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July 13, 2014

By Susan Boyd

Mary Lambert, Person of Renown for Collection #6 at last year's conference.

Mary Burton, Person of Renown for Collection #6 at last year’s conference.

The Silent Auction, sponsored by Florida Writers Foundation (FWF), provides a unique opportunity to shine—by giving and receiving—and YOU can be part of the show.

On the giving end, the funds realized from the Silent Auction are used to promote literacy in children, youth, and adults through writing and poetry contests, donations of books to under-privileged schools, and school reading programs.

On the receiving side, the Silent Auction is a great venue for writers, editors, and artisans to shine while promoting their works. In past auctions, FWA authors have donated their books packaged in clever baskets of goodies to mirror the theme of their novels. Editors and writing coaches have contributed gift certificates for their services. Artists, jewelry designers and crafters have shared their talents with the Silent Auction.

Attendees at the FWA Conference find the room filled with donated items a great place to shop for something special—whether it’s tickets to an amusement park, a basket filled with books and treats, or a certificate for editing services.

Your opportunity to donate to the Silent Auction at this year’s FWA conference is still open. Your tax-deductible donation benefits a cause dear to the hearts of all writers—literacy. Please contact Susan Boyd, Chairperson of the Silent Auction, at to contribute items for auction.

The Conference

Stars of Florida Writers:

Discover the Limelight at the Florida Writers Annual Conference

October 23-26, 2014

Orlando Marriott Lake Mary

Find out more | Register now

REMINDER: Register before July 31 and get free registration for one of the bonus workshops Thursday night. Check the FWA website for details. (After July 31, these supplemental workshops will cost $35.)

CORRECTION: In our June 29 post, “Interested in Attending a Writing Workshop Led by a Bestselling Author?” we invited everyone to attend the Florida Writers Foundation Celebrity Workshop October 23 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. We hope all blog readers will be able to make it! In our bio of workshop leader and NYT bestselling author Marie Bostwick, however, we omitted some of her awards and nominations. The post  has been corrected.



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