16th Annual Florida Writers Conference

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

Carol Post


Carol J. Post lives in sunshiny Central Florida and writes fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense for Waterfall Press and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have received a 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award and been nominated for a 2016 RITA® award and a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. She is also a popular speaker, presenting workshops on a variety of craft topics.


Sharing Hope: Writing for the Inspirational Market

Do you want to write fiction that does more than entertain? Opportunities abound in the inspirational market, but authors wanting to write for this market must do more than simply add a sentence or two where a character prays or otherwise makes mention of God. Sharing Hope explores the requirements of the genre and includes tips for breaking in. Learn how to use flawed characters facing real-life struggles to create a story that touches readers’ hearts.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to remain realistic while working within the confines of the genre
  • How to write faith-driven fiction that is compelling and life-changing, but not preachy
  • Markets that accept inspirational fiction.
Pace Your Story for Maximum Reader Enjoyment

Problems with pacing? Too slow and you’ll bore readers. Too fast and your work lacks depth. Learn how to control the pace of your story through effective use of dialogue, action, description, introspection, hooks and other elements. Keep readers engaged and turning pages.

Attendees will learn:

  • Eight elements authors can use to control the speed at which a story unfolds
  • The characteristics of scene and sequel and how each affects pacing
  • Through analyzing “before and after” examples, how to identify and correct pacing problems in their own work.

Going Deeper: Eliciting Greater Emotion Through Deep POV
Emotion is the secret sauce that makes a story memorable, and nothing gives writing an emotional punch like deep point of view. “Going Deeper” presents six techniques that authors can use to dig deep into characters’ psyches and create scenes alive with fire and spirit. Learn to craft rich, engaging stories that grab readers by the heart and stay with them long after “The End.”
Three things attendees will learn are:

  1. Characteristics of deep point of view and why writers should try to master it
  2. Six techniques for eliminating narrative distance and letting the reader experience the story through the character’s eyes.
  3. Through analyzing “before and after” examples, how to identify shallow point of view and transform those passages into writing that is gripping and filled with emotion.

Interview Topics

Almost anything craft related (fiction only) – characterization, plotting, point of view, pacing, writing for the inspirational market, synopses and query letters, etc. Also time management, staying motivated, healthy lifestyle, etc. I do a lot of contest judging and am willing to critique pages of their work.


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