Press Release for Monday, March 28, 2011

UNF - Florida Writers Association Hosts Writers Conference

JoannaNorris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(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 2011 UNF Writers Conference, Friday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 7, at the University Center, Building 43, on campus. The conference is for writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screenplays.  

 

 The three-day conference kicks off on Friday, Aug. 5, with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. Conference orientation starts at 8:30 a.m., with 16 writing workshops on craft, genre and marketing beginning at 9 a.m. Also included Friday will be a workshop for the Writers Pitch Book, an opportunity for writers to pitch their books and scripts to agents, editors and Hollywood producers through written pitches after the conference. 

 

On Saturday and Sunday, writers participate in general fiction, general non-fiction, young adult, children’s book and screenwriting critique workshops. New critique workshops this year include poetry, romance, sci-fi/fantasy and a special workshop for teen fiction writers only. Sunday afternoon’s schedule features a comprehensive E-Publishing Seminar, covering everything writers need to know to e-publish their own e-books.  

 

  E-publishing is changing the book world,” said Sharon Y. Cobb, Writers Conference director and instructor in the Division of Continuing Education at UNF . “There will always be traditionally published books, but now with the e-book revolution, authors have brave new ways to share their writing with readers. This year’s seminar will prepare writers to take control of their careers by e-publishing their own books.” 

 

Full conference early registration, before Wednesday, June 1, is $299. Regular registration for the full conference, after June 1, is $349. The final registration deadline is Friday, July 8. Writers may register for the E-Publishing Seminar only, held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, for $79 before June 1. It will be $89, June 1 to July 31 .  

 

Friday-only passes are also available for $139 before Wednesday, June 1, and $149, June 1 to Sunday, July 31 . Friday-only registration closes on Sunday, July 31. Friday-only passes include Friday workshops, Writers Pitch Book Workshop, lunch, wine and cheese reception and book signings on Friday, Aug. 5, only. Friday-only attendees may choose workshops to attend on the day of the event.  

 

 For more information and to register online, visit www.unfwritersconference.com or call (904) 620-4200. The 2011 UNF Writers Conference is sponsored by The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville.com and Final Draft screenwriting software. 

 

 The Florida Writers Association (FWA) 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 1,100 members and 40 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 www.floridawriters.net. 

 

 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 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. 

 

 

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