South Florida Area Free Meetings

Sunday, May 19 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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Join author and agent Sheila Fernley from Storm Literary Agency to learn tips and techniques for mastering the opening of your story and understand why this is so important. Study and discuss examples and how to turn your opening around, so that it grabs the reader’s attention and compels them to keep on reading. Bring a completed manuscript or one in progress to apply practical advice to your project during this workshop. The last 15 minutes will be used to take questions about querying agents and editors, current publishing trends, or questions about Sheila’s manuscript wish list.


*West Boca Library*

18685 State Road 7 Boca Raton FL 33498 

It's on State Road 7 (441) in between Clint Moore and Yamato Road. 

NOTE: This is not the same library as Joyce Sweeney's workshop.


Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Sheila Fernley is an Associate Literary Agent with Storm Literary Agency. She is actively building her client list, which includes PB, MG, and selective YA projects. Sheila considers authors, author/illustrators, and illustrators. A former special education teacher and editor, Sheila is currently an agented picture book writer under the pen name Sheila Herrera, with three manuscripts on editorial submissions.

Learn more about Sheila, her wish list, and how to query her at

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We hope you’ll join us after the workshop at Panera Bread in Mission Bay Plaza. 20437 State Road 7 Boca Raton, FL 33498. Make a right out of the library onto 441. Make a right at Glades Road, then a right into the Mission Bay Plaza. Panera will be close to Glades Road. 


Please let me know if you’re coming (or hope to be there) so I can prepare and make sure there are enough seats. You can reply to an e-mail reminder, on a Facebook post, or shoot me an e-mail: