North Florida Writers’ Minutes

February 11, 2006


President Richard Levine called the meeting to order at 2 P.M.


Treasurer Howard Denson introduced the guest speaker: Steven Kerry Brown, author of Private investigating:  The Complete Idiot’s ‘guide.  Mr. Brown is a former FBI Special Agent and currently a private investigator.


Mr. Brown’s presentation highlights:

1.      True/False questionnaire describing private investigating scenarios/responses.

2.      Emphasized value of attending writers’ conferences/visiting with publishers

3.      Recommended Larsen’s How to Write a Book Proposal.

4.      Discussed favorite PI books (Robert Crace/Parker)

5.      Offered services to members at his website:


Frank Green requested members to volunteer as drivers for visiting authors at the May “Much Ado About Books.”


Treasurer Howard Denson reported $140 in the Intelligent Eye account and approximately $2,500 in the account.


President Richard Levine made a motion that was then seconded to change NFW’s official address to Howard Denson’s home address.


Discussion was conducted about meeting places:

  1. Downtown is too far to travel for OP members
  2. Meeting at a library will be explored
  3. Returning to FCCJ is preferred by group.  Richard will meet with a campus representative to discuss our insurance situation.
  4. Group voted to remain at Crispers until something is decided…moving monthly may lose members.


  1. Richard’s short film will be shown at Delray Beach Film Festival in March.
  2. Writers’ Festival-NFW sent proposal for a panel to promote Saturday at 2. 
  3. The book vendor for the festival is Booktique.
  4. Beachside Bookbag Book Festival, April 8 at Ormand Beach.  Several members expressed interest in attending this to set up a book display of Saturday at 2.
  5. Richard reminded members to send him information for free individual websites that he has volunteered to create.


One manuscript, a children’s story, was critiqued.


President Richard Levine adjourned the meeting at 4:50.


Respectfully Submitted by Kathy Marsh, Secretary