The Schedule and Presenters



Attention writers of all levels and genres! Have you always wanted to write but didn't know where to start?  Perhaps you've started, but are stuck.  Maybe you have a manuscript written,  and are bewildered by the publishing options available. Or, you love to write, but don't have a clue about marketing.  

    If you answered yes to any of the above. Then, this is the workshop for you. 

  There are two Tracks to choose from --Publishing 101 or The Craft of Writing--or mix and match the sessions you wish to attend that best meet your needs.

    At lunch time, you'll get the skinny from the author of one of America's best known historical thriller writers, Steve Berry,  the author of the Cotton Malone series.

Track I - Publishing 101


8:30-9:20 am--Book Publishing Options

Presenter -Patti Brassard-Jefferson

Author, Bookstore Owner

9:30-10:20 am -- Publishing Essentials

presenter - Jane R. Wood

award-winning Author, publisher

10:30-11:20 am--Marketing in Person

Presenter -  Rocky Porch Moore

Award-winning Author, FAPA Director

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch with Keynote by Steve Berry

1:00-2:00 pm  - Marketing Online 

presenter - Dr. Donna Jennings, aka Dr. J

Author, Therapist, Professor

TRACK II: The Craft of Writing

8:30-9:20 am --Make a Scene

Presenter-Patricia Charpentier-Author, Publisher

9:30-10:20 am --Writing Kick-ass Characters

presenter -Steve McCondichie- Author, Publisher

10:30-11:20 am: Moments in Memoir

Presenter -Patricia Charpentier Author, Publisher

1:00-2:00 pm -- Secrets of Writing Award-Winning Young Adult Novels

Presenter -Christina Benjamin

Award-winning Author

Interested in A manuscript critique?



Writers' Workshop

Tickets $100 per person

Includes  a box-lunch with a keynote by special guest, Steve Berry, NYT Bestselling Author 

Friday, February 15, 2019 

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

FSCJ - Nassau Campus

Bean Technical Center

76346 William Burgess Blvd.

Yulee, FL  32097

Purchase tickets here

One-on-One Manuscript Review

Have a manuscript you’d like to discuss with a publisher? Find the opportunity during the Amelia Island Book Festival Writers Workshop on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. 

Writers can sign up for a one-on-one 15-minute manuscript critique session with author and publisher Steve McCondichie, of SFK Press. During the individual meeting, McCondichie will share his evaluation and talk with the writer about the project. 

To have a novel critiqued, the writer must submit the first 19 pages of the manuscript, plus a query letter and one-page synopsis. For nonfiction books, submit a 21-page book proposal. The fee of $50 will go to support the AIBF’s Authors in Schools Program, which gives each student in Nassau County a free book by an author who visits their school. 

Writers interested in a critique session are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as spaces are limited. 

The deadline for applications is February 2, 2019.

Steve McCondichie exited the corporate world and now focuses on helping others who dream of being a published author. In 2015, he received his MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, NC, and co-founded Southern Fried Karma, an Atlanta-based multimedia company. He is the managing partner overseeing the operation of their independent publishing imprints, online literary magazine, pop-up bookstore, and film development company. McCondichie and Southern Fried Karma are intent on bringing civil, social discourse to the communities they serve by sharing thoughtful, well-written stories that allow for critical reflection and free thinking. For more about SFK Press, see

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