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Get a young writer off to a good start

September 28, 2014

–by Kristen Stieffel

Attending a writers conference is one of the best things one can do to kick a writing career into gear. Many of us, I’m sure, only learned there was such a thing as a writers conference pretty late in life.

One of the best things we can do for our next generation of writers is introduce them to this wonderful resource early. Florida Writers Association’s Youth Writers Program offers a Youth Writers Conference in conjunction with the FWA conference next month.

On October 25, young writers from around the state will gather to learn, critique, and develop friendships. They’ll hear from bestselling YA superstar Trisha Leigh, bestselling romantic-suspense author Mary Burton, and literary agent Saritza Hernandez, among others.

The Youth Writers Program is designed for kids of middle school and high school age. If you know a young writer who qualifies, consider bringing them to the conference.

We’ve planned a full day of learning and networking, and we’ll also honor the winners of the Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards.

The conference will be held at the Orlando Marriot Lake Mary October 25, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., alongside the FWA conference. Registration for the youth conference is only $50 for members and $65 for nonmembers—an investment that will provide immeasurable returns for a young writer. The registration price includes a conference goodie bag, all conference materials, two refreshment breaks, and a full banquet lunch.

For more information, visit to register.

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Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction. Kristen has edited a variety of projects, including business nonfiction and Bible studies, but she is a novelist at heart and has edited novels for both the general market and the Christian submarket. Kristen is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her fantasy novel Alara’s Call is under contract with OakTara, along with three additional books in the Prophet’s Chronicle series.

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