St. Augustine Florida Chapter of the Florida Writers Association

Guest Speaker


On Saturday, December 16th, the Ancient City Chapter of the Florida Writers Association will hold its monthly meeting and Christmas party at the Main Branch Library, 1960 US One in St. Augustine. In a reprise of last years Christmas panel, five members of the group will again present their topics of interest to writers.

This year, those topics are:

1.     Making the commitment to actually start a writing project and how to begin and follow through without losing momentum.

2.     Collaboration with another writer, who happens to also be a spouse; how to handle disagreements.

3.     The importance of using a professional editor, and how a content editor and a professional copy editor will enhance a manuscript.

4.     The challenges and rewards of changing genres, with tips for approaching the new genre and finding your new voice.

5.     A memoir writer who discovered that the father who raised her wasn’t her birth father. DNA leads to surprise families and inherited personality.  

A question and answer session will follow each writer’s talk. Following the panel, a Christmas raffle will take place, with partial proceeds going to the Friends of the Main Library. Holiday refreshments will be served while attendees get a chance to network with each other. 

Library doors open at 10am, and meetings are always free and open to the public.


January 2018

Meeting Location: Main Branch Library
1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Phone: (904)827-6940

Date: January 20, 2017
Time: 10 am – 11:45 am

Five Editing Mistakes You Should Know About

Belea T. Keeney

Editors often see the same mistakes in manuscripts, and making one might keep you from placing a story. Find out which five editing mistakes are the most common, how to correct them, and how to smooth your prose to impress an editor! From POV problems to making key decisions about your writing career, this discussion will help you focus your work and get the most from your writing time. Join us for an insider's look at the publishing industry from an editor's perspective.

Belea T. Keeney's novel, The Tiger Whisperer, won the 2014 Cat Writers Association Best Book Award, and she has also sold three short story collections.  Her stories have placed in the Writers in Paradise Short Story competition, the 2010 Florida Review Editor's Choice Award, the 2007 Left Coast Writing Contest, and the 2011 Saints & Sinners Literary Festival Short Story contest.

She works as an editor for a variety of publishers, agencies, and private freelance clients. She especially enjoys working on paranormals, horror, romances, memoirs, and most anything written about animals. Find out more about her editing services and books at

Library doors open at 10am, and meetings are always free and open to the public.