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pens West Coast Writers Conferences works with a talented team of industry experts, veteran educators, noted authors and literary agents to develop the roster and curriculum for each conference. We fine-tune the program right up until the speakers stand at the podium or take a seat on a panel. Therefore the schedule is subject to minor updates. For a description of a topic, double-click on the title, and/or double-click on a faculty name for a pop-up window with a bio of the speaker. Download a PDF of the previous program here
12:30 Walk-up Registration, Pre-Registration pickup of credentials, badge, progam, swag bag
Information Desk Campus Center, First Floor
1:30 Orientation Session
  Creative Writing Digital Author Indie Publishing Optional

2:00

How To Pitch an
Agent or Publisher

(Friday Edition #0900)
Lisa Abellera, Megan Close
Paul Levine, Steven Hutson
Tony N. Todaro (M)
Self-Publishing: the Reality, the Myth, the Good and the Bad
(#1404)
J. L. Doty,
Brittany & Brianna Winner
Amy Sterling Casil,
Phil Giangrande (M)
panel
3:15 What Comes First -–
the Plot
or the Characters?

(#1402)
Serita Stevens
Write Your Great Book
to Be a Great
Audiobook, Too

(#1417)
Dean Sluyter
How to Design A
Self-Published Book to Look Professional

(#1401)
Patty Blue Hayes
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents

4:30 Writers In Collaboration
- Working with a Partner

(#1406)
Joni Labaqui (M)
Brittany & Brianna Winner
Gayle K. Brunelle
"Going Digital? Indie Publishing? You Still
Need To Tell A Story"

(#1405)
Sara Anne Fox
Techniques for Editing
Your Work & When
to Hire a Pro
(Friday Edition #0147)
Deanna Brady,
Mike Robinson,
Laurel Anne Hill
Phil Giangrande (M)
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents
5:45 Things I Wish a Pro Had
Told Me When I First
Started Writing
(#0657)
Patty Blue Hayes
J. L. Doty,
Brittany & Brianna Winner
Stephanie Storey,
Phil Giangrande (M)
Blogging Your Way
to a Stronger
Author Platform
(Without Going Crazy!)
(#1409)
August McLaughlin
What Authors Should Have Prepared Before They Query an Agent or Publisher
(#1407)
Natalie Obando-Desai
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. Location to be announced.
 
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9:00 Walk-up Registration, Pre-Registration pickup of credentials, badge, progam, swag bag
Information Desk Campus Center, First Floor
9:30 Orientation Session (Fireside Room CC 101)
  Creative Writing Digital Author Indie Publishing Optional
10:00 How To Pitch an
Agent or Publisher

(Saturday Edition #0900)
Lisa Abellera
Megan Close,
Paul Levine
Ken Sherman
Steven Hutson
Digital Publication:
How to Format It Easily and Simply with Word
-
Part One
(#1411)
John Gwinner
The Buddy System:
The Benefits of Working
with a Book Shepherd

(#1412)
Marla Markman
keynote
11:15 How Authors Go From
Fingers to Keyboard
to Dollars in The Bank

(#1413)
Paul S. Levine
Digital Publication:
How to Prep Your MS for
Ebook Digital Uploads

Part Two
(#1411)
John Gwinner
Building A Platform
and Social Networking

(#1414) Chris Bailey (M),
Madeline Sharples

Eleanor Vincent
Liz Donatelli
Russell Nohelty,
Rozine
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents

12:30 Keynote Speaker Address      (optional with complimentary light lunch) REGISTER »»
 

Keith Ogorek at WC2 DA+SP 2.0 Keith Ogorek
Senior Vice President of ASI, Marketing

"Six Tips to Fulfill Your Resolution to Become a Published Author"
(#1416)
12:30 lunch & networking, 1:00 Keynote Address & Q&A

2:15 What Good Writers Do Badly: Writing Mistakes
and Missteps That Even
the Best Writers Make

(#1408)
Megan Close
Public Relations for Authors: The Right Path
to Getting Media Attention for Your Book

(#1419)
Natalie Obando-Desai
Crush it Crowdfunding: The 7 Steps to Funding Your Crowdfunding Campaign
(#1418)
Russell Nohelty
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents

3:30 Techniques for Editing
Your Work & When
to Hire a Pro
(SAT. Edition #0147)
Deanna Brady,
Sara Anne Fox,
Marla Markman,
Marcie Geffner
(M)
The Age of the
Digital Creator

(#1403)
Steven Barnes
Art Holcomb
Amy Sterling Casil
plus panel

How To Sell a
TON of Books
Part 1

(#1410)
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents

5:00
Keith Ogorek at WC2 DA+SP 2.0 A Special Speaker Event Sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

Keith Ogorek
"Why Hollywood Wants Your Book
And What You Can Do to Seize The Opportunity"

(#1423)
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. Location to be announced.
   
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9:30 Walk-up Registration, Pre-Registration pickup of credentials, badge, progam, swag bag
Information Desk Campus Center, First Floor
  Creative Writing Digital Author Indie Publishing Optional
10:00 How To Network Your
Book Into a
Film or TV Deal

(#1435)
Joel Eisenberg
Why Print Books Aren't Going Away - Combine
E-books and Print to Reach Readers

(#1426)
Amy Sterling Casil
Getting More Out of
Social Media:
New Ways to Query and Pitch Your Book

(#1427)
Lisa Abellera
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents

11:15 Media Training for
Writers 101

(#1428)
Saida Pagan
How To Use Amazon
to Help You Sell A
TON of Books

(#1430)
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Build a Platform
that Agents and Publishers Will Love

(#1421)
Megan Close
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
editors & agents

12:30 Special Speaker Address       (optional with complimentary light lunch) REGISTER »»
1:00 Publishing Industry Roundtable
A Panel of Literary Agents, Publishers, and Industry Experts Discuss everything
from copyrights to trademarks to New Paradigms for Publishing and more

(Educational, Inspirational #999)
Lisa Abellera, Amy Sterling Casil, Megan Close, Paul Levine, Steven Hutson, Angela Hunt , Steven Fisch (M)
Sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
2:30 panel panel
  Conference wrap up - Thank you for attending!
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