Southern California Writers’ Conference

A Weekend for Words • September 20-22, 2013
Whether you’re a writer just starting out, a writer looking to get   professional feedback on your work, a writer at the ready, or a writer simply   wanting to hang with other writers, join us for the Eleventh Annual Southern   California Writers’ Conference *LA (in Newport Beach) in September.

Presidents’ Day Weekend • February 14-17, 2014
A writer is a writer, before, as well as after publication. However, any   number of how-to books combined might not provide the one answer that can   make the difference between being published or not. Rejection by an editor or   agent seldom yields the reason as to why a manuscript doesn’t grab them, and   almost never reveals how it can be fixed to ensure it will.
Founded and run by professional writers the SCWC provides veteran and   emerging talent with authoritative feedback to help distinguish those   manuscripts that are ready for market consideration, facilitating nearly $4   million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals. Offering extended   one-on-one evaluation of material and dozens of interactive workshops, the   SCWC is among the only conferences specifically tailored to provide   comprehensive feedback on your work.
Along with the read & critiques run during each session, many interactive   problem-solving and assignment-oriented workshops are also available, as well   as plenty of other opportunities to sidle up next to editors, agents,   executives, and other authors joining us to discuss things on a more intimate   level.
So whether you’re a writer who can’t figure why your work’s not working, a   writer simply in search of answers, a writer wanting feedback on what you’ve   written, a writer who doesn’t know where to start, or just a writer who wants   to hang with other writers, join us for the 28th Annual Southern California Writers’   Conference *San Diego.

A Weekend For Words
Sep 20 – 22, 2013
Venue: Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach   CA (Map/Directions)
28th Annual Southern California Writers’   Conference (and Retreat)
Feb 14 – 17, 2014
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hanalei San Diego, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San   Diego CA (Map/Directions)

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Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference and Pre-Conference 

Experience an autumn weekend of literary inspiration on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound.

OCTOBER 4-6, 2013 • 28th ANNUAL

A well-established conference and regional favorite, WRITE ON THE SOUND presents over thirty workshops by noted authors, educators, and trade professionals who share their talents and literary visions.
A variety of intimate, high quality workshops offer an affordable experience for writers of all levels. Pre-conference workshops are offered on Friday afternoon. In addition to two full days of workshops on Saturday and Sunday, the conference features a keynote address, on-site book shop, manuscript critique appointments, and a themed writing contest. On Saturday evening, relax and get to know fellow writers and conference presenters at a book signing and casual reception overlooking the sunset on Puget Sound.
Edmonds, known as an arts community, is located 20 minutes north of Seattle, 45 minutes from SeaTac airport. With outstanding views of the water and the Olympic Mountains to the west, Edmonds has a charming downtown with a variety of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, and a regional performing arts center.

Focus is on the craft of writing. 4 sessions/day & a choice of 4 workshops/sessions within each time slot, Saturday keynote, reception, pre-conference critique sessions & workshops on Friday, writing contest.

Venue: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds WA (Map/Directions)

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The Lost Art of Personal Writing 

The Art Colony, Grand Marais, Minnesota August 17-18

What role does writing play in your life? What role would you like it to play? These workshops are designed to spark creativity and motivate the writer in you. You will examine various genres, including journaling, memoir, poetry, and fiction, as well as the truly lost art of letter writing. In a small community of writers, you will be encouraged to explore and expand your unique voice, style, and purpose using your personal writing as the foundation. Writing is an important art form that is easily accessible. All you need is a journal, your favorite pen and — your imagination.

Peter Blau works in a variety of venues, including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The small workshop size of approximately fifteen people allows him time to give participants personal support and encouragement. His goal is to provide a safe, confidential environment allowing participants to move through their own personal growth and writing journey. Peter focuses on the writing process as a pathway to creativity, imagination and self-discovery, and particularly enjoys watching people realize that they can write.

Macalester College is located in the center of St. Paul’s historic Summit/Grand neighborhood, a lovely setting for imagining and writing.
The Art Colony is in the quaint village of Grand Marais on Lake Superior’s North shore.

They each provide an ideal environment to enhance your writing weekend.

Contact: or 651-698-5615.

Advance! – Writers Bootcamp 

Attend Writers Advance Bootcamp and be entered to win a book contract!
Join us for classes on: Feb 21 – 23, 2014
Venue: Billy Graham Training Center, 1 Porters Cove Road, Asheville NC (Map/Directions)
Platforms Are Not Just A Pair of Shoes – Vonda Skelton – Build your speaking platform in ten minutes
What’s the Big Idea? – Yvonne Lehman – Discover your genre, break into print with your voice
Keep Up the Pace – Mike Dellosso – Pace yourself, your novel and your writing career
I’m a SOCIALite – Edie Melson – Learn the basics of Hooting, Tweeting and Facing
Suessology – Terri Kelly – Discover how Dr. Suess developed his writing style and why Green Eggs and Ham is a recipe for success
Hook an Agent – Diana Flegal – Catch the eye of an agent, editor and publisher
Devote to Devotions – Cindy Sproles – Write devotions with life-changing results
Point at Who? Point of View! – Ann Tatlock – Get ahead in your writing by staying in the head of your character
On the Clock – Mike Dellosso – Manage your time: become a full-time writer this year
How to Have Magazine Editors Calling YOU!– Vonda Skelton, Write top-notch articles magazine editors are begging for
Small Isn’t So Bad – Eddie Jones – Launch your book publishing career with a small press
Murder on a Manuscript – Andrea Merrell – Save your manuscript -practice defensive editing
Your Social Media Report Card – Edie Melson -Advanced social media and how to make it work at maximum speed
Shovel & Pick – Jonathan Clements – What publishers look for and how you can get them to pick your manuscript