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The 2013 Florida Writer’s Conference will be held from October 18-20 at the Lake Mary Marriott, in Lake Mary, Florida (just east of Orlando). In the past, conferences have attracted more than 350 attendees, as well as a wide variety of published authors, agents, publishers, and other experts to help you with the craft and business of writing.

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  1. Karen Lieb permalink
    April 14, 2009 4:22 am

    Whoa, Chris, this blog is so cool! LOVE IT!!!!

  2. April 21, 2009 3:48 pm

    Hi All!

    I’m really looking forward to participating in my first Florida Writers Association Conference! I hear it’s a great one. I’m doing two workshops, as well as talking to other writers. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    Please stop by my web/blog. I write 3 times a week, covering topics on writing, the writer’s life, and any other pertinent information we writers might want to know about.

    Laura Parker Castoro

  3. Chris Hamilton permalink
    April 21, 2009 10:53 pm

    Laura, we’re looking forward to your being here and to your Saturday afternoon session on Diversity in Characterization! I’m sure we’ll be reading mroe about that session in an upcoming blog post!

    • April 22, 2009 4:40 pm

      I will write about my upcoming workshops as the time nears. Menawhile, I have a new video out about my latest book LOVE ON THE LINE. It’s on YouTube. Now I know I’ve come up in the world. LOL

      It’s aptly, on the subject of one of my workshops: Diversity:

      Let me just say I think this blog is a great way to encourage enthusiasm for the conference. Can’t wait to read what other presenters have to say!


  4. Catalina Villafane permalink
    August 26, 2009 12:44 am

    please send me information about your next writers conference.

  5. October 7, 2009 7:59 pm

    I am looking forward to meeting you at the Florida Writers Conference. I left a comment at your YouTube video. There are so many different experiences for folk like you and me, who do not “fit the mold.” It took twelve years to get my first novel published. Publishers said, “She doesn’t write the black experience.” Even published I got the kiss of death from a reviewer at Publisher’s Weekly, a young, white male, who could not “get it. His luck-warm review prevented the work from a fair viewing, despite superlative reviews by outstanding authors.

    Looking forward to the conference.

    • October 14, 2009 2:15 am

      Hi Gwendoline,

      I look forward to meeting you, too. I suspect we will have a lot to talk about in my workshop and out. Writers have so many hurdles to jump these days. What constitutes an ‘ethnic’ experience for a reader? Who defines it? Why? How? I’ve heard some very interesting and very funny stories. I plan to have a very good, lively, positive, and fun discussion. The more we learn about our world, the better we all are at navigating and appreciating it. I hope participants will bring anecdotes with them.

      And then we do Sensuality and the Five Senses! Lots to share.


  6. October 15, 2009 2:50 pm

    Hi Laura,
    Thanks for your reply. Soon and very soon.
    Gwendoline (Gwen)

  7. March 15, 2010 1:25 am

    Hi, all! I’d love to come. Is there a schedule of events yet?


    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      March 15, 2010 1:35 am

      Not yet, Lisa, but this is the place to keep looking. I know the conference committee is hard at work lining everything up!

  8. Holiday Shakespeare permalink
    April 10, 2010 11:31 am

    Thinking I will have to attend… the location is great for me.

  9. babette freed permalink
    April 17, 2010 12:49 pm

    I would like more info about org and meetings.
    I am a member of the IWWG and presentlty writing freelance articles.

    I live in Boynton Beach and summer on long Island NY.
    Please keep me in touch.
    would like to attend oct conference.
    Am planning on attending IWWG summer conference in R I

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      April 17, 2010 12:56 pm

      Babette. Please check out the list of writers groups in FWA by clicking here. Probably the best way to get a feel for FWA is to attend one of the local group meetings. And certainly, pleaset stay tuned here for more information about the conference.

  10. Leona Bodie permalink
    August 20, 2010 9:25 pm

    Is there a discounted rate for those that register before 8/31/10? I have a non-member friend who’s interested.

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      August 21, 2010 10:42 pm

      The current rate is $309 and that’s good until 9/22. For full information, go to this URL and you can get the registration form:

      • diane permalink
        May 17, 2011 11:47 am

        Chris, I found you via Steve Berry’s newsletter. Is there a price just to go to his seminar. Funds are limited :( Is there a meet & greet or reading that is priced separately? TY TY TY

      • Chris Hamilton permalink
        May 17, 2011 9:26 pm

        That’s still in the finalization phase, but please come back for more information. When it gets nailed down, we’ll post on the blog! In the meantime, I hope you find other useful information here, as well.


  11. Shay permalink
    January 26, 2011 2:09 am

    Is there a particular age limit for this??

  12. Chris Hamilton permalink
    January 26, 2011 2:11 am

    Shay, there’s no age limit, but the sessions are not geared toward young writers. Over the next couple months, we’ll start posting more information about the conference sessions, so stay tuned!

  13. April 5, 2011 12:33 am

    Have you finalized the authors who will be on panels? I have missed the last two conferences because I was caring for my parents, but won RPLAs for two of my thrillers and would be interested in participating.

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      April 5, 2011 1:44 am

      We have the preliminary list of people (you know how things go), which will appear both here and at the conference page at the Florida Writers Association website.

      I hope you’ll be able to make it this year.

  14. wilma fleming permalink
    May 16, 2011 2:58 pm

    Exciting things are happening as we prepare for the Florida Writers Foundation’s 2011 Silent Auction.
    Duain Vierow, one of Central Florida’s award-winning artists, has donated a painting which exemplifies his spiritual experiences through the creative use of layered acryllics. Conference bidders get ready…there is more to come and I’ll keep you posted with periodic updates between now and October.
    Wilma Fleming
    Florida Writers Association
    2011 Silent Auction Chairperson

  15. June 29, 2011 6:27 pm


    This will be my first conference… Do you have any tips on what an author should bring with him/her?

    Thank you,


    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      June 29, 2011 8:53 pm


      I’m sure I’ll blog about that as the conference gets closer. I’d also encourage you to Google that question, because I know there are a number of viewpoints about that.

  16. Carrie permalink
    July 26, 2011 5:56 pm

    Any update on this conference? I’m wondering what the sessions will consist of and what the price will be.

  17. Gene McKay permalink
    August 1, 2011 8:06 pm

    My wife and I live about 5 minutes from the hotel where the conference will be held. I am a member of the FWA and would like to volunteer our help for the event. Any jobs for us?

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      August 2, 2011 7:16 pm

      Gene, I’ve sent this forward to our volunteer coordinator.

      Thanks for the offer!

  18. Jason permalink
    August 9, 2011 4:07 pm

    Quick question. I was looking on the website, and will probably be able to attend a local meeting before the conference, but wanted to know if this conference would be beneficial for a virtual beginner.

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      August 9, 2011 11:52 pm


      Our hope is that it’s beneficial for anyone, from beginner on. That having been said, your question is really one I can’t answer. A lot depends on what you’re looking for in a conference and what your budget is. You certainly won’t have something ready for an agent yet, but you might benefit from the exposure to the entire process. I found it beneficial when I was a beginner.

      I think your best move would be to go to and check out the entire list of sessions and see what interests you. If there’s enough to justify the cost, then I’d say it’s beneficial. Please also note that you can attend for just one day.


      • August 10, 2011 2:18 pm

        I appreciate the reply, and exposure to the process definitely interests me.

  19. Larry French permalink
    September 30, 2011 5:42 pm

    Hi All! Thank you folks for providing this opportunity. The conference looks real promising. I’m looking really looking forward to it and appreciate the care and work FWA is putting toward writer success.

  20. February 11, 2012 3:34 pm

    I new here, also an emerging writer. I have a blog with my writing and artwork. Is it ok to share here? I am a new member of the FWA.

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      February 11, 2012 7:11 pm

      Sure. You can include the URL in any comments, if you want.

  21. Lauren Woodall permalink
    March 16, 2012 12:43 pm

    I’m a bit confused…The dates at the top say “October 19-21, 2012″ which would be awesome (I live in Lake Mary, and would love to attend this conference) but then the “About the Conference” section hasn’t been updated, and neither has the FWA website either. Is there actually going to be a 2012 conference? Or was that just a typo?

    I am a complete beginnner and I’ve been wanting to find writer’s conferences nearby to “get my feet wet” as one might say. The only other one I’ve found so far was the Tallahassee Writer’s Association conference, that’s about 5-6 hours away…

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      March 16, 2012 12:50 pm

      The Conference will be held from October 19-21. You should soon see blog posts about it.

      • Lauren Woodall permalink
        March 17, 2012 5:01 pm

        Thank you, Mr. Hamilton! ^____^

  22. March 26, 2012 1:00 pm

    What a wonderful organization and a truly beneficial conference. I’m enjoying serving as an RPLA volunteer and working to organize a Panama City chapter of the FWA. Thanks to all those individuals who make this organization a productive reality!

  23. March 26, 2012 1:11 pm

    This is a great blog for a wonderful organization. The annual conference is truly productive and beneficial. I’m enjoying my work as an RPLA volunteer and helping to organize a Panama City chapter of the FWA. Thanks to all those individuals who make the Florida Writers Association a reality. It really is about writers helping writers!

  24. August 8, 2012 12:52 pm

    Will you be listing the RPLA finalists here any time soon? Jim Thompson suggested you likely would.

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      August 8, 2012 7:55 pm

      Closer to the conference, so it builds some suspense!

      • August 8, 2012 9:46 pm

        Unfortunately, the email address I used to enter the RPLA contest became defunct in late June. Is there any other way I can find out if I was a finalist? (It will contribute to the possibility of my being able to make it to the conference in October if I know in advance.) My email address is: Thanks for any help you can give me.

  25. Rosemary Ryan Imregi permalink
    July 6, 2013 6:05 pm

    I’m looking forward to this conference too, as it will be my first I’ve ever attended. I’m going to need lots of advice, I’m writing a non-fiction novel, but never been published before. I’ve this blog, but don’t have one of my own yet, nor do I have a website yet. I’m working on it though, or do I wait till I’m published?

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      July 6, 2013 11:01 pm

      Well, that’s a great set of questions to bring to the conference!

  26. Mary permalink
    September 22, 2013 3:31 pm

    Chris—Is there a list of the agents that will be at the conference? I found it awhile back, but can’t seem to find the link again. They had the name of the children’s agent listed.

  27. Cynthia Cheslock permalink
    October 10, 2013 7:28 pm

    Where do we find the time and location of our appointments with staff for critique and pitch sessions?

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      October 11, 2013 6:51 am

      They’re usually given to you as part of your registration packet.

  28. Cynthia Cheslock permalink
    October 11, 2013 7:49 am

    Thanks. I guess we pick that up at the venue. I hope it doesn’t conflict with any workshops I want to attend.

  29. October 11, 2013 10:37 am

    Hi! This is Susan Berry, the registration chairperson. If the times do conflict with a particular workshop that you want to attend, then you can request a change. We cannot guarantee it as interviews are scheduled to occur during workshops.

  30. Cynthia Cheslock permalink
    October 11, 2013 1:25 pm

    I wasn’t planning on arriving arriving until 2:00 on Friday. How do I know which day I’m scheduled if I’m not notified in advance to arrive earlier? Are there certain days they will be scheduled?

  31. October 11, 2013 1:38 pm

    Interviews are scheduled to occur between the times 9-4:45, Friday and Saturday and 9-10:45 Sunday. Registration opens at 6:00 a.m. on Friday so you will have plenty of time to request a change in time if you need it.

  32. Cynthia CHeslock permalink
    October 11, 2013 2:34 pm

    This is my point.I’m not going to be there Friday until later in the day and am leaving Saturday after the last seminar. Is there a way to call and find out? I only plan on staying one night. If my session is on Friday early or Sunday I won’t be there.

  33. October 11, 2013 4:43 pm

    When are you going to be checking in? I cannot make an exception to the notification timeline as that would generate requests from everyone else. We are still making changes to the interview schedules. The interview will occur when you are at the conference that I guarantee.

  34. Cynthia Cheslock permalink
    October 11, 2013 6:30 pm

    I was planning on being there for check in about 2:00 on Friday and am leaving after the last workshop on Saturday, but it doesn’t matter how late, I’m driving. I didn’t even think of scheduling when I signed up. I thought I’d get a sign up sheet for times I guess. Thanks you so much for this, I have two appointments. Thanks so much for all your help.

  35. January 17, 2014 2:11 am

    Hi! How do I apply to speak at your conference?

  36. Danielle Schaffer permalink
    July 24, 2014 1:15 pm

    Where can I find what speakers and workshops will be at the 2014 conference?

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