Lynne Barrett Headlines Free Writers Conference

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Dear Writers,

Thank you for your interest in our 14th annual writers’ conference. Once again, we have assembled a variety of accomplished writers, editors, and agents who will present informative workshops, lectures, and panel discussions, addressing differing aspects of writing, editing, publication, and promotion. Past attendees have complimented our conferences on being both informative and inspirational.

This year, we’re pleased to announce that our special guests will be author Lynne Barret and agent Cricket Freeman and publisher Ben Leroy.


They will join our accomplished faculty for another wonderful year of inspiration and education. Past presenters have included, Connie May Fowler, Michael Connelly, Alafair Burke, Jim Pascoe, Jim Huang, Margaret Coel, Benjamin M. LeRoy, Terry Lewis, Lynn Wallace, Mark Ryan, Cricket Freeman, Douglas Wells, Tony Simmons, River Jordan, S. V. Date, and Michael Lister.

We are thrilled to again be holding this year’s conference in the Language and Lit Building of Gulf Coast State College (5230 W. Hwy 98, Panama City, FL).

We have found that each participant in past conferences has added great dimension and diversity to the experience of our conference, so please see yourself not only as a participant, but as a valued contributor to this celebration of craft and artistic endeavor.

Michael Lister

The 14th Annual
Gulf Coast Writers Conference
Registration Form



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• Entire Conference -- every regular session -- FREE
• $25.00 Publishing Intensive Session (How to successfully publish your book)
• $20.00 for a manuscript critique (send 20 pages no later than 8-25-13)
• $20.00 for editor/agent appointment
• $20.00 Keynote Speaker Luncheon

Enclosed is my check in the amount of $__________ for $______ Agent/Editor appointment $______ for Publishing Intensive workshop and $_________ for a manuscript critique, and $_______ for the Keynote luncheon for a total of $_________ (make checks payable to Gulf Coast Writers).

Return this form along with your check made payable to Gulf Coast Writers, P.O. Box 35038, Panama City, FL 32412. For more information call Michael Lister @ 850-628-6028 or e-mail

Gulf Coast Community College is located at 5230 W. Hwy. 98 in Panama City, FL.

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Refund Policy
All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the conference director and postmarked no later than August 25, 2013, after which no refunds can be given.

Cancellation Policy
Gulf Coast Writers reserves the right to cancel, postpone, alter, or limit enrollment in any program due to insufficient enrollment or to other circumstances beyond the coordinator’s control. Gulf Coast Writers will only be liable for program registration fees.

Lynne Barrett is the author of the story collections The Secret Names of Women, The Land of Go, and most recently Magpies, which received the Gold Medal for General Fiction in the Florida Book Awards. Publishers Weekly says of Magpies, “Florida is electric with the tension of ‘all that can happen’—hurricanes, sinkholes, and a boom-and-bust history. It becomes as eerie as it is richly imagined...” Her writing can be found in Real South, Night Train, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Southern Women’s Review, and in many anthologies including Delta Blues, One Year to a Writing Life, Mondo Barbie, Blue Christmas and, forthcoming this fall, Fifteen Views of Miami.

She edited Tigertail: Florida Flash and co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion. She was the founding editor of Gulf Stream Magazine, and is currently editor of The Florida Book Review. Her essay in The Review Review, “What Editors Want,” went viral and was featured in the L.A. Times and reprinted by Glimmer Train.

She has received the Edgar Award for best mystery story, the Moondance International Film Festival best short story award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Born in New Jersey, she lives in Miami and teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University. Learn more about Lynne on her website: