16th Annual Florida Writers Conference

“What A Character”
October 19 – 22 in Altamonte Springs, Florida

Allison MaruskaAllison Maruska


Allison Maruska’s debut novel, The Fourth Descendant, sold more than 20,000 copies in its first twelve months, reaching #40 in all ebooks on Amazon. Her subsequent Young Adult urban fantasy novel and sci-fi trilogy have enjoyed critical acclaim. An accomplished blogger and internet personality, Allison instructs developing writers in the craft of storytelling, marketing, and social media practices. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Allison was an elementary educator for more than a decade.


How I sold 20,000 Copies of My Debut Novel in the First Year

Learn how Allison created a compelling story with interesting characters, heightened the tension and drama to make it a page-turner, and launched it from her author platform. By using quality-based brand building and strategic marketing, she became a bestselling author and landed her first published book at #40 overall on all of Amazon –— allowing her to quit her job and achieve her dream of being a full-time writer. Allison will share her strategies with a step-by-step process that can help you achieve the success you want.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to build a social media platform prior to publication.
  • How to create a marketable product.
  • The importance of working within a community of writers.
  • Services available to authors to aid in book promotion.
I’m Not a Scientist, but Story Physics Works for Me

What’s the best way to write a novel that readers are going to love? The Story Physics model (based on Larry Brooks’ book, Story Physics) is a simple planning method that delivers superior results, creating a story readers can’t put down while guiding you every step of the way. In addition to ensuring tension and an engaging pace, Story Physics implements a strategy that plots your story the same way many best sellers are done.

This workshop outlines the three major plot points that a novel must have to keep your reader’s interest while showing where important segments should occur in the narrative. Allison will explore how popular books have successfully used the structure – and how you can. In addition, she will show how to ensure page turning conflict and gripping tension throughout the narrative.

Attendees will learn:

  • What the Story Physics model is, as demonstrated with the three major plot points
  • How to use the model to create effective plot lines
  • How to “fill in” the story between the plot points to ensure reader engagement.


Smells Like Teen Spirit

The YA fiction market has exploded over the last decade, and our panel is here to help you learn more about writing for teens. Are YA characters just like adults, only younger? Do I need to know teen slang? Should I avoid writing about “Bad Things” like sex and drugs? These and other questions will be explored by our panelists, who will tell us what to do and what to avoid if you want to be a YA writer. Moderator, Racquel Henry.

Interview Topics

Developing a mystery, suspense, or YA story, Plot, Conflict, Point of view, Characterization, Independent publishing, Building a social media platform – branding, Marketing, Making a book more marketable, Running promotions.


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