OCLS Writers Conference

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Make 2019 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.


Register Now

Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m.
  Introduction & Check-In
10 a.m.
  Get the Most of Self-Editing, presented by Kaitlyn Johnson
  MFA: Do I Need One? How Does it Help? Can I Learn it on My Own?, presented by Alli Martin
  Free Headshots, provided by the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity
11 a.m.
  10 Personal Branding Secrets for Writers, presented by Erik Deckers
  Satisfying Endings, presented by Kristen Stieffel
  Creating Writing Goals and Routines, presented by Racquel Henry, Paige Lavoie, and Arielle Haughee
  Free Headshots, provided by the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity
12 p.m.
  Discover Voice, presented by Christina Farley, Vivi Barnes, and Amy Christine Parker
  How to Binge Write Your Novel, presented by Kerry Evelyn
  Kill Your Darlings: Writing Effective Fight Scenes, presented by Kristin Durfee & L.E. Perez
1 p.m.
  How to Get in Bed with the Publisher Without Losing Your Shirt, presented by Saritza Hernandez
  Finding the Plot in Your Premise, presented by Janice Hardy
  The Writer's Apprenticeship, presented by Amy Christine Parker and Racquel Henry
2 p.m.
  Why Indie?, presented by L.E. Perez
  The Perfect Morsel: Selling Short Fiction, presented by José Pablo Iriarte
  Hybridity: Expanding the Possibilities of Your Nonfiction, presented by Nicole Oquendo and Mistie Watkins
3 p.m.
  Creating Well-Rounded Characters, presented by Elle E. Ire and José Pablo Iriarte
  Are you Ready for a Close-Up? Film Adaptations, presented by Jennie Jarvis
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 2019. 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.