WHO WE ARE
The South Florida Writers Association (SFWA) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit educational and membership organization dedicated to literary arts and support of writing and writers in our community. Our mission is to establish and maintain a forum for fellowship, education and information among writers in the South Florida area to encourage excellence and promote interest in literary achievements in the community.
Operating since 1990, our programs promote audience development for literary works, public educational and information services, group discounts, representation, community projects and advocacy for literary arts. SFWA provides tools for writers to succeed through its annual Mango Writers Conference, critique groups and writing contests. SFWA publishes the Author’s Voice, a monthly newsletter about members’ written projects (poems, short stories, novel synopsis, profiles, etc.) and achievements.
SFWA meetings feature presentations about writing, publishing, and marketing topics or award-winning or best-selling authors, agents or publishers, which are held every first Saturdays,10:30 A.M.to 12:30 noon, at the Pinecrest Library located at 5835 SW 111 Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156. Meetings are free and open to the public.
We co-sponsor the annual Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Essay Competition among 8th Graders in partnership with the Junior Orange Bowl Committee and Miami Dade County Public Schools, through cash prizes and judging to foster and recognize writing excellence among our youth. We hosted the first ever mini-book fair, SFWA BookFest in Pinecrest, Florida, on October 28, 2017, at the Evelyn Greer Park.
We explore all genres of writing including: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Self-Publishing, Play Writing, Romance, Mystery, Humor, Historical, Inspirational, Children's Literature, Young Adult, Song Lyrics, Self-Help, Science Fiction, Business and Marketing.
Barbara Weston was the founder of our association, which was originally established in 1990 as the National Writers Association, South Florida Chapter. By January 1998, there were 150 members and a publication called the Crescendo.
In 2004, the association's name was established as the South Florida Writers Association and the publication was renamed The Author's Voice as it is today.