Presidents' Day Weekend, February 13-16, 2015 A Weekend For Words, September 19-21, 2014 Settle For Exceptional in Sunriver, OR, May 2-3, 2015

Los Angeles Schedule

  • This is the working schedule, which is subject to change. Click on any individual workshop title to view its summary. To view all the workshops, panels and special events currently slated for our LA12 event, please visit the Workshops and Events page. For instructions on how to navigate the online schedule go to the “Tips” tab above.

    • Scroll down to any given day by using your browser’s schroll bar on the right (or touch and drag).
    • Position your mouse pointer over the timetable grids to scroll to the relevant timeframe using the horizontal scroll buttons that will appear.
    • Click on the gray box with the title of the event you’re interested in to expand it and to view more information about the event.
    • In an expanded event box, click the “Add to Program” button to highlight this event on the printable schedule (optional).
    • Access a printable schedule (which also contains any highlighted events) by clicking the tiny, black printer icon at the upper-right of each day’s timetable (optional).
    • Watch the video below for a tutorial that walks you through all of this functionality. Be sure to click the little “gear” icon and set the quality to “720p” HD for the best possible viewing experience.


Friday, September 19th, 2014

  • 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 6:00pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 8:00pm
  • 9:00pm
  • 10:00pm
  • 11:00pm
  • 12:00am
  • 1:00am
  • 2:00am
  • 3:00am
  • 4:00am
  • 5:00am
  • 6:00am
 
  • 12:00pm
  • 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 4:30pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 5:30pm
  • 6:00pm
  • 6:30pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 7:30pm
  • 8:00pm
  • 8:30pm
  • 9:00pm
  • 9:30pm
  • 10:00pm
  • 10:30pm
  • 11:00pm
  • 11:30pm
  • 12:00am
  • 12:30am
  • 1:00am
  • 1:30am
  • 2:00am
  • 2:30am
  • 3:00am
  • 3:30am
  • 4:00am
  • 4:30am
  • 5:00am
  • 5:30am
  • 6:00am
  • 6:30am
 

REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-In Registration
September 19th 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Registration Open
(space permitting)
You may register in person at the conference, availability permitting. Space is limited, so the best option to ensure you have a spot is to register beforehand using the online form using the Registration link above.

Currently Staffed By:
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Rogue Read & Critique(s)
Sep 19th 9:00pm - Sep 20th 6:00am
Pallamary / Taylor / Hooks & Perkins
Writers read material aloud, then receive feedback from the facilitating Workshop Leader, who may also solicit additional feedback from other participants before moving on to the next manuscript. One simple rule for workshop read & critique is that the reading author is not allowed to respond to the critique unless directly asked.


  • Laura Taylor (all-genre)

  • Matthew Pallamary (all-genre)

  • Melanie Hooks & Laura Perkins (sci-fi & fantasy)

 
Pitch Witches: What’s Your Book About?
September 19th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Miller / Redmond
Pitching your book is key to selling it. Whether you’re an author-publisher or are querying agents or publishers, you need to know how to summarize your story in as few words as possible. Recommended for all conferees, bring your best pitch and let the "pitch witches" Marla Miller and Jennifer Silva Redmond work their “magic” on it to make it even better!
 
Read, Critique & Live to Write Another Day
September 19th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hooks / Perkins
One of the unique aspects of SCWC is its ongoing commitment to roundtable Read & Critiques in every workshop time slot. But what if it’s your first time at a conference? Or your first (gut-wrenching) time sharing your work with anyone? What if you’ve gotten feedback but still can’t make heads or tails of contradictory suggestions, cryptic editor/author shorthand, or the dreaded ‘I don’t get it’ grunt? Staff members and R&C vets Laura Perkins and Melanie Hooks walk you through critique-giving etiquette and their most helpful methods of interpreting ‘craft vs opinion’ notes, all while keeping your ego – and passion for your work – alive and well.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Defining Genre: What Are You Really Writing?
September 19th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Jenkins
TBA
 
Mystery in Story: How Much is Too Much?
September 19th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Quinn
The prose are fresh and compelling. The story has wonderful, believable character whom we care about. The author has developed, well-honed writing skills and has ignited curiosity. We see what the characters see, feel what they feel. The author has awakened all of our senses and yet we want to set the book aside. How can that be? In this comprehensive workshop, Darlene Quinn addresses the  fundamental issues of how telling too much and withholding too much undermines a pleasurable reading experience for agents, editors, and consumers.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Of M.I.C.E. & Pen: A 3D Model of Storytelling
September 19th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
James
How to structure the simple building blocks of scenes to elicit [M]eaning through [I]ntellectual stimulation and [C]onflict that results in maximum [E]motional impact. Note that attending this workshop is a prerequisite for getting the most out of its follow-up, "Creating Distinct Personalities Using Basic Structure."
 
Creating Distinct Personalities Using Basic Structure
September 19th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
James
Learn how to to utilize simple patterns of behavior, combined with the building blocks of scenes, to render distinct characters with personalities uniquely their own. Note: “Of M.I.C.E. & Pen: A 3D Model of Storytelling” workshop lays the foundation for the principles applied in this session.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

Transformative Narrative: A Shamanic Approach to Story
September 19th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Pallamary
Writing a well-written narrative is mastering the energies of your story–the multi-faceted energies that determine the moods, reactions, choices and traits of your characters, the energies between characters, the drive of the pacing, action and dialogue to create a deeper, emotionally powerful resonance within your total story structure. This presentation will bring a new perspective to understanding these elements that make solid, well-paced stories that grab your audience, emotionally connect them with your characters and pull them all the way through your hero’s journey to a powerful climax and rewarding resolution.
 
An Agent Explains Author Platform
September 19th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Warnock
Author platform, once the principal concern of prescriptive non-fiction writers, is now considered an integral part of obtaining publication success for non-fiction and fiction writers, both traditionally and independently published. This is especially true for debut authors. With more submissions and fewer acceptances, writers need to show agents, publishers, and readers that you have what it takes to rise above noise and get noticed by your target audience.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Indie/Self-Publishing

Author-Publisher: First, Worst, or Best Choice for You?
September 19th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Carline
You’ve heard all about the brave new world of self-publishing. You have friends who are bragging about how easy it is. Maybe you’ve even done the research. But is it truly for you? This workshop will help you look down the road at yourself as an author-publisher and decide whether to take the first step.
 
Hybrid Author: Balancing the Legacy-Indie Divide
September 19th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Thomas
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

No Host Mixer & Booksigning
September 19th 5:20pm - 7:00pm
(cash bar)
Rub elbows with friendly authors. Mingle with your peers.
 
Welcome & Intros
September 19th 7:10pm - 8:00pm
Wes & MSG
TBA
 
Orientation
September 19th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Albers
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Tonilyn Hornung
September 19th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Author/Essayist, Non-Fiction
Tonilyn Hornung is the author of How to Raise a Husband: A Whole Bunch of Ways to Build a Strong and Happy Marriage (Conari Press). Robyn Okrant (Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk), calls it, “Funny, brutally honest… A great read!” Tony-nominated actress and star of Wicked Stephanie J. Block raves, “This book reads like the television series Friends. You grow to love the characters because you recognize yourself in them.” And Jonathan Robinson (Communication Miracles for Couples) declares, “It’s both fun to read and practical in the lessons it presents.” Tonilyn’s essays have been published in True Story Magazine, Underwired Magazine, Clever Magazine, Savvy Women’s Magazine, and The Union-Times Newspaper, Jacksonville. She is a blogger for Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine, and remains one the most read bloggers for Skirt! National Magazine.
 
 

 

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

  • 7:00am
  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 6:00pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 8:00pm
  • 9:00pm
  • 10:00pm
  • 11:00pm
  • 12:00am
  • 1:00am
  • 2:00am
  • 3:00am
  • 4:00am
  • 5:00am
  • 6:00am
 
  • 7:00am
  • 7:30am
  • 8:00am
  • 8:30am
  • 9:00am
  • 9:30am
  • 10:00am
  • 10:30am
  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 4:30pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 5:30pm
  • 6:00pm
  • 6:30pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 7:30pm
  • 8:00pm
  • 8:30pm
  • 9:00pm
  • 9:30pm
  • 10:00pm
  • 10:30pm
  • 11:00pm
  • 11:30pm
  • 12:00am
  • 12:30am
  • 1:00am
  • 1:30am
  • 2:00am
  • 2:30am
  • 3:00am
  • 3:30am
  • 4:00am
  • 4:30am
  • 5:00am
  • 5:30am
  • 6:00am
  • 6:30am
 

REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-In Registration
September 20th 7:00am - 6:00pm
Registration Open
(space permitting)
You may register in person at the conference, availability permitting. Space is limited, so the best option to ensure you have a spot is to register beforehand using the online form using the Registration link above.

Currently Staffed By:
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Tom Zoellner
September 20th 8:00am - 8:50am
Author/Journalist
Tom Zoellner is the author of five nonfiction books, including the recent Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World (Viking/Penguin), which Booklist hails as, “An exuberant celebration.” He is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling An Ordinary Man, the unforgettable autobiography of Paul Rusesabagina, who turned Rwana’s luxurious Hotel Milles Collines into a refuge for more than 1,200 Tutsi and moderate Hutu refugees during the 1994 genocide and inspired the film Hotel Rwanda, starring Don Cheadle. His book Uranium won the 2011 Science Writing Award from The American Institute of Physics. As a reporter he has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Arizona Republic, and as a contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine. An associate professor of English at Chapman University, Tom is also a founding member of the journalism collective Deca, an international collective of journalists devoted to eliminating the barriers separating writers and readers by delivering nonfiction stories about the world directly to them.
 
Isla Morley
September 20th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Author, Psychological Thriller
Isla Morley’s debut novel, Come Sunday, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Award for Fiction in 2009, and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize, and has been translated into seven languages. Her latest is Above (Gallery Books), telling the story of a 16-year-old girl abducted and locked in an abandoned missile silo by a survivalist convinced the world is going to end. Selected a “Best Buzz Book” by PublishersLunch for Spring/Summer 2014, Booklist calls it, “[A] menacingly sinister tale of imprisonment… that will appeal to fans of riveting psychological suspense and cut-throat dystopian fiction.” The Boston Globe hails, “A compelling tale of survival, reinvention, and hope… Vivid and poignant.” “[An] audacious page-turner,” declares Publishers Weekly. And from Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants): “Grips your heart from the first page and doesn’t let go… A novel to savor.”
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Rogue Read & Critique(s)
Sep 20th 9:00pm - Sep 21st 6:00am
Pallamary / Taylor / Hooks & Perkins
Writers read material aloud, then receive feedback from the facilitating Workshop Leader, who may also solicit additional feedback from other participants before moving on to the next manuscript. One simple rule for workshop read & critique is that the reading author is not allowed to respond to the critique unless directly asked.


  • Laura Taylor (all-genre)

  • Matthew Pallamary (all-genre)

  • Melanie Hooks & Laura Perkins (sci-fi & fantasy)

 
Read & Critique
September 20th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Carline
Mystery, Humor, Columns
 
Read & Critique
September 20th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Wills
All-genre
 
Read & Critique
September 20th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Quinn
Commercial Fiction, Suspense
 
Query Letter Critique
September 20th 9:00am - 10:30am
Miller
Bring your current query letter for open troubleshooting.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Getting to the Heart of Women’s Fiction
September 20th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Thomas
TBA
 
Building Characters from the Inside Out
September 20th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Whitsitt
You understand the need to make readers care about your characters, but how? Using various tools and exercises, participants will learn:

  • How to create balanced, complex characters

  • How to use core motivation

  • How to weave internal and external conflict

  • How to tap into a character’s subconscious mind

 
Start Your Book With a Bang
September 20th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Tokunaga
If you want to engage readers (and agent and editors!), your novel better start with a bang. Weak beginnings are one of the main reasons why novels get rejected, so creating a perfect opening is a must. This workshop will help you re-think your novel’s opening pages so that you can hook your readers from your first paragraph. We’ll cover how to:

  • Create an inciting incident

  • Cut unnecessary backstory

  • Avoid vague and confusing starts and the most common mistakes

  • Craft a contract with your reader

  • Utilize dramatic tension and urgency

  • Decide whether you need a prologue (probably not!)


and more, including plenty of time for Q&A to discuss your own novel’s beginning.
 
Story Structure Made Simple: The 7 Key Steps Based on Truby’s Method
September 20th 9:00am - 10:30am
Lehr
With a strong foundation, you can build any story into your story in a way that helps you write it.

Through lecture and exercises, we will explore how structure can works to help you write your story, and how to apply it to your own story.

These key seven steps are based on the Truby Writers Studio 22 steps, used by successful screenwriters and novelists all over the world.

You will learn:


  • how structure provides freedom

  • to make your characters drive the plot

  • the trick to outlining

  • how to avoid story holes

  • why the 7 steps go deeper than 3 acts

 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Memoir: Structuring Your Story and the Stories Within
September 20th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
O'Brien
Many great stories could have been published if they had had good editing. But agents and publishers are so inundated with book proposals that they no longer have the time to do it themselves. It’s entirely up to the author. The editing will make or break a book.

My process is similar to that outlined in Stephen King’s book, On Writing, which I highly recommend to writers of any genre. It’s the process I followed when I wrote Wesley the Owl, a memoir which became a runaway NY Times bestseller. The experiences I had as a new author demonstrate the method which helped me break the task down into smaller, defined, and easy pieces.

The first draft is for the writer. You can go off and explore tangents (which I call “bunny paths”), toss in extraneous ideas, make comments to yourself, and put things in the order in which they occur to you. You can, and should, make a big mess with far too many words, because this is your raw material.

In my workshop, we explore how to turn that raw material into clear, concise, interesting writing. We move out of the writer’s mindset and now work on behalf of our hapless reader, for whom none of this is obvious or understandable. We become the reader’s advocate, so that when he picks up our book, he will have no hurdles or obstacles to overcome, and can enjoy getting lost in the story with no interference from the writing.

That is the point of editing – to eliminate all distractions from the story.

The publishing industry demands a higher standard than most of us realize. It tolerates no sloppiness, confusion, weak transitions, repetition, repetition (ha-ha), or poor grammar. Reaching that standard is possible for anyone if they follow the steps I outline in this workshop. We’ll have a few laughs at my expense, too, as I tell you about my learning curve and foibles as I wrote my first book.

I will also provide suggestions for further reading.
 
Break the Book Description Blues
September 20th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Thomas
With physical books the back cover is generally reserved for a description of the story. Concise, compelling, it assures prospective readers of the type of experience they’re in for when they read your book. It SELLS your book. Today, the book description is front and center and above the scroll on nearly every online retailer. Next to the jacket, perhaps nothing more than the book description will compel a reader to “look inside” or “buy now” or not. This troubleshooting workshop is devoted to crafting a professional description of your book that breaks through reader apprehension and sells the story. If you’ve already written one that you think could be improved, bring it.
 
Clearing the Narrative Brush
September 20th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Zoellner
How to identify the central dramatic tension in a piece of writing (illustrated by passages from Homer, Shakespeare and the Bible) and how to build a manuscript around one awful question, while stripping away the unessential elements that frustrate readers.
 
Saving One’s Life: Your Legacy in Print
September 20th 9:00am - 10:30am
Redmond
Do you have a memoir-worthy life story and no idea how to get it written or published? Long-time acquisition editor and editor-in-chief Jennifer Silva Redmond will discuss how to use fiction-writing techniques to write gripping non-fiction, and how to find help for the many stages of writing and publishing your book. Bring something to read and share—even if it’s just an outline—and get ready to Save Your Life!
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

New World of Killer Queries: The Key to Getting Requests
September 20th 9:00am - 10:30am
Wills
TBA
 
What to Expect from Your Editor—and What She Expects from You!
September 20th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Redmond
Editor Jennifer Silva Redmond will explain how to prepare your work to be edited, and what you can expect from the process. She’ll also cover different types of editing; you’ll learn what a content edit is, what a line edit is, and what exactly a copyeditor does. Whether you are working on or reworking a project, cleaning up a finished book for submission, and/or planning on self-publication–this workshop is for you.  You’ll learn when you need to hire an editor–and how to work with one, when you do.
 
From First Draft to Best Seller: Revising and Editing Your Novel for Publication
September 20th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Tokunaga
Have you heard that writing is rewriting? Well, it’s true. You may have completed the first draft of your novel, but now’s the time for revision. Whether your goal is to self-publish or go the traditional route, you need to get your book into the best shape possible. But where to start? And what to tackle?

This practical workshop will guide you through how to turn your novel first draft into a tight, engaging read. Topics covered include:

  • Your Beginning

  • Plot and Structure

  • Characterization

  • Point of View

  • Scene vs. Summary

  • Avoiding that Sagging Middle


and more.

Also included will be a handy Revision Checklist to help you craft a systematic approach to your revision as well as plenty of time for Q&A regarding your particular novel.
 
Wtg. for Real: The Ballistics of Homicide
September 20th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Shevock
Retired federal agent Michael R. Shevock is providing a technical but entertaining lecture on the what and why of flying bullets. Even some veteran police officers suffer misconceptions regarding caliber and velocity. What is a 30-06 anyway? Why isn’t there a 30-07? Why isn’t lethality and knock-down power synonymous? Why didn’t that bullet go straight? What’s a “boat-tail” round? What’s the difference between a jacketed hollow-point and a semi-jacketed hollow-point? How can “mushroom” be a verb? What factors affect ricochets? Come find out why an expert homicide detective and a forensic pathologist can look at a dead body, then turn to each other and say, “How did that ever happen?”

The first half of the workshop will be theoretical, the second half will be graphic.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Indie/Self-Publishing

Author-Publisher: The Crucial Steps for Success
September 20th 9:00am - 10:30am
Whitsitt
You’ve decided to take the plunge into the “Author-Publisher” pool, but still have a million questions, and aren’t even sure you are asking the right ones. In this workshop, you will learn the crucial steps for success:

  • Building your platform

  • Proper preparation of your manuscript

  • Branding yourself through cover art

  • Negotiating social media

  • Building your “tribe”

  • Maintaining your sanity

 
Beating the Odds: Breaking Through as a KDP Indie
September 20th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Forsyth
This Workshop will cover the basics and more of self-publishing on Amazon Kindle. Topics will include:

  • The pros and cons of KDP Select

  • Using Free Promos and Countdown Deals as marketing tools

  • Selecting genres and keywords to make your title standout

  • The impact of Prime borrows and Kindle Unlimited

  • New KDP advertising options

  • The growing Indie Market Share as detailed in Author Earnings Report.

 
Indie Excellence: Beyond Kindle—A Brave New World
September 20th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Taylor
You’ve produced a beautifully written, skillfully edited, and proofread manuscript. It’s been formatted for both digital and print on demand (POD) delivery to readers, each edition has been proofed yet again, and it’s just been released in digital and print markets courtesy of digital and print on demand (POD) options via KDP (Amazon Kindle) and CreateSpace.

Now, you can can finally relax.

Oops! Not so fast. Two issues loom on the horizon of our brave new Independent Author-Publisher world. DIVERSIFICATION. This is the need for more bookstores, because having all of our eggs in one basket is a poor business model, and we want to reach more readers, anyway. Finding and vetting viable publishing platforms across the globe will facilitate the DISCOVERABILITY of our books, thus expanding readership and resulting in royalty income from a variety of sources.

Amazon, it is alleged, is the biggest player on the global stage in ebook sales. Perhaps. There are numerous publishing alternatives beyond Amazon, however, and we will explore those alternatives in this 4th Indie Excellence Workshop – with emphasis on diversification and discoverability for Independent Author-Publishers in the global marketplace.
 
Team Publication: Avoiding DIY Pitfalls to Win Over Readers
September 20th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Gilb / Miller / Redmond
Self-publishing is not “do-it-alone” publishing. Choosing to self-publish your work is a major undertaking that is very similar to starting your own business. Surrounding yourself with the right people, knowledge, and resources is pivotal to your attaining success as an author through this route.

In this workshop, the small press owner of Social Publishing House will help outline the details of entrepreneurship, working in a group for your novel or narrative fiction, and tips on how to address the business end of publishing independently. Joining him in this workshop are publishing gurus Jennifer Redmond and Marla Miller, who will be speaking to marketing perspective, how to master the content of your work, and how to thrive in the competitive environment of self-publishing.
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS

Advance Submission Critique

Advance Submission Critique
September 20th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Various
TBA
 
Advance Submission Critique
September 20th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Various
TBA
 
Advance Submission Critique
September 20th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Various
TBA
 
Advance Submission Critique
September 20th 9:00am - 10:30am
Various
TBA
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Lunch
September 20th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
On Your Own

On Your Own


Placate Your Palate. Lunch is on your own. Dine at the hotel, or at a nearby eatery.
 
State of the Agent Panel
September 20th 4:20pm - 5:30pm
Discussion with attending agents on current industry trends.

 

 
 
SCWC*LA Banquet
September 20th 6:40pm - 8:00pm
Yum!


 
Best Foot Forward 1: Polishing to Impress 1
September 20th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jenkins
Advance sign-up required. Check the Workshops & Events page for details.
 
 

 

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

  • 7:00am
  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 6:00pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 8:00pm
  • 9:00pm
  • 10:00pm
  • 11:00pm
  • 12:00am
  • 1:00am
  • 2:00am
  • 3:00am
  • 4:00am
  • 5:00am
  • 6:00am
 
  • 7:00am
  • 7:30am
  • 8:00am
  • 8:30am
  • 9:00am
  • 9:30am
  • 10:00am
  • 10:30am
  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 4:30pm
  • 5:00pm
  • 5:30pm
  • 6:00pm
  • 6:30pm
  • 7:00pm
  • 7:30pm
  • 8:00pm
  • 8:30pm
  • 9:00pm
  • 9:30pm
  • 10:00pm
  • 10:30pm
  • 11:00pm
  • 11:30pm
  • 12:00am
  • 12:30am
  • 1:00am
  • 1:30am
  • 2:00am
  • 2:30am
  • 3:00am
  • 3:30am
  • 4:00am
  • 4:30am
  • 5:00am
  • 5:30am
  • 6:00am
  • 6:30am
 

REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-In Registration
September 21st 7:30am - 12:00pm
Registration Open
(space permitting)
You may register in person at the conference, availability permitting. Space is limited, so the best option to ensure you have a spot is to register beforehand using the online form using the Registration link above.

Currently Staffed By:
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Dete Meserve
September 21st 8:00am - 8:50am
Author, Mystery
Dete Meserve is the author of Good Sam (Melrose Hill Publishing), her debut novel, which recently earned the 2013 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards Gold Medal. Kirkus declared it, “[A] solid feel-good romance sparked with mystery.” And Barbara Schroeder (Beverly Hills Confidential) raves, “Bravo! Author Dete Meserve takes us into a world not often explored, and writes fluidly, always leaving the reader wanting to turn the page… Hot stuff!” She is also president of Wind Dancer Films, a film development, finance and production company based in Los Angeles and New York. The company has created such television hits as Roseanne and Home Improvement along with George Lopez’ latest series, Saint George along with successful films such as What Women Want, the award-winning comedy Bernie starring Jack Black and Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey.
 
Ryka Aoki
September 21st 12:20pm - 1:15pm
Author, Literary Fiction
Ryka Aoki is the author of He Mele A Hilo (A Hilo Song), out August 26th from Topside Press. Robert Morgan (Gap Creek) calls it, “A debut novel unlike any you have ever read.” Maureen McCoy, (Junebug, Walking After Midnight) extols, “Threading myth, music and wonder through the lives of a small community of contemporary Hilo characters, Ryka Aoki here presents a charming world unique and important to American letters.” A writer, performer, musician, and educator, Ryka’s work is featured in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and Tranfeminist Perspectives. She has been honored by the California State Senate for her “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” Ryka has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her chapbook, Sometimes Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines, won the RADAR’s 2010 Eli Coppola Chapbook Contest. And her first full-length volume, Seasonal Velocities, was released in 2012 by Trans-Genre Press.
 
Scrivener Demystified: Maximize the Value, Minimize the Stress
September 21st 9:00am - 10:30am
Ara Grigorian
You’ve heard of the tool—the most popular application for writers. You may have even downloaded a trial version. But then you stopped. Fear, uncertainty, and bit of technophobia grabbed a hold of you until you turned back to Word or Pages or papyrus. And all along you wondered, why do so many writers love it? What did you miss? In this workshop the mystery will be solved and the stress of using the tool will be removed. You will be shown how to become more productive. We will focus on the tool’s most helpful features and not get lost in everything else.

Bonus: SCWC participants can receive 20% off their purchase of Scrivener software
 
Scrivener In Practice: Advanced Tips and Techniques
September 21st 10:40am - 12:10pm
Ara Grigorian
Follow-up to "Scrivener Demystified: Maximize Value, Minimize the Stress."
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Read & Critique
September 21st 9:00am - 10:30am
Whitsitt
Mystery, Mainstream Fiction
 
Read & Critique
September 21st 10:40am - 12:10pm
Staff Name
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Dialect in Dialogue: Striking the Right Chord
September 21st 10:40am - 12:10pm
Aoki
TBA
 
POV: The Power of Point of View
September 21st 9:00am - 10:30am
Lehr
Who tells your story is just as important as the story you tell. Through a combination of lecture and exercises, this workshop will explore the variety of types of point of view in narrative fiction to help determine what kind of narrator will make your story sing. You will learn about:

  • the 7 different types of point of view

  • the advantages and disadvantages of each

  • single vs. multiple narrators

  • heroes vs. observers

  • unreliable narrators

  • how a narrator can represent your theme

 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Re-entry: Editing Non-fiction for Dramatic Impact
September 21st 10:40am - 12:10pm
O'Brien
TBA
 
Turning Your Novel Into A Film or Television Series
September 21st 9:00am - 10:30am
Meserve
Interested in having your novel adapted into a movie or television series? Get tips, strategies, advice and inside-the-industry information from Dete Meserve, president of Wind Dancer Films, creator and producer of TV series like Home Improvement  and Saint George and films such as What Women Want and Bernie, as well as several book to screen adaptations.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

TBA
September 21st 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
After You Submit: The Do’s, Don’ts & Definites
September 21st 9:00am - 10:30am
Jenkins
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

Authorpreneur: Managing YOUR Publishing Business
September 21st 9:00am - 10:30am
Quinn
Success in any business requires an entrepreneurial investment. Publishing is no different. For the writer, the decision to pursue traditional publication or publishing independently in not as simple as some suggest—not even the money equation. Author skills and track records are not equal—therefore the path which will produce the best quality for you and your brand must be an informed, individual choice. This workshop will explore the successful business model for you, once your finished—meticulously edited—manuscript is complete.
 
Best Foot Forward 2: Polishing to Impress 2
September 21st 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jenkins
Advance sign-up required. Check the Workshops & Events page for details.
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS

Advance Submission Critique

Advance Submission Critique
September 21st 9:00am - 10:30am
Various
TBA
 
Advance Submission Critique
September 21st 10:40am - 12:10pm
Various
TBA
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

SCWC Awards and Farewell
September 21st 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Currently Staffed By: