Guest Speaker: Alder Allensworth, MM, LMHC, RN


MIAMI, FL – The South Florida Writers Association (SFWA) will host its monthly meeting for all who would like to join at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2020, via Zoom. Alder Allensworth, author of both the award-winning book Prevail: Celebrate the Journey, and Celebrate the Journey: Self-Care Cancer, will be this month’s featured presenter.


“Ms. Allensworth is an advocate for people with disabilities,” said Beverly Melasi-Haag, SFWA President. “We look forward to a discussion filled with inspiration for our members.”


Allensworth has more than 30 years of experience in self-care, accessibility, and coaching. She writes for a variety of international, national, and local associations; and has been featured on television, radio, and in newspaper articles with an international distribution.


In May of 1990, Allensworth was diagnosed with cancer of the tear gland, and had a radical surgery, removing her left orbit. She was then given a life-limiting prognosis. Sailing became her therapy, and in1995, she was given a clean bill of health. In 2000, she sailed a12-foot boat 1,200 miles to raise money and awareness for sailors with disabilities.


Allensworth’s award-winning book, “Prevail: Celebrate the Journey,” follows her story from her diagnosis through her sailing expedition, and finally to the creation of a nonprofit sailing organization that provides instruction, recreation and empowerment to people of all ages and abilities. Her second published work, Celebrate the Journey: Self-Care Cancer, is a booklet for people who are coping with cancer. 


Allensworth holds a Master’s degree in Music Therapy and Behavioral Medicine and an Associate's Degree in nursing. In addition, she is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Nurse in the State of Florida. She currently treats COVID 19 patients.


To join the meeting as a guest, please contact the SFWA through our website at The meeting will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to sign in a maximum of 15 minutes prior.


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. SFWA monthly meetings are held the first Saturday of every month. Due to Covid 19 Pandemic, virtual meetings will be held for members and non-members alike. To become a member, please visit:

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Our next monthly meeting is scheduled for

 Saturday, November 7, 2020 

(Delivery: Virtual)

10:30 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.

Remote, login information will be emailed to all members and guests. 
We will return to our regular meeting location (below) after the COVID-19 pandemic... Stay safe, everyone!

Pinecrest Library

5835 SW 111 STREET

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