16th Annual Florida Writers Conference

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

Darlyn Finch KuhnDarlyn Finch Kuhn


Darlyn Finch Kuhn is a prolific poet, short-story writer, and novelist who edits the Scribbles literary e-newsletter and produces book trailer videos. Her debut novel, Sewing Holes, won First Place in the published novella category of the FWA’s 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards. She enjoys speaking at book clubs, high schools, colleges, libraries, and writing conferences.


Bookstores and Beyond: Marketing in the Age of Amazon – with Brad Kuhn

Darlyn Finch Kuhn will talk about her personal brand, including her e-newsletter, Scribbles, and the experience of having her debut novel, Sewing Holes, published by the small independent press Twisted Road Publications. She’ll discuss the marketing tools they employed; what worked, and what didn’t. Her husband, Brad Kuhn, former journalist and founder of Brad Kuhn & Associates, LLC, a PR and marketing firm, will discuss success factors for marketing e-books online.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to brand yourself
  • Strategies to sell your work
  • Whether e-books or hard copies are right for you
Weird Characters, Strange Places and Tough Times: Writing New Southern Gothic

Traditional Southern Gothic literature has earned its place in the literary canon through classic works by authors like William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and Flannery O’Conner. We’ll discuss how current writers are rediscovering this fascinating sub-genre dealing with disenfranchised voices in warped communities—not necessarily set in the American South. This workshop examines several much-beloved Southern Gothic works, moves into current examples, and ends with prompts for new material of your own that embodies some of the characteristics of the Southern Gothic Revival.

Attendees will learn:

  • The elements of traditional Southern Gothic style
  • How current writers are updating the genre
  • Where to submit your Southern Gothic work for possible publication


Life of an Acquisition Editor – Moderator

Interview Topics

Fiction writing, memoir writing, writing groups, making money writing, professional advice, marketing.



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