Every year the Florida Writers Conference brings together hundreds of aspiring and established writers, agents, editors, and publishers for three days of outstanding workshops and panel discussions. But there are even more opportunities to support and enhance your writing career—and have fun while you’re doing it. Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can.
Bookstore & Signings
If you’re a Florida Writers Association member or a conference faculty member, you may arrange to have your books sold in the conference bookstore. We’re pleased to announce the return of Murder on the Beach Bookstore as the official Conference Bookstore operator. If you’re attending the conference, you can sign up for a book signing, too. [Details to come]
Join your friends and other writers in the Conference Café for refreshments and networking opportunities. Located at one end of the Bookstore (Capitol One & Two), it’s a good place to share your writing projects and get tips from other writers. Charging stations for your devices, too!
You’ll be asked to fill out a short evaluation form for every workshop you attend. Bring the completed evaluation form to the Silent Auction room and exchange it for a door prize ticket. Door prize drawings will be held every day. If you attend the Sunday morning workshops, each evaluation is worth two door prize tickets. Any ticket you earn stays in the bowl for the entire conference—unless, of course, it wins a prize. The Grand Prize drawing on Sunday includes a free conference registration for 2019 and other spectacular prizes.
Breakfast brings special opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with other conference attendees who write and publish in your genre—or one you’re interested in learning more about. Look for table signs indicating the genre, and join the discussion.
Bring a favorite piece of your writing to read at the Open Mic session on Friday evening after dinner. Participants will read in the order they sign up. The moderator divides the number of minutes available by the number of participants signed up. That way, everyone gets a chance to read. Don’t want to read? Come to enjoy the camaraderie and cheer the readers on!
Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet
Join in the red carpet festivities and celebrate the winners of a Royal Palm Literary Award. Maybe you’ll be one! If you register for the full conference or Saturday only, the Banquet is included. But if you’re not registered or wish to bring a guest who is not registered, you must purchase a ticket pnline before October 2 or at the registration desk before 2:00 PM on the day of the banquet, Saturday, October 20, 2018.
The 9th Annual Silent Auction to benefit the Florida Writers Foundation continues throughout the Florida Writers Conference. Items of every type are donated for this worthy cause. The bid sheets are available for two entire days with lively bidding between attendees. It’s a great place to do some early holiday shopping, pick up some exciting bargains, and help promote literacy in the state of Florida at the same time. [Info about donating to come.]
Sponsorship & Promotional Opportunities
The Florida Writers Conference offers a variety of promotional opportunities for you to publicize your product or service to a highly motivated audience. From sponsorships and exhibit tables or program ads, to goodie bag and door prize donations, you’ll find a promotional opportunity to meet your budget. [Details to come]
And don’t forget Thursday’s Celebrity Workshop presented by Chuck Sambuchino!
This requires a separate registration, but you’ll be learning from a true master. Details and registration here…