Meetings, Founder’s Day, and the Annual FWA Conference Dates

Next Lakeland Writers  Meetings:  Sept. 11, Oct. 9, and Nov. 13

Community Southern Bank
3340 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33803
Lakeland Writers is a chapter of the Florida Writers Association and is open to all individuals who write for profession or pleasure.

Founder’s Day Programs at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary (Oct. 17)

Pitching Workshop:

Learn the secrets for pitching work in all genres at a special three-hour pre-conference workshop conducted by Chantelle Osman. The workshop will be held Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Chantelle will also be available by appointment during the conference to coach you one-on-one.Need more information, click here.Click here to register online.                                                                                                               

Celebrity Workshop: Meet Mary Burton

…At her pre-conference workshop

Mega-bestselling author Mary Burton will be the celebrity author for the 5th Annual Florida Writers Foundation Celebrity Workshop Thursday, October 17, 2013. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the workshop runs 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (lunch included), and the Conference Bookstore opens 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for Mary’s sales only (she’ll also hold a book signing).   For all the details, please visit our Florida Writers Foundation website.Mary will also join us for the 12th Annual Florida Writers Conference sponsored by FWA. Both events will be held at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
….For coffee
It’s an auction! Interview Mary Burton. Your write-up is yours to market to the media of your choice—you keep the money and you get the byline. Also receive an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of her next book—No Escape—two months before release.  All this, while promoting literacy through the Florida Writers Foundation. The bidding closes September 1. Click here for details.

The 12th Annual FWA Conference (Oct. 18-20)

Step right up for “The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth,” where members find their agents, meet their publishers, and get the scoop on the industry. Below is a thumbnail of what to expect. Check the Quick Links above for details and to register. Watch this page for updates and new information.  Feel free to email us at•    The essentials

When: October 18-20, 2013

Where: Orlando Marriott
1501 International Parkway
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
407.995.1100, 800.380.7724
Ask for special FWA Conference rates

Registration:  Register Online      Download Registration Form  View Refund Policy

Membership: FWA’s annual conference is a member benefit. If you are not an FWA member, we encourage you to join to reap the many benefits of membership. If you do not wish to join, there will be an additional $55 charge to attend the conference—the cost of one year’s dues.  Space is limited, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

•    Agents, publishers, & specialty faculty

Network with the pros. Download faculty information (see link, above). Agents include Marisa Corvisiero and Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency; Dawn Michelle Frederick, Red Sofa Literary; Chantelle Aimee Osman, A Twist of Karma Entertainment; Gordon Warnock, Forward Literary Agency; and Louise Fury, L. Perkins Agency. Traditional publishers include Mark Wayne Adams, MWA; Eugene Orlando, Scriptor Publishing; and J. Ellen Smith, Champagne Book Group. Bestselling authors include award-winning crime fiction keynoter and 2013 Collections Person of Renown Michael Wiley and 2014 Collections Person of Renown Mary Burton, among others.

The faculty roster and workshop schedule are subject to change as we recruit additional agents and publishers. Check this page periodically for updates.

•    Workshops

Find your tools for success. See the faculty information, link above, for the tentative workshop schedule. Topics cover how to structure your fiction, how to network and sell your book, tools you can use as a writer, screenwriting, writing for children, the do’s and don’ts of writing historical fiction, and much more.  Extra Opportunity! Pitch Perfect workshop! Afternoon pre-conference pitch workshop Thursday, October 17.

•    Interviews

Talk to decision makers and industry luminaries by booking an interview. Reminder: you need to register for the conference before booking for your interview.

•    Critiques

Have your work critiqued by a professional before the conference and meet with your critiquer during the weekend. Download the critique form, above, for details.

•    Bookstore

Sell your book at the conference bookstore and get your name in front of the industry leaders (make a few $s, as well). Download the bookstore form, above.

•    FAQs

Get the skinny on conference logistics, interviews, workshops, activities, the RPLA Banquet, and much more by downloading the FAQs, above.

•    Sponsors

FWA thanks Platinum Sponsors Peppertree Press,, and Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, as well as Gold Sponsor Oxford Self Storage. Any author or company interested in sponsoring or advertising, please download the sponsor sheet, above.

     Pitch Perfect Workshop – Coaching, too!                                                                                                                
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