Gearing up for the 2013 Conference!
February 27-March 3, 2013 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.
Friend us on facebook (Florida Christian Writers Conference) and get ready for the launch of the new website at a brand new address.
Keynoters include: Steven James, Sally Stuart, Dan Walsh, Alton Gansky.
Many speakers, editors, and agents coming to FCWC for the first time!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Are you excited? I am and here’s why:
- This week is the 25th Florida Christian Writers Conference near Orlando. Twenty-five years! Wow.
- Six continuing classes, mentoring tracks, 56 elective workshops, and 12 After Hours workshops.
- Cecil Murphy is the keynote speaker. He alone is worth the price of admission.
- An amazing faculty of excited 46 authors, agents, editors, and publishers.
- One-on-one meeting with the above 46 encouragers.
- Opportunities to have your submissions read and critiqued by the faculty.
- Opportunities to meet with exciting faculty for manuscript CPR.
- Worship in song and word.
- Great food.
- Opportunities to sit with your any of the 46 faculty during meals.
- Getting to experience Billie’s southern humor.
- Opportunities to connect with the conferees throughout the conference.
- The chance to learn what type of writing excites the conferees.
- Hearing the great ideas in the conferee’s queries and proposals.
- And finally, I am truly excited to share my workshops with the conferees. I have been fine-tuning my four workshops and two After Hours sessions. It’s fun.
- One more. I have been building my Wednesday night pre-conference session, called, “Reasons.” We’ll have fun.
I’ve been using my iPad to build my presentations. Capturing images, adding text and photos, managing transitions, making changes on the fly, adding newly found content – I love my iPad.
I look forward to seeing you Wednesday night or Thursday for sure.
MOST ANSWERS ABOUT SCHEDULE FOR THE CONFERENCE CAN BE ANSWERED BY CHECKING THE WEB SITE AND CLICKING THE SCHEDULE TAB. Looking forward to a great conference. Registrsation will start at 9:00 on Thursday, but I know we will see some of you much earlier.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Florida conference connected me to the world of publishing. Now I help with it behind the scenes and teach at it. I’ll be teaching the continuing class on marketing again but it is never the same twice.
Each conference has a flavor one might say-that makes it unique. Florida has always been full of hope, graciousness, and friendliness. For me, returning each year is also a reunion of friends, including the editors and a place where I meet new friends.
No matter where you are in the process of writing this is a conference that will help you move forward. I have seen the people who persist and apply what they learn succeed, although the timing is always in God’s hands.
I bring in guests to speak and add some of their experience on various aspects of marketing covered. We start each session sharing information about marketing. And then the participants divide into two groups where we brainstorm how to apply the marketing principles to their own books. Making it individual helps each one start his, or her, own marketing plan.
Behind the scenes I try to help spread the word about the conference and work with ReachFM on interviewing some of the faculty and sharing about the conference throughout the year.
When you come, pray for God to set up the right meetings with people.
Come ready to listen and accept advise. The faculty members want to help you improve and get published. They are experienced, so listen.
Come eager, but pace each day as it can be overwhelming. Take breaks and don’t try to do everything.
Come and make friends. Gather emails and make connections and plans to stay I touch with at least a few people.
Let God plan the agenda.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
by Ava Pennington www.AvaWrites.com
February – the month between paying off your Christmas bills and collecting the documents you’ll need to file your taxes. Money is tight, and can you really afford a writers conference right now?
The answer to that question is…it depends. It depends on whether you want to:
1. develop your writing skills.
(Think your writing can’t be improved? Think again!)
2. learn how to prepare for the day when that book contract arrives.
(Hint: marketing yourself and your writing begins long before you sign on the dotted line.)
3. network with other writers.
(Let’s face it: no one understands a writer better than another writer!)
4. meet agents and editors.
(Where else will you be able to meet with agents and editors who are there to meet with you?)
5. listen to editors and agents speak about what they’re looking for and what they’re not looking for.
(The publishing industry is changing faster than Apple’s schedule for new iPhone releases. Don’t be left behind with outdated information.)
6. hear from giants in the Christian publishing industry such as Cec Murphey.
(Unless you’re not interested in learning from an author of more than 120 books, including New York Times bestsellers?)
7. develop new friendships
(Yes, this is a business conference…but we have fun, too!)
8. discover publishing opportunities.
(I met the editors of my books at a Florida Christian Writers Conference!)
9. be blessed by the generosity of others.
(Scholarships are available. See the FCWC website for more information. http://www.flwriters.org)
Don’t view attendance at the Florida Christian Writers Conference as a cost, view it as an investment. Are you ready to invest in your writing future?
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Writing for Anthologies www.AvaWrites.com
How do you develop credibility when you’re an unpublished writer? Artists have their portfolios. Managers have their resumes. Unpublished writers have…? And that’s the problem. How does an unpublished writer prove to agents and publishers that he or she is serious about writing and publication?
One way is to build a history of published work by writing for magazines and anthologies. An anthology is a collection of short works. It can be poetry, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, or songs. An example of a well-known anthology is the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Series such as this one are continuously seeking excellent content.
The first submission for which I was paid was a short story for Chicken Soup for the Soul. Since then, I’ve written for a variety of magazines, including The Lookout, Evangel, Light and Life, and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse. These publishing credits helped prepare me for the publication of my first book, One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God (Revell), as well as the two children’s books I co-authored with Crystal Bowman in the Faith Basics for Kids series (Standard Publishing).
Having been published in more than twenty different anthologies, including sixteen Chicken Soup for the Soul books, I’ve learned some things about what makes one creative non-fiction submission stand out from the rest of the competition.
I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned in two workshops at the Florida Christian Writers Conference on Saturday, March 3, at 1:30 and 2:45. In the first session, we’ll discuss the components of a winning story. We’ll spend the second session in a hands-on exercise as we transform a mediocre story into a winner, using the principles learned in the first workshop.
I’ll also be facilitating an After Hours session Saturday evening for participants who want their anthology stories critiqued, so bring something you’re working on.
Hope to see you there!