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Writers Helping Writers, One on One, at the Annual Conference

May 19, 2013

It’s hard to keep up with all the services the Florida Writers Association offers its members. Our nonprofit organization takes its motto—Writers Helping Writers—very, very seriously.

For instance, take our annual conference. Here you have three days of continuous activities targeted solely for your writing benefit. Some activities occur in big groups. Some are more intimate. Faculty interviews are private. We offer five interview options.

  1. Manuscript critiques. If you’d like an expert to give you confidential feedback on your work, schedule a manuscript critique. Simply download a critique form (there’s a link on the conference page of the FWA website), and the form will instruct you how to send your work to your chosen critiquer. During the conference, you’ll meet with your critiquer one on one. Actual critique time during the conference ranges from 30 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on your choice of faculty. See http://shop.floridawriters.net/category.sc?categoryId=37.
  2. Special consultations. This is an interview with Bobbie Christmas, professional book coach and editor. Bobbie also heads FWA’s Editors Helping Writers editing service for members. Bobbie can assist with all genres: See http://shop.floridawriters.net/category.sc?categoryId=38.
  3. Faculty consultations. Anything goes here—well, almost. You may ask the faculty member of your choice how they got published, what advice they have about writing or publication, what they think of something you’ve written, or anything else on your mind. You’ll notice that our cadre of Featured Faculty covers a wide range of expertise, including medical, legal, genre writing, editing, marketing, and more. See http://www.floridawriters.net/uploads/Faculty_bios_workshops_2013_05_09.pdf.
  4. Pitch practice sessions. If you ever plan to pitch your work, we suggest you book an interview with Chantelle Osman. Although Chantelle’s company specializes in screenplays, she’s qualified and willing to coach writers of all genres. You may purchase sessions of 15 or 30 minutes. News flash: Chantelle is also offering a three-hour workshop on pitching the day before the conference: Thursday, October 17. See http://shop.floridawriters.net/category.sc?categoryId=36.
  5. Interview with agent, publisher, or acquisition editor. Here you’ll have ten minutes to pitch your work. These agents and publishers are actively seeking clients, so if you pitch them, we suggest you be prepared! Many resources offer tips, including our own FWA blog: https://floridawriters.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/pitching-and-querying-words-from-an-agent/, https://floridawriters.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/pitching-at-the-conference-start-preparing-now/. It’s important also to research your target agent or publisher to understand what they want. See http://shop.floridawriters.net/category.sc?categoryId=32.

In future posts, we’ll spotlight particular faculty and opportunities. The conference, BTW, runs from October 18-20, 2013, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Check the FWA website, www.floridawriters.net, for details.

 Do you want meet with a faculty member? What questions would you ask about writing or publishing? What tips would you like?

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