Author, workshop leader, singular songstress and overall embodiment of a true SCWCer Janis Thomas will be joining us in Newport Beach, as usual. What promises to be yet another uniquely laugh-out-loud romp, Say Never is her latest release, out October, marking the departure from her legacy publisher Berkley as a result of fan-based encouragement. We’re crossing our fingers we can wrangle a few pre-pub. copies for the conference. Also due shortly is her second go at the indie side of the aisle. It’s been a long, educational slog to get it out, but Murder in A-minor is also dropping soon and Janis has more than a boatload to say about it in her new workshop, “Hybrid Author: Balancing the Legacy-Indie Divide.”
Several other new workshops have been added to the LA12 schedule, including a new Writing for Real session conducted by our favorite secret agent man. Back from a long hiatus, Michael R. Shevock will introduce “The Ballistics of Homicide.” Anybody writing anything about how bullets behave will not want to miss this one.
Speaking of the schedule, while there’s a few select holes left to fill you can get a good idea of how we’re going to roll in September on the posted preliminary schedule. There’ll no doubt be some shuffling of specific timeslots around, but you can start planning now. And don’t forget, simply clicking on of the workshop title will reveal a summary of most sessions.
Deadlines Fast Approaching
For those planning to stay at the Hyatt Newport Beach, where the conference takes place, the deadline to book a room at the SCWC discounted rate is August 19th. You can do so online using the Hotel Information navigation tab on the upper right, or call the hotel at (888) 421-1442. Be sure to mention SCWC.
The majority of Advance Submission Readers have now been posted. If you have already registered for the conference but have not selected your reader, now is the time. The deadline to submit material is August 23rd. Submissions are now being accepted via email and must be received by us by no later than that date. Visit our Advance Submissions page for complete information.
The next Early “Bard” Discount registration is September 1st. Pre-register by no later that September 1 and save $50 off Full Conference participation. If for no other reason, save $50 today to keep somebody else from doing so!
For those thinking of participating in the popular “Best Foot Forward: Polishing to Impress,” Jean Jenkins’ popular two-part, hands-on genre workshop, the deadline to get your material in is also September 1. Space is strictly limited and only a few spots remain open, so get on it and let me know if you want in.
That’s all for now. For those planning ahead for our winter conference, Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2015 in San Diego, $100 Early “Bard” Discount pre-registration is available now through September 15th. Also, dates for our Sunriver Writers’ Summit have just been confirmed. For writers planning way, way ahead, mark your calendar for May 2-3, 2015 and join us at our exclusive event in Central Oregon.
Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC