Press release: – Friday, February 15, 2019, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, the Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF), in conjunction with Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA), will hold its annual Writers’ Workshop at Florida State College Jacksonville (FSCJ) Nassau Campus. The featured luncheon speaker is Steve Berry, whose books have sold 22 million copies in 51 countries, and have been translated into 40 languages. The workshop is part of the Amelia Island Book Festival, which runs from February 14-16.

Mr. Berry, who will answer attendees’ questions, is the New York Times and internationally best-selling author of historically based novels, including The Bishop’s Pawn, The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Paris Vendetta, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room.

AIBF Writers’ Workshop comprises two tracks (attendees are welcome to select sessions from both tracks): Publishing 101 and The Craft of Writing.

TRACK 1 – Publishing 101 includes Book Publishing Options with the author, bookstore owner Patti Brassard-Jefferson; Publishing Essentials with award-winning author, publisher Jane R. Wood; Marketing in Person with award-winning author, FAPA Director Rocky Porch Moore; Marketing Online with the author, therapist, professor Dr. Donna Jennings (aka Dr. J).

TRACK 2 – The Craft of Writing, includes Make a Scene with author, publisher Patricia Charpentier; Writing Kick-ass Characters with author, publisher Steve McCondichie; Moments in Memoir with Patricia Charpentier; Secrets of Writing Award-Winning Young Adult Novels with author Christina Benjamin.

Tickets for the Writers’ Workshop are available online at Event check-in starts at 8:00 am, and the day includes a box lunch, as well as snacks and beverages throughout the sessions. Tickets are $100. The event is being held at FSCJ Nassau Campus, Bean Technical Center, 76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097.

Manuscript Critics Available
In addition, author and publisher Steve McCondichie will conduct one-on-one, 15-minute manuscript critique sessions with Writers’ Workshop attendees who apply in advance. Mr. McCondichie is co-founder of Southern Fried Karma, an Atlanta-based multimedia company that is cultivating the artistic voice of the New Millennium with a local accent and establishing a fresh state of mind. For more, visit

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 non-fiction, submit a 21-page book proposal; deadline to apply for a critique is February 2; apply at There is a $50 fee for a critique, which supports AIBF’s “Authors in Schools” Literacy Program. “Authors in Schools” gives each student in Nassau County, FL a free book, along with the opportunity to meet an author, as each school in the county will be visited by one or more of the AIBF authors during the book festival.

The AIBF Writers’ Workshop Presenting Sponsor is of Jacksonville, FL. The Gold Sponsor is the Institute for Enterprise.

For more information visit, or phone 904.624.1665.

Attention high school seniors and college student: Our Gold Sponsor, The Institute for Enterprise, is offering five scholarships to enterprising would be authors to attend this workshop. If interested, please send an email to with the subject line WRITERS WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIP to receive an application.