The 2017 FAPA Annual Conference is scheduled for August 4th and 5th, 2017, at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. This networking and educational event will offer two days of sessions with a focus on The Business of Publishing.
Industry leaders will share their expertise and a variety of tools needed to flourish in this evolving publishing environment. Join your industry colleagues and discover innovative marketing ideas and sales strategies. We will be publishing more information on the agenda and our exciting lineup of speakers from across the publishing industry over the next few weeks.

Visit the FAPA website to take take advantage of early bird conference registration discounts, to get your tickets for the 2017 President’s Book Awards Banquet and get your discounted hotel reservations.
Click here to get more information and register today!

On June 10, 2017 we have a handful of science fiction authors coming that will be at SWFL SpaceCon. Our keynote speakers are Ben Bova & Rick Wilber who will be discussing their picks of the best first contact stories. We have four writers’ workshops and presentations which are mostly tailored for science fiction works. Ticket prices for the convention are only $8/adult and include all the panels/presentations.

1:30-2:30pm Discussion of the Best First Contact Stories –

Rick Wilber, Ben Bova and Heather Preston discuss their picks for the best first contact stories.

2:45-3:45pm Outer Limits, Inner Boundaries: “Building Realistic Relationships in SFR” Learn from top authors Linnea Sinclair, Christina Westcott, Rhonda Mason and Eveyln Lederman how they create intimate relationships between kick-butt characters living in the fantastic yet perilous worlds of science fiction!

4-5pm “Exoplanets: What You Need to Know to Craft a Self-Consistent Planet/System” – targeted for writers and those interested in our existing exoplanet knowledge, this presentation deals with plausible exoplanets. Presented by Heather Preston, Research Astronomer and Director of the Planetarium at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.

5:15-6:30pm “Make your own Alien” workshop style presentation by Rick Wilber.

Spring 2017 Visiting Writers Forum

Spring 2017 Visiting Writers Forum
Join us for the Spring 2017 Visiting Writers Forum, brought to you by the Ringling College of Art and Design Creative Writing Program. You’ll get email reminders the week before each event that include an author’s bio, samples of their work, and links to more information about them.

The entire Spring lineup is below. Mark your calendars!
Christopher Phelps – March 28th
Vivian Shipley – April 4th
Susan Klaus – April 11th
Virgil Suarez – April 25th

This series is free and open to the public. All events are from 7:00 – 8:15 pm in room 209 of the Larry Thompson Academic Center (2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234).

For more details visit visitingwritersforum