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pensThe Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference offers individual tracks for Aspiring, Active and Accomplished writers. Each track provides an educational and/or inspirational topic in a progressive stream over three days. This allows you to learn at a comfortable level with other writers of similar interests and disciplines. Register Now! You may jump from one track to another at any time, or over a period of days, experience as many as you can. Its your choice!

Friday June 16, 2017 (2018 coming...) Saturday » | Sunday »
1:00 pm Walk-up Registration, Preregistration Credentials, Badge & Maps Pickup, Information Desk Opens
1:30 Orientation Session - All Registered Attendees and Faculty

2:00

panel

Learn How To Pitch a
Literary Agent or Publisher

(Friday Edition #2001)
Literary Agents du jour
Agents tba
keynote
  Aspiring Active Accomplished +Screenplay Optional Events
3:15

Spring-boarding Ideas:
How to Jumpstart Your
Writing Project

(#1700)
A.G. Billig (M),
Leslie Ann Moore, Robert Yehling

Start with a BANG -
Writing a Killer Opening
For Your Novel That Sells

(#1701)
Whitney Davis
Spotlight Speaker
Great Beginnings --
Crafting the First Page of Your Screenplay to be Great!

(#1702)
Dan Watanabe (M)
Sara Anne Fox, Christine Conradt
Ian Blake Newhem Deborah Pratt
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents

3:15 - 6:00
4:30 How to Win the
Novel Writing Game

(#1703) DP
Elaine Ash
Spotlight Speaker
Query Letter Workshop
(Bring your letter-in-progress)
(#1628)
Derek Taylor Kent (M)
Paul S. Levine
Lisa Abellera

How To Sell E-books
GLOBALLY
with KOBO Writing Life

(#1705)
Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Spotlight Speaker

1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents

5:45 Point of View: What is it?
How do I use it? And why
does it matter?

(#1706)
Helga Schier
Spotlight Speaker
Things I wish a Pro had
Told Me When I First
Started Writing

(#0657)
Desireé Duffy (M), Howard Hendrix, Mike Robinson, Sheri Fink
Russell Nohelty
, Nora Flite
The Business of
Screenwriting

(#1707)
Paul S. Levine
Kathie Fong Yoneda
Deborah Pratt, Joel Eisenberg
Craig Miller (M)
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents

7:30

"A Gathering of Writers"
No-host cocktail party with the speakers and agents
All attendees and guests are welcome to meet and network with the speakers and special guests
Location tba

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  Saturday June 17, 2017 (2018 coming...) « Friday | Sunday »
7:30 Literary Breakfast with Art Holcomb
Join this popular author/editor/educator/screenwriter for a roundtable discussion
+Q&A on the craft of writing. No host breakfast. Nominal charge for workshop.
9:00 am Walk-up Registration, Preregistration Credentials, Badge & Maps Pickup, Information Desk Opens
9:30 Orientation Session - All Registered Attendees and Faculty - Ballroom A
  Aspiring Active Accomplished +Screenplay Optional Events

10:00

Plotting vs. Writing With
Your Pants Down –
What Works, When and Why…

(#1709)
Whitney Davis
Spotlight Speaker
How To Pitch a Literary
Agent or Publisher

(Saturday Edition #0900)
Literary Agents du jour
Paul S. Levine, Lisa Abellera,
Katharine Sands, Whitney Davis,
Kari Sutherland,
Hollywood 101 –
Working with the Studios

(#1710)
Deborah Pratt, Dan Watanabe
Art Holcomb, Christine Conradt
Kathie Fong Yoneda
Craig Miller (M)
panel
11:15 Crafting Compelling Characters
and The Lives They Lead

(#1711)
Elaine Ash (M)
Russell Nohelty, Christine Conradt Derek Taylor Kent, Helga Schier
Leslie Ann Moore
Spotlight Speaker
New day and time!
From Idea to Book or to the Screen: Your Story’s (Possible) Literary and Legal Journey
(#1714)
Whitney Davis, Joel Eisenberg
Paul S. Levine, Kathie Fong Yoneda
Sara Anne Fox (M)
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & literary agents
12:30 pm TBA Mark Lefebvre
"There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be A Writer"
(Educational, Inspirational #1715)
Ballroom A

Keynote Address (optional with gourmet buffet and beverages) REGISTER »»
2:15 Great Beginnings: How to Be Sure That Your Opening Is a Page-Turner
(#1716)
(Bring your first page for a LIVE anonymous critique)
Deanna Brady, Sarah Beach
Sara Anne Fox, Mike Robinson
Sarah Howery Hart
(Reader, Moderator)
Top Ten Mistakes
Writers Make

(#1717)
Helga Schier
Spotlight Speaker
Marketing Yourself
and Your Books
in the 21st Century

(#1718)
A.G. Billig (M)
Russell Nohelty, Sheri Fink,
Desireé Duffy, Elaine Ash,
Nora Flite, Cali Gilbert
GLAWS
New Member Mixer

(#1721)
(Open to members of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society) GLAWS Membership Badge Required for admission
Leslie Ann Moore, Marco Subias
3:30 It All Begins With Craft: How "Writing Short" is Important
(#1720)
Howard Hendrix
Spotlight Speaker
Mistakes Authors Make with
Their Book's Digital Marketing –-
and How to Fix Them

(#1728)
Desireé Duffy
Spotlight Speaker
Beyond the First Draft –
How to Successfully Edit
Your Screenplay

(#1723)
Art Holcomb, Sara Anne Fox
Mark Sanderson, Joel Eisenberg
Craig Miller (M)
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & literary agents

2:15 - 6:00
4:45 Essential  Steps to
Building A Great Story

(#1521)
Art Holcomb
Spotlight Speaker
Help, My Novel Has Fallen
Over and I Can’t Get Up
-
Dealing with Writers Block

(#1725)
Sarah Howery Hart
Elaine Ash
The Perfect Pitch Clinic
(#1635)
Katharine Sands
Spotlight Speaker
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & literary agents

6:00 Writing Believable Dialog
(#1727)
Robert Yehling
Spotlight Speaker
Beyond the First Draft –
How to Edit Your Own Novel,
and When to Hire A Pro

(#1719)
Matthew Arkin, Deanna Brady
Whitney Davis, Mike Robinson
Helga Schier

No PR budget? No Worries:
How to Obtain thousands of dollars
in free publicity for you & your book
s

(#1729)
Sarah Howery Hart
Spotlight Speaker
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & literary agents

7:30 "A Gathering of Writers" - No-host Dinner with the speakers and agents
All attendees and guests are welcome to network at a no-host dinner. Location TBA
9 pm till ??? Renegade Late Night Read and Critique Workshop
with Robert Yehling

(#2000)
An after hours opportunity for registered attendees to bring their work-in-progress and participate in a late night live editing session
with a Master Editor. Limited seating. Fee.
 
9:30 Walk-up Registration, Pre-Registration pickup of credentials, badge, program, swag bag
10:15 am - 12 noon ProCritiques™ with Editors
Master ProCritiques™ w/ Agents

1 on-1 Pitch Sessions w/Agents & Publishers

Meet editors, agents and/or publishers for a personal consultation to pitch, discuss and improve pre-submitted pages of your manuscript. Schedule an appointment at the Registration Desk. Some editors may take new submissions on site. A separate fee applies to ProCritque and Masters ProCritique consultations. Some agents do not read or edit material in advance. We recommend you attend the Friday and Saturday "How to Pitch" sessions in order to help identify the best professional for your individual genre and material.

SIGN UP at 1-on-1 Registration Desk

10:00 am - 12:15 pm

Great Beginnings for Novels – Your First Line, First Pages

You hear from editors and agents that if the first paragraph of your novel isn't strong enough, they won't read the first page, let alone the first fifty. Learn to separate fact from fiction and remain true to your story. Learn to draft a first line that will grab an acquisition editor and announce your authority as an author. This will cover first pages, first chapters, and first characters. This is a unique opportunity for you to learn how pros consider the merits of the material and the intent of the author, then offer improvements covering everything from glaring grammar errors to story-structure flaws to the overall storytelling and more.

Bring 5 copies of your first 2 pages. Selected works will be read aloud, so the audience can follow along and learn how an agent or publisher reviews a manuscript. Time permitting, they may suggest improving the samples.

A panel of literary agents, acquisition editors, and publishers
 

10:00 am - 12:15 pm

Great Beginnings for Screenplays– Your First Line, First Pages

You hear that if the first paragraph of your script isn't strong enough, the studios and producers won't read the first page, let alone the first fifty. Now you can learn how to separate fact from fiction and remain true to your story. Learn how to grab the attention of an agent and announce your authority as an screenwriter. This workshop will cover first pages, first chapters, and first characters. This is a unique opportunity for you to learn how pros consider the merits of the material and the intent of the writer, then offer improvements covering everything from story-structure flaws to the overall storytelling and more.

Bring 5 copies of your first 2 pages. Selected works will be read aloud by actors or audience members for each part, so the audience can follow along and learn how a producer or agent reviews. Time permitting, they may suggest improvements for the samples.

A panel of screenwriters, studio veterans, and special guests
12:30 Keynote Address / Luncheon  (optional with complimentary light lunch) REGISTER »»
1:00

The Annual Business of Writing Roundtable

What is the difference between a copyright and a trademark? When is my work protected? What can I legally deduct from my taxes as a writer -- even if I’m not published, yet? When do I need a literary agent and how do I catch one’s attention. What are my responsibilites after signing? What alternatives do I have if a publisher wants all the domestic, international, Ebook, Audio, and Film rights to my work? How do I protect my work online, or in a writing group? What are the dos and don’ts of publishing and self-publishing?

Learn the answers to these important questions and more from this distinguished panel of industry experts, including literary agents and CPAs, plus an entertainment industry attorney who has worked for major studios on over 60 motion pictures and series for CBS/Viacom and Fox; and the writer of more than 30 produced episodes for television, including Cagney & Lacey, MacGyver, Star Trek TNG and many more. Get the latest information that affects your business today, and in the future.

Sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society and featuring an all-pro industry panel.

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