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  pensWest Coast Writers Conferences collaborates with 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 speaker stand at the podium, or takes a seat on a panel. Click on a topic for a description, or click on a faculty name for their bio & photo. Programs are subject to change for all the usual reasons and are updated periodically. Attendees receive a printed copy at registration, plus there are daily updates at the orientation sessions Friday and Saturday.
   
Program / Schedule for Friday January 27, 2017 Saturday » | Sunday »
12:30 Walk-up Registration, Preregistration Credentials, Badge, Maps Pickup,  Information Desk Opens
1:30 Orientation Session & Daily updates
  Genre Fiction General Fiction Screenplay & Media Optional Extras
2:00 panel How To Pitch an
Agent or Publisher

(Friday Edition #0900)
Paul S. Levine, Amy Sterling Casil,
Steve Hutson, Ken Sherman,
Sara Stratton
, Toni Robino
Tony N. Todaro
(M)
Not 'Slumming' Anymore: Speculative Fiction Has Gone Upscale -- Now What?"
( #1601 )
Howard Hendrix, Marc Scott Zicree,
Craig Miller(M), Joel Eisenberg
Intensive Workshop
with David Gerrold

11:00 am-7:00 pm
Separate Full Day with
Workshop Tuition
3:15 I have a Great Idea …
Now What?

(Fearlessly Developing
Your First Draft)
( #1511 )
Robert Yehling, Sheila Finch,
Mike Robinson, Elaine Ash (M)
Things I Wish A Pro
Had Told Me When I First Started Writing

( #1305 )
Gayle Murphy, Whitney Davis,
Sarah Howery Hart
How to Write / Script a Professional Graphic Novel
( #1604 )
Neo Edmund, Sarah Beach,
Gary Phillips
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
Editors & Agents

4:30 Dating Frankenstein -
Writing Disturbed and Disturbing Characters

( #1610 )
Devo Cutler-Rubenstein,
Howard Hendrix,
Sarah Howery Hart
(M)
Plot or Character –
What Is More Important?

( #1402 )
Steven Barnes, Joel Eisenberg,
Toni Robino, Elaine Ash (M) Peter Myers,
Magic – What Is It
and how Should it Work?

( #1607 )
Carl Nelson,
S.P. Hendrick,
Marc Scott Zicree,
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
Editors & Agents
5:45 “Gort: Kattu Barada Nicto” Alien and Fantasy Languages
– Making Them Believable

( #1606 )
Sheila Finch
Will Morton
"Stealing" From The Best
( #1609 )
S.P. Hendrick, Maggie Secara,
Paul S. Levine, Robert Yehling
Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror All-Stars
( #1615 )
Laurie Lamson, (M)
Pamela Jaye Smith,
Devo Cutler-Rubenstein
Pen Densham
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
Editors & Agent
7:00 "A Gathering of Writers" - No-host Networking Cocktail Party
Attendees are welcome to meet the speakers and special guests at a no-host reception
in the Culver Lounge, Lobby Floor
 
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Program / Schedule for Saturday January 28, 2017 « Friday | Sunday »
9:00 Walk-up Registration, Preregistration Credentials, Badge, Maps Pickup,  Information Desk Opens
9:30 Orientation Session & Daily updates
  Genre Fiction General Fiction Screenplay & Media Optional Extras

10:00

The Promise of the First Page (Bring us your worst –
we’ll help make it your best)

( #1611 )
Deanna Brady, Sheila Finch,
Whitney Davis,
Sarah Howery Hart
(M)
How To Pitch An
Agent or Publisher

(Saturday Novelist Edition #0900)
Lisa Abellera, Jennifer Azantian, Paul S. Levine, Katherine Sands, Charlotte Gusay, Toni Robino,
Tony N. Todaro
(M)
Getting into the Studios & Production Companies without an Agent
( #1612 )
Craig Miller, Joel Eisenberg, Deborah Pratt, Dan Watanabe
panel
11:15 How Can You Make Steampunk Work
in Your Next Novel?

( #1621 )
Tim Powers, Leslie Ann Moore, Craig Miller, Carl Nelson (M)
How to Get
Great Book Reviews
Frugally and Ethically

( #1629 )
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Structuring Your Novel
vs. Writing By The Seat
of Your Pants

( #1608 )
Robert J. Sawyer, Larry Niven,
Jerry Pournelle, Elaine Ash (M)
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
Editors & Agent
12:30 Saturday Keynote Address ( with complimentary light lunch) REGISTER »»
  TBA
Robert J. Sawyer, Guest of Honor
"Science-fiction Publishing:
What they don't tell you about the realities of
traditional and independent publishing."

(Educational, Inspirational #1614)
2:30 World Building -
How To Create Locations
that Come Alive

( #1613 )
David Gerrold, Tim Powers,
Carl Nelson (M)
How the Pros Edit and
Polish Their Work

( #1618 )
Steven Barnes, Larry Niven,
Jerry Pournelle,
Art Holcomb, Deborah Pratt
Getting More Out of Social Media: New Ways to Query and Pitch Your Book
(#1427)
Lisa Abellera
Literary Agent
Special Presentation
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
Editors & Agents
2:30-6:30
Various Locations

3:45 Occupy Earth –
When the Aliens Win…

( #1617 )
Gary Phillips, Howard Hendrix Nathan Walpow,
Richard Brewer (M)
Perfect Pitch Clinic
(#1635)
Katherine Sands
Literary Agent
Special Presentation
Writing the Superhero Movie/Screenplay
( #1625 )
Deborah Pratt
Peter Myers, Joel Eisenberg,
Scott Rubenstein
New Member Mixer
Greater Los Angeles Writers Society Member Presentation
by RSVP
3:00-5:30
Marina Rooms E&W
5:00 Undeniable Plausibility, or How To Make Rubber Science Sound Convincingly Real
( #1623 )
David Gerrold,
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Howard Hendrix
Tips for Aspiring Authors
to Edit Their First Draft
and When to Hire A Pro

( Novel/Prose Edition #0147)
Elaine Ash, Barbara Ardinger, Deanna Brady, Mike Robinson Robert Yehling
The Fine Art of Writing
Contemporary Fantasy

( #1616)
Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer Marc Scott Zicree
panel
6:30 "A Gathering of Writers" - No-host Bar and Dinner
Attendees are welcome to meet the speakers and special guests during a no-host reception at the Hotel Restaurant.
 
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Program / Schedule for Sunday January 29, 2017 « Friday | « Saturday
9:15 Walk-up Registration, Preregistration Credentials, Badge, Maps Pickup,  Information Desk Opens
  Creative Writing General Fiction Marketing Optional Extras
10:00 Techniques for Editing
Your Own Work and
When to Hire a Pro

( Screenplay Edition #1312)
Whitney Davis,
Sara Anne Fox,
Dan Watanabe,
Sarah Howery Hart (M)
The Essential Steps to Building Your Story
Masters Workshop Introduction
( #1521 )
Art Holcomb
Branding YOU!
Because the Most Important Story You need to Tell
Is Your Own

( #1633 )
Desiree Duffy
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
Editors & Agents
10:00-12:00

11:15 Query Letter Workshop (Bring us your worst – we’ll
help make it your best)

( #1628 )
Sheila Finch, Whitney Davis,

Sarah Howery Hart (M)
Christine Van Zandt
Self-Publishing:
the Reality, the Myth,
the Good and the Bad

( #1626 )
Robert J. Sawyer, Paul S. Levine, Amy Reiley, Art Holcomb
How To Market Your Books
and Yourself
Like a RockStar

( #1630 )
Craig Duswalt
1-on-1 ProCritiques™
& Pitch Sessions

Appointments with
Editors & Agents
10:00-12:00

12:30 Sunday Keynote Address (optional with complimentary light lunch) REGISTER »»
  panel
"The Business of Writing 2017"

Agents, Attorneys, and a tax consultant discuss copyrights, trademarks, tax deductions,
and the legalities of being an author)

(Educational, Motivational #1337)

Paul S. Levine, Steve Fisch (M), Lisa Abellera, Toni Robino, Scott Rubenstein, Katherine Sands
3:00 Conference Concludes - Thank you for attending!
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