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Hey FWA Palm Coast members!

Are you planning to attend the Fla Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine?

45728_104659786261776_3225188_nOur member Kathy Shea has been busy promoting this event.  And she hired Words Etc. to help her circulate the news.  Thanks Kathy!

Internationally known bestselling author John Jakes will be honored at the Florida Heritage Book Festival’s Literary Legends Banquet to mark the literary event’s sixth year. Join him at St. Johns County Convention Center, World Golf Village Resort, on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. The banquet is open to the public and ticket information is available at

See the full press release at PRLOG at the link below.  BTW, Kathy used the knowledge she gained at the FWA meeting presentation on press releases.  That’s the way to make the most of your involvement in FWA/Palm Coast.  Way to go Kathy!!

You can also visit the festival on Facebook

Book Festival Nabs Acclaimed Bestseller – John Jakes Named 2013 Literary Legend | PRLog.

Short story contest news — Writers Weekly


Be sure to check out the Writers Weekly fall short story contest.  Find all the information you need at this link. This is a great way to expose your special creative talent and if you’re a winner, pick up a nice little purse!

When you click on the link, you’ll see a place to register for the Fall 2013 24-Hour Short Story Contest. The contest begins September 21, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) central time. This quarterly event is limited to 500 entrants. This is a great opportunity for writers and as the site tells you

“is an ultimate source for creative stress…and tons of fun!”

There are lots of prizes.  Guidelines are made available to you after you submit your entry and pay the $5 fee to participate.

Find all the info you need at this link and be sure to explore all the great info  on WritersWeekly

Congratulations to Palm Coast poets

Hello Palm Coast FWA members and friends!

Last Sunday afternoon the Ancient City Poets held a great open mic poetry event at The Gallery Cafe.  We are proud that Palm Coast and the Flagler area was well-presented. Thanks to Chris Bodor founder of Poet Plant Press for making this possible.  Angelo and I were on  board to cheer on our very own Tovah Janovsky.  Great job Tovah and thank for sharing your poem on your blog for all to enjoy!  Find it at this link

Congratulations to all the readers from Flagler:

Tovah Janovsky, Palm Coast

Robert Waldner, Palm Coast

Evelyn Fountain, Palm Coast

Robert McClary, Hammock

Here’s a glimpse of the afternoon!

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And next time you’re in St. Augustine, be sure to check out this great cafe.  It’s cozy and quaint and has great food and catering.

See you next time and keep on writing…..


The Inspired Mic Event saw its biggest and best turnout this week with 60+ in attendance and a full slate of 18 readers (all the spots we have to fill) — although we had a total of 31 signed up. Tuesday we had readers from St. Augustine to Daytona, as well as from Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and all of Flagler County. Remember that the 13 that didn’t make it on July’s schedule are automatically rolled to the August event.

A special thank you goes out to The Palm Coast Observer and the great video presentation they created for the event.  Thanks Jasmine Alson and Jared Mauldin from The PC Observer! See it on their website or click on the link above or here.

Congratulations to all of our readers as well as the winners of our giveaways:

Tim Baker – an autographed copy of Michael Ray King’s Go Write and You Won’t Go Wrong

J.P. McCarthy – an autographed copy of Chris Bodor’s  Employees Only – The Workbook

(Find PoetPlantPress on Facebook here.

Tameka McDowell – a gift certificate from Words Etc.

Janice Brink – a gift certificate from BeachHouse Beanery

In order to get on the reading agenda, YOU MUST EMAIL Mike at  As of today, all spots for the August event are full and 9 of September’s spots are already spoken for!  But please continue to email him to get on the agenda for future events.  The plan is to continue this great event on a monthly basis on the third Tuesday of each month on the deck at The Beanery.

Please keep checking back here on the blog and also on our Facebook page for event updates and news. And speaking of Facebook, thanks once again to Tovah Janovsky for accepting the challenge to manage The Inspired Mic Facebook page.  Click here to check it out and if you haven’t already done so, please “like” the page!

The Inspired Mic event is sponsored by the Palm Coast chapter of FWA,Clearview Press,Words Etc. Writing & Editing and BeachHouse Beanery in the spirit of encouraging writers to share their craft in an open forum.

The event is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, weather permitting, on the deck at The BeachHouse Beanery, 1112 S Oceanshore (A1A) in Flagler Beach.

Next month’s event:

What:                   Inspired Mic

Where:                On the deck at BeachHouse Beanery, 1112 S. Oceanshore (A1A), Flagler Beach

When:                  Tuesday, August 20, 7 – 9 pm


Rain Date:          Tuesday, August 27, 7 – 9 pm

Thanks for visiting and please send us your comments and if you have pics to share from any of our past events, please contact Christine at

See you next time!

10 Great Ways to Get Noticed as a Blogger

There are some good tips here for all of you just learning to blog — and even those of us that have been at it awhile. Good reminders!

Our event continues to grow and we are EXCITED!  Hope too see you there tomorrow night.  Here’s the program!!

FWA/Palm Coast "The Inspired Mic" event continues to grow. Check out this month's program!

FWA/Palm Coast “The Inspired Mic” event continues to grow. Check out this month’s program!

Member Spotlight: Sam Hossler

Sam Hossler, July's Spotlight Member

Sam Hossler, July’s Spotlight Member

Sam Hossler sold his first article in 1966 to the magazine Pennsylvania Fishing. That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with putting words and photos on paper. Over the years he has had literally hundreds of outdoor and travel magazine articles published as well as photos, both cover and inside.

 In 1978 he worked as a reporter for the Leesburg Commercial newspaper, Leesburg, FL, and during that time started his first historical fiction novel, The Summer of 1763. Encouraged by an archeological dig near his old home in Pennsylvania, the story was based on actual historical accounts. From these the story was developed.

This book was followed by The Great Land Grab. Again actual places, people and events were woven into the fiction. These two works have been rewritten and combined into one, Frontier at Three Rivers. In the last year and half he has changed venue to Young Adults, werewolves and other beasts of the frontier. Silversmith Chronicles, followed by Beasts of the Frontier are his latest works. All the latest books are available as digital reads, and soft cover. Frontier Preacher and Frontier at Three Rivers are also available as audio CDs.

All toll, Hossler has six published books, with the last four by Granny Apple Publishing.

Hossler is Past President of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, a senior member of Outdoor Writers Association of America, The Florida Writers Association and Ormond Writers League, and now FWA/Palm Coast Chapter.

He has a blog  at and a web site  at

He welcomes your connections with him on Facebook and LinkedIn. Find his books at Amazon or on his website.

Inspired Mic Guidelines

We have updated the Open Mic Guidelines so check them out by clicking on the link.  You’ll also find our new  Facebook Page here. Please visit us and give us “like” if you enjoy what you see! We welcome your comments  both here and on the Facebook page so please feel free to share!

We will see you at the next event!

What:              Florida Writers Association Palm Coast Chapter “The Inspired Mic”

Where:            Beach House Beanery, 1112 S. Oceanshore Blvd (A1A), Flagler Beach, Fla.

When              Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. – on the deck (weather permitting)


Sponsors: Florida Writers Association, Beach House Beanery ClearView Press Inc. and Words Etc. Writing & Editing

Open Mic Guidelines

The Inspired Mic hits Facebook…..

English: A Sennheiser Microphone

English: A Sennheiser Microphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello all

The Inspired Mic is now on Facebook.  Thanks to chapter member Tovah Janovsky for stepping up to the plate to create the page and administer it for our group.  This is our key to success – all of us pitching in to take part in promoting not only this exciting monthly event, but our chapter as a whole.

Please visit the page and “like” us so we can grow our fan base on Facebook.

Find us at this link.  Here are the details for the next event:

What:                   Inspired Mic

Where:                On the deck at BeachHouse Beanery, 1112 S.  Oceanshore  (A1A), Flagler Beach

When:                  Tuesday, July 16, 7 – 9 pm


Inspired Mic continues to be successful


The FWA Palm Coast Inspired Mic was launched in May 2013 to encourage writers to share their craft
Photo credit: Christiine Speno/Words Etc.

Well gang, our Inspired Mic continues to enjoy success. If you were at the first event in May, you know that we had 12 area writers and poets sharing their work with about another 10 or so listeners in attendance.  We’re glad that we drew writers that were not FWA Palm Coast chapter members as we all want to see our chapter continue to grow.

The momentum is definitely growing as the June event welcomed 20 readers with a total of 42 in attendance. This has turned out to be a great event that the writing community has embraced, giving us all a chance to share and learn about other writers. According to King, “We look forward to continued success with this event and are ecstatic that writers, as well as listeners, are responding to our efforts. This will surely bring more writers to our chapter as we continue to grow.”

Next month we’ll be adding a program to the event so that all the writers will actually see their name in print which always adds to the fun.  Please continue to support BeachHouse Beanery during the events and between.  We truly appreciate their willingness to open their doors for us.  Their deck on the ocean provides the perfect setting for this fun and entertaining event.

If you haven’t been able to join us yet, we sure hope you’ll find time on July 16 to come down and listen.  And if you want to get on the readers’ list, please email Michael at no later than Sunday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m.

What:                   Inspired Mic

Where:                On the deck at BeachHouse Beanery, 1112 S. Oceanshore (A1A), Flagler Beach

When:                  Tuesday, July 16, 7 – 9 pm



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