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UNF to host 2009 writers conference

The Division of Continuing Education and the Department of English at the University of North Florida along with the Florida Writers Association is sponsoring the 2009 Writers Conference Aug. 7-9, at the University Center on campus. The conference is for writers of fiction, nonfiction and screenplays.

The three-day conference starts Aug. 7 at 8 a.m. and features keynote speaker Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of “The Charlemagne Pursuit,” “The Alexandria Link,” “The Venetian Betrayal,” and many more. Berry will also present a workshop titled Writing Effective Dialogue. The day also includes workshops on topics such as Creative Freelancing, Writing the Killer Hollywood Thriller, Breaking into the Chic Lit Market and much more.

Aug. 8 and 9, writers will participate in fiction, nonfiction and screenwriting critique workshops. Sunday afternoon’s schedule includes a marketing panel and a workshop featuring the UNF Writers Conference Book & Film Deal Connection, an opportunity for attendees to submit their work to agents, book editors and film producers after the conference.

“Every writer wants an easy way to get their work noticed by agents and buyers,” said Sharon Y. Cobb, writers conference director and instructor in the Division of Continuing Education at UNF. “With our Book & Film Deal Connection, all conference attendees may pitch their projects to book agents and editors as well as literary agents who represent screenplays and film producers.”

Early registration (through Friday) is $249. Regular registration (July 11-31) is $299. The final registration deadline is July 31. For more information and to register online visit www.unfwritersconference.com or call 620-4200.

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