Florida Writers Foundation Presents

2017 Celebrity Workshop Host & Conference Guest of Honor David Morrell

“An absolute master of the thriller novel” —Dean Koontz

“The father of the modern action novel” —Vince Flynn

David Morrell
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Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing


In this all-day fiction-writers workshop, New York Times bestselling author David Morrell discusses the lessons he has learned in his unusually long, 45-year career.

His topics include:

  • How to find your own voice and subject matter
  • How to write a creative alternative to conventional outlines
  • The importance of research
  • Choosing a narrative viewpoint
  • The most common and easily corrected mistakes in structure, description and dialogue
  • Self-publishing versus the conventional road
  • How to market your book after you finish it

WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 2017

WHERE: Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

FEE: $125. Florida Writers Association Members | $150 Non-members | $200 Walk-up registration
Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day beverages


David Morrell is the bestselling author of 34 novels, including his debut novel, First Blood, which became the 1982 blockbuster film Rambo starring Sylvester Stallone. His influential espionage novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, became the only TV miniseries to be broadcast after a Super Bowl.

David is a popular and inspiring writing instructor whose peers endearingly call him “the professor” and whose book The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons and Writing and Publishing has been praised by many esteemed authors, including Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, Lawrence Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Donald E. Westlake, and F. Paul Wilson.

He is an Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, and a three-time recipient of the distinguished Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. The International Thriller Writers organization gave him its prestigious career-achievement Thriller Master Award. Bouchercon, the world’s largest crime-fiction convention, gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award.

David Morrell will also be the Florida Writers Association's  Guest of Honor at the Florida Writers Conference, where he will be interviewed, sign books, and later present the one-hour craft of writing workshop, "A Trap for the Unwary: The Risks and Rewards of the First Person Viewpoint.”

Your workshop fee is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Proceeds support the Florida Writers Foundation, Inc. (FWF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed to promote literacy and enhance the writing skills of children, youth, and adults. FWF make a difference by supplying grants and volunteers to programs around the state, donating books to public libraries as well as the Ronald McDonald House in St. Pete, and much more. You can learn more about the Florida Writers Foundation here.