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Mini-conference, RPLA’s New Earlier Open, and This Year’s Conference

January 20, 2013

Announcing the FWA Spring Mini-Conference in Altamonte Springs

adrian-fogelinMark your calendar for FWA’s 2013 Spring Mini-Conference Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Altamonte Springs near Orlando. We’ll have a full day of simultaneous workshops presented by a stellar faculty. If crime writing is your passion, you can opt for Vic DiGenti’s all-day workshop, which will run parallel to the others. Perhaps you’d like to book an agent interview. You’ll find all these opportunities and more.

Our keynoter is none other than Adrian Fogelin, author of seven successful novels, winner of more than three dozen state and international awards, and highly sought-after speaker. You have to like her style:

“A keynote is an interesting beast. It should make listeners laugh—and maybe cry. It should move them, show them their best selves and give each one something practical to bring home to their classroom or library, something that makes a difference in how they do their job. I try to do all that when I address a group—and I do it with the oldest and best tool in the human toolkit: stories.”

—Adrian Fogelin

This is an amazing bargain: $59 registration fee for FWA members, $79 for nonmembers. Agent interviews are $25 if you reserve before March 1, $40 after March 1. Check the FWA website ( for details, then join us on April 20 and be ready to be inspired.

RPLA Opens in Less than a Month

FWA’s Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is open for submissions from February 15, 2013, until June 15, 2013. The RPLA will judge in some 37 categories and this year has added a separate Youth Writers component. Also new: Finalists will be determined and notified differently, Published books may now be submitted in galley form (PDF format) or manuscript form, and maximum word counts for book-length entries have been abolished. For details, check the FWA website.

And, Of Course, There’s This Year’s Conference!

Step right up and mark your calendar for “The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth,” FWA’s 12th annual conference, to be held October 18-20, 2013, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Edna Buchannan is our keynote speaker for this three-day event where members find their agents, meet their publishers, and get the scoop on the industry. Workshops, networking opportunities, and special events will culminate with the Awards Banquet for FWA’s Royal Palm Literary Awards. For additional information, watch for the Conference page on the FWA website ( or contact

  1. Suzanna Crean permalink
    January 20, 2013 11:20 am

    What are the times of the miniconference and where will it be located?

  2. hswartz2012 permalink
    January 21, 2013 9:21 am

    Thanks for the “plug”.


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