Friday, March 22, 2013

Florida Writers Association announces spring conference

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL -- Writers will be helping other writers when the Spring Florida Writers Association Mini-conference gets underway at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 20.

The keynote speaker is Adrian Fogelin, author of seven novels for middle-grade and young adult readers. She wrote the hugely popular "Crossing Jordan" and has won numerous awards, including two Florida Book Award gold medals.

Victor DiGenti, television producer turned author, will present an all-day workshop on crime-writing. He is author of "Bring Down The Furies," a crime novel set in Allendale near St. Petersburg. He is the author of four other books.

”The spring conference is an organic thing," said Chris Coward, vice president of the Florida Writers Association.  "The workshops and agent interviews are the bones. We have a stellar lineup of each."

"The heart and FWA’s mindset, in all we do, is writers helping writers,” she added.

Other faculty include:

* Patricia Charpentier of Orlando, FL -- Memoirs

* Bobbie Christmas of Atlanta, GA -- Editing

* Ann Dalton of Fort Myers, FL -- Legal issues for writers

* Rik Feeney of Altamonte Springs, FL -- Cover design

* Su Gerheim of The Villages, FL -- Florida Writers Association Collection No. 5

* Ben Hale of Oviedo, FL -- E-publishing & Kindle Marketing

* Veronica Helen Hart of Ormond Beach, FL -- Pitches and author queries; interviews (acquisition editor for Double Edge Press)

* Saritza Hernandez of Orlando, FL -- Interviews (literary agent for Corvisiero Literary Agency)

* Beda Kantarjian of Lake Mary, FL -- Royal Palm Literary Awards writing

* Bruce Kubec of Longwood, FL -- Royal Palm Literary Awards writing

* Joan Levy of Sanford, FL -- Royal Palm Literary Awards writing

* Mark McWaters of Longwood, FL -- Royal Palm Literary Awards writing

* Peggy Miller of The Villages, FL -- Poetry

* Virginia Nelson of Youngstown, OH -- Interviews (acquisition editor for Champagne Books)

* Rob Sanders of Brandon, FL -- Picture books

* J.W. Thompson of Ormond Beach, FL - Royal Palm Literary Awards guidelines

Registration is $59 for FWA members, $79 for nonmembers. Contact Tom Swartz (407) 869-8781 or via email (

A prominent feature of the conference will interviews between authors and prospective agents. Interviews with agents cost $25 if booked before April 1, $40 if booked on or after April 1.

The location for the event is Altamonte Chapel, 825 E Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL.

To register online or download a registration form, visit
The Florida Writers Association, 1,300 members strong, is a 501[c]6 trade association formed to help authors and aspiring writers learn, grow, network, and find resources to cultivate their inner muse, improve their writing, and navigate the shoals of the publishing industry. Membership is open to the public. See for details.

The Florida Writers Association will conduct its 12th annual conference Oct. 18-20, 2013 at the Orlando Lake Mary Marriott in Lake Mary. Crime writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchannan will be there, along with a stellar faculty. Bestselling romantic-suspense author Mary Burton will be the keynote speaker.

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