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Three More Days for Conference Savings

July 28, 2013

–by Florida Writers Association

2013 Conference Icon compressedDon’t miss the Early Bird rates for the Florida Writers Annual Conference, “The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth,” October 18-20, 2013, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Early Bird pricing ends July 31, 2013—this Wednesday!

If you’re new to the annual conference, check out the links at the bottom of this post, where you’ll find additional information and a link to the shopping cart.

Below are some frequently asked questions about registration.

Do I need to be an FWA member to attend the conference?

The Florida Writers Conference is a member benefit. If you’re not an FWA member and would like to attend, we welcome you, but there will be an additional $55 charge. You may elect to pay this charge and not become a member, or you may join FWA for an annual fee of $55. Check the website ( to join now.

How do I register?

You may register online, by mail, or at the conference. We suggest you register as soon as you can. If you register for the entire conference before July 31, your fee is $335; from August 1 to September 22, it’s $355; and from September 22 to October 19, it’s $375. Both online and mail-in conference registrations end October 9. After October 9, you’ll need to register onsite. The package rate of $375 for all three days is available only if you register on that Friday October 9. After that, you may register for individual daily rates or the Saturday-Sunday combination.

How do I check in?

When you arrive at the hotel, signs will guide you to the FWA Registration Desk on the left side of the hotel lobby. A dedicated volunteer will give you your ID badge and conference materials. You’ll need to wear your badge to enter the conference area. Come early and enjoy our full buffet breakfast on Friday and Saturday (continental on Sunday), browse the Silent Auction room, and socialize before the first workshop.

What is the difference among the lines at the Registration Desk?

The desk has several lines, which will be marked. Some are devoted to onsite registrations, and some are devoted to preregistrations. This helps us register everyone more efficiently so you can enjoy the conference without an unnecessary wait. If you are pre-registered, you may pick up your materials on Thursday, October 17, between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. Please note that during this time, no changes can be made nor will any payments be accepted.

Do I need a receipt or ID to check in? What else should I bring?

If you paid in advance, it’s a good idea to bring your receipt, but your materials and badge will be available if you forget. If you register onsite, we will need your name, card number, and Zip Code if you pay by credit card, and we may request identification. If you pay by check, the check must be drawn from your personal checking account, and we may request identification.

What forms of payments are okay?

We accept cash, personal check, MasterCard, Discover, and VISA.

Does FWA take care of my hotel reservations?

FWA has negotiated low conference rates, but you need to make your own hotel reservations. Call the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary at 800-380-7724 or 407-995-1100. Be sure to request the FWA discounted rates. September 17 is the last day you may call to receive the FWA guaranteed room rate of $115.

What’s the dress? High heels or flip-flops?

Wear something comfortable. The official conference dress during the day is business casual. The hotel keeps the rooms cool, so you might want to bring a sweater or jacket. Some attendees like to dress for dinner—particularly Saturday’s Awards Banquet—but it’s not required.

“The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth” will be held October 18-20, 2013, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. See the FWA website,, to learn more, to register, and to make your agent appointments. Also check out the full set of FAQs. Questions? Contact

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