The eighth annual Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference takes place Sept. 24 through 26. Each year the Florida Heritage Book Festival showcases Floridaâ€™s rich and diverse literary legacy, welcoming writers and enthusiasts to historic St. Augustine. This year there will be events honoring a large slate of writers, with the opportunity to work with some of them at an intimate level.
The three-day event will include a critique, workshop, and vendor fair:
Sept.24: Launch of the FHBF and Writerâ€™s Conference with the Critique Session Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After submitting a 10-page, double-spaced manuscript by Sept. 1, two award-winning novelists will aid in a thorough critique of your writing. Sohrab Homi Fracis was awarded the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature/Fiction and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction. Elizabeth Sims, the other critique faculty member, is the author of eight successful novels in two series. Her books have reached number one on a variety of Amazon fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists.
Sept. 25: The FHBF continues with an event featuring nine writers sharing various tips and stories during the Writerâ€™s Workshop:
- â€œFearless Writingâ€ with Elizabeth Sims
- â€œThe Heart of the Matter: Finding the Emotional Center in Fictionâ€ with Mark Powell, the author of five novels, one in which received the Peter Taylor Prize
- â€œThe Twisted Road to Publicationâ€ with Publisher Joan Leggitt and Author Darlyn Finch Kuhn. Leggittâ€™s poems have been featured on Poetic Logic on the local NPR affiliate, while Kuhn founded Twisted Road Publications in January 2013 with the mission of moving marginalized voices into the mainstream
- â€œSchools: A Niche Market for Authorsâ€ with Jane R. Wood, author of five award-winning juvenile fiction books
- Luncheon Keynote address “Getting Into Character: Personal Tales of Research and Adventures” with Robert Macomber, who has won the top regional, state, and national literary awards in his genre: historical literary fiction Jeff Herman and Deborah Herman as â€œLiterary Agents.â€ Herman has made nearly one-thousand book deals, some co-authored with his wife Deborah
- “How to Tell Your Family’s Darkest Secrets (and Still Get Invited to Thanksgiving)” with Harrison Scott Key, who is contributing editor for the Oxford American magazine and a writing teacher at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia
- â€œNotes on the Nature and Function of Time in the New Millenniumâ€ with Bob Shacochis. His most recent book The Woman Who Lost Her Soul received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
- Friday evening there will be a Writers Reception with guest speaker Bob Shacochis. This will give all attendees a chance to mingle with the writers.
Sept. 26: The free Florida Heritage Book Festival will offer presentations by 20 Featured Authors showcasing Florida’s rich and diverse literary culture. The list of authors is at http://fhbookfest.com. The Festival Marketplace will include the official bookseller, The Bookmark, plus over 50 vendors of books and book-related materials, additional author presentations, book-signings, and free hourly drawings. Lionâ€™s Club Free Eye Exams will be available and the St. Johns County Library Bookmobile and staff will offer children’s activities. All activities take place in and around Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center. VeloFest Bicycle Parking will be on site.
For a full list of authors and to register for events, go to fhbookfest.com
The Ringhaver Student Center is located at 50 Sevilla St., on the Flagler College in downtown St. Augsutine.
The Florida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine, Fla., promotes the state’s authors and literary works while providing educational opportunities for the students of St. Johns County. Since 2008, the festival has attracted more than 200 nationally-known authors and writers to its annual panel discussions, book signings, and writers conference. The festival also honors Florida Literary Legends, and in the past has recognized Carl Hiaasen, Michael Gannon, John Jakes, Peter Matthiessen, and Edna Buchanan. The Book Festival provides funding for the St. Johns County Public Library System, The St. Augustine Record’s Newspaper Media in Education Program, and a creative writing scholarship at Flagler College. For more information, go to www.fhbookfest.com.