OCLS Writers Conference

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Make 2018 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.

Registration is full, but you can place yourself on the waitlist. If registered attendees cancel their registration, we will move those on the waitlist to registration and notify the affected parties via email. Due to room capacity restrictions, walk-ins will not be permitted.

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Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m.
  Introduction & Check-In
10 a.m.
  From Research to Representation: How to Get a Great Agent, presented by Jose Iriarte & Elle Ire
  Juggling Pen Names, presented by Kiernan Kelly
  Blurred Genre Boundaries: Writing Comedy and Tragedy, presented by Nicole Oquendo
  Free Headshots, provided by the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity
11 a.m.
  Plot like a Pro, presented by Vivi Barnes, Christina Farley, Lucienne Diver, Amy Christine Parker, and Racquel Henry
  Demystifying Publishing Contracts, presented by literary agent Saritza Hernandez
  A Prose Writer's Guide to Learning from Poetry, presented by Kirsten Holt
  Free Headshots, provided by the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity
12 p.m.
  A Systematic Approach to Book Editing, presented by Kristen Stieffel
  Firearms in Fiction, presented by Kristin Durfee
  Imagery in Fiction, presented by Heather Startup
1 p.m.
  Culture and Character, presented by Chudney Thomas
  10 Personal Branding Secrets for Writers, presented by Erik Deckers
  Avoiding Publishing Scams, presented by Matt Peters
2 p.m.
  Query Kombat, presented by Larissa Hardesty & JC Welker
  It’s Showtime! Show, Don’t Tell, presented by Janice Hardy
  Productivity Planning for Writers, presented by Leslie Salas
3 p.m.
  Marketing Panel, presented by Jim Clark, Katherine Parker, Chudney Thomas, Heather Startup
  Creating your World, presented by L.E. Perez, Racquel Henry, Valerie Willis
4 p.m.
  Book Signing featuring Conference Faculty

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 2018. 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.