The College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University will be offering a two-day conference for writers. The “Expressions Writers’ Conference” is open to participants of all interests and experience levels desiring to polish their skills in the arts of writing, storytelling and communication. The annual conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2019. Now in its third year, this unique conference combines inspiration and technique, equipping attendees in all fields of writing.

The first session begins at 9:00 a.m. on March 8, 2019, with the conclusion of the seminar the following day on March 9 at 1:00 p.m. “Expressions Writers’ Conference” takes place on SEU’s main campus in Lakeland, FL. An advanced registration of $50 is required to participate. Tickets can be purchased at

Through a combination of pragmatic workshops and seasoned guest speakers, attendees will participate in sessions designed to refine their craft.  World-renowned and local professionals will share their experiences and key elements to storytelling and publishing. Whether writing is a hobby or full-time career, this conference will leave attendees with practical knowledge on how to improve and advance their writing.

This year, “Expressions Writers’ Conference” will focus on the importance of storytelling across genres with experienced fiction writers, novelists and poets, who will demonstrate their processes for crafting and designing stories.

Participating this year as the keynote speaker is Josip Novakovich, world-renowned author of the fiction craft book “Fiction Writer’s Workshop. Novakovich has received a multitude of awards for his works, such as the Whiting Award, The National Endowment of the Arts fellowship (twice), an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He was anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize (three times), and O. Henry Prize Stories. Kirkus Reviews called Novakovich “the best American short stories writer of the decade.” In 2017, his work “Tumbleweed” was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

In addition to Novakovich, this year’s lineup will include Joni M. Fisher, Jamie Beckett, Donna Kelly, Carol J. Post, Dr. Paul E. Linzey, and Ana Coton, as well as faculty members of SEU’s Department of Humanities.

“‘Expressions will have several award-winning authors that will guide us through the process of discovering ideas, plotting them out, using description to bring the story to life, building memorable characters, and then taking the written story and editing it ‘down to the bones,’” states Professor Hannah Benefield, the coordinator for the conference. “In addition, we have genre break-out sessions, panel discussions and a book signing. It is an action-packed two days that will leave you with the keys to unlock the potential of your next story.”

For more information regarding event details and registration, call the Department of Humanities at (863) 667-5113 or email

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