ANNUAL MANGO WRITERS CONFERENCE AND MONTHLY WORKSHOPS
The Mango Writers Conference is a major annual program of SFWA held every February that brings members and the literary/artistic public together for a day of learning with a focus on a selected theme featuring workshops, breakout sessions, panel discussion, networking, marketing of books and fellowship. Open to members and the general public with discounted registration fees for students and SFWA members.
SFWA conducts workshops monthly or quarterly that designed to sharpen the writer’s skills, gain fresh insights, learn new tools for the craft of writing (all genres) and /or book marketing, technological applications and network with fellow writers.
MONTHLY WRITING CONTESTS
Competitions in various genres raise the bar for creativity and the expectation of recognition by peers for outstanding accomplishments add value to standards of excellence in the art or craft of writing. Winners are recognized at meetings and presented with certificates. The First Place winner of every contest/genre will have access to $20 prize money towards submission of the winning work to a national contest.
SFWA has 3 Critique groups that facilitate the sharing of works in progress and help hone one’s craft through constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Whether you’re looking for a sounding board, a writing buddy or fresh perspective. This is where a writer can discuss his/her manuscripts and get points of view: from the reader’s point of view and the author's point of view.
The first group focuses on novels and short stories, meeting on the 4th Saturday of the month at 9:30A.M. till Noon at eBar (Nordstrom), Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Avenue in Coral Gables, FL. Contact Group Leader Don Daniels, email@example.com, tel. no. 786-877-0136.
The second group focuses on poetry, meeting every second Monday of the month at 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. contact Group Leader Steve Liebowitz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third group focuses on non-fiction, meeting every first Saturday of the month 12;30 till 2:30 p.m. at the Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111 Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156. Contact Group Leader Peter Luykx, email@example.com.
AUTHORS AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH BOOKS MARKETING PROGRAMS
a. ANNUAL MIAMI BOOK FAIR EXHIBIT
SFWA is an Exhibitor at the Street Fair where members can sell their books at the SFWA booth and network with other authors, exhibitors, readers and the general public.
b. AUTHORS SHOWCASE SERIES IN COLLABORATION WITH BOOKS & BOOKS
Selected SFWA members/authors and their books are featured in monthly Authors Showcase Series of author presentations in collaboration with Books & Books at Suniland in Pinecrest held on the third (3rd) Saturday of the month, (except November, December and February), 6 to 8 pm.
c. BookFest at Pinecrest in 2017
The first ever mini-book fair organized by SFWA, the BookFest at Pinecrest was held on OCTOBER 28, 2017 at the Evelyn Greer Park Multipurpose Building, 8200 SW 124th Street in Pinecrest. BookFest provided an opportunity for authors to sell/sign their books and network with fellow writers and the public. It also provided marketing opportunities for companies to exhibit their products or services for a minimal fee; and for the community to promote literacy and audience development for authors. It was open to all and free to attend with hourly raffle prizes and musical entertainment. Government officials led the inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony. The BookFest has the primary purpose of developing a market and audience for local authors, promoting awareness about creative talents in our community. Also, to promote the value of reading in the community and encourage excellence in literary arts
MONTHLY EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS/NETWORKING AND NEWSLETTERS
a. SFWA monthly meetings have educational programs about writing, publishing, and marketing topics or award-winning or best-selling authors, agents or publisher. Held on first Saturdays 10:30 A.M.to 12:30 noon, at the Pinecrest Library. Meetings are free and open to the public.
b. Public readings by members in February and July (excerpts from their written works and practice techniques for impact in future presentations to a larger audience).
c. Publication of members' literary works in the SFWA monthly newsletter, Author’s Voice.
d. Other educational programs included presentation by Les Standiford (author and Director of the FIU Creative Writing Program) at the Main Library in Downtown Miami/November 2016; “Poetry Slam” at the Mind Warehouse to coincide with the annual DWNTWN Art Day in Downtown Miami or similar readings in collaboration with other organizations. SFWA also conducted the program, “The Way We Worked,” a tribute to the American Worker as part of the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, Museum on Main Street /Sept. 20, 2015 at the Pinecrest Gardens; and the public reading/performance of Act I of the musical stage play, My Name is Solamae, written by member Linda Cardinal Schneider/directed by Elizabeth Petersen, on October 6, 2012 at the Pinecrest Library, with costumes and musical performance. SFWA hopes to conduct more programs to the public if given the financial resources and support by donors, sponsors and members.