Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference to be held Sept. 13-15

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The 11th annual Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference is taking place Sept. 13-15 in St. Augustine.

Each year, the Florida Heritage Book Festival showcases Florida’s rich and diverse literary legacy, welcoming writers and enthusiasts to the Ancient City. This year, there will be events honoring a large slate of writers, with the opportunity to work with some of them at an intimate level.

The schedule of the three-day event is as follows:

·       The festivities begin Thursday, Sept. 13, with “How to Turn Your Idea Into a Novel,” with young adult author Janice Hardy. To be held at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this hands-on workshop will guide you through the novel-planning process and help you find the plot and story within your idea. Hardy is the award-winning author of “The Healing Wars” trilogy, the “Grace Harper” series and multiple books on writing. She is also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. $80 includes lunch and the “Plotting Your Novel Workbook.”

·       The events continue Friday, Sept. 14 at the Renaissance World Golf Village from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the following seven writers sharing various tips and stories during the Writer’s Workshop:

o   “Story, Story, Story: Creating Compelling Narrative Structure” with Laura Lee Smith

o   “Stories About Some Interesting Floridians” with Florida Book Award winning author Jeff Klinkenberg

o   Luncheon Keynote address "Enjoy the Ride: How to Stay Organized & Productive Without Forgetting the Fun Factor" with Robert Macomber, who has won the top regional, state and national literary awards in his genre of historical literary fiction

o   “Dialogue: It Isn’t Just About Talk” with Rod Martinez

o   "Agents, Editors & Publishers: What You Can Do To Increase Your Chances” with James O. Born

o   “Ten Things Writers Need to Know About Being Noticed and Marketing” with Taylor and Seale Publishing representative Mary Custureri

o   “Adaptation: From Book to Screenplay” with award-winning screenwriter Allan Marcil and Sohrab Homi Fracis, author of “Go Home”

·       On Friday evening, the annual Literary Legend Reception will take place, recognizing bestselling author Tim Dorsey. The reception also gives all attendees a chance to mingle with the Festival writers.

·       On Saturday, Sept. 15, the free Florida Heritage Book Festival will offer presentations by 20 featured authors highlighting Florida's rich and diverse literary culture. The list of authors can be found at http://fhbookfest.com. The Festival Marketplace will include the official bookseller, Flagler College Bookstore, plus over 30 vendors of books and book-related materials, and book-signings. All activities take place in and around Flagler College's Ringhaver Student Center. Old Town Trolley will provide free transportation from the City Parking Garage to the Ringhaver Center.

For a full list of authors and to register for events visit http://fhbookfest.com/.

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