16th Annual Florida Writers Conference

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

Nancy CohenNancy Cohen


Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, and won third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. The author of over twenty novels, Nancy is a featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events. Website.


Writing the Cozy Mystery

Do you want to write a mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or maybe you’ve begun a story but are stuck on the plot? Join award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen as she shows you how to write a winning whodunit. Topics include developing your characters, plotting the crime, adding suspense, planting clues, and revealing the villain. Tips on keeping track of your work, marketing, and sustaining a series will be provided.

Book Promotion on a Budget

How can you attract readers without breaking the bank? When should you start promoting your new release? What can you do that doesn’t cost a bundle? In this workshop, we’ll examine the options available to you and how you can fit them into a countdown schedule. We’ll discuss how to find readers and market your novel, including ads, blog tours, contests, launch parties, reviews, social media, and more. You’ll be provided with a countdown checklist and a template for your promotional campaign.


Dredging Up Your Dark Side

Few novelists are serial killers or homicidal psychopaths, that we’re aware of, anyway, but writing darker fiction requires us to mine the shadowy veins of our psyche. Where do those villainous characters come from and how do you write about the nasty things they do when you’re basically a sweetheart of a person? Ken Pelham moderates this panel.

The Life of a Literary Agent – Moderator

Interview Topics

Mystery Writing, How to Get Published (fiction only), Book Marketing (Fiction only), Reviving your backlist titles, self-publishing versus trade, social media for writers.


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