ian kirkpatrickIan Kirkpatrick
Email:
[email protected]
Website: 
steakhousebooks.com
Resides: 
Polk County
Speaks: 
In-person or online
Topics: Audio casting/design; book design; editing & revision; indie publishing; writing fiction; the writing life

Ian Kirkpatrick is an award-winning author of satire and magical realism. She currently holds a bachelor's degree in theater, a master's degree in creative writing, and will soon achieve a master's degree in forensic psychology.


eliot kleinberg

Eliot Kleinberg
Email: [email protected]
Website: 
ekfla.com
Resides: Palm Beach County
Speaks: In-person or online
Topics: Tight writing; tools for writers; writing fiction and nonfiction

Florida native Eliot Kleinberg spent nearly a half-century reporting on local news and writing about Florida and Florida history. He produced two history columns and wrote more than a dozen books, all of them about Florida. He lectures regularly on Florida topics and runs a blog on bad writing and how to fix it called "Something Went Horribly Wrong.” 


ken pelhamKen Pelham
Email: [email protected]
Website: kenpelham.com
Resides: Orange County
Speaks: In-person or online
Topics: writing in viewpoint; building suspense; using setting as character; writing the fictional ending; the history and importance of genre lit, editing & revision; writing fiction

Ken Pelham has won eight Royal Palm Literary Awards in both fiction and nonfiction. A member of International Thriller Writers, his thrillers, Brigands Key and Place of Fear, both won first-place RPLAs. His nonfiction, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Writer’s Guide to Mastering Viewpoint, was named Royal Palm 2015 Published Book of the Year, and Gumshoes, Fangs, Rockets, & Spies, won the 2021 RPLA Gold for History.


al pessinAl Pessin (he/his)
Email: [email protected]
Website: alpessin.com
Resides: Palm Beach County
Speaks: In-person or online
Topics: Journalism; Foreign Correspondent Work & Life; Using Your Life Experience in Your Writing; editing & revision; traditional publishing; writing fiction; the writing life

Al Pessin is the award-winning journalist, playwright, and author of the thriller series Sandblast, Blowback and Shock Wave from Kensington Publishing. Al drew on his experiences as a reporter at the White House, the Pentagon, and in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, covering wars, revolutions, and a variety of stories over nearly forty years. Al has won seven RPLAs and a Florida Book Award. 


m j polelleMichael J. Polelle, Esquire (he/him)
Pen Name:
M.J. Polelle
Email: [email protected]
Website: 
mjpolelle.com
Resides: 
Sarasota County
Speaks: 
In-person or online
Topics:
Indie publishing; writing fiction, the writing life; legal issues writers face

Michael J. Polelle, Esquire is an emeritus law professor from UIC-School of Law. He taught defamation law, privacy law, and a first amendment seminar. He also directed an annual Media Law conference. His  current day job"as a novelist has so far resulted in two indie novels: The Mithras Conspiracy (2019: Lido Press) and American Conspiracy (2021: Lido Press).


elizabeth randall

Elizabeth Randall (she/her)
Email: [email protected]
Resides: Seminole County
Speaks: In-person or online
Topics: The writing process, the writing query, the writing proposal, identifying your book's genre, writing nonfiction

Elizabeth Randall is a widely published freelance writer and the author of seven books (fiction and nonfiction). Her first poem was published in a national magazine when she was 11. Since then she has won numerous awards for her books and is invited to speak at museums, book clubs, book festivals, libraries, historical organizations, and schools. 


armand rosamilia.Armand Rosamilia (he/him)
Email: [email protected]
Website: 
armandrosamilia.com
Resides: Duval County
Speaks: In-person or online
TopicsTwitch writing; horror writing; podcasting; rapid release strategies; indie publishing; social media

Armand Rosamilia is a full-time crime thriller, horror, nonfiction writer. Also a podcaster. Also a lover of coffee, bourbon, and M&Ms.