2011 Other Words Conference

November 10th, 11th and 12th, 2011

Special Thanks, Kudos, and Praise!

Based on all the early indications and surveys, this year’s Other Words Conference was a thoroughgoing success. Thanks to all of you for attending!  You gave memorable, inspiring readings.  Your panels brought fresh ideas and insights.  You made us glad to be there and to be part of such a strong, creative independent literary community.

Special thanks are due to Jim Wilson, Tamara Wilson, and the great group of Flagler College students, who were generous and gracious hosts.  They made us feel welcome  and at ease. The time and attention they devoted to pre-conference planning and arrangements, as well as the nonstop work they did during the time we were on campus kept everything running smoothly.   Rick Campbell also earns our thanks for putting together an outstanding  schedule.  His “Renga” Reading concept opened up the Friday night festival event  to  fresh new expressions of “Other Words.”  The creative writing workshop faculty—Mark Powell, Ira Sukruangruang, and Terri Witek—reminded us of the imagination and craftsmanship at the heart of our work. This year’s workshops had record enrollments, and continue as sources for conversation and influence afterwards.

In short, let’s share a final round of applause and compliments for all concerned—and extend sincere appreciation to Flagler College for the use of their wonderful campus in the heart of the nation’s oldest city.

Over the next few weeks, we hope to post some notes and comments from students—and from any of you who would like to share your thoughts on Other Words 2011.

With thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to all on behalf of all the FLAC Board Members . . .


2011 Other Words dedicated to the memory of Jeanne Leiby

Jeanne Leiby contributed high professional standards as well as contagious energy and enthusiasm to the early years of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition. She was not only a great source for creative ideas, but a strong supporter of good ideas from others. Although she hailed from Michigan, she worked her way south, earning her MFA at the University of Alabama and then winding up in Florida in 2004 when she became editor of the Florida Review. She embraced Florida, and she enlivened and enriched literary arts in the state while she was here. She will be deeply missed.

2011 Other Words Conference
Florida Literary Arts Coalition
St. Augustine, Florida
November 10th-12th, 2011


This year's theme is "Writing for an Audience." Panels will discuss (among other topics) how to determine who your audience is, writing to a community (artists, children, teens, etc.), writing for public readings, writing to get published in literary journals, writing to get an agent's attention, among others. There will also the more pragmatic, nuts and bolts panels about publishing, submitting work, agents, editors, small presses, teaching creative writing, collaboration, and others.


Additionally, daytime reading times of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction will be available.


We will also offer (for a small additional fee) creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and screenplays. Our writing staff (also for an additional fee) will offer individual manuscript consultations or advice for publishing one's work.


Publishers and journals may sponsor readings by their authors by signing up for a table at the book fair and paying a fee above the cost of a table alone.

This information will be posted on the FLAC/Other Words blogspot, Facebook page, and website. (Please see http://flacnews.blogspot.com/ and http://www.floridarts.org/, and become a fan on Facebook.


Further details about scheduling, participating writers, conference hotels, and more will be posted soon.


Conference dates November 10th-12th, 2011


Conference Fees

$80.00 Non-FLAC members conference registration

$50.00 FLAC members conference registration

$120.00 Book Fair table with sponsored reading (includes one personal conference registration)


$100.00 Book Fair table only (includes one personal conference registration)

$25.00 Non FLAC member Student registrations

Creative Writing Workshops ($40 and $20 for students )

Individual Manuscript Consultations ($40.00; 20 pages fiction and nonfiction; 12 pages of poetry)


Publishing Advice Sessions with editors and publishers ($30 for 20 minute session; advisers will not critique work)

Conference Location

Flagler College, 74 King St., St. Augustine, FL, 32085