I’ve had several folks ask about what I’ll be presenting at the South Florida State College writers conference. Here’s info. The conference is entitled the 2015 Authors Conference and Book Fair, Write On! There will be feature writers, editors, publishers and literary agents there. The campus is in Avon Park, Florida surrounded by lakes, orange groves, and palms. For those of you in cold country, the temperature in late February is in the mid to upper 70’s with lows around 60. It will be held February 27th. For more information check the website CommunityEducation@southflorida.edu or call Lauren Redick at 863.784.7388.
My speaking appearances fall in three categories: historical sketches about places or people I’ve uncovered in research for my novels, information about the inspiration for or details contained in books I’ve had published, and information I think may help other writers improve their craft. Check my website at http://www.dlhavlin.com if you’d like to have me speak at your organization from book clubs to conferences.
The presentation at the “Write On!” conference will fall in the last category. This specific one is called “Crafting characters with an assist from the human sciences.” Having attended conferences for years, this is what I can best describe as a “tool box class.” When you leave you’ll have a writing tool you didn’t have before. I taught interpersonal relations courses for twenty years and realized that many of the principles used in managing people can be applied to creating and managing characters as well. Knowing how people will react to stress, what factors create tension between individuals, and common traits that we all exhibit make the characters “real.” After all, one of those things we prize is the ability to create tension in our writing.
The class has been very popular in the past so the conference coordinator asked and I’ve agreed to teach it twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
This is a great opportunity for those of you want to be exposed to real literary learning. The staff is outstanding – they know their craft, they can present it in a fashion you’ll learn, and you’ll benefit from the information. Come join me, errrrr, us in sunny south Florida and enjoy. You won’t get a better deal for a hundred bucks.