OCLS Writers Conference

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Make 2020 the year you finish and publish a novel. The OCLS Writers Conference will provide the tools and knowledge you need to reach your writing and publishing goals this year. Authors and publishing professionals will teach workshops on both craft and business topics.

This conference is free to the public, but registration is required for all attendees. If you don't arrive by 10 a.m. you may forfeit your spot to the waitlist.


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Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m.
  Introduction & Check-In
10 a.m.
  Understanding the Scene: The Engine of Your Story by Janice Hardy
  Graphics, Social Media, and Privacy by Heather Smith
  Crisp Prose by Arielle Haughee
  Free Headshots, provided by the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity
11 a.m.
  Mastering Your Descriptions in Prose by Racquel Henry
  Tax Tips for Writers by Ellen Gordon
  Novel Technology by Alli Martin
  Free Headshots, provided by the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity
12 p.m.
  Debunking the Myths and Avoiding Potential Mistakes by Elle E. Ire and Jose Iriarte
  A New Perspective on Viewpoint by Kristen Stieffel
  Time Ninja Tricks for Writers by Kerry Evelyn
1 p.m.
  Romance 101 by Kait Ballenger
  Publishing Science Fiction Short Stories by Mari Ness
  Finding Your Poetry Audience by Peter Gordon
2 p.m.
  He Said, She Said: How to Punch Up Your Dialogue by Erik Deckers
  Structuring Your Novel by Caitlin Lochner
  Types of Research - How Fact Inspires Fiction by Valerie Willis
3 p.m.
  The Query Process: Jennie Jarvis, Leslie Salas, JC Welker, Larissa Hardesty, moderated by Sarah Nicolas
  Learn to Love Your Garbage Draft by Maria Mora
  Author Swag by Jennifer Morris
4 p.m.
  Self Editing by Kaitlyn Johnson
  Emotional Storytelling by Micah Dean Hicks
  Adding Action to Your Story by Laura E. Perez


Instructors with published books will sell and sign books immediately after their session.

Note on Lunch: Lunch is not provided, but you are welcome to go to lunch at any point during the conference. A list of suggested restaurants will be provided.

Free Headshots

Photography instructors from the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity will be providing free digital headshots to attendees between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. in the Melrose Center photography studio on the 2nd floor. Attendees will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. Signup will begin at 9:50 a.m.

You must bring a USB flash drive to store your photos. Do not wear a solid black or white shirt. Please be photo-ready when you arrive to the studio; there will be no space for grooming at the studio.

Directions & Parking Information

The Orlando Public Library is located at 101 E. Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801.

Traveling East on I-4, take the South Street exit (82B), turn right on Central Blvd and the library will be on your left in 0.6 miles. Traveling West on I-4, take exit 84 for US-17/US-92, turn left onto US-17 N/US-92 E/W Colonial Dr, turn right onto N Orange Ave for 0.8 miles, then turn left onto E. Central Blvd and the library will be on your left.

Read more about the Orlando Public Library and parking. OCLS is not able to validate or reimburse parking.

Contact Us

All questions and inquires should be directed to adultprograms@ocls.info. The OCLS Writers Conference is closed to workshop proposals for 2020. If you would like to present a workshop or schedule an author appearance at one of our library locations, please fill out the Present an Event form.