The UCLA Extension Writers Studio will be held February 11-14, 2015, at the UCLA Campus, Westwood, California. What makes the Conference unique? This conference is all about putting your best ideas on paper – and then getting help making them better. “Attendees choose one of 10 workshops in which they work closely with a professional writer in classes limited to 15 students,” program manager Cindy Lieberman says. Who are the faculty? Memoirist and essayist Samantha Dunn, journalist and memoirist Alison Singh Gee, novelists Daniel M. Jaffee and Mark Sarvas, writing instructor Barbara Abercrombie, short fiction writer Colette Sarto, film and TV writers Jon Bernstiein and Joel Thompson, and former Hollywood agent Nancy Nigrosh. For more information, see writers.uclaextension.edu/programs-services/writers-studio.
I attended the La Jolla Writers Conference last weekend, my first, where I had the opportunity to find out how much my writing needs improvement but even more about what I can do to make it better, maybe even good. I heartily recommend attending a Writers Conference sooner than later. Some attendees had completed manuscripts in hand, but most did not. And I observed some eye-opening moments as those with completed manuscripts realized how much more work they still have ahead, especially those without websites, blogs, or a sense of how to use social media to market their books.
So if you haven’t before attended conference, take a look at three more coming up in California within the next three months.
SDSU Writers Conference will be held January 22-24, 2016 at the Marriott Mission Valley San Diego.
UCLA Extension Writers Studio, will be held February 11-14, 2016, at UCLA Campus, Westwood, California .
San Francisco Writers Conference will be held February 11-14, 2016 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco.
Writer’s Symposium by the Sea will be held February 16-19, 2016, at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Tip if you do decide to take advantage of one of these conferences: Stay at the venue if it is in a hotel. Two weeks before the conference, I read a post about an Australian author’s first experience at a writers conference. She flew in for the conference, but she chose a less expensive hotel than the one where the conference was held. She regretted this because of the additional time required to get from one hotel to the other, the additional parking hassles, and the missed opportunities to get together informally with other participants. So I bit the bullet and reserved a room at their regular price, about $50 per night higher than the special, but limited-time offer, price for conference attendees. That decision made it possible for me to get in a couple of of thousand words for my NaNoWriMo project that I would have missed if I had had to drive to and from the hotel. It also meant I was able to attend the 7 a.m. early bird session AND stay up until 2 a.m. in one of the red-eye read and critique sessions.
by Kelly Sims
The Calendar of Conferences includes information through the end of 2015 plus a few in 2016. New entries will be added when information is available.
The Calendar of Contests includes information for most months in the future. Many of the contests have specific requirements for the type or theme of the eligible writing.
West Coast Writers Conference – Memoir Writing Conference “Memories Are Made of This,” October 23-25, 2015 at Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave, Van Nuys CA 91401. See also: http://www.wcwriters.com/genrela/index.html
The 2015 La Jolla Writers Conference will be November 6-8. Scott McEwen, author of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, and trial attorney in San Diego will be a featured speaker.
An online writers conference: The Online Backspace Writers Conference. For more information see: http://www.backspacewritersconference.com/
From our Meetup site, a message from Dave Rosenberg of Hawaii:
Aloha! I’m one of the organizers of writer’s group on Kauai. I’m writing to tell you about the Kauai Writers Conference coming up this May 1-3, 2015. The conference focuses on fiction and memoir, with a great panel of presenters including bestselling authors, editors, and agents. We also plan to offer a self-publishing track. Unlike many other conferences, we limit attendance to just 150 to keep it intimate, so that attendees can easily mix with presenters and each other. (It also doesn’t hurt that the conference takes place on one of the most beautiful places on the planet.) We’d be most grateful if you’d help us to spread the word. We’re entirely volunteer run, trying to publicize the conference while working at our jobs, and we have limited marketing resources, so hope you don’t mind us reaching out to you in this way. Please call with any questions. We can provide a discount to groups of four or more. Contact me directly for details. Our website is http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com. Best, Dave firstname.lastname@example.org 808-639-4638