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2024 Mango Writers Conference 

Dear Members and Non-members Alike,

Our 2024 Mango Writers Conference will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024

at the 94th Aero Squadron,

1395 NW 57th Avenue, Miami, 33126

The Courage To Publish
Let your words fly!

         We shall hear about: Finding the courage to publish your work,

Despite adversity or handicap,
Despite intense public controversy,
Publishing on your own

... and more.

Be there with us.

Mary Greenwood, Attorney, Mediator, Negotiator, Arbitrator, Author of 3 award-winning books, 
Ms. Jeannie DeQuine, adjunct professor at University of Miami, with over 25 years of experience as a journalist for Time, Newsweek and People

Pat Ward, disabled veteran, Champion Rower and Motivational Speaker
Justine Barron, Author of They Killed Freddie
Gray: Anatomy of a Police Brutality Cover-Up

Dr. Billy Jones as an adjunct instructor in Nova Southeastern University,

Author of Everyday Folks: Short Stories on the Common People (Volume 1). 

Conference Activities:
Table Time for networking, Brainstorming and Generating Feedback from other attendees;

Raffles for Prizes;

Q & A with Presenters

Books for Sale

Prices: Members: $65.00
Non-Members: $95.00

Student Rate: $50.00

Best Deal! Combo Conference + 16 month membership: $140


Breakfast and Lunch included!

You can register here on the site at our payments page. Or send a check to:
SFWA,PO BOX 56-2652, Miami, FL 33256

Registration Deadline has been extended!

We don't want you to miss this!

If you have any questions, please Contact Maggie Eubanks

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Maggie Eubanks, (MEd/MLS/BCSE), is a 20-year veteran of public and independent education and an award-winning teacher and school administrator.  She is the Director and co-owner of Palmetto Bay Academy, a Miami institution since its founding in 2000 that is a leader in non-traditional education focusing on exceptional learners. Maggie is published in the education and history fields, has been a contributing blogger, and is currently finishing her first book, a part-memoir/part-guidebook for those parenting or working with Twice-Exceptional (2e) and Gifted but Struggling kids. She's also pursuing her Doctorate in Cognitive Diversity in Education at Bridges Graduate School. She's a proud mother and grandmother, an odd but exceptional wife, and is happy to begin her term as Chair of the South Florida Writers Association Mango Writers Conference!

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Ms. Jeannie DeQuine has taught English as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, as well as other colleges and universities. She has over 25 years of experience as a journalist for Time, Newsweek and People magazines. She has two graduate degrees in writing from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Florida International University.

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Justine Barron ​writes for print and online media, film, TV, podcasts, and stage. Her work has appeared in The Appeal, Miami Herald, Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, FAIR, Litro Magazine, CrimeReads, Baltimore Beat, Baltimore Fishbowl, Baltimore Brew,  Jewish Journal, Devastator Quarterly, and WLRN-NPR. Her own investigative stories and fight for transparency have been picked up by major news outlets, including Mother Jones, AP News, the Baltimore Sun, and the Intercept. For her work on Baltimore, she was named a 2021 Best of Baltimore winner in Baltimore Magazine. She is also an acclaimed live storyteller and has won the Moth storytelling competition four times. ​


In 2023, Justine published "They Killed Freddie Gray: The Anatomy of a Police Brutality Cover-Up" (Skyhorse/Arcade Publishing). Called "required reading" by author Alex Vitale and "fascinating, intriguing" by author Ron Stallworth, the book was featured in Mother Jones, the Daily Beast, and numerous other outlets. 

Justine has provided writing and consulting services for dozens of political and nonprofit organizations, including proposals and speeches. She has also taught writing to adult and college students. She attended Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities, attaining degrees in English Literature. ​

Mary Greenwood is an Attorney, Mediator, Human Resources Director, Negotiator, Arbitrator and Author of 3 award-winning books,  How to Negotiate like a Pro: How to Resolve Anything, Anytime, Anywhere, which has won 13 book awards, How to Mediate Like a Pro: 42 Rules for Mediating Disputes, which has won 12 book awards and How to Interview Like a Pro, 43 rules For Getting Your Next Job, which has won 12 book awards.


Billy Jones - “"Artificial Intelligence for Writers: Friend or Foe?"

Billy Jones is the author of Everyday Folks, Volume 2: A Short Story Collection. Previously, he published Everyday Folks: Short Stories on the Common People. Both works are fictional, short story collections about life in South Florida. Everyday Folks, Volume 2 received the 2023 Firebird Book Awards for short story fiction and an honorable mention award for short story fiction at the 2022 Bookfest Awards.

Jones is an Associate Professor of English at Broward College where he teaches English Composition, African American Literature, American Literature, Supernature & Science Fiction, and Creative Writing. At Broward College, he received the 2023 Jan. R. Cummings Endowed Teaching Chair Award and the 2018 Professor of the Year Award. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida International University (FIU), a Master of Science in English Education from FIU, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Education from Barry University.

Furthermore, Jones is the creator and host of Everyday Folks Radio (EFR) and Fright Talk podcasts. EFR network features two series, BJ Speaks (featuring interviews with everyday people, authors, and other creators), and Fright Talk covers horrifying and suspenseful topics found in literature, film, and pop culture. Friday Talk podcast received the 2023 Speak Up Talk Radio & Podcast Award for horror. Everyday Folks Radio was a nominee for the 2022 Black Podcast Awards. Both podcasts are available on major podcast networks. Jones is a member of the South Florida Writers Association (SFWA), the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. For three decades, he has published poetry, short stories, and academic research in a myriad of national and international publications.

A native Miamian, Jones resides in Miami, Florida, with his partner and family.


Patrick Ward is a disabled United States Navy Veteran, injured while on Active Duty. He underwent 52 surgeries and the amputation of his right leg above the knee racking up a total of more than 2 years in the hospital. He has trained at the Miami Beach Rowing Club for the last 5 years, and currently holds Men’s PR2 World Records in the following: 1000, 2000, 5000, 6000, 10,000, one-hour set time (12765), and 21,097 meters. Pat is also a strong suypporter of all veteran’s events and is happy to share his story in order to inspire others and motivate them to overcome their own challenges.

Use this space to introduce yourself and share your professional history.

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