Pensacola Writing and Book Festival
FREE! Calling all novice or published writers and book lovers of all ages. Learn tips from 10 published authors on how to start writing, publish your novel, memoir, romance, thriller and more. Kids’ Korner with puppets and fantasy dragons. Keynote speaker New York Times best-selling author Lenora Worth. “Write Funny Stuff” with PNJ editorial cartoonist Andy Marlette. Special panel of military veteran authors. Sign up to pitch your draft book to WordCrafts Press for possible publication. And much more! For more info, visit www.wflf.org and www.gulfcoastauthor.com.
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Vendors Atrium – Registration; Sign up for free books and door prizes (must be present to win)
9:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Vendors Atrium – Meet the Authors book sales & signing
9:45 -10:00 a.m. – Conference Room – Welcome by ED STANFORD, President, West Florida Literary Federation; SUSAN LEWIS, President, Gulf Coast Authors
10:00-11:00 a.m. – Conference Room – Romancing the Word: Writing Romance Novels LENORA WORTH, New York Times & USA Today best-selling author. Worth has written more than 80 books, with more than 3 million in print. Titles include, Deep Undercover, Survival Mission, Closing the Deal and Christmas Rescue. She is also a 2019 Romance Writers of America RITA© Award finalist.
11:15-12:15 p.m. – Conference Room – So You Want to Write — How to Begin: Creating Writing Spaces, Outlines, Writing Page One; LARRY WILLIAMSON, author of Tallapoosa and Muskogi Sunset: The Second Creek War of 1836, and Auburn University Professional & Continuing Ed novel-writing instructor
12:15 -1:00 p.m. – Vendor Atrium – Lunch (available for purchase)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Conference Room – So You’ve Written Your Story: Now What? How to Edit, Publish & Copyright Your Book MIKE PARKER, WordCrafts Press editor & acquiring publisher; the publisher’s perspective; PAULA K. PARKER, playwright/author/freelance writer of over 1000 articles, plays, novels, non-fiction and more; agent query letters and publishing from an author’s perspective; M.M. Le BLANC, JD, 7-time award-winning author/screenwriter of 14 books; copyrights
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. – Conference Room – Honoring Our Veterans in Books: Thrillers, Memoirs, Mysteries and Inspirational Personal Development MICHAEL BYARS LEWIS, Amazon #1 International Best-selling Author, 2016 Military Writer’s Society of America Thriller SILVER MEDAL WINNER and former USAF Special Ops; RACHEL COGGINS, author of Gateway to Iraq: A Chaplain’s Story and former U.S. Army Chaplain; JANICE RYAN HALL, author of 7 books and 3 awards, and a veteran of a 23-year U.S. Army career; GARY WESTFAL, Amazon # 1 Best-selling novelist, life skills coach, former air traffic controller and USAF veteran.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Conference Room – Lions & Tigers & Humor, Oh My! How to Write Funny Stuff!; ANDY MARLETTE, Pensacola News Journal editorial cartoonist, journalist and author
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Conference Room – Door Prize Bonanza Giveaway! (must be present to win)
WRITERS! Pitch your Manuscripts. MIKE PARKER, WordCrafts Press Acquiring Publisher, will take 5-minute pitches from writers with manuscripts about the possibility of publishing your book (first come, first served)!
KIDS KORNER ACTIVITIES (all in Atrium Lobby)
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. – Welcome by LISA RAWSON, West Florida Literary Federation Board Member
10:00-11:00 a.m. – Children’s Puppet Storytelling Hour (ages 4-9); LAURA RICHARDS as “The Queen”
11:15-12:15 p.m. – Children’s Collage and Story Hour (ages 4-9); LAURA RICHARDS as “The Queen”
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – How to Write Fantasy Stories: Teen/Tween Expand Your Imagination, Part I (ages 10-17); VICKI SHANKWITZ, author of the Dragon Master Series
2:15 – 2:55 p.m. – Illustrating Dragons & Other Fantastic Creatures: Teen/Tween Expand Your Imagination, Part II: (ages 10-17); ROBERT SHANKWITZ III, Dragon Master Series illustrator
2:55 – 3:00 p.m. – Kids’ Korner Door Prize Bonanza Giveaway! (must be present to win)
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