Aspiring writers around Tampa Bay might want to head up the road to Orlando in the next few months. A workshop by the Florida Writers Project offers advice on writing and selling fiction, journalism, screenplays and more, while a conference of mystery writers has events for fans and would-be writers alike.
The Florida Writers Workshop, sponsored by the Florida Society of News Editors and the University of Central Florida, will take place Feb. 16-18 on the UCF campus. Featured authors include Anthony Swofford (Jarhead), Bob Shacochis (Swimming in the Volcano) and NPR host Jacki Leyden (Daughter of the Queen of Sheba). Early bird registration before Friday is $150. For information and registration, go to www.ce.ucf.edu/Conference-Services/Florida-Writers/.
Sleuthfest 2012 moves from South Florida to Orlando this year. Presented by the Mystery Writers of America's Florida chapter, the event will feature as its keynote speaker Charlaine Harris, author of the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels that were the source for the HBO series True Blood.
Other speakers will include Jeffrey Deaver, author of the Lincoln Rhyme thrillers and the latest James Bond book, Carte Blanche; Chris Grabenstein, who writes the Haunted Mystery series for middle-grade readers; and Jeff Ashton, author of Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony.
Sleuthfest 2012 takes place March 1-4 at the Royal Plaza Resort Hotel in Walt Disney World. Reduced rates for the entire program are available through today; attendees can also register for one day or for single events. For information and registration, go to mwaflorida.org and click on Sleuthfest.