Monday, July 26, 2010

Florida Writers' Association October 2010 conference Features Individual Critique Sessions

— Industry professionals work with writers on works-in-progress —

The Ninth Annual Conference of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), which will be held October 22-24, 2010, at the Orlando, Lake Mary Marriott, promises to keep the estimated 350 attendees focused on improving their writing skills and promoting their work for publication.

“FWA intends to fulfill every writer’s current interest. At least three workshops are held at any given time, and attendees may join whichever ones appeal to them,” said FWA President, Chrissy Jackson.

“In addition to perfecting their craft and networking with fellow writers, for an additional fee attendees may choose from among the faculty of authors, agents, and acquisition editors to make face-to-face manuscript pitches. They also may register for professional critiques. There is no limit to the number of pitch sessions or critiques available,” Jackson said.

The 2010 faculty members available for critiques are Adrian Fogelin, award-winning author, for middle-grade and young adult manuscripts; Dr. Douglas Houck, Professor of English and Writing at Edison State College in Punta Gorda, Florida, for adult nonfiction; Dianne Ochiltree, nationally recognized author of children’s picture books and chapter books; and John Pelot, Professor of English on the Charlotte Campus of Edison State College, for adult fiction.

“FWA does more than teach writers how to become published,” Jackson said. “We give published works exposure through professional exhibits and our FWA bookstore. Interested authors can submit their titles for sale and hold book signings.”

Saturday night features a banquet, with author Carlo D’Este presenting the keynote speech, “Tell Me a Story.” Afterwards, an awards ceremony presented by the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards recognizes winning competition submissions. Activities remain in high gear on Sunday morning during a brunch and keynote speech closing the conference at noon.

Throughout the conference, attendees are eligible to win door prizes, some valued over $300. The third annual Silent Auction provides an impressive selection of books and gifts to be awarded to the highest bidders. The auction is run by the Florida Writers Foundation, a nonprofit charitable association promoting literacy among children, youth, and adults throughout Florida. The Florida Writers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, promotes literacy throughout Florida. All donations to FWF are tax deductible. Attendance is not necessary for bidding. For more information or to donate items, contact the FWF President, Karen Lieb at

For the best conference fee of $289, register no later than July 31. From August 1 through September 22, the conference registration fee is $309, and thereafter it is $329. The registration includes all workshops, sessions and signature meals from Friday morning through Sunday noon. Daily rates are available for attendees who prefer to attend one or two days. The conference schedule, plus descriptions of faculty and seminars, is posted at

Companies wishing to advertise, exhibit, or distribute samples or premiums at the conference are welcome to contact FWA. The Florida Writers Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that supports more than 1100 established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public, regardless of residency.

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