of The Villages
P.O. Box 1067, Lady Lake, FL 32158
WLOV was founded in 2011 in The Villages, Florida, to serve the interests of Villages writers, published and unpublished. Its goals are to:
1) further the education of writers about all aspects of the craft, including editing, self-publishing and marketing
2) foster an environment for promoting the published works of our authors.
These goals are accomplished via monthly speaker presentations, special writing seminars, an annual book fair, this website, and a monthly newsletter with information of interest to all TV authors. We are not a critique group, but many of our members belong to one or more of the Villages' several writing critique groups (listed under Writing Groups in Table of Contents, left panel).
All Villages residents and guests are invited to come to our monthly meetings. To join and receive our emails and newsletters, plus discounts for special seminars and other paid events, the fee is $15/year (Click on "WLOV Membership" at left for Membership Request form). Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month (except June and July) at Laurel Manor Recreation Center, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Go to WLOV Past Events for downloads of previous slide presentations and/or handouts.
Calendar of Events
June & July 2017 - No regular general meeting
July 20, 2017 - Write 4 Freedom. Details below.
WRITE 4 FREEDOM. A WLOV-sponsored, on on-site, one hour exercise. During the hour, of which approximately 45 minutes will be spent writing,
participants will write an essay on 'The freedom to write' or 'What writing freedom means to me'.
WHO MAY PARTICIPATE? Any Villages residents and Guests.
WHERE & WHEN? LAUREL MANOR REC CENTER, Thursday, July 20, 9:30 - 10:30 AM.
WHAT TO BRING? Either your laptop, or paper and pen.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO WHAT YOU WRITE? At the conclusion of the 1-hour session, either email your work to Mark
Newhouse (email@example.com), or hand him what you've handwritten. He plans to compile the essays into a book and
distribute the book to politicians, school officials, and other influential persons.
CAN I WRITE A DRAFT BEFOREHAND? The only requirement is that you come prepared to write during the hour. Whether you
write from scratch, or from notes or an outline during that period, is up to you. The spirit of the event is that you write something
during the hour.
WILL I BE ABLE TO EDIT THE ESSAY BEFORE IT'S PUBLISHED. Yes, there will be opportunity to edit and revise before anything you write is finalized for publication.
WILL THE EVENT HAVE MEDIA COVERAGE? Yes, Mark is working with Villages media to have coverage of the event.
RSVP? PLEASE, So we have an idea of how many plan to come, to make sure we have the space and enough coffee and
cookies. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 2, 2017 - Next regular general meeting will be an ICE CREAM SOCIAL at Lake Miona Manor Rec Center, 7 pm - 9 pm. Spouses or Significant Others are also welcomed. This meeting will include the I Scream Mystery play, authored by Mark Newhouse. We will also be voting for a new president-elect for 2017.
September 6, 2017 - General Meeting, Laurel Manor Rec Center, 8:30 - 10:30 am. Speaker is Greg Sharp, publisher and owner of Sea-Hill Press, Leesburg. Presentation: Self-publishing and Book Promotion: It's Never Easy.
October 4, 2017 - General Meeting, Laurel Manor Rec Center, 8:30 - 10:30 am. Panel discussion on different book genres, by WLOV members Mary Lois Sanders, Ann Heathman, Jack Hayes, Mark Pryor and Larry Martin.
October 6, 2017 (FRIDAY) - All-day seminar, NOVEL IN A DAY, by Vic diGente. Links to registration form and flier about event below.
November 1, 2017 - General Meeting, Laurel Manor Rec Center, 8:30 - 10:30 am. Speaker is award-winning Florida author Dennis Havlin. Presentation: Tips for the Author: Novice or Old Hand - "I've met the enemy and he is me."
December 6, 2017 - Annual Breakfast Meeting, Laurel Manor Rec Center, 8:30 - 10:30 am.