Thursday Evening Event, Free and Open to the Public:


A reading and book signing by Keynote Speaker Marcia Aldrich, author of Companion to an Untold Story, (winner of the 2011 AWP Award in Nonfiction) and Girl Rearing (part of the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series).
Garden Key Room, #221, Student Union, UCF

Friday Afternoon Events, Registered Participants Only:
All Events in The Cape Florida Room, UCF Student Union


How Editors Read Your Work
Keynote Speaker Marcia Aldrich, former editor of the journal Fourth Genre
Joe David Bellamy, founding editor and publisher of Fiction International


Exposure, Embarrassment, and Empathy: What Women Risk When they Write

When women unmask their “selves” through their writing, what is gained and what is lost? Four women writers discuss their writing processes, and the possible repercussions and rewards, when they tackle topics such as concepts of beauty, family, sexuality, and equality in the workplace. The panelists will discuss how their writing shifts their views of what can be considered “women’s issues” in their works, their classrooms, and their lives, and provide exercises to explore what is the “women’s voice,” as well as information on where it might be published.

Dr. Danita Berg, director of the English Department at Full Sail University and the non-fiction editor for the online literary journal, Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine.

Holly V.Kapherr is a food and travel writer and editor and an editor for Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Islands, Florida Travel + Life and Caribbean Travel + Life magazines, previously having worked at Parenting and Babytalk magazines.

Dr. Kim Murray is the Director of Liberal Studies at Full Sail University.
Jaclyn Sullivan is a Course Director of English Composition at Full Sail University, where she has also taught Creative Writing. Her children’s book series, What’s in Your Fast Food? was featured on the 2012 Junior Library Guild Summer reading list.

Leslie Salas

Suzannah Gilman

Saturday Afternoon Events, Registered Participants Only:


"How to Get Published," Jamie Poissant, Vanessa Blakeslee, Nathan Holic, and John Henry Fleming. Cape Florida Room, Student Union, UCF


"Sorry, Did You Say Something? How Women Writers Get Heard, Get Read, and Get Even." Lisa Lanser-Rose and other bloggers from the new blog The Gloria Sirens. Cape Florida Room, Student Union, UCF

The Gloria Sirens and How Women Writers Get Heard, Get Read, and Get Even. Event Description: For four years VIDA has tallied the rate of publication between women and men in the world’s most respected literary outlets. VIDA recently reported that although there are other signs of progress, the 2013 numbers haven’t budged from the dismal 2012: most literary publications showcase fewer than thirty percent of work by women. We need to pay attention. In an age when authors are expected to do most if not all of their own self-promotion, we can’t afford to sit idle and silently trust that our merit will do the work for us. Find out what The Gloria Sirens, a grass-root movement, is doing to amplify and embolden women’s literary voices and how you can sing along.


The Florida Review: A reading and discussion about the pros and cons of journal contests. Lisa Lanser-Rose and Dan Reiter, Cape Florida Room, Student Union, UCF

7:30 p.m.

The Florida Premiere of The Zero Theorum, a film directed by Terry Gilliam, written by Pat Rushin, and starring Christophe Waltz, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton. Followed by a Q&A with the writer. Classroom Building 2, Room 206

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