St. Augustine Florida Chapter of the Florida Writers Association

About the Ancient City Chapter

Because the FWA motto is, "Writers helping writers" and because writers like Randy Cribbs felt a group to help other writers was a good idea, the Ancient City Chapter was born in 2006.

Upcoming Events

Put the POW in your PRESS RELEASE
Join us Saturday, September 17, 10am at the Main Library, where one of our own co-leaders, Nancy Quatrano will show us how to write press releases that work!

Nancy Quatrano

A press release is your ticket to publicity, one that can get you or your products free news coverage for print, television and radio outlets. But what will make yours stand out from the crowd?

Learn how to craft a powerful press release and the strategies for submitting at the right time to the right place so it gets noticed. Nancy Quatrano first learned the basics from a NY marketing/ad professional back in 1994. Since then she's written over a thousand which have been published in magazines, newspapers and garnered international radio interviews.

Come and ask your questions – and go home with your "12 Tips to Put the POW in Your Press Release" handout. 


Join us Saturday, October 15, 10am at the Main Library

Marge Smith

Presenter: Marge Smith, writing as Elizabeth Sinclair

       You have your idea in place.  You've interviewed your characters and gotten to know them as well as you know yourself.  You've compiled their goals, motivations and conflicts. Your plotline is sketched out in a rough outline or synopsis form. You have your novel notebook assembled with all the research information you'll need to tell your tale. It’s time to start writing.  But. . . .Where do you begin? Well, as the white rabbit said “begin at the beginning and go on until you reach the end.” But where is your beginning?  In this workshop, we'll explore all the facets of a dynamic beginning that will catch an editor's eye and keep your reader turning pages.

My bio:

       Elizabeth Sinclair sold her first romance, JENNY'S CASTLE, in 1993 to Silhouette Intimate Moments. Since then, this multi-published author's 26 books have sold in ten foreign countries and been translated into seven foreign languages. Her books have won The National Reader's Choice Award, The Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, the Heart Of Excellence Reader's Choice Award, and Maggie Award of Excellence.  She has also won a Gold Medal Top Pick from the Romantic Times Book Club and a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. She is a co-founder and member of the Ancient City Romance Authors of St. Augustine, FL, and has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 1988.  She has chaired ACRA’s annual conference since 2011 and presented numerous workshops on the craft of writing and authored the THE DREADED SYNOPSIS. Elizabeth has published with Silhouette, Harlequin, Kensington, Thorndike, Bell Bridge Books, and Salt Run Publishing. Her recent books include the HAWKS MOUNTAIN series and THE LAST MOVE. Her current release is BOUND BY FIRE, a romantic suspense from Salt Run Publishing.


Conferences & Meetings

Resource for Writers Conferences & Meetings

Making plans for what conferences and meetings to attend?  We have them here.

Note: The Ancient City Chapter of the Florida Writers Association meets the third Saturday of each month, at 10am in the Main Library, St Augustine, FL. Please check the calendar each month for any changes!

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