Press Release for Thursday, July 2, 2009

UNF/Florida Writers Association Hosts Writers Conference

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The Division of Continuing Education and the Department of English at the University of North Florida along with the Florida Writers Association is sponsoring the 2009 Writers Conference Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9, at the University Center on campus. The conference is for writers of fiction, non-fiction and screenplays.

The three-day conference kicks off on Friday, Aug. 7, starting at 8 a.m., featuring keynote speaker Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of “The Charlemagne Pursuit,” “The Alexandria Link,” “The Venetian Betrayal,” and many more. He will also present a workshop titled Writing Effective Dialog. The day also holds workshops on topics such as Creative Freelancing, Writing the Killer Hollywood Thriller, Breaking into the Chic Lit Market and much more.

On Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and August 9, writers participate in fiction, non-fiction and screenwriting critique workshops. Sunday afternoon’s schedule includes a marketing panel and a workshop featuring the UNF Writers Conference Book & Film Deal Connection, an opportunity for attendees to submit their work to agents, book editors and film producers after the conference.

“Every writer wants an easy way to get their work noticed by agents and buyers,” said Sharon Y. Cobb, writers conference director and instructor in the Division of Continuing Education at UNF. “With our Book & Film Deal Connection, all conference attendees may pitch their projects to book agents and editors as well as literary agents who represent screenplays and film producers.”

Early registration (through July 10) is $249. Regular registration (July 11-July 31) is $299. The final registration deadline is July 31. For more information and to register online visit or call (904) 620-4200.

The Florida Writers Association is a statewide professional trade organization where authors and aspiring writers come to learn, grow, network, and find the resources they need to improve their craft. With more than 900 members and 34 chapters spread throughout the state, FWA produces an annual conference, regional mini-conferences, publishes a magazine for members and offers many other benefits. For more information, visit

The Department of English at UNF offers courses in American, British, Irish, and world literature, creative and expository writing, and linguistics. The Department’s mission is grounded in the conviction that a knowledge of literature and language and a mastery of interpretive skills are absolutely integral to a liberal education.

UNF’s Division of Continuing Education is dedicated to the concept of life-long learning. Whether you are looking to change careers, advance more rapidly in your current position or need to master new skills to prepare yourself for different responsibilities, UNF is here to support you with the resources you need. The Division of Continuing Education provides a wide range of non-credit courses and certificate programs designed to offer convenience, flexibility and exceptional value.