Florida Outdoor Writers Association


2014 FOWA Conference
September 10-14, 2014

Hosted by Citrus County
Plantation on Crystal River
9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL  34429
(352) 795-4211


FOWA’s 2014 Conference will be held at the Plantation.on Crystal River.  Not only will you experience many activities in the area, including fishing, paddling and shooting, you’ll be enlightened by a lineup of great programs.   Expect to take home stories from our Newsmaker Events as well as some useful information from our Craft Improvement Seminars.  Other events include the annual Al Hubbard Corporate and Tourism Showcase (formerly the ‘breakout’), the FOWA Awards Banquet, as well as the opportunity to help our Scholarship Program with purchases at our famous auction event.   Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau has also lined up an unprecedented number of pre- and post-Conference press opportunities for outdoor communicators.

The Plantation on Crystal River is offering a special rate to FOWA Conference attendees. The special rates will also apply to days on either ‘side’ of the conference dates, should you wish to extend your stay to take advantage of other local opportunities offered by our host. This promotional room rate does not include taxes. The Plantation on Crystal River is a first-rate facility with excellent meeting and banquet facilities as well as access to the headwaters of the Crystal River. The property also has a boat ramp and seawall tie-ups for those wishing to bring their boat.  This “Green Lodging” establishment is making special room rates, starting at $99 per night, available to FOWA attendees. Please to make your reservations soon, by calling (800) 632-6262 and asking for the “FOWA 2014 Group Discount”.

FOWA 4 genmem reg form  General Membership Conference Registration Form

FOWA 14 registration form  Corporate/Tourism Member Conference Registration Form

Conference Schedule 0802   FOWA ’14 Conference Schedule, as of August 2, 2014

FOWA Fishing and Shooting Options    Options for non-anglers/non-shooters at FOWA ’14


2013 Scholarship Awards
Ron Presley (l) and Dorothy Zimmerman (r), standing with 2013 FOWA Scholarship recipient Devan Coffaro, she attended the conference awards banquet at River Ranch where she received special recognitionPhoto ©Tommy Thompson
Ron Presley (l) and Dorothy Zimmerman (r), standing with 2013 FOWA Scholarship recipient Devan Coffaro, she attended the conference awards banquet at River Ranch where she received special recognition.
patrick-rynne-awardPhoto ©Tommy Thompson
Ron Presley (l) and Dorothy Zimmerman (r), standing with 2013 FOWA Scholarship recipient Patrick Rynne, he attended the conference awards banquet at River Ranch where he received special recognition.


Devan CoffaroDevan Coffaro – Devan Coffaro, a junior radio/television major at the University of Central Florida Nicholson School of Communication. Coffaro is already a published writer in various outlets, an avid hunter and an accomplished tarpon tournament angler. She has been a production intern with the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series television show, and currently serves as secretary of the UCF Reel Knights student fishing club.
Patrick RynnePatrick Rynne, a Ph.D. candidate in applied marine physics at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Rynne is the creator and director of The Waterlust Project, a compelling series of short, ocean-related films that explore how people relate to water for recreation, scientific research and creative inspiration. The videos have drawn hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.


FOWA 2013 Conference Wrap-Up
Tommy Thompson, Executive Director

For those of us who write regional fishing reports for Florida Sportsman magazine, there’s an unwritten rule:  don’t mention the weather in your opening paragraph.  However, there are exceptions to that rule and this FOWA Conference wrap-up is one.  Our 2013 Conference, hosted by Visit Central Florida at Westgate River Ranch Resort in Polk County was a huge success, despite being dampened slightly by afternoon thunderstorms and cursed with oppressive heat.  Get the picture?

I’m really sorry that some of you were unable to attend the event.  Nevertheless, we had a big crowd of communicators, tourism and corporate members.  It’s always hard to come up with a “number” of attendees, as some folks arrive late and others leave early, but I do know that we filled over 260 rooms during the course of the Conference.  And that’s what our tourism member hosts want:  heads in beds.

I’ll outline our events, day-by-day . . .




2013 Conference Photo Contest Winners

First Place, JoNell Modys
Second Place, Mark King
Third Place, Logan Fowler
Honorable Mention, Dale Sanders


Congratulations to all, and a big thanks for entering. This year’s Photo Contest drew over 50 entries from our Conference visit to Westgate River Ranch Resort in Polk County.


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