W.I.N.D. 2020 Sets a Grueling Schedule

The schedule for this course is ambitious. But, if you’re familiar with NaNoWriMo, you may know that programs with a break-neck pace can lead writers to great success. Here, we’re going to do more than just write a 50k first draft. The goal of WI.N.D. 2020 is to write three drafts this year.

WIND 2020 Schedule

We kick off January 26th and really want to embrace some newcomers. The stronger the community, the stronger our writing. Join us!

Email Eric at icewriters@gmail.com for more info.

W.I.N.D. 2020: Write Your Book

W.I.N.D. (Writers In Need of Direction) is about to become a lot more than just a summer program. For the past three years, W.I.N.D. has met almost exclusively during June and July, with a few dedicated members gathering occasionally during the school year to pitch ideas and give and receive feedback. But this special year calls for a special program. W.I.N.D. 2.0. This year, we’re going to write books.

Write Your Book

Book can mean anything: novel, memoir, short story collection, screenplay. The point is, the traditional college writing class or workshop (like W.I.N.D.) is not built for longer works. They’re designed for poetry or short stories and novelists are left sharing just pieces of their stories, if that’s even allowed. It’s no good to just get feedback on a little piece of what you’re writing, and it’s just as difficult for the rest of the writers in the group to critique an incomplete work.

But it’s time to stop putting off that novel or screenplay or collection. Every new year reminds us of possibilities and offers us a chance at new beginnings, but it can also remind us of that which we have not yet done. There’s no more time to delay. Let this be the year.

For our dedicated members or whether you’re joining us for the first time (and we hope that this does bring new blood into our writing group), this is a chance to do something extraordinary. To hold each other accountable, to support each other, and to help each other achieve our goals.

Join us, for W.I.N.D. 2020. Contact Eric at icewriters@gmail.com for more details.

WIND President

Day 5 at W.A.T.E.R. Write Your Own Adventure: Ending with the Beginning

The last day of our Write Your Own Adventure camp was a return to the beginning. Just as with our I.C.E. Campers, those attending W.A.T.E.R. have the opportunity to be published in our E.A.R.T.H.-produced annual anthology. The campers learning all about Choose Your Own Adventure have an extra special opportunity. Using the web apps we spoke about yesterday their stories have been published digitally and they can continue to edit them and add to them. For their anthology page, the writers spent the day polishing their openers so they were as successful as possible. We learned all about model beginnings to stories (classic as well as CYOA) and after peer feedback, time to revise and edit, finally those were sent off for publication along with the very first choices of their stories.

Readers will just have to scan the accompanying QR code to read more!


We facilitators had a great time with this little group (our smallest camp of the summer) and we’re excited for next week, when most of these young writers return and are joined by many others. We’ll be in the super snazzy iTeach lounge. Our theme?


Top 5 Reasons to Join E.A.R.T.H. This Summer

1. More Bang for Your Buck

At only $300 we are the most affordable publication experience this summer. While other programs are far away, cost more and/or meet for less time, E.A.R.T.H. has the unique experience of meeting once a week, ALL summer long for a low low price. It’s okay if you can’t make every meeting, we all go on vacations, but you will get more for your money with E.A.R.T.H.

2. Incredible line-up of Guest Speakers

We have a growing list of guest speakers that will include professionals in a variety of related fields from around our community. Expect to learn from and mingle with journalists, business owners, photographers, publishers, and designers.

3. Hands-on Experience

We will actually produce a publication in just two months! That’s right, drawing on the wealth of writing produced at our I.C.E., F.I.R.E., and W.A.T.E.R. camps, attendees will craft an anthology publication unlike any other drawing on their experience with newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine.

4. Earn Community Service Hours

All participants have that opportunity to go to our other camps to interview young writers, take pictures and help campers with revising and editing to earn potentially A LOT of community service.

5. Collaborate and Form Friendships

What’s better than getting to meet new people like yourself, like-minded and passionate about publication? So many of us think of our publication staffs as a second family, and that’s definitely what’s going to happen here!

Click here to apply today

What a Summer Coming Our Way!

From our classic two week camps like I.C.E. and F.I.R.E. to newbies like E.A.R.T.H. and W.A.T.E.R., we’ve got all kinds of amazing programs coming this summer!


As Youth Programs Director, I couldn’t be more excited about the line-up of 9 camps (a TBAWP record) that we’re providing to the Tampa Bay Area in 2019. As a High School Writing Teacher myself, it has always been my goal (and passion) to expand our programs to better fit the High School and beyond demographic. That’s why I started W.I.N.D. (Writers In Need of Direction), which will be back for its third year this summer. And it’s why I’m pushing so hard with the help of my TBAWP colleagues to get W.A.T.E.R. and E.A.R.T.H. off the ground. (Is that a pun?)

E.A.R.T.H. (Elevating Anthologies to Reach Today’s High-standards) will be headed byEARTH Steinbrenner High School’s yearbook advisor, Courtney Nickel. Meeting every Wednesday night this summer, we’re hoping to draw a journalist super group together. Can you imagine the best students from Newspaper, Lit Mag, and Yearbook programs around the Bay Area coming together to collaborate on a single project? We can! That’s our vision: to give publication students a chance to collaborate, not just meet and compete like they do at FSPA. With a program packed with guest speakers, the opportunity for service hours and the chance to share ideas and techniques, this could be something to take publications in our community to the next level.

We plan to take our day camps to the next level with W.A.T.E.R. (Writers And Teachers Engaged in Revision). If middle and high school students are looking for a chance to hone their writing in specific and currently popular areas, this is the place for them! Our two programs include a week on writing a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style story and a week on World Building (inspired by YA author Kelly Coon‘s workshop at last fall’s Youth Writing Conference).

TBAWP’s Youth Programs are growing and we’re excited to see what our biggest summer yet holds in store. And beyond because, you know, everyone who comes to a summer program gets into our 2nd Annual Youth Writer’s Conference for free…

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Youth Writing Conference Around the Corner

Last night, the window for write-ahead contests closed for our first ever youth conference. During this week, we here at TBAWP’s Youth Programs will be busy reviewing these contest submissions and doing our last minute prep for this incredible step forward in our program history. There’s still time to register and here is a close look at what the exciting day will look like: TBAWP Youth Conference Full Schedule

I.C.E. Writer Alum holds book signing

Sarah Frank, author of ONE CHANCE

Book Talk and Signing event

Sunday, Feb 25th, 4-6 pm



1809 North Tampa St., Tampa, FL 33602



Sarah Frank would like to invite her I.C.E. Writer and TBAWP family (and more!) out to her book launch at Tampa’s ONLY independent bookstore (in their brand-new location). If you haven’t bought ONE CHANCE yet, you can purchase it from Inkwood at the event so Sarah will be able to sign it for you there.

If you have already purchased a book (THANK YOU!) we would still love to have you come and listen to Sarah’s book talk and celebrate the publication of ONE CHANCE with us. Sarah would so love to see fellow ICE Writers and TBAWP members there for yet another chance (!) for a mini-reunion. In her talks to elementary and middle school students her beloved summer writing camp is shared as a major force in her success as a writer.

ONE CHANCE was released in January, 2018 by BeaLu Books (autographed copies at Allwww.bealubooks.com) and is on the Inkwood site as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble sites. It’s a supernatural thriller that combines Sarah’s love for magic, time travel, and history through a magical stone, The Stone of Discedo. Join Sandy, Brian, and the orphans as they discover the power of the stone and journey back in time to Ford’s Theatre, the Titanic, and Pearl Harbor as part of their quest to find out why Sandy’s parents abandoned her. It’s a middle grade book, grades 4-7, although Sarah’s high school friends are enjoying it too!

You can follow along at Sarah’s website, and see her interview with Gayle Guyardo and Leigh Spann of WFLA as well as follow her on social media: http://www.SarahFrankWrites.com