Saturday, March 17, 2012

FWA Mini Conference details

Sign up for an editorial session with one of Florida’s best editors!
Come to the Writer’s Nest!
FWA presents its Spring Mini Conference!

When:  Saturday April 21, 2012.
Who:  Ten speakers will make multiple presentations at the Altamonte Chapel, 825 E. Altamonte Drive (Route 436) in Altamonte Springs, FL 32701.

Price: $59 for FWA members ($79 for non-members) Register online at or by sending a check payable to FWA to Chrissy Jackson, President, P.O. Box 66069, St. Pete Beach, FL 33736- 6069. The conference is limited to the first 125 registrations!

NY Times Best Selling author, Tim Dorsey, will be the keynote speaker! Tim’s wildly successful stories of Serge and Coleman crisscross historical Florida sites as their adventures unfold.

One- on-one editing consultation will be available as well as individual interviews with an agent. A $25 fee will be charged. Only ten authors will have this opportunity. If you want to meet with Kaye, sign up ASAP!

Kaye Coppersmith of Wordsworth Editing facilitates the Florida Writers Association’s Editing Service and is its senior editor.

Kaye also does editing presentations at writing groups wherein group members submit their first few manuscript pages, which Kaye edits and goes over with the entire group. She explains her suggestions and in doing so, teaches attendees the mechanics that separate the amateur writer from the skilled. Two of her authors’ books are published, four books and three short stories won Royal Palm Literary Awards, and ten shorts were selected for the FWA Collections: Slices of Life and Let’s Talk. Kaye edited nine FWA Collections Ten Top Picks.

Kaye’s column Write Better! sometimes appears in The Florida Writer.

Kaye will edit the first three manuscript pages for only ten conference attendees. The three pages must be received via mail, in format, no later than April 7, 2012. She will go over suggestions with the author, one-on-one, explaining mechanics and how to:

tighten, brighten, and punch up writing
improve characterization, plot development, structure, pace, and tension
elicit emotional responses from readers

Submission Guidelines
Submit only first three (3) pages of manuscript (fiction or non-fiction).
Manuscripts must be typed using 12 point Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier New font.
Manuscript must be in format (double spaced, side margins 1”or 1-1/4”—1-1/4” preferred—top and bottom margins 1”).

Manuscripts are to be line-numbered. To line-number using MS Word 1997-2003:

(1) Click on FILE in toolbar.
(2) Click on PAGE SET-UP.
(3) Click on LAYOUT tab at top.
(4) Near bottom left of window that pops up, look for LINE NUMBERS. Click.
(6) Click on CONTINUOUS at bottom of window (so your numbers will flow from page to page).
(7) Reverse to undo.

Word 2007:
(1) Click on PAGE LAYOUT
(4) To undo, click on LINE NUMBERS and click on NONE

Snail-mail (do NOT email) manuscript pages to be received no later than seven days before date of conference. Do NOT fold pages, but mail in 9 by 12 (or bigger) envelope. Again, do NOT fold pages. Don’t staple, either, please—paperclip preferred.

Send to:
Kaye Coppersmith
10306 Lake Grove Drive
Odessa, Florida 33556

Two agents, one editor, one NY Times Best Selling author and:

Experts from around the state will make presentations including:
Patricia Charpentier: award winning author of Memoirs
Kaye Coppersmith: respected editor and FWA’s editing service coordinator
Chuck Dowling: a prize winning author who conducts workshops on writing novels
Rik Feeney:  publishing coach for many published authors
Chrissy Jackson: author of many non-fiction publications and president of the FWA
Peggy Miller: published poet and editor of poetry’s Comstock Review
Mary Lois Sanders: an author of young adult fiction and a great presenter
J.W. Thompson:  a prolific author who successfully sells his books on-line
Bettie Wales: an accomplished writer who concentrates on teaching writing skills
Al Rocheleau: an award winning Poet and author of “On Writing Poetry”

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