Toastmasters International Hosts Workshop for Would-be Authors at AARLC

“Conceive, connect and create” is the theme for A Day with the Authors workshop, hosted by Toastmasters International at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost for admission to the event is $10 payable at the door or by registering online at The payment includes a mouth-watering lunch provided by caterers Love at First Bite.

This event is one not to be missed and will arm would-be authors with knowledge of self-publishing, book launch strategies, targeting their readers, promoting in the media, and speaking to sell books.

Attendees will hear presentations from up to 30 self-published authors including Dawna St. Louis, Antoinette Smith, Lydia Harris, Kingsley Grant, Larry Benovitz, Marlene M. Bryan and other authors from across South Florida. In addition, Miramar City Commissioner Wayne Messam will make a presentation on the importance of the written word.

Spokesperson for Toastmasters International Marlene M. Bryan said, “We want to help would-be authors learn about writing, publishing and marketing their books. We also want to emphasize the value of the written word in uplifting our communities.”

A Day with the Authors offers a great opportunity for interacting with, and learning from authors of different backgrounds. Not only will writers learn to hone their craft at this event, but they will also be entertained by musical artists including Michael Emmanuel.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. Call the Welcome Desk at 954-357-6210.

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