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Fall Sleuthfest 2016 coming soon

SleuthFest on Saturday


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



PO Box 4011
St. Augustine, FL 32085-4011

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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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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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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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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Florida Writers Association 2015 Mini-Conferences

Here’s an upcoming writers’ conference that might be just what you need.
      FWA 2015 Short Shorts Mini-Conference

Bentley’s Boutique Hotel
1660 S. Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

On-site Registration begins at 8:30 am
Conference hours:  9:00-4:00
Lunch is included

Would you like to register?  Click here to go to our online store.
Check the
conference program for details on the faculty and workshops.

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Eckerd College Writers’ Conference

Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise 2015

4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
(727) 864-7994

Join bestselling authors Jess Walter (Beautiful Ruins, and a National Book Award Finalist) and Jacquelyn Mitchard (The Deep End of the Ocean, the first Oprah Book Club selection, and What We Lost in the Dark) for the Eleventh Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise, on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, January 17-25, 2015.

This intensive eight-day experience of intimate workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, readings, book signings and receptions is designed for those who are passionate about writing. Our award-winning faculty and guest speakers will also include: Bill Contardi (Literary Agent, Brandt & Hochman); Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog and Townie); Patricia Engel (Vida); Lisa Gallagher (Literary Agent, Sandford J. Greenburger Associates); Ann Hood (The Obituary Writer); Meg Kearney (Pine Manor Low-Residency MFA Program Director); Laura Lippman (After I’m Gone); Peter Meinke (Lucky Bones); Les Standiford (Bringing Adam Home); Johnny Temple (Akashic Books); Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade); K.C. Wolfe (Professor of Creative Writing at Eckerd College); David Yoo (The Choke Artist); Lori Roy (Until She Comes Home); John Searles (Help for the Haunted) and more.

What Makes Us Different?

The tranquil seaside landscape sets the tone for this informal gathering of writers, teachers, editors, and literary agents. The intimate size and secluded location of the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference allow you the time and opportunity to share your manuscripts, critique one another’s work and discuss the craft of writing with experts and peers who can help guide you to the next level. After eight days of workshopping and engagement with peers and professionals in your field, you will leave this unique opportunity with a new and better understanding of your craft and solid ideas about how to find an agent and get published.

Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College, this writers’ conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending time with motivated and talented participants who seek an intimate, unhurried climate for learning . . . in paradise.


4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
(727) 864-7994

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Ninth Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference

Ninth Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference

November 6-9, 2014

Registration Open. Use link below:


BIG ARTS & the Sanibel Island Public Library, Sanibel Island, Fla.

Richard Russo

Keynote Speaker: Richard Russo

Steve Almond / MK Asante / Lynne Barrett / Derrick C. Brown / Kevin Clark / Dean Davis / John Dufresne / Beth Ann Fennelly / Emily Franklin / Tom Franklin / Artis Henderson / John Hoppenthaler / Gary Louris / Jen McClung / Karen Salyer McElmurray / Kathryn Miles / Dinty W. Moore / Jeff Newberry / Jeff Parker / David James Poissant / Julia Scheeres / Christopher Schelling/ Jennifer Senior / George Singleton / Christine Sneed / Wesley Stace / JL Stermer / Megan Stielstra / Parker Stockman / Darin Strauss / Johnny Temple / Karen Tolchin

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Sleuthfest 2015 Early Registration Now Open


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Early Registration is open!

Registration for the conference is open and the link to the hotel is also live. We are bringing Sleuthfest back to Deerfield Beach. The rate is $159/night, and is available a few days before and after for those attendees who want to combine an exciting conference with a vacation.

Our keynote speaker is James Patterson.

  • Florida Guest of Honor is James W. Hall.
  • Agent appointments to pitch your work.
  • Forensic lectures, techniques, and hands-on workshops.
  • Manuscript critiques by agents and editors.
  • Practice your pitch workshops.
  • Sunday morning Flamingo Pitch Tank.
  • And more, much more!

Early Bird Registration starts now and goes until September 30, 2014.  Sign up now and save $20 on a three-day registration (MWA members $265, non-members $305).  Included in the three-day registration price are two lunches (Friday and Saturday), two cocktail parties (Friday and Saturday evening), and Sunday Brunch; four tracks with panels, lectures, and workshops; and Agent and Editor appointments for those ready to move to the next step in their career.

Sign up now!  www.sleuthfest.com

For more info about the Florida Chapter: http://www.mwaflorida.org/

Mystery Writer’s of America – Florida Chapter
Casey Lane
Port Orange, Florida 32129

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Florida Heritage Book Festival

Honors Robin Cook during its 3-day festival and writers’ conference.

Ft.Myers magazine – Robin Cook

Florida Heritage




 SEPTEMBER  25, 26, & 27.   Website: http://www.fhbookfest.com/

A major part of the Florida Heritage Book Festival is the Writers Conference, which attracts well over one hundred writers from all over the southeast. They come to learn, to be inspired, and to network with other writers. For the first time, this year’s Writers Conference will take place at Flagler College and include critique workshops, and multiple sessions on the craft and business of writing. The conference faculty consists of true professionals, some of whom, like John Dufresne and Vicki Hendricks, are among our Featured Authors.


Florida Heritage Writers Conference Schedule

September 25—26, 2014

Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL


Join us for two very different days 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.


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