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FWA 2014 Conference


Talk about motivation! The 2014 Florida Writers Conference offered four days of workshops addressing the needs of over 400 writers from all over Florida and beyond who gathered at the Marriot Conference Center in Lake Mary, FL in October, 2014. A conference of this size involves months of planning and hundreds of volunteers.

Agenda Topics: Publishing a Book, Punctuation, Creativity, Editing, Outlining, Financials, Marketing, Contracts, Poetry, LGBT Character, and more.

Many took advantage of scheduling an appointment with one of the attending agents seeking new authors. Volunteers staffed the book store making members’ published books available for sale.


The culminating suspenseful event of the Conference began with a social hour and ended with cheers and jubilation when the results of the Royal Palm Literary Awards competition were announced on Saturday night after a chef’s special meal at a banquet for the hopeful Finalists.

Joy of Joys, I hear my name announced as the winner of a 2nd Place Award in my category of autobiography/memoir. I received a beautiful engraved acrylic plaque for my memoir, Monastery to Matrimony, A Woman’s Journey.

It took years of trial and error to pull this manuscript into an award winning book. Walking up on the stage and receiving the award from Chris Coward, director of my writing group and President of FWA made it all worthwhile.


The taste of success motivates me to sit at my computer and pull out the idea for an historical novel burning in my brain. Tune in to my BLOG next week to see if I have started it.

In the meantime, click on the link to hear an interview on Journey For Truth Radio Show with Tami Urbanek.





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