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You Call This a Mini-Conference?

April 14, 2014

By Shannon Bell

Are you looking to get your feet wet with a mini-conference before you commit to the annual conference in October? On April 26, the Writer’s Nest Mini Conference will be held at the Hilton Orlando in Altamonte Springs, featuring plenty of faculty members presenting on a variety of topics, agents waiting to hear your pitch, and publishers you can talk to.

We are fortunate to have Davis Bunn as our keynote speaker. He has sold over 7 million books in 16 languages and has topped countless bestseller lists. He teaches at Oxford for half the year and spends the other half in Florida. His novel, Rare Earth, just won him his fourth Christy Award for Excellence in Fiction for 2013.

We also have agents from prestigious literary agencies from around the country, including New York, Boston, and Seattle. These include Les Stobbe, arguably the most powerful agent in the inspirational fictional field. You will have the opportunity to hobnob with these agents and pitch your story to them!


  • Outlining: How to Transform this from a burden Into an Explosive Boost for Your Writing
  • A Baker’s Dozen Rules for YA Writers
  • 10 Hot Legal Tips for Writers
  • Shameless Self-Promotion
  • How an Agent Evaluates Query Letters: An Insider’s View
  • How to Enter FWA’s Collection Contest
  • Never Lose Your Work Again
  • How to Develop Well-Rounded Characters
  • Using Film Writing Techniques to Strengthen Your Novel Writing
  • Fact vs. Fiction: The Business of Publishing
  • Writing for the Inspirational Market
  • Hook ’em, Writer
  • How to Develop Well-Rounded Characters
  • Using Romance to Increase Sales
  • Screenplays 101: The Basics of Script Writing
  • Negotiating a Book Contract
  • Expanding Your Role as Writer
  • The Essentials Required for Publishing a Book, Part 1: Editing & Book Design
  • The Essentials Required for Publishing a Book, Part 2: eBook Formatting, Distribution, & Marketing


Regardless of where you are in your writing, you can benefit from what the workshops have to offer. Our faculty includes some of the best in the business, including Erica Ridley, a bestselling romance writer. Whether you need the push to get started, you’re looking for that “hook,” or you are ready to start marketing, you will find valuable information that will launch you in the right direction.

There’s a lot going on at the mini conference – and that’s why it’s so hard to believe it’s a “mini.” If this has so much packed into one day, just think what the annual conference in October will hold! You don’t want to miss out on either one!


3rd Annual Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference

April 26, 2014

Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs

350 S Northlake Boulevard

Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 (just off I-4 at RT 436)


This is one of seven mini-conferences that FWA is hosting in 2014. Mini-conferences are an economical way to grow your knowledge and network. Only $69 for FWA members, $89 for nonmembers. Continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch are included. Oh, and by the way, if you decide to spend Friday night at the hotel, we’ve secured rooms for $99 if you mention you’re with FWA.

For more information and to make your conference reservation, please visit You can also email to ask any questions.

Bell, Shannon


Shannon Bell is a fulltime writer based in Tampa, Florida, with clients from around the world. She has a passion for vampires and has just released her first paranormal romance. She’s married and has a girly girl who wants to be a writer just like mommy.


One Comment
  1. Natalie R. Cornell permalink
    April 14, 2014 1:25 pm

    Is Les Stobbe taking pitches from authors?

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