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12:30 pm Walk-up Registration, Pre-Registration pickup of credentials, badge, program, swag bag
 
1:30 pm
Pacific Time
03/03/2023
Orientation Session: Welcome, Introductions, What's New / Updates  

1:30 pm
Pacific Time
03/03/2023

Main
Ballroom


Welcome

WC2 Executive Director Tony N Todaro has directed and/or programmed more than 1200 workshops, 200 special speaker events, 30+ conferences, and countless topics over the years. Tony looks forward to sharing a wealth of new and updated topics, plus a few popular favorites by request.

Plus, learn how you can thrive and benefit from this educational and inspiration event.


All
Welcome

1:45 pm
Pacific Time
03/03/2023

Main
Ballroom


Opening Keynote

Description

Speaker


2:15 pm
Pacific Time
03/03/2023

Main
Ballroom


Meet the Agents, Editors, Scouts & Publishers (Friday Session)

You've spent a year or more working on a great novel and now you feel it's ready to be shared with the world. Naturally, the first step is to pitch literary agents and find one who shares your passion for the work and is willing to sign you. While many authors submit countless query letters and emails -- without result, a few wise souls know that agents often look to conferences as a source for new talented writers. It is a unique window to have your work considered firsthand. But what do you say? How do you present yourself and your manuscript in order to have them ask for more?

This panel of agents, editors, and publishers du jour will discuss what they expect and answer your questions. This is an opportunity to hear what each agent needs in order to make a decision. Listen well, then rehearse before scheduling a pitch session with any or all of them later any day at the conference.

Panel of Literary Agents Du Jour


All
Welcome

4:00 - 7:00
Pacific Time
03/03/2023

Registration

 

 

ProCritiques™ with Editors & Literary Agents
1 on-1 Pitch Sessions w/Agents & Publishers

Meet editors, agents and/or publishers for a personal FREE Pitch. Some editors may take new submissions on site. Schedule an appointment at the Registration Desk.  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. A separate fee applies to Advanced Submission ProCritque and Masters ProCritique consultations. Some agents do not read or edit material in advance.

3:45 pm
Pacific Time

Room A


Topic

Description

Speakers


Fiction
Nonfiction

3:45 pm
Pacific Time

Room B

 

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay

3:45 pm
Pacific Time

Room C


Practice Before You Pitch

Before a writer pitches an agentor publisher, you should plan how to get that YES in a few minutes or less. This OPEN table session will allow attendees to practice pitching a coach BEFORE that critical 1-on-1 meet. Come tough and learn how to improve your chances for success. Learn what you may be doing right or wrong. All attendees are welcome to attend as an audience, but NOT comment. This is not your final "at bat" for a pitch. Afterwards, you should feel better qualified to schedule private 1-on-1 pitch meetings either in person or virtually with any of our agents and editors. Our Pitch Coach "green-lit" movies for 15 years in Hollywood.

Pitch Coach

Business

5:00 pm
Pacific Time

Room A

 

Topic

Description

Speakers


Fiction
Nonfiction

5:00 pm
Pacific Time

Room B

 

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay

5:00 pm
Pacific Time

Room C

 

Topic

Description

Speakers

Business

6:15 pm
Pacific Time

Room A

Topic

Description

Speakers


Fiction
Nonfiction

6:15 pm
Pacific Time

Room B

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay
6:15 pm
Pacific Time

Room C

Topic

Description

Speakers

Business

7:30 pm
Pacific Time

Lobby Bar

 

"A Gathering of Writers"
All attendees and guests are welcome to meet and network with the agents, speakers and special guests at a No-host cocktail party. RSVP at Registration Desk.
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8:00 am
Pacific Time
Generative Workshop Breakfast with Art Holcomb
Bring something to write with and write on. Join a group of your fellow writers for a 90± minute round-table discussion and critique. You will go through a series of prompts and exercises that will get your creative juices flowing. No host breakfast. Limited to ten.
Must RSVP by Friday at WC2 Registration Desk
9:00 am
Pacific Time
Walk-up Registration, Pre-Registration pickup of credentials, badge, program, swag bag
 
9:30 am
Pacific Time
Orientation Session: Welcome, Introductions, What's New / Updates  

10:00 am
Pacific Time

Main
Ballroom


Meet the Agents, Editors, Scouts & Publishers (Saturday Session)

You've spent a year or more working on a great novel and now you feel it's ready to be shared with the world. Naturally, the first step is to pitch literary agents and find one who shares your passion for the work and is willing to sign you. While many authors submit countless query letters and emails -- without result, a few wise souls know that agents often look to conferences as a source for new talented writers. It is a unique window to have your work considered firsthand. But what do you say? How do you present yourself and your manuscript in order to have them ask for more? This panel of agents, editors, and publishers du jour will discuss what they expect and answer your questions. This is an opportunity to hear what each agent needs in order to make a decision. Listen well, then rehearse before scheduling a pitch session with any or all of them later any day at the conference.

A panel of the Literary Agents, Agency Scouts Du Jour


All
Welcome

 


11:15 am
Pacific Time

Room A

 

Topic

Description

Speakers

 

Fiction
Nonfiction

11:15 am
Pacific Time

Room B

 

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay

11:15 am
Pacific Time

Room C

 

Practice Before You Pitch

Before a writer pitches an agentor publisher, you should plan how to get that YES in a few minutes or less. This OPEN table session will allow attendees to practice pitching a coach BEFORE that critical 1-on-1 meet. Come tough and learn how to improve your chances for success. Learn what you may be doing right or wrong. All attendees are welcome to attend as an audience, but NOT comment. This is not your final "at bat" for a pitch. Afterwards, you should feel better qualified to schedule private 1-on-1 pitch meetings either in person or virtually with any of our agents and editors. Our Pitch Coach "green-lit" movies for 15 years in Hollywood

Business

12:00 Noon
Pacific Time
03/04/2023

Outdoor
Foyer &
Terrace

Keynote Luncheon

Description

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12:45
Pacific Time
03/04/2023

Room A

Keynote Speaker

Description

REGISTER »»

 

1:00 - 7:00 pm
Pacific Time
03/04/2023

Registration

 

 

ProCritiques™ with Editors & Literary Agents
1 on-1 Pitch Sessions w/Agents & Publishers

Meet editors, agents and/or publishers for a personal FREE Pitch. Some editors may take new submissions on site. Schedule an appointment at the Registration Desk.  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

A separate fee applies to Advanced Submission ProCritque and Masters ProCritique consultations. Some agents do not read or edit material in advance.

1:30 pm
Pacific Time

Room A

Topic

Description

Speakers


Fiction
Nonfiction

1:30 pm
Pacific Time

Room B

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay
1:30 pm
Pacific Time

Room C

Topic

Description

Speakers

Business

2:45 pm
Pacific Time

Room A

Topic

Description

Speakers


Fiction
Nonfiction

2:45 pm
Pacific Time

Room B

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay
2:45 pm
Pacific Time

Room C

Topic

Description

Speakers

Business

3:00 pm
Pacific Time

Room A

Topic

Description

Speakers


Fiction
Nonfiction

3:00 pm
Pacific Time

Room B

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay
3:00 pm
Pacific Time

Room C

Topic

Description

Speakers

Business

4:15 pm
Pacific Time

Room A

Topic

Description

Speakers


Fiction
Nonfiction

4:15 pm
Pacific Time

Room B

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay
4:15 pm
Pacific Time

Room C

Topic

Description

Speakers

Business

5:30 pm
Pacific Time

Room A

Topic

Description

Speakers


Fiction
Nonfiction

5:30 pm
Pacific Time

Room B

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay
5:30 pm
Pacific Time

Room C

Topic

Description

Speakers

Business

7:00 pm
Pacific Time

Lobby Bar

"A Gathering of Writers"
All attendees and guests are welcome to meet and network with the agents, speakers and special guests at a No-host cocktail party. RSVP at Registration Desk.
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9:30 am
Pacific Time
Walk-up Registration, Pre-Registration pickup of credentials, badge, program, swag bag

10:00 am
Pacific Time

Room A

Great Beginnings for Novels  – Your First Line, First Pages

You've heard that if the first paragraph of your novel isn't strong enough, agents and publishers 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 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 six (6) 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.

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Fiction
Nonfiction

10:00 am
Pacific Time

Room B

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 script 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. Screenwriters are advised to network with fellow attendees to read "sides" of the script live for the panel. Time permitting, they may suggest improvements for the samples.

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Screenplay
10:00 am
Pacific Time

Room C

Great Query Letters

You've spent six months to a year developing your new book. Now it's time to find a literary agent or publisher who will deliver it to the public. However, the first item that acquisitions professionals want is a query letter. But how do you condense a year's work into three paragraphs on one sheet of paper? This need not be a daunting document. In this workshop, you will learn how to craft a query letter that sells you and your work. Plus, selected members of the audience will have a chance to read theirs out loud and have them critiqued on the spot. This workshop is intended primarily for authors of fiction, but all paid attendees are welcome to participate.

Bring five (5) copies of your one-page letter. Selected works will be read aloud, so the audience can follow along and learn how an agent or publisher considers the query. Time permitting, they may suggest improving the samples.

Panel of industry professionals tba


Business

11:15 am
Pacific Time

Room A

Topic

Description

Speakers


Fiction
Nonfiction

11:15 am
Pacific Time

Room B

Topic

Description

Speakers


Screenplay
11:15 am
Pacific Time

Room C

Topic

Description

Speakers


Business
12:30 pm
Pacific Time

Room A

Closing Keynote Speaker Address

Plus, we will give away stacks of books, and hold a drawing for free scholarships for the Annual Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference in August (a $500 value).

You must be present to win.

 
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