Florida WritersCon 2023


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Friday, October 20
Noon - 5:00 Check-in  
Noon - 3:00 Member Book Sales & Signings Pre-function area
Workshop 1:00 - 4:00   
Scott Tilley Writing with AI  Amphitheater 
Workshops 1:00 - 3:00  
Mary Flynn The Writer as Presenter Conrad
Ginnye L Cubel Beyond the Newsletter: Advanced Email Marketing Strategies for Writers Crystal AB
Christina Farley The Different Paths to Publishing Crystal C
Lisa Black What Mystery Writers Need to Know about Forensics Crystal D
Franklin Ritch Writing for Film Crystal E
 3:00 - 3:30 Break & Networking  
 3:30 - 4:30 Breakout Sessions   
José Pablo Iriarte & Elle E. Ire Networking for Writers Amphitheater
Sarah McGuire  Step Away from the Sledgehammer: Using the Overlooked Tools in Your Writer's Toolbox  Conrad
Shutta Crum Pump Up the Muscle in Your Poems Crystal AB
Nancy J. Cohen Self Publishing Made Simple Crystal C
Janice Hardy Avoiding the Info Dump in Created Worlds Crystal D
Vic DiGenti The Not-So-Secret Life of a Ghostwriter Crystal E
4:30 - 5:30 Break & Networking  
5:30 - 7:30 Meet & Greet Mixer Crystal DE 
7:30 - 9:00 Open Mic Crystal DE 
Saturday, October 21  
7:00 - 5:00 Check-in  
7:00 - 8:30 Hot Breakfast Crystal CDE
9:00 - 11:00 Faculty Book Sales & Signings Capital 1&2
9:00 - 3:00 Member Books Sales & Signings Pre-function area
8:30 - 4:00

NextGen Writers Experience  is a conference within the conference designed exclusively for middle & high school students — the next generation of writers! Details and registration ...

  • 8:30 – 8:50 Welcome
  • 9:00 – 9:45 Writing From Inside Your Characters – Janice Hardy
  • 10:00 – 10:45 The Different Paths to Publishing – Christina Farley
  • 11:00 – 11:45 TBA
  • 11:45 – 2:00 Youth Awards Luncheon & Collection Book Signing
  • 2:15 – 3:15 StoryTelling in the Time of Robots – Noel Zamot
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Closing
 Royal Palm
8:30 - 8:45 Break & Networking  
8:45 - 9:45 Lisa Black: Keynote Address Crystal CDE
9:45 - 10:15 Break & Networking  
10:15 - 11:15 Breakout Sessions  
Anne Dalton Secrets of Publishing Contracts:  10 Tips to Protect Your Writing and Yourself Amphitheater
Sarah Hendess Breaking Into Book Reviewing Crystal AB
José Pablo Iriarte How to Write and Sell Short Fiction Crystal C
Arielle Haughee Your Publishing Timelines: Stay on Track & Don't Miss a Beat Crystal D
Noel Zamot
Storytelling in the Time of Robots, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ChatGPT  Crystal E
11:15 - 11:45  Break & Networking  
11:45 - 1:30 Youth Awards Luncheon & Annual Membership Meeting Crystal ABCDE
1:30 - 2:00 Collection Volume 15: Secrets Book Signing Capital 1&2
2:00 - 2:15 Break & Networking  
2:15 - 3:15 Breakout Sessions  
Ben Sharpton Thoughts from Veteran Wizened Writers Amphitheater
Fred Koehler &
Sarah McGuire
Sprinting Towards Failure: A Fil Fast Method for Character and Story Arcs Conrad
Shutta Crum That's a Poem? The Crazy World of Poetry Today Crystal AB
Joni M. Fisher Writing Quotable Dialogue Crystal C
Tara Lynn Masih
& Kim Bradley
Short Story How To: Creating, Compiling & Marketing Short Story Collections Crystal D
Vic DiGenti How to Create a Literary Legacy: Writing Your Life Story Crystal E
2:30 - 4:30 Faculty Book Sales & Signings Capital 1&2
3:15 - 3:30 Break & Networking   
3:30 - 4:30 Breakout Sessions  
Scott Tilley Chat GPT and the Future of Writing Amphitheater
Fred Koehler Writing Between the Lines: How an Illustrator Thinks About Your Picture Book Manuscript Conrad
Sylvia Whitman Voice: the Secret Sauce that Endears Your Characters and Defies AI Crystal  AB

Joni M. Fisher

 Writing for Magazines & Paid Blogs

Crystal C
Nancy J. Cohen Book Marketing on a Budget Crystal D
Jaimie Engle Beyond the Borders  Crystal E
4:30 - 5:30 Break & Networking   
5:30 - 6:45 Royal Palm Literary Awards Mixer Royal Palm
7:00 - 10:00 Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet & Awards Crystal ABCDE
 Sunday, October 22
7:00 - 8:15 Continental Breakfast  
8:15 - 8:30 Break & Networking  
8:30 - 9:30 Breakout Sessions  
Anne Dalton What's So Fair About Fair Use? Amphitheater
Sarah Hendess What's Hot & What's Not: Current Trends in Historical Fiction  Conrad 
Elle E. Ire Query Letters Done Right Crystal AB
Christina Farley
Janice Hardy
Sarah McGuire
The Heartstrings Method: Techniques for Creating  Emotional Impact in Your Writing Crystal C
Arielle Haughee Crisp Up That Prose Crystal D
Ginnye L Cubel Don't Follow Me: How to Create Impactful Marketing Without Social Media  Crystal E
9:30 - 9:45 Break & Networking  
9:45 - 10:45 Breakout Sessions  
Jaimie Engle Character Groups to Sustain Series Amphitheater
Wyne Karnath Emerging  Technology in Science Fiction Conrad Conrad
Vic DiGenti
Lisa Black
Arielle Haughee
Fred Koehler
Scott Tilley
Noel Zamot
PANEL: AI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
AI has been hailed as a timesaving, inspirational tool for writers, while others warn of impending doom. Our panel will explore the many sides of this revolutionary technology and how it’s changing the way we work and write. Embrace it or hate it, AI is here to stay. But have no fear, change is good—at least for now.
Crystal AB
Marty Ambrose From Planning to Product Using the Notebook Method Crystal D 
Ken Pelham Economical Graphics for Writers: Finding and Using Images Without Breaking the Law or the Bank Crystal E


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