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Florida Writers Association Sets October Conference — 2014

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The Florida Writers Association will present the 13th Annual Florida Writers Conference at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary from Thursday, October 23 – Sunday, October 26.  The Conference offers workshops, presentations by New York Times bestselling authors, and opportunities to interview with some 13 executive accepting pitches, including agents, acquiring editors for publishing companies and film producers.  Attendees learn about writing, editing, and publishing from the some of the publishing industry’s most experienced and celebrated professionals.

This year the conference offers more than 50 workshops that cover the gamut, from craft, to living a good writer’s life, to business, to genre.

A few of the topics: “Pitching your Story” by movie producer Jillian Stein; “Writing the Query Letter” by literary agent Jennie Goloboy; “The Future of Digital Publishing” by literary agent Saritza Hernandez; “Drafting a New York Times Bestseller” by NYT bestselling author Mary Burton; “Reading Your Work in Public” by publisher Matt Peters and editor Melanie Neale; “Financials of Book Selling: Sales and Income Tax” by publisher Cheyenne Knopf; “Social Media for Writers” by marketer/publicist Sarah Nicolas; “Writing Believable New Adult” by NYT bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout; and “Selling Your Work to Hollywood” by producers Khris Baxter and Jillian Stein.

Five panels offer plenty of excitement and collective experience on pitching, writing sex scenes, publishing with an agent, publishing without an agent, and transmedia. The conference is also the time when the winners of the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Awards are announced in a gala, Hollywood-themed ceremony.

Miscellaneous events include book signings, meet-and-greets, open mic, networking breakout sessions, and more. The full-conference package covers events from Friday, October 24, through Sunday, October 26, but for the first time, workshops will be offered on Thursday night, October 23, for an additional fee of $35.

Registration is available now at:  http://www.shop.floridawriters.net/category.sc?categoryId=64.  Registration for the FridaySunday event is $355 for members and $410 for non-members, including all meals throughout the weekend.  Registration fees go up on September 22, so attendees are encouraged to register early.  Attendees may also register for single-day attendance.

The Orlando Marriott Lake Mary is located at 1501 International Parkway in Lake Mary, FL.  To learn more about the Conference, please visit: http://www.floridawriters.net/2014_FWA_Conferences.html.

The Florida Writers Association, 15,400 members strong and growing, is a nonprofit 501(c) (6) organization that supports the state’s established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public.

For more information about the Florida Writers Association, please visit www.floridawriters.net.