Conference Wrap Up
By Shannon Bell
A Hollywood-themed 2014 Florida Writer’s Conference just came to a close where close to 500 people were in attendance throughout the three days. It kicked off with a visit from New York Times bestseller Marie Bostwick and came to a close with Mary Burton showing a clip of Bostwick presenting the theme for next year’s collections…revisions.
The genre breakfasts were a hit as usual, with people sitting down to check out the various genres they can write in. Business cards were passed out and coffee was free poured as people got ready to head into the various workshops.
Attendees could find workshops on just about anything this year, including how to market with social media, how to clean up a manuscript, and even how to write an LGBT character. The workshops started early and continued on through the late afternoon.
Friday’s dinner was well attended and Saturday’s had an even larger turnout as a result of the RPLA awards being presented. Many winners walked away with hardware and many in attendance swore they would be the ones to get it next year.
Sunday was the closing ceremonies, including last minute door prizes. A few mini conferences were given away as prizes and the grand prizes included that of a full 2015 conference and a Hollywood package that included dinner and movie tickets for a year.
All in all, 2014’s conference was a huge success and writers were found helping writers throughout the entire event.
We’re already well in the throes of preparing for 2015: October 14-18, 2015, “Changing Times,” Hilton Orlando Altamonte Springs. Check the website floridawriters.net in the coming months for details.
Shannon Bell is a full-time writer based in Tampa, Florida, with clients from around the world. She has a passion for vampires and during the 2014 annual conference publicized her first paranormal romance by donating promotional lanyards to attendees—and didn’t we all love not having to clip our badges to our clothes! Shannon is married and has a girly girl who wants to be a writer just like mommy. She’s also the Marketing Chairperson for 2015.