What is the
purpose of each conference?
West Coast Writers Conferences (WC2)
produces several major conferences annually, as well as several retreats, workshops
and events for writers. The purpose of each conference is different.
Between them, you learn all aspects of the craft and business
of writing, creative writing, how to write and market to different
genres, and gain insight into the new paradigms for digital media,
as well as how to Indie publish your work, should you chose to
follow that path.
will find every event informative, educational and inspirational
from (what we call the Triple-A's: Aspiring writers just
getting started, to Active writers with works in progress,
and through Accomplished writers (both traditionally and
Indie published ) who are looking to improve their skills and
broaden their horizons. We
suggest you consult the main page of each conference for details
are the costs -- can I afford this?
Why are your events often less expensive
Admission is always reasonable compared
to other similar events. You can attend for even less if you are a
member of an approved writer's club/group/society, or attend
Los Angeles Valley College, thanks to the IDEAS
program. WC2 also offers financing with no money
down and six months same as cash through PayPal's Bill Me Later
and WebBank. (See the link for terms and conditions.)
The daily Keynote Address (with complimentary
light lunch) is also a bargain if you register early. Rates
will rise at the door. If you are serious about the craft and
business of your writing, you can't afford not to attend these
Who are the speaker/instructors?
WC2 holds events at easy-to-access
locations that are more cost-effective for attendees. We save
hard money with this philosophy, so you save, too. We're writers
who understand that everyone is on a budget. And we have a philosophy
to "under promise and over deliver" so you always feel
that you have received good value.
Can I meet and talk with them?
faculty is composed of industry experts, well-known educators,
award-winning authors, respected literary agents, and publishers
of many genres, all veterans in one or more aspects of
the publishing industry. They are professionals in the mainstream
and on the forefront of the publishing world.
While we invite perennial favorites
back(selected by attendees surveys from previous events) we also
include fresh faces and viewpoints at every opportunity. Consult
individual conferences for a faculty list. You'll be impressed.
What should I bring with me?
Absolutely. Each session include
a Q&A segment, and we encourage networking opportunities
between sessions, during lunch, and afterwards. We encourage
guest speakers to join the audience of other sessions, as many
are friends and enjoy sharing the experience.
Are literary agents required to take
manuscripts to keep attendees satisfied, or are they really interested?
a notebook, spare pens ( we often have extras for free), a
laptop, and comfortable shoes, we suggest you bring business
cards, a synopsis of your current project, perhaps the first
ten pages or three chapters on CDs or a thumb drive, and an open mind.
We also suggest business-casual attire, depending
on the season. And of course, a PMA - Positive Mental Attitude.
It helps keep you open to learn and grow as a writer.
How much time will I have with an agent
/ editor / publisher during the 1-on-1 Sessions?
Literary agents are invited for their expertise
as industry experts, and to have a venue to find talented, new
clients. They are under no obligation to take any attendees
material, but many do. Subsequently, some agents have signed
new authors for book deals and reached publication. We can't
imagine an agent that would honor a stipulation from a promoter
requiring them to take material from attendees. Remember, agents
don't make money until they sell your
book or screenplay. Our roster is genuinely interested if
they say so.
Why should I chose your conferences over
appointment blocks with each professional based on the average
time they want to spend. We do NOT endorse "speed dating" where
someone rings a bell after three to five minutes and you are forced to move
on. Editors have been know to spend an hour with a client, though
that's not usually necessary -- they do their work ahead
of time, so you get the best feedback in a timely fashion.
Sometimes an agent will say "thanks,
but no thanks" within a few minutes. Hopefully they will
explain why. If that happens, please be gracious, accept their
input, and move on. If an agent is interested in your project,
and the next appointment has arrived, they have the option to
schedule extra time to meet with you either at a later hour or
date. We want to speed you to success, but not any faster than
works for both parties.
How do I find the location?
This answer may surprise you – try
to attend as many educational events for writers as you can afford.
Most have something to contribute to your career as a writer.
Some are too expensive, or offer an unfocused theme.
That said, is it our goal to offer the most informative sessions,
current topics and learned voices in the industry. We want to
inspire and motivate you to improve your writing and chances
for success. Therefore, if you can only afford to attend one
conference, we hope you will chose this one, with our humble
Where should I stay - do you have a
We have a bevy of maps, details and
Is there a code of conduct?
have a terrific bargain with freebies and bonuses at the official
hotel here »
Everyone asks: Why do different sections
of your website have different background colors?
common civil courtesy and be respectful of all speakers and attendees at all times -- whether or not you agree with their point of view. Bullying
and disrespectful behavior will earn the offender an instant
exit from the conference with no refund.
We also ask that you avoid political and
religious arguments. WC2 events offer an educational and inspirational
experience for writers of all genres and disciplines, not a
platform for political or religious commentary. Violators will
not be invited back.
WC2 strives to have a diversity of opinion,
so that you hear all sides of an issue. Expect to receive
a variety of answers to your questions and advice for success.
Retain what works for you while respecting the opinion of others.
Because WC2 produces multiple
events annually, and the color coordination helps differentiate
and give each a personality within the common theme. The main
site reflects a vintage earth tone palate, while the Greater Los
Angeles Writers Conference has a brown background, the Digital
Author Conference has a reddish background, and the Masters Workshops
have a silver/platinum background. Sections common to all events
are also in the vintage brown.