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Award-Winning YA Author Adrian Fogelin Keynotes FWA Mini-Conference

April 29, 2013

Mini-conferences may be touted—and rightly so—as a great way for new authors and authors on a budget to find their agent, meet their publisher, and get the scoop on the industry. However, mini-conferences serve other purposes, not the least of which is offering a way for writers to learn and network between annual conferences, all in a casual, smaller-scale setting than FWA’s annual conferences.

The second annual Writers Nest Mini-Conference April 20, 2013, in Altamonte Springs, Florida, was no exception. We had a full house for the event, which offered, among other things, some 13 workshops, pitching opportunities with two agents and two publishers, and a rousing keynote by award-winning YA author Adrian Fogelin. Workshop subjects ran the gamut, with topics including writing for various genres, preparing to enter FWA’s Royal Palm Literary Awards competition, writers’ legal issues, editing, pitch and query, and e-publishing and Kindle marketing.

Mini-conferences are one-day events offering a way for members to get together to hone their craft, pitch to agents, and hear workshops that interest them. FWA plans to hold several mini-conferences annually in various locales to supplement the three-day annual conference held in Orlando every October. The next mini-conference, scheduled for June 22 in Winter Park, Florida, will focus on nonfiction. Check out FWA’s Conferences tab on our website at www.floridawriters.net.

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 at chrissyj@earthlink.net.

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

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