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2nd annual Jewish book festival will delight Greater Naples area

nazititaniccoverThis winter, the second annual Collier County Jewish Book Festival will strive to top its highly successful inaugural edition, continuing this outstanding contribution to the cultural life of our community. A project of the Jewish Federation of Collier County in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council, the Festival will offer 12 book events at several venues, with a total of 20 authors visiting through the winter season.

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With five exceptions, each of the Festival events will feature at least two authors matched by a common theme. Three of those exceptions are food-related events. The others guarantee food for thought. At the multi-author events, the authors sharing the bill will not co-present or share the stage, but provide back-to-back presentations. Each speaker will give a 30- to 45-minute talk followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A plus book-signing time. There will be a short break between presentations.

For a complete schedule of events, ticket information, venue locations, author bios and book synopses, visit www.jewishbookfestival.org. For questions and general information, call 239.263.4205 or email fedstar18@gmail.com.

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SLEUTHFEST MYSTERY WRITERS CONFERENCE 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:               Joanne Sinchuk  murdermb@gate.net 561-279-7790

Victoria Landis  victoria@landisdesignresource.com 561-716-3481

Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter Announces Sleuthfest 2017 Writers Conference:

[See separate post for Fall Sleuthfest.]

SleuthFest 2017 Writers Conference Will Take Place February 23-26, 2017  in Boca Raton Florida

BOCA RATON, Florida – Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter is pleased to announce dates for Sleuthfest 2017 Writers Conference. SleuthFest will take place February 23-26, 2017 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida.

One of the country’s premier conferences for writers, Sleuthfest is an intensive four day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions.  SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques.

David Baldacci

David Baldacci

The 2017 SleuthFest Writers Conference features a host of luminaries, best-selling authors, and industry insiders, including Keynote Speaker David Baldacci; Forensic Guest of Honor Dr. Vincent Di Maio, legendary publisher Neil Nyren, and special guest authors, including Jeff Lindsay, Reed Farrel Coleman, SJ Rozan, Joe Lansdale, and Jane Cleland.

A preeminent event for writers in all genres, SleuthFest attracts writers from around the world. Filled with networking opportunities, social events, and programming designed to appeal to a wide variety of writers, SleuthFest provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere where writers can learn from the pros—and learn the secrets of a successful career as a writer.  Moreover, SleuthFest affords writers a unique opportunity to connect with industry insiders, writers and publishing professionals.  Past conferences have featured such Keynote presenters and Guests of Honor including Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane, James W. Hall, Dr. Henry Lee, Dr. Michael Baden, Robert Crais, Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline, and Linda Fairstein, Valerie Plame, and others.

To Register:  www.sleuthfest.com. Space is limited. For more information please contact SleuthFest 2017 Co-chairs: Joanne Sinchuk  murdermb@gate.net  561-279-7790 or Victoria Landis  victoria@landisdesignresource.com 561-716-3481

 

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Fall Sleuthfest 2016 coming soon

SleuthFest on Saturday

SLEUTHFEST ON SATURDAY, October 8, 2016

Note: This is not the annual Sleuthfest (coming in February 2017), but a special addition to a monthly meeting). See http://sleuthfest.com/ for details on the annual Sleuthfest.

http://mwaflorida.org/       Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Venice, Florida. A crackerjack team will launch your writing career into orbit. (Jupiter? Mars? The sky’s the limit!) But hurry because space is limited by our venue.

Where: Ramada Venice Hotel Venezia, 425 US Highway 41 Bypass N, Venice, FL 34285 (Room reservations 844-211-5710. Tell them you’re with Mystery Writers of America and get our special rate of $89.)

What: Sixteen powerful sessions designed to accelerate your career as an author. Lunch and mid-afternoon snack are included in your SOS registration fee. Book signing to follow the event. (Consignments will be accepted. Sales will be handled by Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore.)

When: Check-in begins at 8 AM/ Sessions start at 8:30 AM/Final session ends at 6 PM/ Book signing ends at 6:30 PM

How much: $125 for members/$135 for non-members.

Details: go to http://mwaflorida.org/

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Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writer’s Conference 2016

 SEPTEMBER 15-17

http://fhbookfest.com/

PO Box 4011
St. Augustine, FL 32085-4011
info@fhbookfest.com

Friday, Sept. 16 offers a day of workshops dedicated to the working writer committed to improving his or her craft through face-to-face guidance by writing professionals. Whether you’re a veteran or an emerging talent looking for that spark of inspiration and feedback on your writing, the FHBF Writers Conference can help you.

Two sessions run concurrently in each time slot.

Friday Writers Conference Schedule

9:00                                                     Michael Morris                        Joe Gisondi

10:00                                                   John Dufresne                         Brad & Darlyn Kuhn

11-12:30                                              Lunch & Keynote by Susanna Daniel

12:30                                                   Susanna Daniel Signing

1:00                                                     Roy Peter Clark                      Jennie Jarvis

2:00                                                     Terry Griffin                           Cecilia Milanes

3:00                                                     Peter Meinke                           John Henry Fleming

4:00                                                     Robin Lippincott

5:00-5:30                                           Book Signings

Lecture Titles & Descriptions

Michael Morris: “Creating Characters Who Stand the Test of Time”

The workshop will focus on character development, capturing oral history and research for fiction, with an emphasis on the historical genre.

Joe Gisondi:Finding Bigfoot & Developing Scenes”

Gisondi, author of Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot and a professor of journalism, traveled to eight locations across the country, trekking into swamps, mountains, state parks, and remote woods with people in search of bigfoot as well as fame, fortune, adventure, and shared camaraderie. In this session, he’ll show you how to develop scenes before, during and after you’ve spent time in a locale through research, interviews and observations.

John Dufresne: “How to let the necessity of plot guide your writing.”

Brad & Darlyn Kuhn: “Bookstores & Beyond: Marketing in the Age of Amazon”

Learn how to brand yourself and sell your work from two writers who make a living at it.

 Susanna Daniel: “My Fictional Floridians: Point of View and Narrative Shape”

An author’s choice of point of view not only helms a narrative, but determines how that narrative will be imagined by the reader and how it will make the reader feel. Susanna Daniel will discuss how point of view shapes character, structure, and language in each of her three novels, and how to access the most vivid, astute, and compelling point of view in your own work.

Roy Peter Clark:  “Writing Tools:  50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer”

Based upon a book by that title, Roy Peter Clark will reveal the secrets of the writing process, from nuts and bolts to special effects to blueprints for stories to useful habits. These tools are proven to spark an immediate improvement in your prose.

 Jennie Jarvis:  “Crafting the Character Arc”

Many writers think that, just because they have their basic structure in place, their stories are destined to succeed. The problem with many narratives, however, can often come in those places between the plot points. While many books on the craft of writing state that characters need to be three dimensional and change, a beginning writer isn’t always sure how to turn these rather conceptual ideas into something a bit more concrete. Join award winning author and professor Jennie Jarvis as she details a step-by-step practical guide for beginning writers to use in order to ensure they create characters both dynamic and engaging.

Terrell Griffin: “From Self-Published Author to Number One National Best Seller: The Art and Craft of Writing a Mystery Novel”

Cecilia Milanes:  “Our American Lives: Fact/Fiction/Film and Craft”

Peter Meinke:  “The Writing Life:  Habits, Attitude, Luck and Poems”

Join Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke as he reads various poems “about” writing, talks about his writing habits, and describes his experiences during a long career.

John Henry Fleming: “Storybrain: What Recent Discoveries in Neuroscience Mean for Fiction Writers”

For the first time, thanks to recent scientific developments, we’re getting a real-time look at how the brain responds to stories. The results are fascinating and surprising; what do they mean for fiction writers? How might our new understanding of the brain influence the craft of fiction? In this session, you’ll learn new ways of thinking about your stories and gain craft advice to help you create a vivid and meaningful experience in the minds of your readers.

Robin Lippincott: “A Good Title is Not Hard to Find”

As a teacher of fiction writing for many years, it has been my experience that a lot of writers aren’t very good at titling their work, and yet the significance of a compelling title that fits cannot be underestimated. In this lecture, I’ll examine why titles are so important, and also some guidelines by which to avoid bad titles, as well as how to create effective and meaningful titles. Along the way, we’ll look at some good (and even great) examples, as well as some bad ones.

For Book Festival dimension and registration, click on link given above. 

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Venice Book Fair 2016

March 18-19

 http://venicebookfair.com/

Dozens of exhibitors.

Book Fair features lively Event Schedule with David Hagberg, Ward Larsen and others. Publishing advice from Oceanview Publishing.

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PORT CHARLOTTE FAMILY BOOK FAIR

Saturday, February 13 / 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Port Charlotte Family Book Fair is a direct descendant of the former Dearborn Street Literary Festival. Our committee has come up with a fun-filled day designed to attract optimum book buyers. We’ll have children’s activities, readings, workshops, and contests. The festival will take place along winding lanes graced by stately oaks overlooking the beautiful Peace River. To be more precise: Bayshore Park near the Sunset Grill, 23241 Bayshore Road in Port Charlotte.

The keynote speaker will be Phil Jason, book critic for the Florida Weekly newspaper. His theme: IT’S NICE TO GET PUBLISHED, BUT THEN WHAT? Some tips on promoting your book.

Phil Loves Books

Phil Loves Books

Exhibit spaces go for $35. Vendors will get a $5 meal ticket good toward food or drink at our sponsoring restaurant, the Sunset Grill.
Proceeds will benefit the Charlotte Local Education Foundation, a worthy organization that supports teachers and students.
For more information or to sign up, visit mybookbroker.com, call 941-258-2968, or e-mail Debra Paradise, administrative assistant, at portcharlottefamilybookfair@gmail.com

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COLLIER COUNTY JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL

February 18 – March 14 2016

11 events – 23 authors

Coming this winter, the first annual Collier County Jewish Book Festival will add a spectacular new ingredient to the cultural life of our community. A project of the Jewish Federation of Collier County in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council, the Festival will have an unusual format, multiple venues, and a total of 23 authors visiting through the winter season. With two exceptions, each Festival event will feature two authors paired by a related theme.
One exception is Chef Rossi, who will regale her audience at the Hilton Naples on Tuesday, February 23 during a breakfast meeting, when she will discuss her book The Raging Skillet.

The other exception is the Wednesday, February 24 “local authors” session with four presenters.

At all the other events, the two authors sharing the bill will not co-present or share the stage, but provide back-to-back presentations. Each speaker will give a 30- to 45-minute talk  followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A plus book-signing time. There will be a short break between presentations.

Click on the logo below to see the Festival website with full schedule, profiles of authors, list of venues and sponsors, and how to get tickets to one or multiple events.

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Tenth Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference

November 5-8, 2015
BIG ARTS & the Sanibel Island Public Library, Sanibel Island, FL

Edwidge Danticat--Keynote Speaker
Photo by Carl Juste

Keynote Speaker: Edwidge Danticat

Presenter lineup:

Steve Almond / Andrea Askowitz / Lynne Barrett / Dan Bern / Charles Bock / John Darnielle / Erica Dawson / John Dufresne / Wayne Falbey / Beth Ann Fennelly / Nick Flynn / Gina Frangello / Tom Franklin / William Giraldi / Jim Gustafson / Shane Hinton / Jay Hopler / Leslie Jamison / Kimberly Johnson / Steve Kistulentz / Christina Baker Kline / Kimberly Lojewski / Lyn Millner / Dito Montiel / Alan Michael Parker / Tom Piazza / Mark Powell / Margo Rabb / Deborah Reed / Ryan Rivas / Jim Shepard / Karen Shepard / Christopher Schelling / Darin Strauss / Johnny Temple / Jay Wexler.

November 5-8, 2015 / REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON.  

For more information. contact Tom DeMarchi at tdemarch@fgcu.edu or call 239-590-7421.

 Or see http://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/

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University of Central Florida Book Festival 2015

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

April 18, 2015 / 10:00am – 3:30pm

http://education.ucf.edu/bookfest/

Featuring the James O. Born Workshop

James O. Born

Welcome to the 6th annual UCF Book Festival!

The UCF Book Festival is an annual literary event held in the spring at the University of Central Florida. The purpose of the UCF Book Festival is to bring a literary cultural experience to the Central Florida community from infants to seniors by:

  • Fueling interest and engagement in reading and literature
  • Showcasing accomplished and emerging authors

Each year the UCF Book Festival draws thousands of readers of all ages. The Festival features internationally recognized authors and illustrators, book signings and sales, exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, book appraisals, and literary activities for all ages. The Festival is hosted by UCF’s College of Education and Human Performance, in association with UCF’s Morgridge International Reading Center.

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Sleuthfest 2015 Coming to Deerfield Beach

A knock-out group of presenters and attendees / A must-go for mystery & thriller writers.

SleuthFest 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Sunday, March 01, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton
(954)427-7700, (800)624-3606
100 Fairway Drive
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441
United States

Map and Directions

 

Contact Information

  • SleuthFest Co-Chairs:
    Joanne Sinchuk and Victoria Landis
    Contact at Sleuthfestinfo@yahoo.com

 

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