Right out of the gate we’re thrilled to announce that Jennifer De Chiara Literary’s Damian McNicholl will be joining us in February, not only in his role as a accomplished agent looking to expand his client list, but as a distinguished author himself. Of his latest novel, The Moment of Truth, Booklist declares it “rich in emotion and written with style and precision (the bullfighting scenes have the crisp clarity of Hemingway), strikes a fine balance between love story and historical adventure … McNicholl uses the sensibilities of his heroine to give the story a very modern-seeming immediacy.” Historical Novels Review concludes it simply, “A triumphant celebration of women’s equality and empowerment.” Our first Special Guest Speaker announced, we’re looking forward to hearing about his journey.
Discounted Early “Bard” Pre-registration is now open for our 32nd annual winter conference. Do so by September 1, 2017 and save a whopping $150 on Full Conference attendance. While well over six months away, plenty of trusted, familiar friends are already aboard. Regular updates will begin following our fall event in Irvine, Sept. 22-24, 2017. (Check out all the latest on it here.) As always, our focus will be on getting you where you want to be with your work, be it with novels, personal narratives, practical nonfiction, short stories, essays or any other writing aimed at commercial publication.
SCWC*SD32 LOCATION: The conference will again be held at the Crowne Plaza Hanalei resort, located mere moments away from Lindbergh Field International Airport, Sea World, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, historic Old Town, downtown and its famous Gaslamp District, along with beaches galore. Dates are Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 16-18, 2018. Lodging discounts are available to SCWC conferees. Phone 800-972-2802 to book your reservation, or book online. Deadline for discounted hotel registration is January 15, 2018.
SCWC*SD32 SCHEDULE: Rest assured that plenty of craft- and business-centric sessions, read & critique workshops, one-on-one consultations and more will fill out the weekend. Though we’ll not start plugging things in until later, you can get an idea of the overall shape of the conference on the schedule page.
SCWC*SD32 STAFF: In addition to the many familiar workshop leaders, agents, editors and other publishing professionals returning in 2018, several new folks will join our fold. Check ’em out on the staff page as they’re announced, beginning in October.
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That’s all for now. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego come February, if not before. In the meanwhile, go forth, write well, aim for excellence and settle only for exceptional.
–Michael Steven Gregory