Now in its fifth year, the Florida Youth Conference features a colorful cast of characters—a team of authors, agents, and other industry professionals who will help fine-tune your writing skills and supercharge your publishing savvy.

Sessions will include the craft and business of prose and poetry, the legal stuff, and practicing your perfect pitch. We’ll also have a Q&A session, so you can ask all those burning questions about how to become a successful writer.

Plus, celebrate our winners at the Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards Lunch Banquet and newly published authors at the Youth Collection Author Signing—this could be you!

Date & Location

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
    350 Northlake Blvd., Orlando FL 32701-5297

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $50 Current Youth Members
  • $65 Non-Members

Your Registration Includes:

  • Conference Goodie Bag
  • All Conference Materials
  • Two Refreshment Breaks
  • Full Banquet Lunch

How To Register

All Youth members must have their registration form signed by a parent or guardian. You can then mail your registration form and payment to the address on the form, or register online if paying with a credit card.

On-site registration will be available only if space is available. We highly encourage you to register in advance to guarantee your spot!


Registration and Interview Bookings are now closed for the 2017 Conference.


8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Welcome
8:15 AM – 9:00 AM Find Your Book in a Bookstore – Serena Schreiber
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Book Mapping and Editing – Kristen Stieffel
9:45 AM – 10:05AM Break
10:05 AM – 10:55PM Fan Fiction, Mash-ups, Copyright, and You! – Anne Dalton
10:55 AM – 11:45 PM Build a Platform on Wattpad – Mikaela Bender
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch and Awards
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Bestseller Q&A – Steve Berry
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Youth Collection Signing
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM How to Pitch – Mark Gottlieb
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Pitchfest – Mark Gottlieb,  Deb Haggerty, Diana Pho, Paul Stevens
4:00 PM –  4:20 PM Break
4:20 PM – 5:20 PM Ekphrastic Poetry: Artists Inspiring Artists – Darlyn Finch Kuhn
5:20 PM – 5:30 PM Closing with Door Prizes

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