Each year The Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference showcases Florida’s rich and diverse literary legacy, welcoming writers and literary enthusiasts to historic St. Augustine.

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Thank You!!


Thanks to all of the 2020 Florida Heritage Book Festival Writer’s Conference presenters and attendees for your enthusiasm and energy! Organizing an event such as the Florida Heritage Book Festival takes tremendous energy and dedication. Planning begins a full year before the event! The success of the Festival rests squarely on the shoulders of our exceptional Festival planning team and board members.

Success also takes a great base of sponsorship. We are exceptionally thankful to our 2020 Festival sponsors, including St. Augustine Media, Culture Builds Florida, All-American Air, Herbie Wiles Insurance, and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.

On behalf of the FHBF Board of Trustees, I offer our sincere gratitude for the tireless effort, passion, creativity, time and dollars offered by FHBF’s volunteers and our generous supporters. Thank you for joining us in 2020. You made the FHBF Writer’s Conference a truly remarkable success.

– Debra Rhodes Gibson, President, The Florida Heritage Book Festival, Inc.

Robert Macomber


February 1, 2020: St. Petersburg, Florida. The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Robert N. Macomber of Pine Island, Florida, has been named 2020 Florida Writer of the Year. FWA confers this title annually to recognize outstanding talent in the industry. Past holders include Delilah Dawson, Heather Graham, and Steve Berry.

“It is with great pleasure that FWA bestows the exclusive title of 2020 Florida Writer of the Year on Robert N. Macomber. His literary acclaim, prolific writing, and communication skills make him the perfect honoree. FWA looks for an author based in Florida each year who exemplifies our motto of “Writers Helping Writers” while providing us with riveting reads. Macomber is just that person,” said Chrissy Jackson, FWA’s Director Emerita and Conference Director.


Robert has been a presenters at our Writers Conference and Festivals on several occasions. We’re thrilled that his talent has been recognized by FWA!

Peter Meinke


Peter Meinke is a Florida poet and recently completed his post as the first governor-appointed Poet Laureate of Florida in 2018. His recent interview by the Florida Humanities Council can be download here.

A video of him reading his poem, “Old Homes” can be found here.

Peter and his wife, Jeanne Clark Meinke, were workshop presenters at the 2016 festival.

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