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The Genre-LA Creative Writing Conference is the perfect venue for you to learn from almost  50 literary agents, best-selling authors, editors, publishers, industry experts, Hollywood veterans, educators, and publishing professionals. Over 8 days and 5 nights, they will share their expertise in the craft and business of writing to help take your writing to the next level and guide your career on the path to success.

This event offers workshops for Aspiring, Active and Accomplished writers of fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting. Each topic offers an educational and inspirational experience in a stream of learning that progresses throughout the event. This methodology allows you to participate and learn at a comfortable level and speed with peers of similar interests and disciplines.We reserve the right to update and improve the schedule based on the availability of the best educators, agents, editors, publishers, and best-selling authors. Register Now!

Before the conference starts, attendees will receive a coded password to access the final program
using the "Link to Event" buttons for each virtual meeting or webinar.
2021 Program/Schedule
GENRE-LA™ is presented as a 9-Day/Night VIRTUAL program with consecutive topics. Instead of being limited to attend only of 1/4 of the event  (as with an In-Person multi-track event with workshops running concurrently opposite each other) you are able to attend virtually everything from beginning to end.
(The "Link to Event" bars only functions for paid attendees during the conference).


Day 01Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
Friday October 22, 2021   TOP^

6:00 PM
Pacific Time

(Solo Spotlight)

How to Use Zoom Technology for This Virtual Conference

A live, interactive tutorial to help you enjoy the conference to its fullest. We show you how to personalize for free Zoom for the event so you look good and sound the best possible, as well as stay linked to every topic. We update this presentation to explore the best and most requested features of the Zoom virtual platform, and provide an opportunity to ask questions.


Nic Nelson

Virtual Events Manager

Click to Link to Event

7:00 PM
Pacific Time

(Solo Spotlight)

Welcome and Opening Remarks

WC2 Executive Director Tony N Todaro has directed and/or programmed more than 1200 workshops, almost 200 special speaker events, 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.


Tony N Todaro
Executive Director

Click to Link to Event

7:30 PM
Pacific Time

Increase the Enjoyment of Your Creative Writing

In a rapidly changing and increasingly distracting twenty-first century world, there often seems to be little the writer can control. This keynote will reveal the techniques to help you spend more time in the flow zone, free of distraction and communing with your Muse, so that your writing experience can become as intrinsically rewarding and productive as possible.

Athletes call it “being in the zone.”  Musicians call it “getting into the groove” or “being in the pocket.”  Martial artists and Zen mediators call it mushin or wuxin – “the mind without mind.”  Computer software developers speak of it as “being wired in” or in “hack mode.”  Psychologists call it “flow state” and have defined it as the experience in which “a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.” 

Writers speak of it as being “out in the flow zone,” that space where the time just goes and it’s hard to tell whether it’s the writing that flows or the flow that writes.  Little wonder the ancient poets gave credit to those goddesses of inspiration, the Muses, for what they experienced in their work.

Learn how challenges and skills can synergize to make you a better writer with a more satisfying writing process!

Howard V. Hendrix

(Keynote Presentation and Live Interactive Workshop)

Click to Link to Event

Saturday October 23, 2021Literary Fiction   TOP^

8:00 AM
Pacific Time

 

Writers Digital Coffee Klatch

A very popular event at our conferences is the opportunity to gather with popular author / editor / educator / screenwriter Art Holcomb for a round-table discussion + Q&A on the craft of writing. Even though we are meeting virtually, attendees can still participate in this popular round-table event, updated into a coffee klatch. Just click the special link (to be provided to attendees) and have a leisurely coffee and networking discussion with Art.

We may even include coffee packs in the swag bags we send to attendees by mail.


Art Holcomb
Click to Link to Event

9:30 AM
Pacific Time

Saturday Orientation and update

Yes, the world can change in a day. So can topics and speakers. Join us for the latest info to help make your event experience the most informative, educational, and enjoyable.

Tony N Todaro &
Event Officials

Click to Link to Event

10:00 AM
Pacific Time

Presented by:

How To Pitch an Agent or Publisher
 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.

Ken Sherman
Andy Ross
Paul S. Levine

Literary Agents,
Scouts & Publishers

Tony N Todaro(M)

Click to Link to Event

11:45 AM
Pacific Time

The Art and Craft of Story Openings

"Hook them from the first sentence." We've heard that time and time again, but what exactly does that mean? How do you do it? Join this panel of authors and editors as they gives examples of memorable story openings, examines why and how those openings work so well, and explores the ways writers can apply those techniques to their own work.

 

Sara Anne Fox
Thomas Allbaugh
Michael Tabb
Daniel C. Lorti

Nic Nelson(M)

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1:00 PM
Pacific Time

How the Hero’s Journey Revolutionized Genre Fiction

When writing genre fiction, it’s important to understand how the Hero’s Journey plays into the structure of your story.  By analyzing six popular films, (Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Matrix, Spider Man, The Lion King and Lord of the Rings), we will discuss how you can use Joseph Campbell’s infamous journey template and make it your own. This class will give you a fresh perspective on your story! 

Howard V. Hendrix
Jordan Bartlett

Nic Nelson(M)


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2:15 - 3:15 PM
Pacific Time

(Solo Spotlight)

7 Reasons Why Hollywood Could Lose Interest In Your Book - and 7 Ways You Can Increase Your Chances for Success!

The demand by Hollywood for interesting ideas and stories has never been greater, and they love to find that content in books. Yet many times authors don’t include (or incorporate) some basic things that make Hollywood want to option a book and develop it for the screen. There might be initial interest because of a compelling title or summary, but they don’t move forward to finalize a deal.

Working with authors and Hollywood over the past decade, ALC President Keith Ogorek has seen this happen too many times. In this webinar, he will share 7 things he has observed that cause interest to wane and 7 things you can do to avoid these mistakes and take advantage of the growing demand for content in Hollywood.

Keith will answer relevant questions live, in-person

panel

Keith Ogorek
President, ALC

Click to Link to Event

3:30 PM
Pacific Time

(Solo Spotlight)

Working With A Literary Agent, Questions & Answers

If you are seeking to get your book published, the first step is usually   finding an agent to represent you.  We will discuss how to decide when your book is ready for submission, how to do research on agents, writing effective query letters, preparing book proposals that are convincing to agents and  publishers, and describing the work of the agent in negotiating a contract.


Andy Ross
Literary Agent

Click to Link to Event

4:45 PM
Pacific Time

The Evolution of a Query Letter

In this class we will learn the essentials of composing an effective query letter for your book. We will discuss the proper length and format, what kinds of information agents want to know, what types of pitches are convincing and to avoid. Participants should bring draft query letters to the class. We will analyze and edit. We will also discuss how to go about researching and developing a list of agents for your submission.

 

J. A. Crawford
Debra Eckerling
Laurie Lamson

Tony N Todaro(M)

Click to Link to Event

6:00 PM
Pacific Time

(Solo Spotlight)

Why A Synopsis Is Notoriously Hard to Write
(and Ways to Do It Right)

Seasoned editor Nic Nelson explains the three types of synopses, when you'll need each one, and how to write them. Once you understand what each one entails, you'll stop confusing them and start getting them right!

This workshop will include detailed outlines and writing prompts for each kind of synopsis, and real examples of at least the first two kinds... you'll discover why the third kind is so rarely shared!

Nic Nelson

(Solo Spotlight)

Click to Link to Event

7:15 - ? PM
Pacific Time

Social Networking with Attendees (YOU) and Faculty

Most virtual events don't provide the opportunity or time to network with other attendees or speakers. Well, this is your opportunity to "meet and greet" other members of the conference. So, mix up your favorite libation, pull up a comfortable chair in front of your computer, and feel free to spend the evening in a hospitable environment with your fellow writers, peers, and friends.

(The FREE Read and Critique session will be held Sunday night)


Hosted by

Arnie Cantarero

Click to Link to Event

Sunday October 24, 2021 Non-Fiction, Self Help, Educational   TOP^

9:45 AM
Pacific Time

Orientation and update

Join us for the latest info to help make your event experience the most informative, educational, and enjoyable.

Tony N Todaro
& Event Officials

Click to Link to Event

10:00 AM
Pacific Time

 

How To Pitch an Agent or Publisher

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. agent and client 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?

Join this panel where the agents, editors, and publishers du jour will discuss what they expect and answer your questions. This is NOT a pitch session, rather an opportunity to hear what each agent needs to hear in order to make a decision. Listen well, then rehearse before scheduling a pitch session with them later that day at the conference.

Helga Schier
Steven Hutson
Toni Robino

Literary Agents,
Scouts & Publishers

Tony N Todaro(M)

 

Click to Link to Event

11:45 AM
Pacific Time

Things I Wish a Pro Had Told Me When I First Started Writing

Becoming a writer and then a published author is a steep, steep learning curve. Even for those with prior experience and previously published books, the rapidly changing landscape of the industry means you can easily make mistakes; in your writing, pitching, marketing and certainly when it comes to finding and signing a deal with a publisher or entering the shark-infested waters of the self-publishing pool. The aim of this session is to keep you safe, strong and smart as you progress in your work and career.

(We cover this topic regularly, each time with new authors and voices of professionals.)

C. R. Rowenson
Neil V. Young
Jason Offutt,
Daniel C. Lorti

Debra Eckerling(M)

Click to Link to Event

1:00 PM
Pacific Time

Understanding the Different Kinds of Editors,
and How to Find the Right One for You

When most people think of editors, they imagine someone scrutinizing a paper, their pen dripping with red ink. Some editors like to edit the old-fashioned way, but for the most part, editors are simply people who tweak, fix and enhance the content you write. Their invaluable corrections and advice can make a boring piece of content flourish. Selecting the right editor for your project depends on your needs and, sometimes, your budget. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the different roles editors can play in getting an article or a book published.

Helga Schier
Deanna Brady
Mike Robinson
Sara Anne Fox
Joy Lanzendorfer

Nic Nelson(M)

Click to Link to Event

2:15 PM
Pacific Time

Writing for Healing: Coping with Pain, Grief, and Loss

This has been a rough couple of years. Many people have suffered in many ways—and yet, haven't we always? Writing can be a powerfully creative and restorative process, whether you come to it during a global crisis or a personal one. Learn how different approaches to writing have helped others cope with pain, grief, and loss; learn how you can embrace writing as a coping skill, as a therapeutic outlet for yourself, and possibly for your readers too, if you choose to share it.

Neil V. Young
Beth Kilpatrick
Madeline Sharples
Morgan St. James
Mike Rumley-Wells

Nic Nelson(M)


Click to Link to Event

3:30 PM
Pacific Time

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal that Sells

Nonfiction authors have a special task of developing a Book Proposal that actually speaks for them -- even before the book is written. This panel will explain the elements of the proposal, and how to structure a successful one. Learn the essential steps to conceptualize and plan a nonfiction book that agents want to represent and publishers want to buy.

Ken Sherman
Paul S. Levine
Toni Robino
Madeline Sharples

Debra Eckerling(M)

Click to Link to Event

4:45 PM
Pacific Time

Learn to Write Better Dialog for Your Novel
by Drafting a Screenplay

Some writers complain that they can write a good novel, but their dialog between characters falls flat and can feel phony.  Perhaps one good exercise is to write these scenes like a screenplay and then adapt the work to your novel. Conversations must flow organically between characters, and never feel forced or stilted. Characters feel more real when they communicate more like real people, and not just for the sake of exposition.This panel will discuss the pros and alternative methods to achieve conversational success.

Christine Conradt Devo Cutler-Rubenstein
Laurie Lamson
Michael Tabb

Sara Anne Fox(M)

Click to Link to Event

6:00 PM
Pacific Time

Read and Critique Workshop - Fiction & Non-Fiction

Would you like feedback on your work additional to the quick pitch meeting? What is it like to work with a critique group of good, focused writers?

This is an opportunity for registered attendees to participate in a live editing of their work-in-progress. Fuel up on caffeine, drink and words, and join us for Renegade Late Night Read & Critique.  It is an amazing creative experience — not to be missed.

Have a few pages of your manuscript to read and share, and enjoy the feedback exchange!

Attendees
YOU

Deanna Brady
Marco Subias

Lillian Todaro(M)

 

Click to Link to Event
Various days
& Times
1 on-1 Pitch Meets with Agents, Scouts, Editors, and Publishers 1-on-1 Consultations

Subject to
individual
availability

Meet top industry professionals for a personal consultation to pitch, discuss and improve pre-submitted pages of your manuscript. Schedule In-Person meets and appointment at the Registration Desk. Schedule Virtual meets and appointments by calling our 1-on-1 studio. Some 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. Consult the wcwriters.com website for details.

We recommend that you attend the "How to Pitch" sessions in order to help identify the best professionals for your individual genre and work.

Reserve an appointment
by calling the
"1-on-1 Desk"
at 310.379.2650

Meetings are held via Zoom or phone
in confidence.

Monday October 25, 2021 Suspense/Thrillers/Mysteries   TOP^

5:00 PM
Pacific Time

Mystery, Thriller, and Crime Novels: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to twenty-first century Americans’ tastes in fiction, few genres sell better than crime, mystery, and thriller. The best books in these genres are gripping, suspenseful, and full of intrigue until the very end. They routinely top New York Times bestseller lists, and many spawn larger series, leaving enthralled readers eager for each new book. While closely related, crime novels, mystery novels, and thrillers are not synonymous genres. Each has its own idiomatic characteristics and attracts a specific audience.

THis panel will discuss what works and when.

Marcy McCreary
J. A. Crawford
Daniel C. Lorti
Neil V. Young

Brennan Harvey(M)

 

Click to Link to Event

6:15 PM
Pacific Time

When One Villain is Not Enough

Without Voldemort, Harry Potter is just another young wizard. Without Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes is just a know-it-all in a weird hat. Without the Joker, Batman is just a rich dude with anger issues and too much time on his hands.

Villains are essential. Without them, our heroes can’t shine. That’s why it’s important to give our villains scenes where they can wow us with their quirks and scare us with their ferocity.

So what makes a great villain? And what happens when you have a jaded reader, who decides that one villian is not enough? There must be secrets to write villains who are topped by a greater protagonist to really make your protagonist a hero and your story memorable.

Morgan St. James
Wendy Kendall
Daniel C. Lorti
Helen Power

Tony N Todaro(M)


Click to Link to Event
7:30 PM
Pacific Time

Carissa Ann Lynch

Carissa Ann Lynch is the USA Today bestselling author of the Flocksdale Files trilogy, Horror High series, Searching for Sullivan, 13, 13: Deja Vu, Grayson’s Ridge, Shattered Time, Things Only the Darkness Knows, Shades and Shadows, and This Is Not About Love. She resides in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with her husband, children, and collection of books. Besides her family, her greatest love in life is books. Reading them, writing them, holding them, smelling them…well, you get the idea. She’s always loved to read and never considered herself a “writer” until a few years ago when she couldn’t find a book to read and decided to try writing her own story. With a background in psychology, she’s always been a little obsessed with the darker areas of the mind and social problems.

Read More from Carissa Ann Lynch Join Carissa’s mailing list: http://eepurl.com/chb46z Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarissaAnnLynchauthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/carissaannlynch Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Carissa-Lynch/e/B00REPXXW6/ Website: https://carissaannlynch.com

Previously recorded with no Q/A afterwards.

Interviews with Best-Selling Authors
hosted by
Arnie Cantereo

Click to Link to Event

Tuesday October 26, 2021Speculative Fiction & Fantasy   TOP^

5:00 PM
Pacific Time

Building a Marvelous, Believable Magic System

Magic systems vary from colorful bears with tummy badges to ritual blood sacrifices. Magic isn’t real, so it can be anything we want. But that doesn’t mean all magic systems work equally well for stories. But it does need to be well-planned and consistent to avoid annoying plot holes. Learn to add realism and depth to your world while still leaving room for new and interesting changes.

C. R. Rowenson
Laurel Anne Hill
Brennan Harvey
Chrome Oxide

Brandie June(M)

Click to Link to Event

6:15 PM
Pacific Time

What if? The Appeal of Speculative Fiction

The impossible becomes possible and what doesn't exist becomes real -- that, in a nutshell, is speculative fiction. Speculative fiction embraces so many genres (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, paranormal/supernatural fiction, urban fiction…) that you might wonder whether there is any common ground at all.

Authors Jordan Bartlett (fantasy), Christian Klaver (YA fantasy), Elijah Menchaca (fantasy), Jason Offutt (horror, sci-fi), Bryan Prosek (YA sci-fi) discuss the different paths they took to create a speculative world. Join us to explore the obvious and subtle commonalities in the many answers to What if?

Jordan H. Bartlett, Christian Klaver, Elijah Menchaca, Jason Offutt,
Bryan Prosek

Josh Chamberlain(M)

Click to Link to Event

7:30 PM
Pacific Time

Cat Rambo

I’m primarily a writer of fantasy and science fiction, although I do some editing work (the most recent example is The Reinvented Heart, co-edited with Jennifer Brozek, coming out from Arc Manor Books in February of 2022). I came through the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2005, where I studied with Octavia Butler, Andy Duncan, L. Timmel DuChamp, Connie Willis, Gordon Van Gelder, and Michael Swanwick. I’ve also got an MA in Writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where I studied with John Barth and Stephen Dixon.

I won a Nebula Award in 2019 for my novelette, Carpe Glitter, and I’ve been nominated for a Nebula for my short story, “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain” and a World Fantasy Award for my work with Fantasy Magazine. My work has appeared as a finalist for the Million Writers Award and the Compton Crook Award for First Novel as well as on the Locus Recommended Reading List. I’m a two-term President of SFWA (The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and have previously served as its Vice President, giving me five years on the board. I still volunteer with the organization. I’ve written two nonfiction books, Creating an Online Presence, which is aimed primarily at fellow writers looking to build their web presence, and Moving From Idea to Finished Draft as well as co-edited Ad Astra: The SFWA 50th Anniversary Cookbook with Fran Wilde.

I’ve got over 250 original fiction publications under my belt so far, with stories appearing in places such as Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and Tor.com, and another hundred or so reprints in a variety of languages. If you’d like to read some of my work, you can find links to a lot of it on my fiction page or by looking on Amazon and Smashwords. I’ve published five solo collections, including Altered America, Near + Far and Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight, as well as a joint collection with Jeff VanderMeer, The Surgeon’s Tale and Other Stories. My most recent novel is Exiles of Tabat, published by Wordfire Press, and the most recent story collection is double-sided fantasy collection, Neither Here Nor There from Hydra House.

Previously recorded with no Q/A afterwards.

Interviews with Best-Selling Authors
hosted by
Arnie Cantereo

Click to Link to Event

Wednesday October 27, 2021Historical Fiction TOP^

5:00 PM
Pacific Time

Basing Your Fiction On Historical Facts

Learn the different ways and the best places to find primary sources, and then how to use your material in a novel.  This is also an overview with lots of tips for researching a book or a story. We'll answer the questions: can you change historical facts for fiction? How to you spot anachronisms? And more.

How do you make the past feel real on your page? Learn how these pros use research bring realizm to a science fiction or fantasy novel, as well.

Jeri Westerson
Laurel Anne Hill
Brandie June
Daniel C. Lorti

Kim Gottlieb-Walker (M)

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6:15 PM
Pacific Time

Is Historical Fiction More Popular Than Ever?

Famous essayist and diarist Anaïs Nin used to say, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Nowhere is that more true than in historical fiction, which allows readers to step inside the minds of those who have shaped the world we live in, and to imagine the all-too human side of history. This panel will explore reasons for the popularity.

Daniel C. Lorti
Joy Lanzendorfer

Nic Nelson(M)

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7:30 PM
Pacific Time

Lara Prescott

ara Prescott is the author of The Secrets We Kept, an instant New York Times bestseller and a Hello Sunshine x Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. The Secrets We Kept was an Edgar Award nominee for Best First Fiction, winner of the 2020 Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery, and winner of 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award in Fiction. The Secrets We Kept is Lara’s debut novel and will be translated into over 30 languages and adapted for television by The Ink Factory and Marc Platt Productions. Lara received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She studied political science at American University in Washington, D.C. and international development in Namibia and South Africa. Prior to writing fiction, Lara worked as a political campaign consultant.

Lara's writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, and more. She lives in Portsmouth, NH with her husband, son, cats, and dog.

This was previously recorded and there will be no Q/A afterwards.

Interviews with Best-Selling Authors
hosted by
Arnie Cantereo

Click to Link to Event

Thursday October 28, 2021Memoirs, Autobiographical  TOP^

5:00 PM
Pacific Time

(Solo Spotlight)

Avoiding Legal Entanglements with Biographies

Biographies are grouped into two categories: biographies written with the subject’s permission and cooperation, aka authorized biographies, and biographies written without the subject’s permission and cooperation, aka known as unauthorized biographies. The former tends to suggest a puffy publicity piece. The later tends to suggest a forbidden sense of controversy, like a “kiss and tell” book written by a former employee, paramour, or confidante of the biography’s subject. If you intend to write an unauthorized biography, learn about the legal challenges you might encounter and what you can do to lessen your level of risk.

Dan Watanabe

Greg Victoroff, Esq.

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6:15 PM
Pacific Time

How to Develop Your Memoir with Appeal to the Widest Possible Audience

What makes “Eat, Pray, Love,” “The Liar’s Club” or “Angela’s Ashes” garner dazzling reviews or make readers weep or howl with laughter? How do you impose order on a thousand memories? Why is it important to resist the temptation to summarize your life?

In this workshop, we’ll identify what makes great memoirs unforgettable, as well as identify moments from your own life: the lowest ebb, the most unusual, shattering, funny or triumphant incidents that reveal your character and move readers.

Thomas Allbaugh
Deanna Brady
Monica Faulkner
Kim O'Hara
Morgan St. James

Debra Eckerling(M)

 

Click to Link to Event

7:30 PM
Pacific Time

Marion Roach Smith

Marion Roach Smith is a non-fiction author and a former staff member of The New York Times who advocates "the power of the personal narrative". She has been teaching sold-out memoir classes for more than 20 years. She now teaches online. The author of four mass-market books, she is a former staff member of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Prevention, New York Daily News, Vogue, Newsday, Good Housekeeping, Discover, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. Marion has been a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and was a long-time daily show host on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Previously recorded with no Q/A afterwards.

Interviews with Best-Selling Authors
hosted by
Arnie Cantereo

Click to Link to Event

Friday October 29, 2021Y/A  TOP^

5:00 PM
Pacific Time

(Solo Spotlight)

Illustrating Children's Books

Children's books not only become beloved because of a fantastic story, the illustrations allow the book to become legend. This panel focuses on the process of illustrating children's books from beginning to end. Topics include, Choosing the right artist, Story Mapping the work together, Budget, Creative Control, and Rights to Artwork.

Christopher Paniccia
Gridiron Publishing

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6:15 PM
Pacific Time

Finding Your Niche In the Market

"Know Thy Audience" is one of the first commandments of successful publishing, and learning about the average reader of your genre is a good start. But what if your story or your voice isn't typical of your genre? What if your work blends elements of different genres? What if you're tired of writing for "a demographic" and want to write for real people instead? Come learn the magic of finding your niche and the specific humans who define it. 

 

Jordan Bartlet
Devo  Cutler-Rubenstein
Laurel Anne Hill


Nic Nelson

 

Click to Link to Event

7:30
Pacific Time

(Solo Spotlight)

Explore the Coming-of-Age Genre

Whether you’re writing a screenplay, stage-play, novel, or short story, “Coming-of-Age” is a classic popular genre that can stand alone or blend with other genres. Award-winning screenwriter, script consultant and Now Write! author/editor leads an exploration into sociological, psychological, and thematic elements that will deepen your understanding and spark your imagination about utilizing the “Coming-of-Age” to add emotional depth and resonance to your project. 

 

This was previously recorded and there will be no live Q/A afterwards.

NAME

Laurie Lamson

Click to Link to Event

Various days
& Times
1 on-1 Pitch Meets with Agents, Scouts, Editors, and Publishers 1-on-1 Consultations

Subject to
individual
availability

Meet top industry professionals for a personal consultation to pitch, discuss and improve pre-submitted pages of your manuscript. Schedule In-Person meets and appointment at the Registration Desk. Schedule Virtual meets and appointments by calling our 1-on-1 studio. Some 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. Consult the wcwriters.com website for details.

We recommend you attend the "How to Pitch" sessions in order to help identify the best professionals for your individual genre and work.

Reserve an appointment
by calling the
"1-on-1 Desk"
at 310.379.2650

Meetings are held via Zoom or phone
in confidence.

Saturday October 30, 2021Marketing  TOP^

8:00 AM
Pacific Time

(Solo Spotlight)

Writers Digital Coffee Klatch

A very popular event at our conferences is the opportunity to gather with popular author / editor / educator / screenwriter Art Holcomb for a round-table discussion + Q&A on the craft of writing. Even though we are meeting virtually, attendees can still participate in this popular round-table event, updated into a coffee klatch. Just click the special link (to be provided to attendees) and have a leisurely coffee and networking discussion with Art.

We may even include coffee packs in the swag bags we send to attendees by mail.


Art Holcomb
Click to Link to Event

10:00 AM
Pacific Time

Why You're Not Getting Published, and How to Bullet-Proof your Submissions.

Have you sent off your manuscript to dozens of agents and editors, only to be rejected again and again? Learn the things they won't tell you; discover the most common problems, and how to avoid them. Hint:  It may have nothing to do with the quality of your writing or your story.

Sue Arroyo
Steven Hutson
Toni Robino

Tony N Todaro(M)

Click to Link to Event

11:15 AM
Pacific Time

Writing for the Christian Markets

Religion and spirituality are perennially popular topics in the publishing market, but writing for the Christian market is distinctly different —and that market is huge. This panel will explain what makes it distinct and how to write for the CBA.

Steve Hutson
Nic Nelson


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12:30 PM
Pacific Time

Alternative Income Streams for Authors

Making books sales on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and other such outlets are great, but authors nowadays are making money in all sorts of other ways. Join our panel as they discuss making money on Kickstarter, Patreon, Substack, speaking, courses, and the many, many ways that authors cobble together a career from different income sources.

Amy Reiley
Russell Nohelty
Nic Nelson


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1:45 PM
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Basics of Intellectual Property and First Amendment Law
in the Publishing Industry

Whether you are concerned with potential copyright infringement, how to write about real people you know, or other challenges, this presentation will help you understand what you can and cannot do and when you should seek legal counsel.

Paul S. Levine
Greg Victoroff, Esq.
Jonathan Kirsch

Tony N Todaro(M)

 

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3:00 PM
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(Solo Spotlight)

You’ve Landed a Publisher! Now what?

You’ve landed a publisher! Now what? You’ve done the work, sweated out the queries, and signed that coveted publishing contract. What happens next? In this session, we hope to set expectations about what your publisher might do for you, how the publication process works, and how to best work with your publisher to produce a fantastic book.

Sue Arroyo
Sue Arroyo
Publisher

Closing Keynote

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4:15 PM
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Closing Remarks, Drawing for Prizes

 

Tony N Todaro

 

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Your fellow writers at WC2 wish
you the greatest success
with all your literary endeavors!