16th Annual Florida Writers Conference

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

David MorrellDavid Morrell

National Guest of Honor – Author

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. 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.


Florida Writers Foundation Celebrity Workshop – Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing

A full-day workshop, Thursday, October 19, Require separate registration. Details…


A Trap for the Unwary: The Risks & Rewards of the First Person Viewpoint

In this one-hour workshop, award-winning thriller writer and Rambo creator David Morrell analyzes the negatives and positives of the first-person viewpoint. Frequently misused, this viewpoint has the potential to create extraordinary effects, but only if an author understands its history and meaning. What are the rules that make a first-person narrative shine? What fatal flaws can doom it? Drawing on his forty-five years as a published author, David discusses these matters at length and in detail. You won’t think about the first-person viewpoint in the same way again.

Interview with the National Guest of Honor (Friday, 8:00am – Crystal Ballrooms A – E)

Get to know our National Guest of Honor in this one-on-one interview hosted by Conference Faculty Chair Vic DiGenti. Learn how David Morrell became known as “An absolute master of the thriller novel,” (Dean Koontz) and how his love for a classic TV series inspired him to be a writer. David will sign books immediately after the interview.


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