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Title: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on August 12, 2013, 07:39 AM
 :partytime :grouphug2: :taz: :fireworks

Hi SCBWI Florida members! Welcome to our new boards. We can discuss issues here, post good news and make announcements. This will be a good place to reach all of us and give us your thoughts about conferences and events you might like. By the way, the Florida Regional Conference is shaping up beautifully. The dates are Jan. 17-19, 2014 and the location is Miami. The keynote speakers the Chris Crutcher, Sara Pennypacker and Lois Duncan. Andrea Davis Pinkney will help us present the Crystal Kite to Augusta Scattergood and the theme of the costume gala is Steampunk.

Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld
Co-RA, Florida
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Larissa on August 12, 2013, 08:08 AM
I'm here! *waves to all*
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on August 12, 2013, 08:49 AM
 :whitebunny :bunnyrun


Yay!
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Christy on August 13, 2013, 04:52 PM
Me too! *waving*
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on August 13, 2013, 10:43 PM
Yay! I think this is going to be great!
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on August 13, 2013, 11:29 PM
I'm here, too! :)
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Mrs. Jones on August 14, 2013, 05:40 AM
I'm joining in because, even though I'm a very part-time Florida gal, my heart is still with the Florida SCBWI members. You guys will always feel like home to me!  :grouphug2:

 :)
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Verla Kay on August 15, 2013, 08:47 PM
:verla waves from the other side of the country. (And you do realize that ONLY Moderators and you, Linda, can see this board right now...? If you want me to open it up to everyone, I can do that, but I can't limit it to SCBWI Only members or just your region until after the merger and the board is linked with SCBWI's login on its site.)
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Amanda Coppedge on August 16, 2013, 10:50 AM
Former Floridian waving from far away!
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Vijaya on August 16, 2013, 02:39 PM
Some day I hope to make it down to a FL SCBWI event ...
Vijaya (from SC)
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on August 18, 2013, 05:42 PM
Verla, let's open it and see what happens. Vijava, we'd love to have you attend! We always have a lot of fun! Mrs. Jones and Amanda, once a Florida member, always a Florida member. We like having you come back and we love having you join in our conversations.

Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Verla Kay on August 18, 2013, 09:02 PM
Will do, Linda!

ETA:  Done.  Now everyone can see the new Florida Regional board.

Enjoy, Everyone!
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Stephanie Ruble on August 20, 2013, 06:52 AM
*waves*

Really hoping I can make the January conference. Sounds awesome!
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on August 20, 2013, 09:02 AM
I hope you can make it, Stephanie!
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Tammi on August 20, 2013, 09:22 AM
Yay!  :confetti

Tammi (who is not a Floridian, but who likes to vacation there and who met her S&S editor at an SCBWI-FL conference there in 2006)
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Larissa on August 20, 2013, 10:07 AM
Tammi, you are TOTALLY an honorary Floridian at this point. :hug

*waves to Stephanie*
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Luv2eatreadwrite on August 20, 2013, 10:26 AM
I write from St. Petersburg.  Is there a chapter here?
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: ButterflyGirl on August 20, 2013, 11:13 AM
Hi Linda! *waves from the Tampa area*

Luv2eatreadwrite: Yes, there is a chapter here. We have a meeting coming up this Saturday, August 24th from 2:00-4:00 at the Bloomingdale Library in Brandon. We meet about every other month, and the lectures are like mini-seminars. Some stay longer and break into critique groups at the end of the meeting. 
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on August 20, 2013, 11:25 AM
The region is all of Florida except for the counties west of Tallahassee. We do have sub-groups in a few areas - Tampa Bay happens to be the most active. Tammi, you are considered an honorary Florida member! We love having you here. You too, Stephanie!

Actually, I'm trying to set up regional meetings all around the state and I'm looking for volunteers to help coordinate meetings in the Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Naples/Ft. Myers areas. If you're interested, send me an email! I'll provide the speaker if you can find a location.

LindaB
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Kimberly Lynn on August 20, 2013, 12:54 PM
Hey Everyone,  I can see the board now.  Can't wait for the January event.  I hear it's going to be amazing!  :flowers2
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on August 21, 2013, 06:30 PM
Lois Duncan, Chris Crutcher, Sara Pennypacker, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Augusta Scatterergood for starters. Once I confirm the illustrator and one more agent, I'll post the full list. I'm very pleased with how it is shaping up! Thisa is going to be an awesome conference!

LindaB
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: rab on August 22, 2013, 06:14 PM
I won't make it to the January event, but the June workshop was as wonderful as ever---plus I got to meet Mindy and Christy (the Disney princess!).
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: KatyD on August 25, 2013, 07:22 PM
Hello, all! An official Florida board--this is WAY cool! :-)

As some of you know, I'm a recent transplant to north Florida. It's been a crazy year, with not much of an end in sight yet, but I definitely want to become more active in the region. I often volunteered in Arkansas and really enjoyed it.

Linda, I'm not far from Jacksonville, and when things settle down, I could probably help with something in this neck of the woods. Thanks for all you do to keep the Florida region hoppin'!
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on August 26, 2013, 02:25 PM
That would be great. I have speakers that would love to go to the Jacksonville area but all I need is someone to help set up the meetings! Just let me know when you can volunteer!
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Christy on August 27, 2013, 05:39 PM
Rab- Can't wait to see you next June!

KatyD- I didn't realize you moved to Florida. How fun!
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: KatyD on August 28, 2013, 08:54 AM
Christy--we "officially" moved last November, but due to some major illnesses in the family, we've probably spent as much time in Arkansas as we have in Florida in the last nine months. But we do LOVE Florida. :-)

Where in Florida are you located?
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Ann Gatti on September 21, 2013, 04:51 AM
 :fireworks :flowers2 Floridian here! I'm so glad to see this! I have been so busy lately, and this made my day.
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Christy on September 22, 2013, 04:07 PM
KatyD- I'm outside of Orlando in Clermont.
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: crookedbook on September 22, 2013, 06:39 PM
I'd be happy to help set something up in the Stuart / Jupiter / West Palm Area. I have not had much (ok, any) luck finding fellow FLSCBWI-ers in this area. I know Janeen Mason is around here somewhere though :)
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on September 23, 2013, 08:49 AM
Hi Ann! Catherine, I'll see what I can do to help you get together with Janeen.



LindaB
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Verla Kay on September 23, 2013, 03:15 PM
:yay Linda to the rescue! :horse
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: crookedbook on September 23, 2013, 07:28 PM
Thanks Linda :)
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Laura L. Sullivan on September 24, 2013, 09:58 AM
Just stopping by because I'm a Florida girl! Hi! I live near St. Petersburg. I'm not a member of SCBWI yet but I've been thinking about joining.
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on September 24, 2013, 08:33 PM
Hi Laura,

We have a lot to offer, but please be aware you can come to our conferences even if you are not a member. You just pay a little more. And you won't be able to attend an intensive but despite that you will have a great time!

LindaB
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Ann Gatti on October 09, 2013, 06:26 PM
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KatyD- I'm outside of Orlando in Clermont.
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We are not far away! I'm in Kissimmee!  :applause

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Hi Laura,

We have a lot to offer, but please be aware you can come to our conferences even if you are not a member. You just pay a little more. And you won't be able to attend an intensive but despite that you will have a great time!

LindaB

Oh that's good to know. I have been considering joining but since I have absolutely nothing published didn't know if it was a good idea.
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: Andreina on October 12, 2015, 09:00 AM
Hi! I just joined but noticing the Florida region posts seem to be old, just wondering if there is another place you are all using to connect?
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: DRiveraonline on October 26, 2015, 01:00 PM
I'm in winter haven. are there any dates or even small events here is tampa or lakeland?  :wc
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: teresa-rodrigues on November 12, 2015, 11:25 AM
 Hi all! I've been a member of SCBWI for a couple of months and still learning my way around the boards. I just saw this one for Florida members so I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Teresa, wife, mom to two teenage girls, and new writer. I live in the West Palm area. 

Teresa   :grin3
Title: Re: Welcome
Post by: LindaB on December 22, 2015, 03:43 PM
Welcome Teresa,

I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. I can't believe it's been that long since I've visited the BlueBoards. We have a terrific writing community in Palm Beach County. We are even having free meetings in the county. You should be receiving information in our SCBWI emails about the January Florida Regional Conference.

LindaB
Co-Regional Advisor
Florida