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  West Coast Writers Conferences collaborates with a talented group of industry experts, veteran educators, noted authors and literary agents to develop the roster and curriculum for each conference. We continue to fine-tune the program until the speakers stand at the podium, or take a seat on a panel. Click on a topic for a description of that presentation, or on a faculty name for photos and bios. Program updated periodically until the conference. Attendees will receive a printed copy at registration. Download an advance copy of the program here »»
1:00 Walk-up Registration, Preregistration Credentials, Badge, Maps Pickup,  Information Desk Opens
1:30 Orientation Session - Don't miss the daily update!
  Fiction Nonfiction Screenplay Optional Extras

2:00

Writing Short Stories
for Fun & Profit

(#1100)
Gary Phillips,
Kathy Ide,
Mike Robinson,
Christine Van Zandt
(M)
How To Pitch an
Agent or Publisher

(Friday Edition #900)
Jennifer Azantian,
Steve Hutson,
Paul S. Levine
+Agents & Publishers du Jour
The Mechanics of
Screenwriting

(#1101)
John Gwinner
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
3:15 I Have a Great Idea
for a Book -- Now What?

(#901)
Gemini Adams
Marcie Geffner

Serita Stevens
Cali Gilbert
Do Readers Really
Want the Truth -- Or Sensationalism?

(#1103)

Helga Schier (M)
Michael Fleeman
Morgan St. James
Christine Van Zandt
How Best-Selling
Books Become Movies

(#1104)
Dan Watanabe
Meghan Pinson Revision 101:
DIY and Collaborative Revision

(#1102)

Meghan Pinson
THREE-hour Workshop / Separate fee
4:30 Three Secrets to a
Successful Book

(#1126)
Helga Schier (M)
Pam Sheppard
Claire Gerus

Character vs. Plot --
What Matters Most?

(#1106)
Gary Phillips,
Michael Fleeman,

Sarah Howery Hart
(M)

How Screenplays Differ
from Novels - How to Adapt
a Great Story Either Way

(#1107)
Serita Stevens
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
5:45 Mastering the Skills to
Write Your Novel:
Voice, dialogue, narrative.

(#1108)
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Why A Professional Editor
is a MUST for Every Book

(Friday Panel #1009)
D.H. Brady,
Kathy Ide
,

Marcie Geffner (M),
Mike Robinson

What is "The Writers Journey" and Why Do I
Want to Take It?

(#1110)
Steve Barnes,
Christine Conradt
Dan Watanabe
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
7:00 "A Gathering of Writers" - No-host Networking Dinner
Attendees are welcome to meet the speakers and special guests at a no-host reception. 
Sportsman's Lodge. Patio Café & Bar in the hotel.
 
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9:00 Walk-up Registration, Preregistration Credentials, Badge, Maps Pickup,  Information Desk Opens
9:30 Orientation Session - Don't miss the daily update!
  Fiction Nonfiction Screenplay Optional Workshops
10:00 How To Pitch an
Agent or Publisher

(Saturday Edition #900)
Jennifer Azantian
Paul S. Levine
Claire Gerus,
Steve Hutson, Ken Sherman
Story Structure for
Nonfiction. Why "just the facts" is not enough.

(#1111)
Gayle K. Brunelle,
Marcie Geffner (M)

Cali Gilbert,
Morgan St. James
What Hollywood Really
Wants from You

(#1115)
Art Holcomb
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
11:15 Creating Memorable
Characters to Develop
Your Plot

(#1117)
Aaron Mason, Gary Phillips, Serita Stevens, Sarah Howery Hart, Helga Schier (M)

How to Research A
Fiction or Nonfiction Book and Find the
Most Relevant Points
To Write About

(#1109)
Steve Barnes

Writing a Killer Log line and Synopsis that will make 'em want to read
your screenplay

(#1114)
Christine Conradt
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
12:30 Special Speaker Address     (optional with complimentary light lunch) REGISTER »»
 
Brad Schreiber
"The Role and Responsibility of the Writer"
(#1135)

12:30 lunch & networking, 1:00 Keynote Address & Q&A
2:15 Is Your Style
Character-driven
or Plot-driven?

(#1105)
Morgan St. James
Fiction Writing Workshop:
Point of View

(#1121)
Christine Conradt
The Key to a Great Collaboration
(#1119)
Art Holcomb
Howard Hendrix
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
3:30 Why A Professional Editor
is a MUST for Every Book

(Saturday Panel #1009)
Marla Markman,
Meghan Pinson
Helga Schier,
Steve Hutson
(M)
VOICE Isn't Just
For Fiction. How and Why Nonfiction Writers Need to Develop a Voice in Their Writing, Too.

(#1118)
Gayle K. Brunelle
The Secrets of
Professional Screenwriters

(#1122)
Laurie Lamson,
(M)
Steve Kaplan,
Brad Schreiber, Jule Selbo,
Bruce McAllister, Stephen Jay Schwartz
4:45 Pitchable, Sellable,
Marketable: Make Your
Stories Work For You!

(#1113)
Chris Huntley
How to Write a Nonfiction
Book Proposal That Sells

(#1124)
Gemini Adams,
Michael Fleeman
Andy Ross
Madeline Sharples,
Sarah Howery Hart (M)
Writing A Sex Scene
That Sizzles

(#1125)
Christine Conradt
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
6:30 "A Gathering of Writers" - No-host Bar and Dinner with the Speakers
Attendees are welcome to meet the speakers and special guests at a no-host reception and dinner.
Sportsman's Lodge. River Rock Restaurant, 12833 Ventura Boulevard, to the left of the hotel

 
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9:00 Walk-up Registration, Preregistration Credentials, Badge, Maps Pickup,  Information Desk Open
9:30 Orientation Session - Don't miss the daily update!
  Fiction Nonfiction Screenplay Optional Workshops
10:00 Writing in Other
People's Worlds

(#1132)
Howard Hendrix
How To Pitch an
Agent or Publisher

(Sunday Edition #900)
Andy Ross,
Amy Sterling Casil,
Paul S. Levine
Tony N Todaro (M)
How to
Master Dialogue

(#1127)
Art Holcomb
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
11:15 Query Letters That Work
A Live Read and Critique
of Your Query Letter

(#1128)
Kathy Ide (M),
Andy Ross,
Julie Williams
How To Market Nonfiction
Books to Keep Them
Alive and Selling

(#1129)
Amy Reiley
No Agent? No problem!
How to sell a script
without one

(#1130)
Christine Conradt
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
12:30 Special Speaker Address     (optional with complimentary light lunch) REGISTER »»
1:00 tba Keynote Speaker Address
Houston Howard
"How To Make Your Story Really Stinkin' BIG!"
(#1138)
12:30 lunch, 1:00 Keynote Address
2:30 Conference Ends
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