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NYT Bestselling Author Tim Dorsey Keynotes FWA Mini-Conference

April 29, 2012

The predicted rain held off Saturday, April 21, for FWA’s mini-conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida, where NYT bestselling author Tim Dorsey gave the keynote address to more than a hundred attendees. It was worth attending the just to hear about Tim’s many writing-publishing escapades, which proved as zany as the crime capers in his books. Tim also spoke seriously about the writing process and how he became a published author.

Best-selling author and conference keynote speaker Tim Dorsey signs one of his books.

The conference was dedicated to the late Kaye Coppersmith, a planned speaker and dear friend of the FWA family.

Mini-conferences are one-day events offering a way for members to get together between annual conferences to hone their craft, pitch to agents, and hear workshops that interest them. In the upcoming years, FWA plans to hold several mini-conferences annually in various locales to supplement the three-day conference held in Orlando every October.

Bettie Wailes presents a workshop on the mechanics of writing.

The Altamonte Springs workshops covered such diverse areas as writing craft, genres, contests, and the business of writing.

Literary agent Saritza Hernandez of the L. Perkins Agency interviews a prospective client. (Cool laptop cover...looks like a composition book.)

You don’t have to be an FWA officer or group leader to host a mini-conference. To learn more about future FWA mini-conferences or to find out how to host one in your area, please contact FWA president Chrissy Jackson.

What do you think about the mini-conference concept? What would you like to see on future agendas? Any thoughts about future locales?

Karleen Tauszik presents a workshop on e-books and blogging.

Ronnie Hart presents a workshop on revising and editing.

FWA president Chrissy Jackson, mini-conference director Tom Schwarz, presenter Rik Feeney, and attendee Donald Grippo enjoy a break.

One Comment
  1. Suzanna Crean permalink
    April 29, 2012 6:33 pm

    I wish you wouldn’t start them so early in the a.m. I have to get up at five to drive to Altamonte Springs or Lake Mary.

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