The 16th FWA Writers Conference — Was 19-22 October 2017 in Orlando, Florida. M.J. got to hang out this time and play Meet ‘n Greet at registration and then dress up like an adult and make sure RPLA winners didn’t miss a step in their excitement and do a faceplant on the stage. As always, the bar was the center of networking. Much fun was had by all.
The Tallahassee Writers Conference – Was on 22 April 2017 at the Agustus B. Turnbull Conference Center. M.J. presented Using Scrivener Effectively. It was great fun and a beautiful setting. Two days spent that close to state government and neither of us burst into flames. Bonus.
The 15th FWA Writers Conference — Was 20-23 October 2016 in Orlando, Florida. M.J. presented Scrivener Basics, Beyond The Hero’s Journey, and was part of The Prometheus Saga panel discussion.
The Tallahassee Writers Conference — September 2016 – Cancelled due to weather 🙁
The Superstars 2016 Writing Seminar — February, 2016. Hosted in Colorado Springs, CO at the Hilton Antlers, this is simply the seminar to attend when preparing to kick a writing career into pro mode. The Faculty included Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, James A. Owen, Peter Wacks, Brandon Sanderson, and Eric Flint, to name a few. M.J. was honored to present a workshop on Scrivener basics.
Space Coast Writers Guild — On the afternoon of the 17th, M.J. held his talk “How to Describe Injuries From the Character’s POV.” A special thanks to Scott Tilley for the invitation to address his fine group.
The FWA Writers Conference — On Saturday, 17 October, 2015, M.J. was at the FWA Conference with as much of The Prometheus Saga group as can attend to sign copies of the first edition of The Prometheus Saga full print anthology. Festivities start at 9:00 a.m. at the Lake Mary Hilton.
American Christian Fiction Writers – Orlando Chapter — On Saturday, 15 August 2015, M.J. was invited to Kristen Stieffel’s group at Grace Presbyterian Church to discuss word processor pros and cons, novel organizing software (Mac & PC), how to set styles in various word processors, and switching to Scrivener. It was a comfortable, warm atmosphere with lots of time for individual questions and answers. Thanks, Kristen.
FWA Orlando — On Wednesday, January 7th , 2015, author and speaker, MJ Carlson joined Rik Feeney’s Orlando group at the University Club to discuss: common word processor pros & cons (PC & Mac), common novel organizing software (PC & Mac), and how to make Word behave––setting up MS Word for (almost) painless ebook uploading. It was a lively and fun discussion, addressing as many questions as time allowed. Thank you, Rik.
Fellow author Bria Burton’s reading & booksigning — 15 November, 2014 M.J. surfaced with Sparkle on Saturday at Wilson’s Book World at 2394 Martin Luther King St. (formerly 9th St. North, when he lived there and shopped at Wilson’s) to support fellow Alvarium author Bria Burton’s book signing and Florida Bookstore Day.
http://kenpelham.com/ Actually not an appearance, per se. More of an etherial manifestation, award-winning author and friend, Ken Pelham (Brigands Key, Place of Fear, and Tales of Old Brigands Key) invited me to answer a few questions (no bright lights or rubber hoses this time, whew) about my talk on describing injuries in fiction. Please check it and his books out.
The Superstars 2014 Writing Seminar — February, 2014. Hosted in Colorado Springs, CO at the Hilton Antlers, this is simply the seminar to attend when preparing to kick a writing career into pro mode. The Faculty included Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, James A. Owen, Peter Wacks, Brandon Sanderson, and Eric Flint, to name a few. This seminar is unique in that it is geared, not to improving craft, but toward to professional side of writing. Lectures included things like: Reading and understanding contracts with publishers, finding an agent, basic copyright law, the future of publishing, and professionalism in writing. Well worth the time and effort, it was a great place to meet and socialize with some of the biggest names in Fantasy and Science Fiction in the last twenty years as well as the next generation of great authors.
The Florida Writers Association Annual Writers Conference — October, 2013 MJ would like to thank the coordinators of the Florida Writers Conference in Lake Mary, Florida for inviting him to present his talks “You Broke What? — Writing Believable Injuries,” a newly updated interactive talk about effectively describing the symptoms of acute injuries for writers and “Mincing, Chopping and Otherwise Processing Words — The Right Tool For The Job,” an interactive talk about choosing the best writing software for articles, short stories, novels and screenplays geared toward writers at this year’s conference. The following are some of the comments we received: Really enjoyed the details and the approach, very informative and great handout notes. – The slides, energy, humorous speaker. = Very realistically oriented. Never let this guy go! – Topic was presented with real professionalism & useful for my characters’ injuries. – Great topic. – His ability to transfer knowledge to writers’ needs for fiction. – Where can you get this info?! Terrific. – Good technical detail. – Good personality, very knowledgeable! – Experience/informative. – Lots of great info. He is very knowledgeable. – Very important, answered my questions. – Visual presentation, explanation of great notes.
Christian Fiction Writers Group — Saturday, June 22, 2013 M.J. presented “You Broke What? — Writing Believable Injuries;” an interactive talk about effectively describing the symptoms of acute injuries for writers and had a great time. Special thanks to Kristen Stieffel and to her writing group for their enthusiasm.