By Larry J. Leech II
With the holidays in the proverbial rearview mirror and a new year ahead, are you ready to write? Ready to improve your writing?
If you made a resolution to work harder or get serious about writing, the Florida Writer’s Association conference season begins January 17 with the Short Shorts mini-conference in Venice. The event at the Bentley’s Boutique Hotel will feature three tracks (some conferences call them continuing classes): magazine article writing, poerty, and short fiction, including flash.
The minis will continue with one a month through June. Each is focused on helping writers improve their craft. No editors or agents will be available at the minis this year. We’ve saved those appointments for the annual conference in October. Instead, the minis will focus on writing to help our members improve. Along with the aforementioned tracks, we will offer at the other minis dedicated teaching on suspense, writing the female character, historical fiction, memoir, romance, and others. The complete list can be found on the new FWA website.
At the Short Shorts mini, we’ll have magazine veterans Jeff Rembert and Mike Candelaria share the wisdom they have gleaned from more than sixty combined years in the business. Elaine Person, a multi-published poet, has great insight to the various ways to pen poetry. And, last but not least, Ben Wolf, executive editor Splickity Publishing Group which publishes the leading flash fiction magazines in the country) will guide attendees through the nuances of writing short and flash fiction.