All events require PRE-REGISTRATION. You are welcome to attend just one event, or all events, for the non-refundable $20 registration fee.
Friday, March 23, 2018 Location: Venice Center Mall Community Room, 240 Tampa Ave W, Venice, FL 34285
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm ..... Moderated Panel: “Today’s Youth Market”
Featuring: KIM COOL, STACY DEKEYSER, CLARISSA THOMASSON
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm ..... Moderated Panel: “From Inspiration to Publication: Four Authors Tell Their Story”
Featuring: DON BRUNS, SUSAN KLAUS, DIANE SAWYER, RICHARD WICKLIFFE
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm ..... Master Class for writers: “Developing Characters” With: DAVID HAGBERG
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm ..... Wine & Cheese Reception (following panels & classes)
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm ..... Bookseller Tents, Centennial Park, 200 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285 (no entrance fee)
Noon – 2:00 pm .......... Editor/Agent Pitches, Venice Center Mall Community Room
Thank You to the Speakers, Editors, and Literary Agents who have donated their time to this charitable event.
SPEAKERS - Friday, March 23 Moderated Panels and Master Class
Authors will be available to sign their books following their events.
Don is a USA Today bestselling author of three mystery series. A musician, songwriter, advertising guru, painter, cook, stand-up comic and novelist, Bruns has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up.
Kim writes about Florida, its ghost stories, its travel destinations, and its history. She’s won non-fiction awards, and several journalism awards as a features editor of the Venice Gondolier Sun.
Stacy teaches that writing is a lot like walking through the woods. While there may be several possible paths, we only have to write one scene at a time, and then other things will become apparent.
DAVID HAGBERG, a former Air Force cryptographer, is a bestselling author of international thrillers. A former news reporter and editor for Associated Press, David has published more than 70 novels of suspense.
Susan is a web radio host of an authors show with 15 million listeners in 148 countries, and a winner of the Florida Writers’ Royal Palm Literary award for Best Science Fiction Manuscript.
Diane has written five mystery novels and numerous short stories. A former educator and a current docent at the Salvador Dalí Museum, her love of research weaves through her plots and the lives of her characters.
Richard's writing borrows from the unique (scandalous, criminal or satirical) environments of Florida. Gold winner of Best Popular Fiction in the Florida Book Awards, a recent project has been optioned by 20th Century Fox.