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Writers Workshop at Amelia Island Book Festival

Jan 26, 2015 02:00AM
For more than 10 years, the Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF) has been offering its Writers Workshop, a venue for bringing writers together to learn from their peers. This year's stellar cadre of authors and presenters will share their knowledge and skills with both published and would-be authors. This scintillating day covers all genres through four different tracks. Workshop sessions address characterization, plot development, dialogue, editing, getting your work into print, working with agents and publishers, book design, book signing, branding, and tips and tricks to get booksellers to carry your work and on-line shoppers to buy it. Some major highlights of the day from award-winning authors include lunch with Wendy Tyson, a lawyer turned mystery and thriller writer and whose novels have earned extensive accolades. Local author Chuck Barrett, whose work has been compared to Vince Flynn's the international spy thriller novelist, will present a step-by-step workshop outlining the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, and, Nancy Blanton, author of historical fiction, will present a workshop on crucial aspects of historical fiction writing.

The Writers Workshop is set for Friday, February 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; check in is at 8:30 a.m. at FSCJ in the Technology Center of the Betty Cook Nassau Campus. The cost is $65 for AIBF members and $75 for nonmembers. The registration fee includes a box lunch and refreshments. For a detailed schedule of topics and presenters, and to register, go to