Author Events

October 27-30, 2022

Altamonte Springs, FL

Florida Writers Con 2022

We are back to in-person workshops, awards, and networking! Oh, and East of Evil, which comes out in May, 2023, is a finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards in the 2 categories of unpublished full-length fiction–crime and mystery.

October, 2022

Debbie Laskey’s Blog

Guest Blog

Debbie Laskey interviewed me for her blog. Debbie’s expertise and blog features strategic planning, brand development, marketing plans and audits, competitive positioning, websites, corporate communications, public relations, employee engagement, customer experiences, and social media marketing.

August 20, 2022

Melbourne, FL

Editing Down to the Bones Workshop

The Space Coast Writer’s Guild is hosting the one-day workshop.

Whether you are writing your first novel or your fiftieth, how you approach the editing stage can make or break your story. This 2-hour workshop teaches a streamlined process to strengthen and deepen your story from its structural bones to the final polishing of sentences. Thriller author Steve Berry said he edits every scene and sentence of his work seventy times before it goes to the publisher. His 27 historical thrillers have been translated into 40 languages. He understands the power of editing.

In this workshop, students will be introduced to:

  • how to test and build the structure of a story
  • choosing a point of view—whose story is it?
  • composing scenes by cause and effect
  • ordering scenes for maximum impact
  • establishing the story question and when to answer it
  • using the value of setting
  • choosing the types and levels of conflict
  • discerning scene from sequel
  • timing the use of backstory, flashbacks, and transitions
  • developing sensory details and fact-checking
  • crafting figures of speech and imagery
  • setting the pace
  • proofreading and line editing with critique partners and professionals.

April 5-10, 2022

Lakeland, Florida

SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in and Expo

The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is Florida’s largest annual convention of any kind and the 2nd largest air show in the world. Join over 225,000 aviation enthusiasts for 6 exciting days of cutting-edge technology exhibits, forums, workshops, career fairs, and of course our world-famous breathtaking aerial displays by some of the best airshow performers in the business! See the Air Force Thunderbirds. I will be reporting for General Aviation News. 

February 19, 2022

Melbourne, FL

Crafting Memorable Dialog Workshop

The Space Coast Writer’s Guild is hosting the one-day workshop. We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialog. In many genres, dialog makes up half of the novel, so dialog can make or break your bond with readers. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialog by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. This class on Crafting Memorable Dialog offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. 

november 8, 2021

Winter Haven, Florida

Gardenia Garden Club hosts Author Joni M. Fisher

 The 65-member club hosted an evening with local Author Joni M. Fisher to learn about her research and writing process and to discuss her Compass Crimes series.

April 13-18, 2021

Lakeland, Florida

SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in and Expo

The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is Florida’s largest annual convention of any kind and the 2nd largest air show in the world. Join over 225,000 aviation enthusiasts for 6 exciting days of cutting-edge technology exhibits, forums, workshops, career fairs, and of course our world-famous breathtaking aerial displays by some of the best airshow performers in the business! See the Blue Angels. I will be reporting for General Aviation News. 

August 25-29, 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana

2021 Bouchercon — Blood on the Bayou

The world’s premier annual crime fiction event. Join the mystery community — from authors, fans, and publishers to reviewers, booksellers, and editors — for 5 days of panels, parties, and pure mystery fun. 

October 14-17, 2021

Altamonte Springs, Florida

2021 Florida Writers Association Annual Conference

Workshops, panel discussions, the Royal Palm Literary Awards, networking, and fun.

January 31, 2020

Southeastern University

Expressions Storytelling Institute and Writers Workshop

Keynote speaker Jeff Goins. Workshops by Authors Joni M., Fisher, Carol J. Post, and Paul Linzey Ph.D. Professors from Southeastern will present a panel discussion. This event is open to the public for $30 fee. Pre-registration is required.

March 4, 2020

Radio

Live Interview on Authors on the Air Global Radio Network with Host Pam Stack

Live at 8 p.m. EST. Authors on the Air Global Radio Network is an international digital media corporation comprised of radio talk shows, podcasts, book reviews broadcasting to 40 countries and the most popular podcast apps and video sites with 3 million listeners and over one million social media listeners. Listen to the recording by clicking on the button to the right.

MAY 5 – MAY 10  Cancelled due to pandemic

LAKELAND, FL

SUN ‘n FUN FLY-IN AND EXPO

Joni will be reporting for General Aviation News / SUN ‘n FUN TODAY. Sometimes she gets to fly with airshow performers as a ride-along.

May 21

Podcast

SOCIAL MEDIA IN BOOK MARKETING

Authors on the panel: Claire Fullerston, Joanne Kukanza Easley, Mary Anne Willow, Kit Morgan, Susan Z. Ritz, and Joni M. Fisher. Learn how these authors navigate social media to market their books.

October 15 – 18 — online in 2020

Altamonte Springs, FL

Florida Writers Association Conference

The FWA conference is an annual event that includes workshops and panel discussions. The event is capped off by the Royal Palm Literary Awards.

Wrong Place, Write Crime

by Frank Zafiro

The Florida Writer

by Alison Nissen

http://floridawriters.libsyn.com/joni-m-fisher

Interview on the Writers Den

by Jane Waters Thomas

Social Media for Book Marketing Panel Discussion

by Writers of the World

Looking for a Guest Speaker?

Joni has presented workshops and author panel discussions on various topics at universities, writer’s groups, and writing conferences. She lives in Florida and North Carolina and is willing to meet with select book clubs. 

Write Quotable Dialogue

We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. Discover how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress.

The lessons are:

  • Discover when and when not to use dialogue
  • Infuse conflict
  • Employ text and subtext
  • Create suspense
  • Transform the predictable
  • Cut to the chase
  • Individualize characters through speech markers
  • Apply the stimulus/response pattern for clarity
  • Use three types of tags to reveal goals, motivations, and conflict, and
  • Format and punctuate dialogue properly.

This workshop is available in 2-hour, 3-hour in person or live online format. It is also available in 10 online lessons over a 30-day period with students applying the lessons to their own work.

Writing for Magazines and Paid Blogs

Essays and articles are in high demand by magazines, paid blogs, and organizations. To tap into this rich market, writers need to know 10 basics. In this workshop students will learn how to:

  • Identify common types of articles and essays,
  • Discover a personal topic niche,
  • Generate story ideas,
  • Use methods and sources for research,
  • Interview sources,
  • Use query letters & writer’s guidelines,
  • Discern reader demographics,
  • Apply contract basics, copyright, and ethics,
  • Multiply income through reprints & rewrites, and
  • Track work and payments.

Students receive a 40-page handout, rich with content and links to more information.