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What should I wear?

October 14, 2012

Yes, we know that the Florida Writers Conference is about finding your agent, meeting your publisher, and getting the scoop on the industry. We know you’ll make invaluable connections, perhaps a writing friend or two. But what about the BIG issue, like, um, what to wear?

The conference—ye gads!—begins next week. Time to pack. So let’s look at what we’re packing for.

  • Workshops. The rule of thumb is business casual. Be comfortable. No shorts or flip-flops, please, and no hole-y jeans, but you’ll enjoy the days most if you dress comfortably. The hotel can run cool, so bring a sweater or jacket—or dress in layers. Business casual is also appropriate for the FWF Celebrity Workshop, which is held the day before the Florida Writers Annual Conference.
  • Interviews. If you have an interview on a particular day, you may want to kick things up a notch. Suits and ties aren’t necessary, but you’ll make your best impression if you dress professionally—nice slacks and shirt, for instance.
  • Receptions, Friday’s keynote dinner. Up to you. Feel free to carry over your business casual attire from the day, or dress up a little. Whatever works for you is fine.
  • The RPLA Awards Banquet. At the Banquet, you’ll see folks wearing business casual, evening gowns, and everything in between. Wear what you want, and enjoy sharing the occasion with fellow writers. If you’re an RPLA finalist, wear something you’d like to see in photos on the FWA (or your own) website or in promotional materials. (Ya never know…)

Remember to tuck business cards into your pocket, and bring a pen and paper or laptop to take notes at workshops and interviews. WiFi is free in meeting rooms, sleeping rooms, and in the lobby.

FWA has a wonderful program in store, including a keynote on the state of the industry, one-on-one interview opportunities with prestigious and varied faculty, workshops to inspire and enrich, and myriad networking opportunities. If you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so at the door. The hotel is full, but the workshops are not, and you can check overnight accommodations in two hotels within walking distance and many others nearby. This is Orlando, after all!

We look forward to seeing you at our best conference yet.

Celebrity Workshop

Florida Writers Annual Conference

 How do you like to dress for conferences? Are you ready for the many benefits that await you?

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3 Comments
  1. James Winston Phillips, MD permalink
    October 14, 2012 6:43 am

    Business casual is sound advice at these meetings where the potential for productive networking is maximized. Writing is a business. Publishers and agents wish to be associated with good writers who acknowledge this.

  2. October 14, 2012 5:59 pm

    So Chris, let me get this straight. We do have to wear pants?

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      October 14, 2012 7:22 pm

      Or a kilt.

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