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LA13 (Irvine) Schedule


Friday, September 25th, 2015

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  • 3:30pm
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  • 4:30pm
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  • 5:30pm
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  • 9:30pm
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  • 11:30pm
  • 12:00am
  • 12:30am
 

REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-In Registration
September 25th 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 25th 9:00pm - Sep 26th 12:00am
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)

 
To Be Announced
September 25th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 25th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

To Be Announced
September 25th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 25th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

To Be Announced
September 25th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 25th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

StoryCore

Defining Genre: What Are You Really Writing?
September 25th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Jenkins
Writing a genre or a sub-group story but unsure of the word count? Or the body count? Where your story fits? Does it fit at all? This workshop will help you define your genre and offer guidelines. Come armed with questions. This workshop is recommended for both fiction and narrative nonfiction writers.
 
Promises to Keep: Rewarding Your Reader
September 25th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Jenkins
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

To Be Announced
September 25th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 25th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
How to Make the Most of the Conference
September 25th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Albers
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

No Host Mixer & Booksigning
September 25th 5:20pm - 7:00pm
(cash bar)
Rub elbows with friendly authors. Mingle with your peers.
 
Welcome & Intros
September 25th 7:10pm - 8:00pm
Wes & MSG
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

To Be Announced
September 25th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
TBA
 
 

 

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

  • 7:00am
  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm
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  • 7:00am
  • 7:30am
  • 8:00am
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  • 12:00am
  • 12:30am
 

REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-In Registration
September 26th 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:
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Rogue Read & Critique(s)
Sep 26th 9:00pm - Sep 27th 12:00am
TBA
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 26th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
TBA
All-genre
 
Read & Critique
September 26th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
TBA
All-genre
 
Read & Critique
September 26th 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
Read & Critique
September 26th 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA
All-genre
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

To Be Announced
September 26th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

To Be Announced
September 26th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

StoryCore

Finding the Beats of Your Story
September 26th 9:00am - 10:30am
Grigorian

Like a home, the right structure will help a story stand true and withstand time (and criticism). Readers (and movie watchers) have expectations and if you don’t deliver, your story will never get off the ground.


There is a lot of material out there on structure techniques and methodologies. What you use is not the focus of this workshop. The focus is on analyzing stories and identifying key plot points and their timing to show that all good stories have the same “beats” and they typically happen around the same time.


We will utilize both James Scott Bell’s “12 Signpost Scenes” and Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! beat sheet as guides to decompose/breakdown the stories into the core elements that help move the plot forward efficiently and with vigor. We will analyze one movie completely, along with excerpts from a book and key scenes from other movies, highlight each pivotal beat. As we move along, you will compare your novel’s beats. By the end, you should be able to identify gaps, see why some scenes have worked real well, and what you can do help move your story forward.



 
Anatomy of Romance: New Adult and Beyond
September 26th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Grigorian
Every story has an element of romance. Whether it’s a Romance story (ex. Outlander, Notting Hill), a story with a love sub-plot (ex. Hunger Games, Footloose), a buddy love (ex. Lethal Weapon), or team love (ex. Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy) — it is the writer’s job to know what the reader expects and how to deliver on those expectations.

In this workshop we will explore:

  • What is Romance? If you plan to have a book that will land in the “Romance” genre (contemporary, sweet, suspense, etc), you need to know what your reader expects

  • What is New Adult? It’s more than just a targeted demographic, but because of the age of the protagonists, the reader has expectations of what the romance will look like and the heat level

  • How the classic three act structure and it’s associated beats change when it comes to Romance and how the pacing changes in New Adult

  • Character development — what makes a good relatable hero and heroine

  • Different levels of sexual tension and how the stakes are higher in New Adult

  • "Happily Ever After” endings and how that expectation is evolving into “Hopeful” endings

 
Getting to the Heart of Women’s Fiction 1
September 26th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Thomas
 
Getting to the Heart of Women’s Fiction 2
September 26th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Thomas
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

To Be Announced
September 26th 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
Indie Excellence: Glocalization and the Key to Survival
September 26th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Taylor
The eBook market is a global playground that must be thought of as local. Are you really going to limit yourself to Amazon and Kindle? How many eBookstores do you think you can access as an Independent Author-Publisher? How does more than 300 sound to you? Ever been curious about how to access the Chinese digital book market?

Two issues loom large on the Independent Author Publisher horizon once a writer produces a beautifully written, skillfully edited book and makes it available for purchase. Those issues are diversification and discoverability.

This Indie Excellence workshop is designed for:

  1. Writers who believe that having all of their eggs in one basket is a poor business model;

  2. Writers who wish to globally expand their readership and gain royalty income from a wide range of sources.


There really is a huge new world out there beyond the confines of Amazon and Kindle. Come and explore it!
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

To Be Announced
September 26th 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 26th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
TBA
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Lunch
September 26th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
On Your Own
Placate Your Palate. Dine at the hotel, or at a nearby eatery.
 
State of the Agent Panel
September 26th 4:20pm - 5:30pm
Discussion with attending agents on current industry trends.
 
SCWC*LA Banquet
September 26th 6:40pm - 8:00pm
Yum!
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTS

Advance Submissions
September 26th 9:00am - 10:30am
Appointments
 
Advance Submissions
September 26th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Appointments
 
Advance Submissions
September 26th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Appointments
 
Advance Submissions
September 26th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Appointments
 
 

 

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

  • 7:00am
  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
 
  • 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
 

REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-In Registration
September 27th 8:30am - 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:
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Read & Critique
September 27th 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA
TBA
 
Read & Critique
September 27th 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

To Be Announced
September 27th 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 27th 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

To Be Announced
September 27th 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 27th 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

StoryCore

To Be Announced
September 27th 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 27th 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

To Be Announced
September 27th 10:40am - 12:10pm
TBA
TBA
 
To Be Announced
September 27th 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA
TBA
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

To Be Announced
September 27th 12:20pm - 1:00pm
TBA
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

SCWC Awards and Farewell
September 27th 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Currently Staffed By:
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATS

Advance Submission Critique

Advance Submissions
September 27th 9:00am - 10:30am
Appointments
 
Advance Submissions
September 27th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Appointments