St. Petersburg: Home of the 32nd Annual Florida Literacy Conference

Registration is in full swing for the 32nd Annual Florida Literacy Conference which will be held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel  from May 4th-6th. Be sure to register now to enjoy our early bird pricing.* With hotel amenities and the many attractions St. Petersburg has to offer, everyone is sure to have an enjoyable experience during their stay.


Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront • 333 1st St S • St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Conveniently located about 25 minutes from the Clearwater International Airport, the Hilton boasts plenty of amenities.  Daily parking will be available for $6. Guests of the conference can enjoy a discounted room rate of $116 available for stays anytime from May 2nd through 9th. This room offer is only available until April 11th. Reserve your room today!

The Hilton Bayfront is located in the center of many attractions. Keep reading for a brief overview of what St. Petersburg has to offer.

*valid until March 5th

Dali Museum

dali museumGo and experience the results of a collaboration turned friendship between two of the 20th century’s world-renowned artists: Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination is an exhibit that displays the world shared by these two giants of imagination.* It will take you through paintings, story sketches, photographs, audio, and more that detail the friendship and professional relationship these two cultivated. Also be sure to explore the rest of the museum during this family friendly activity.

*runs January – June

Museum of Fine Arts

Florida-St-Petersburg-Museum-Fine-Arts-Front-FacadeLocated only half a mile from the hotel, the Contemplating Character Exhibit at the museum is just one of the exhibits that will be available for viewing at the Museum of Fine Arts. Go and explore the Neoclassicist, Romanticist, and Realist art styles of the 18th and 19th centuries in an exhibit that features 150 rare portrait drawings and oil sketches of artists, their loved ones, and famous figures. It even includes portraits of George Washington and author Oscar Wilde.


If you’re looking for a meal between your conference sessions or a nice drink to end the day, Tangerine restaurant and the Dali Bar are conveniently located in the hotel.  If you’re exploring the area around the hotel and get hungry, choose from multiple restaurants such as Gratzzi Italian Grille, Z Grille, Meze 119, or Crowley’s Downtown.

                Be sure to check back for future spotlights on attractions!


Social Media at Conference

The Opening General Session is only ONE WEEK away! Can you smell the Tampa Bay water yet??

One of our final posts before workshops start is to go over social media. We will be blogging during conference and giving recaps of great sessions and events. If you were at a session and had an amazing experience, let us know! We can set it up so you can blog during your breaks at one of the computer stations donated by Florida TechNet. You also can reflect on the experience as a whole and submit something after you’re back home. Either way, we’d love to hear about your experiences.

We’ll also have a text/twitter updates going on. If you text “Follow FlaLitCon2012” to 40404, you can get text message updates on room changes, silent auction updates, and session reminders. If you plan on checking twitter frequently, follow us at @FlaLitCon2012.

For those who love tweeting great ideas! Be sure to include #flalitcon so those not at the conference can follow the conversation.

Don’t forget to check out our Conference Pinterest to stay updated on all the hotspots and happenings!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Yari Payne, CMP: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

I personally love traditions and what a better time than Christmas to remember them.  For the newbie’s or novice Florida Literacy Conference attendees this is traditionally when all the trimming (details) are placed on the conference website. Like, the dates and location- May 9-11, 2012 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.

The 2012 Florida Literacy Conference planning has begun and is in full swing. As the event planner, this is truly my favorite time of the year. It’s the beginning when everything starts to take shape.

And it wouldn’t be possible without presenters. A BIG thanks to everyone who has submitted a proposal to present at the conference. If you haven’t submitted something yet, it’s not too late! You can submit a conference concurrent session before January 23rd. Conference presenters get a discounted conference rate of $210.

FLC along with our committee planning committee (elves) are working hard to recruit speakers and create a truly unique conference experience in St. Petersburg.

You can help too! I’m sure you

  • Know someone who rocks at their job,
  • Attended an amazing presentation recently, or
  • Read a great new resource,

Reach out via email, phone, or social networks and ask them to submit a proposal before January 23rd.

While I’m super excited at what January will bring in terms of announcements, you will just have to stay tuned in. Let’s hope Santa got my FLC Christmas list.

Stay connected via Facebook, twitter (#flalitcon), and now LinkedIn for future conference updates!