Thursday September 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM EDT
Saturday September 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM EDT

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Flagler College, Ringhaver Student Center 
50 Sevilla St
St Augustine, FL 32084

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Dr. Jim Wilson 
Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference 

Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference 





The Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference would like you to join bestselling authors as they share the insight and inspiration behind their books. Come to our Nation's Oldest City to celebrate the written word and learn more about Florida's unique literary culture and heritage.

Thursday, September 25 – Critique Workshops
There is no single way to write a good book, but we all have to start at the same place by writing those first 
few pages. But how do we know how good they are, and if we’re on the right track? The Conference 
Critique Workshops offer a day of inspiration, motivation, and positive feedback from faculty members and
fellow students in an intimate setting. Small groups of no more than 12 writers (select fiction or nonfiction) 
will come together to critique each other’s 10-page submissions. Workshop critiques for each individual will 
last at least 30 minutes, and workshop leaders will provide a written one-page critique to each student.

Please note if registering for the September 25 Critique Workshops, your ten-page manuscript is due by
Tuesday, September 2, in order to give us time to disseminate to the faculty and others in the workshop.
They should be double-spaced and sent electronically to vic@fhbookfest.com.

Faculty includes:
Elizabeth Sims - author of seven successful novels, including the Rita Farmer Mysteries (St. Martin's 
Minotaur) and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Lillian Byrd Novels (Alyson Books). 

Laura Lee Smith - second place winner in the 2013
Florida Heritage Book Awards in the General Fiction 
category for Heart of Palm, short fiction included in New Stories from the South 2010 and in various journals 
including The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, and Bayou.

Friday, September 26 – Writers Workshops A full day of one-hour writers workshops covering both the craft and business of writing. Take your writing to the next level with practical advice, solid instruction and a chance to network with your fellow writers. 

Registration includes the keynote luncheon with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black.

See published schedule for times and updates:
Elizabeth Sims-- How to Write a Dynamite Mystery or Thriller that SELLS
Chuck Barrett--Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing
DL Havlin--Character Development
Zenée Miller--Learn How to Monetize Your Blog
Meet the Speakers: Signing & Sales
Luncheon with Keynoter Lisa Black
Vicki Hendricks--Fast Start
Anne Dalton--How I Stopped Worrying and Learned How to Love Copyright
John Dufresne--Narrative Transport: Letting the Plot Guide the Writing of Your Story
Mark Wayne Adams--Selling Every Word: The Business of Public Speaking

 Friday Evening, September 26--Florida Heritage Book Festival Literary 
 Legend Awards Banquet

 Robin Cook will be present at this event to accept his award.  He will speak to the    attendees and reflect on his new book and his long and successful career.

Sign up before July 31 to get the early bird price.

Banquet options:

Rosemary Chicken Breast with Boursin Polenta and roasted butternut squash. 

Grilled Mahi Mahi with a tomato olive bruschetta sauce, rice pilaf and broccolini.

Vegetarian option.

Dessert is New York Style cheesecake.

We will contact you about your preferences after registration

St. Johns County Convention Center at Renaissance World Golf Village Resort,   500 South Legacy Trail, I-95 at Exit 323, free parking.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL

See published schedule for times and updates:
Literary Legend Robin Cook signs books
Thomas Graham – Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine
Michael Wiley – A Bad Night’s Sleep
Jackson Walker – Recovering Moments in Time
Civil Rights Panel
Poetry Workshop
Mary Kay Andrews – Ladies’ Night
Jon Jefferson – Body Farm Novels
Bill DeYoung – Skyway
Laura Lascarso – Counting Backwards
Virginia Lynn Moylan – Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade
Lisa Black – The Price of Innocence
Lunch Break with Chef Warren Caterson 
John Dufresne – No Regrets, Coyote
Drew Perry – Kids These Days
Cher Krause Knight – Power and Paradise in Walt Disney’s World
Scott Eyman –John Wayne – The Life and Legend
Vicki Hendricks – Fur People
Abbi Glines - One More Chance (the latest in the Rosemary Beach series)

Shop and have your books signed on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
Meet publishers and authors.  Book-related products will be available. The 
BookMark of Neptune Beach is the Official Bookseller for the Festival.