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Star power, know-how, and prizes, all offered in an intimate setting at FWA’s Nonfiction Mini-Conference

June 2, 2013

Calling all writers of blogs, promotions, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, recipe books, how-to’s, magazine articles, newspaper stories, speeches, corporate materials, and more. Given the demands to market ourselves and in some cases, pay the bills while we wait for our novels to make us rich, this means you.

Fiction writers, are you listening?

We all must acknowledge the role nonfiction plays in our industry. Yet many conferences give this segment short shrift.

No more.

FWA is offering a mini-conference devoted exclusively to nonfiction. Compared to our annual conference and other mini-conferences, this event is intimate. Yet it offers what you’d expect from an FWA mini-conference: stellar faculty, interview opportunities with an agent and a publisher, and upscale door prizes.

Door prizes include a free registration to the 2014 Writers Nest Mini-Conference, a free interview with the faculty member of your choice at the 2013 annual conference, or—ta-DA!—a review of a your query of first pages from literary agent Katharine Sands. Get this: if I’ve done my math right, if you attend this mini-conference, you’ll have a one in ten chance to win one of these prizes.

Katharine Sands

Katharine Sands, by the way, is a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. She’ll be presenting a workshop entitled “Pitching Nonfiction.” She’s also taking individual pitches by appointment.

Also taking appointments is Chad Rhoad, acquisitions editor for The History Press, whose workshop is entitled “Getting a Publisher’s Attention: How to Get Noticed in Today’s Publishing World.”

Chad Rhoad

Other workshop topics run the gamut from “How to Monetize Your Blog” to “Self-Publishing Simplified!” to “Strategies for Recognition and Making Money.” And, yes, for those who want to impress agents, publishers, and employers with a clean manuscript, there’ll be a workshop on the basics of grammar and punctuation.

If you’d like to learn the secrets of this niche market—or simply learn more about marketing or blogs—register now while we still have openings. Details, including the complete program, are posted on the FWA website: Questions, contact

Nonfiction Mini Conference

June 22, 2013 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

University Club
841 N Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

$60 Members
$80 Nonmembers

 What do you want to know about marketing? What do you want to know about blogging? Do you think writing nonfiction is a good ‘break’ for writers of fiction?


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