The Florida Writers Association Presents The 2nd Annual Short Shorts Mini-Conference

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The 2nd Annual Short Shorts Mini-Conference at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel in Osprey, Florida on January 17, 2015

The Florida Writers Association will present the 2nd Annual Short Shorts Mini-Conference at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel on January 17, 2015. The conference will offer presentations by four esteemed writers, each discussing a different aspect of short-form writing: magazine editor Mike Candelaria, public relations executive Jeffrey Rembert, poet Elaine Person and short story writer Ben Wolf.

The conference takes place from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Lunch is included. Registration is $79 for FWA members and $99 for non-members and available now at;jsessionid=D7101BF01390A199C03C00660324649E.m1plqscsfapp05?categoryId=75 . A full schedule of the day’s events follows:

Mike Candelaria – Magazine articles
Jeffrey Rembert – Magazine articles        
Royce Room: 9:00 - 10:45 AM
Much more goes into writing an article than coming up with an idea, pounding out 500-1,000 words, and blindly sending it off to ten editors. Mike Candelaria, along with Jeffery Rembert, of FORWARDFlorida will draw on more than forty years experience in periodical publishing to show how to take an idea and turn into a tight, well-written article. Mike and Jeffrey also will discuss researching possible markets, how to develop an angle, research on the Internet and through interviews, and writing a knockout lead. Publishing a book may be a bucket list item, but writing magazine articles provide many opportunities for writers—if written well. And this is the place to learn how.

Elaine Person - Poetry
Royce Room: 11:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 - 1:45 PM
Sometimes people just need a jumpstart or the kick to get going and Elaine Person is just the right person to do it. A veteran performance poet, story teller, and published author, including a parody of King Arthur in the anthology A Century of College Humor by Random House, Person will break down various forms of poetry so people can say, “I do know it.” She also will teach the importance of the senses, how to choose the right words, when to rhyme and when not to, how to avoid clichés, the importance of images, metaphors, similes, and why concrete words are better than abstract words.

Ben Wolf – Short stories
Royce Room: 2:00 - 3:45 PM
Like novel-length fiction, short fiction must include all the elements of a great story, including character development, tension and conflict, plot and structure, and much more. The trick, however, is fitting all of those elements into such a small, condensed form of fiction. As a result of taking this class, conferees will leave the conference with ideas for stories and the tools to incorporate all of the aforementioned elements into said stories, knowledge of where and how to submit their stories for publication, and confidence that writing short fiction can and will improve their chances of publishing novel-length work.

The Florida Writers Association, 15,400 members strong and growing, is a nonprofit 501(c) (6) organization that supports the state’s established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public. For more information about the Florida Writers Association, please visit

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