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REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-In Registration
February 14th 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

Read & Critique
February 14th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Matthew J. Pallamary
 
Read & Critique
February 14th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Laura Taylor
 
Rogue Read & Critique(s)
Feb 14th 9:00pm - Feb 15th 6:00am
Mark Clements I Matthew Pallamary I Laura Taylor
Unlike the 1 1/2-hour daytime sessions, the duration of any given Rogue Read & Critique workshop is determined by its workshop leader. It is not uncommon for these sessions to last anywhere from midnight to 4 a.m. or later.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Jump Start Your Story: The Spark of Life
February 14th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Drusilla Campbell
 
Character Therapy—And You’re the Shrink!
February 14th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Reina Menasche
In this hands-on workshop, participants will wear the SHRINK hat and dig deeper into their characters’ psyche, or just create new multifaceted characters to make fiction sparkle with life. Through defining character details, visiting creative stations to “play” with our characters in a fun, stress-free way, and analyzing their inner conflicts, personality traits and desires, participants will make better friends with the people they create–and enjoy the process.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Plotters vs. Pantsers: To Outline or Not?
February 14th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Richard Anderdson I Frederick Ramsay
When a character is hanging by two fingers, chop one off! The seats of our pants shouts, “This is a great plan!” But writers who do plot outlines first will point out that it’s important to know when to leave that character hanging—and why you should chop off a finger at a certain point in the plot. In the “Plotters and Pantsers” roundtable discussion authors argue the merits and demerits of writing as you go, against building a road map of mandatory stops for gas, food and lodging during your story’s journey. 43% of people put down stories because the plot ran out of gas. We’ll see who has the better ideas for preventing that from happening to your book.
 
Transformative Narrative: A Shamanic Approach to Story Structure
February 14th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Matthew J. Pallamary
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

Author as Entrepreneur: Being Your Own Publishing House
February 14th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Lois Joy Hofmann
You may never be a Steve Jobs, but you can take charge of your writing career like an entrepreneur. This workshop teaches you how to write and publish as a business. You’ll explore why you want to write, determine your goals, learn how to become your brand, discover artisanal publishing (you control the process), and familiarize yourself with the 4 Ps of marketing: product line management, pricing, physical distribution and promotion.
 
What to Expect from Your Editor–and What She Expects from You!
February 14th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Jennifer Silva 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.
 
How to Give, Receive and Use Feedback
Feb 14th 9:00pm - Feb 15th 12:00am
Laura Perkins
Rewriting is a major piece of the writing process.  Getting and giving feedback is an essential tool in that process.  Feedback can be everything from inspiring and clarifying, to confusing, mind-scrambling and something that kills your joy of writing.  In this workshop we’ll cover how to keep critiques positive and productive, discover what you want from feedback, how to get it, and how to apply it to help make your writing the best it can be.
 
How to Get the Most from the Conference
February 14th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wes Albers
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Self-Publishing Savvy: Why, How, Where, What You Need to Know
February 14th 3:40pm - 5:10pm
Gayle Carline
Self-publishing is a wonderful option for many authors, but is it right for you? Before you think about how to do it, this workshop helps you figure out whether you should self-publish. Topics ranging from beta readers to marketing ideas are covered. If you’re sitting on the fence, this workshop can give you an idea of the work involved for the author-publisher.
 
Non-fiction for Newbies: Is It a Book or Isn't It?
February 14th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Marla Miller
 
No-Host Mixer & Booksigning
February 14th 5:20pm - 7:00pm
Rub elbows with friendly authors. Mingle with your peers.
 
Welcome & Intros
February 14th 7:10pm - 8:00pm
Wes & MSG
TBA
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Evening

Special Guest Speaker
February 14th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Janis Thomas
Janis Thomas is the author of Something New, her laugh-out-loud debut novel published by Berkley Books in 2012. Of it, Sally Koslow (The Late, Lamented Molly Marx) effused, “[S]pot-on in capturing how it feels to be an upper-middle class suburban mom who longs for…something more. She writes with sparkle and humor.” Her equally funny follow-up, Sweet Nothings, was released July of 2013 and called “A breezy read” by Publishers Weekly. Eschewing legacy publishing for her latest, a departure from the chick-lit genre she’s best known for, Janis is releasing a crime thriller called Murder in A-minor, A Sam Wedlock Musical Murder Mystery. Janis has also written over fifty songs and two children’s books (with her dad).
 
 

 

 

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REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-In Registration
February 15th 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

Morning

Special Guest Speaker
February 15th 8:00am - 8:50am
Suzanne Redfearn
Suzanne Redfearn writes novels that explore the truth of contemporary existence, exposing its soft underbelly before turning each story on its head and offering redemption through her characters. Cautionary tales of morality, her stories are eerily familiar and recognizable. Her debut novel, the literary thriller Hush Little Baby, was released by Grand Central in the U.S. and four other contries this past October, and selected for Target’s Emerging Author’s Program. Publisher’s Weekly hailed it, “A smart, suspenseful debut.” Kirkus calls it, “A compelling tale of the deceit, violation and anguish that undergrid the myth of suburbia.” And Jane Porter (The Good Wife) extolls, “The book…the writing…is soo soooo sooo sooo sooo good. Loved it…so much. Just wow. Damn good. So amazing. I have goosebumps just thinking about the book, and how it ends.”
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Read & Critique
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
Maralys Wills
 
Read & Critique
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Judy Reeves
 
Read & Critique
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Judy Reeves
 
Read & Critique
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Frederick Ramsay
 
Rogue Read & Critique(s)
Feb 15th 9:00pm - Feb 16th 6:00am
Clements I Pallamary I TBA
Unlike the 1 1/2-hour daytime sessions, the duration of any given Rogue Read & Critique workshop is determined by its workshop leader. It is not uncommon for these sessions to last anywhere from midnight to 4 a.m. or later.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Plot vs. Character: What’s Driving Your Story?
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Janis Thomas
 
Just Write the Damned Book
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
Frederick Ramsay
 
The Road to Publication—Theme & Genre
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Laurence O'Bryan
This workshop has been designed to allow all types of writers to explore publication-critical issues of theme, genre and plot. The session will include a discussion of critical aspects of these concepts and will provide an opportunity for a selection of writers to read their own synopsis or excerpts from their work and to receive feedback. If you wish to read email lpobryan[at]gmail.com as soon as possible. Readers will be chosen from diverse genres.
 
Two-Page Tell: YOUR Opening Hook
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Marla Miller
 
Evening Feedback Debriefing
Feb 15th 9:00pm - Feb 16th 12:00am
Laura Perkins
You’ve braved the agent conversation, the read & critique rooms, the one-on-ones. Now you have three completely different opinions about the same scene. One has not just taken the wind out of your sails but torn a gouge through the fabric of your writing soul.  Other notes seem appropriate, but you have no idea how to use them. If so, this debrief workshop is for you. Too many people rush to apply feedback without understanding what it really means to their story. This workshop will support writers with the stress of others judging your work, and brainstorm the best ways to deal with critiques, apply feedback, and motivate you to keep writing.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Finding Your Place in the Young Adult Market
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mary G. Thompson
 
Storytelling is Murder, She Wrote
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
Gayle Carline
Like any genre, mysteries need great characters, but they also need a puzzle to be solved within the pages. The same techniques used by screenwriters to create an interesting crime solved by fascinating characters can be used by novelists to write a compelling story. This workshop will take a look at an episode from a popular TV mystery series and what makes it work. Be prepared to dissect, dismember, and disembowel a 50-minute TV show, then be amazed at how much you’ve learned.
 
Memoir: Structuring Your Story and the Stories Within
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Stacey O'Brien
 
The New World of Killer Queries: The Key to Getting Requests
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Maralys Wills
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

Indie Excellence: Do I REALLY Want To Sell My Books?
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Laura Taylor I Dennis Brown I Claudia Whitsitt
That is the key question every indie writer must answer. If your answer is an emphatic “YES!”, then this workshop is for you. Our focus will be 1. The face of your book; 2. The myriad details and necessary quality control during book production; 3. The protection of your brand via quality assurance. (If you aren’t sure how to i.d. your brand, we’ll help you with that, too!)
 
What to Expect from Your Agent—and What She Expects from You!
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
Terri Baranowski
 
Reality Check: Stand Your Ground?
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Richard Craig Anderson
There are three kinds of cops–the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but so often Hollywood manages to get it wrong. And yet our goal as writers is to build authentic cop characters, ones that leap from the page. Do you think a big, fearsome-looking cop can’t be nuanced? S/he can be. Do cops really read people their rights? And what’s all this stuff about how you can’t use silencers on handguns? Veteran cops-turned-authors provide insight into how cops really think, act and play—and how you can develop cops that aren’t just lumps of clay.
 
Pitch Witches: What's Your Book About?
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Marla Miller I Jennifer Silva Redmond
 
 

NovelCram®

Drusilla Campbell

NovelCram®
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
Building the Better Book
A boot camp for fiction writers of all kinds: literary, commercial, mystery, romance and action-adventure.

NovelCram is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a one-of-a-kind weekend intensive available only at the Southern California Writer’s Conference.  A stand-alone track that starts Saturday at 9 AM and runs through Sunday, 5:10 PM, from concept through completion NovelCram covers everything you need to know about putting a novel together.  Beginning with a one-on-one opportunity to vet your idea with a seasoned author and editor, NovelCram teaches what it takes to create a popular novel in today’s publishing world: plot and scene structure, dramatic development, character development, dialog, pacing, narrative drive and much more.  Ideal for novelists who have finished a first or second draft or had their manuscript rejected one time too many, NovelCram is also a great way for even accomplished authors to get their new book off to a winning start.

While participating requires attending every NovelCram workshop, Crammers are free to attend all other SCWC functions, such as special guest speakers, agents panel, Rogue workshops, etc., when NovelCram is not in session.  Crammers may also leave the NovelCram to attend optional pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments with advance submission readers.

The NovelCram consists of the following sessions:

  1. Goals, Orientation and Organization

  2. Prewriting the Practice Novel

  3. Plotting the Novel

  4. Chapter One

  5. Character Construction

  6. Scene, Dialogue and Conflict

  7. Read and Critique of Chapter One

  8. Completing the Novel


If you're ready to Cram, bring pen and paper (laptop computer highly recommended), snacks, and plenty of water.  You're going to write!

Please note that this track requires a minimum number of participants and will be removed from the schedule if not met.
 
NovelCram®
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Building the Better Book
A boot camp for fiction writers of all kinds: literary, commercial, mystery, romance and action-adventure.

NovelCram is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a one-of-a-kind weekend intensive available only at the Southern California Writer’s Conference. A stand-alone track that starts Saturday at 9 AM and runs through Sunday, 5:10 PM, from concept through completion NovelCram covers everything you need to know about putting a novel together. Beginning with a one-on-one opportunity to vet your idea with a seasoned author and editor, NovelCram teaches what it takes to create a popular novel in today’s publishing world: plot and scene structure, dramatic development, character development, dialog, pacing, narrative drive and much more. Ideal for novelists who have finished a first or second draft or had their manuscript rejected one time too many, NovelCram is also a great way for even accomplished authors to get their new book off to a winning start.

While participating requires attending every NovelCram workshop, Crammers are free to attend all other SCWC functions, such as special guest speakers, agents panel, Rogue workshops, etc., when NovelCram is not in session. Crammers may also leave the NovelCram to attend optional pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments with advance submission readers.

The NovelCram consists of the following sessions:

  1. Goals, Orientation and Organization

  2. Prewriting the Practice Novel

  3. Plotting the Novel

  4. Chapter One

  5. Character Construction

  6. Scene, Dialogue and Conflict

  7. Read and Critique of Chapter One

  8. Completing the Novel


If you're ready to Cram, bring pen and paper (laptop computer highly recommended), snacks, and plenty of water. You're going to write!

Please note that this track requires a minimum number of participants and will be removed from the schedule if not met.
 
NovelCram®
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Building the Better Book
A boot camp for fiction writers of all kinds: literary, commercial, mystery, romance and action-adventure.

NovelCram is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a one-of-a-kind weekend intensive available only at the Southern California Writer’s Conference. A stand-alone track that starts Saturday at 9 AM and runs through Sunday, 5:10 PM, from concept through completion NovelCram covers everything you need to know about putting a novel together. Beginning with a one-on-one opportunity to vet your idea with a seasoned author and editor, NovelCram teaches what it takes to create a popular novel in today’s publishing world: plot and scene structure, dramatic development, character development, dialog, pacing, narrative drive and much more. Ideal for novelists who have finished a first or second draft or had their manuscript rejected one time too many, NovelCram is also a great way for even accomplished authors to get their new book off to a winning start.

While participating requires attending every NovelCram workshop, Crammers are free to attend all other SCWC functions, such as special guest speakers, agents panel, Rogue workshops, etc., when NovelCram is not in session. Crammers may also leave the NovelCram to attend optional pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments with advance submission readers.

The NovelCram consists of the following sessions:

  1. Goals, Orientation and Organization

  2. Prewriting the Practice Novel

  3. Plotting the Novel

  4. Chapter One

  5. Character Construction

  6. Scene, Dialogue and Conflict

  7. Read and Critique of Chapter One

  8. Completing the Novel


If you're ready to Cram, bring pen and paper (laptop computer highly recommended), snacks, and plenty of water. You're going to write!

Please note that this track requires a minimum number of participants and will be removed from the schedule if not met.
 
NovelCram®
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Building the Better Book
A boot camp for fiction writers of all kinds: literary, commercial, mystery, romance and action-adventure.

NovelCram is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a one-of-a-kind weekend intensive available only at the Southern California Writer’s Conference. A stand-alone track that starts Saturday at 9 AM and runs through Sunday, 5:10 PM, from concept through completion NovelCram covers everything you need to know about putting a novel together. Beginning with a one-on-one opportunity to vet your idea with a seasoned author and editor, NovelCram teaches what it takes to create a popular novel in today’s publishing world: plot and scene structure, dramatic development, character development, dialog, pacing, narrative drive and much more. Ideal for novelists who have finished a first or second draft or had their manuscript rejected one time too many, NovelCram is also a great way for even accomplished authors to get their new book off to a winning start.

While participating requires attending every NovelCram workshop, Crammers are free to attend all other SCWC functions, such as special guest speakers, agents panel, Rogue workshops, etc., when NovelCram is not in session. Crammers may also leave the NovelCram to attend optional pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments with advance submission readers.

The NovelCram consists of the following sessions:

  1. Goals, Orientation and Organization

  2. Prewriting the Practice Novel

  3. Plotting the Novel

  4. Chapter One

  5. Character Construction

  6. Scene, Dialogue and Conflict

  7. Read and Critique of Chapter One

  8. Completing the Novel


If you're ready to Cram, bring pen and paper (laptop computer highly recommended), snacks, and plenty of water. You're going to write!

Please note that this track requires a minimum number of participants and will be removed from the schedule if not met.
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS

Advance Submission Critique

Advance Submission Critique
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
One-on-one appointments
TBA
 
Advance Submission Critique
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
One-on-one appointments
TBA
 
Advance Submission Critique
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
One-on-one appointments
TBA
 
Advance Submission Critique
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
One-on-one appointments
TBA
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Lunch
February 15th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
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
February 15th 4:20pm - 5:30pm
Discussion with attending literary reps
TBA
 
SCWC*SD Banquet
February 15th 6:40pm - 8:00pm
Yum!
TBA
 
Best Foot Forward: Polishing for Success 1*
February 15th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jean Jenkins
*Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration and submission of material prior to the conference required. Full details available here.
 
Getting to the Heart of Women’s Fiction
February 15th 9:00am - 10:30am
Janis Thomas
 
Co-, Ghost, With or And: Succeeding as a Collaborative Writer
February 15th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Robert Yehling
This workshop will address key points of working with book subjects, co-writing, interviewing, researching, putting ego aside, determining voice, negotiating fees, and the constant fruitfulness of this market. Bob will draw from two such books in progress, Just Add Water (Houghton Mifflin) and When We Were the Boys (Rowman Littlefield/Taylor Trade).
 
Dialogue IS Action AND Story
February 15th 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Frederick Ramsay
TBA
 
 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

Evening

Special Guest Speaker
February 15th 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Laurence O'Bryan
Laurence O’Bryan is the author of The Istanbul Puzzle, recipient of the SCWC*SD21 Outstanding Fiction Award for what became the first in a three-book international conspiracy thriller series. Short listed for Irish crime novel of 2012 and translated into 10 languages, the other novels have also been translated and a movie adaptation of the series is in underway. Laurence is published by Harper Collins UK, Canada & Australia, Hachette in Poland, Newton Compton in Italy, and La Factoria de Ideas in Spain and South America. He has a popular blog and other sites including a free writers magazine site, a resource to help writers and publishers. Laurence has delivered courses and workshops at a variety of writers’ events and teaches the craft of writing at Ireland’s leading writing school, The Irish Writers Centre in Dublin. The Manhattan Puzzle, the second book in his series, is now out.
 
 

 

 

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REGISTRATION DESK

Walk-in Registration

Walk-In Registration
February 16th 7:30am - 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

Morning

Special Guest Speaker
February 16th 8:00am - 8:50am
Bhava Ram
Bhava Ram is former NBC network news war correspondent correspondent Brad Willis, whose career was abruptly ended due to a broken back and failed surgery. Declared permanently disabled, he was heavily medicated and confined to a body brace. Years later came a diagnosis of stage four cancer and prognosis that survival was not possible.On the brink of death, Ram left western medicine, detoxified from all medications and found mind/body medicine. Through the sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, Ram healed himself and now devotes his life to helping others reclaim their inherent power to achieve profound self-healing, overcome life’s greatest challenges, find their authentic voices, and manifest their fullest potential. He is the author of three books, the recently released Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life, The Eight Limbs of Yoga: Pathway to Liberation and Deep Yoga: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times. Of Warrior Pose, Booklist concludes, “Willis’ memoir may prove an invaluable guide for those hoping to attain similar positive changes for themselves.”
 
 

WORKSHOP

Read & Critique

Read & Critique
February 16th 9:00am - 10:30am
Robert Yehling
 
Read & Critique
February 16th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Frederick Ramsay
 
Read & Critique
February 16th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Maralys Wills
TBA
 
Read & Critique
February 16th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Maralys Wills
 
Rogue Read & Critique(s)
Feb 16th 9:00pm - Feb 17th 6:00am
Clements I Pallamary
Unlike the 1 1/2-hour daytime sessions, the duration of any given Rogue Read & Critique workshop is determined by its workshop leader. It is not uncommon for these sessions to last anywhere from midnight to 4 a.m. or later.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

Writing Outside the Story
February 16th 9:00am - 10:30am
Judy Reeves
Not everything we write will make it into the final piece. In fact, much of what we write is to discover what the story is about and who the characters are. Digging deeper, exploring hidden passages, following roads that lead to unexpected destinations, and asking impertinent, probing questions of our characters (and ourselves). Often writing outside the story is the only way to get inside it. This workshop offers inventive, practical techniques and creative exercises for exploring story and character. Good for fiction and nonfiction writers.
 
Blurring Boundaries: The Confluence of Fiction, Real Life and Imagination
February 16th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Judy Reeves
Where does real life end and fiction begin? This workshop examines how creative use of the imagination can take the facts of real life and the “what if” of fiction and weave them into a compelling story. We’ll explore the shape-shifting of memory, truth vs. fact, creating composite characters, compression of time and place and the urge of the intuitive mind to recast the events of our lives into stories that reveal the truth of our experiences and the commonalties of humankind. We’ll also answer two important questions: 1) whose story is it anyhow? And, 2) can I get sued for writing this?
 
You Love Him, But Could You Bring Him Home to Mother?
February 16th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Lisa Kessler & Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
The monsters of old have become lovers and bffs in the past several years. But what are the differences between paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and horror, in terms of writing believable relationships? This session will explore how far can writers go with romance elements that deal with the supernatural, what works in terms of bringing the monsters of old into the current century and why television embraces shows like Dracula, Supernatural, Grimm, Fringe, Bitten, Lost Girl, and Being Human rock the charts.

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is an award-winning, multi-published author of 28 novels and novellas for Kensington, Amazon Montlake, Harlequin's Nocturne and Desire imprints, and GothicScapes, her new indie company.

Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
 
Happily Ever After: Make Them Earn It
February 16th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Lisa Kessler
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com.
 
Evening Feedback Debriefing
Feb 16th 9:00pm - Feb 17th 12:00am
Laura Perkins
You’ve braved the agent conversation, the read & critique rooms, the one-on-ones. Now you have three completely different opinions about the same scene. One has not just taken the wind out of your sails but torn a gouge through the fabric of your writing soul.  Other notes seem appropriate, but you have no idea how to use them. If so, this debrief workshop is for you. Too many people rush to apply feedback without understanding what it really means to their story. This workshop will support writers with the stress of others judging your work, and brainstorm the best ways to deal with critiques, apply feedback, and motivate you to keep writing.
 
 

WORKSHOP

Craft & Execution

The Modern Memoir: Which of Two Ways is the Right Way?
February 16th 9:00am - 10:30am
Maralys Wills
 
Self-Editing 101
February 16th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Whether you're writing for a New York publisher, an e-book publisher, or plan to go indie and self-publish your work, it's more important than ever for your books to stand out. This session will provide a breakdown of current editing rules, information on what editors actually do, and provide cues and clues for looking at your work with an editor's eye.

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is an award-winning, multi-published author of 28 novels and novellas for Kensington, Amazon Montlake, Harlequin's Nocturne and Desire imprints, and GothicScapes, her new indie company.
 
Your Book Is Finished: Now What?
February 16th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Robert Yehling
 
Re-entry: Editing Nonfiction for Dramatic Impact
February 16th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Stacey O'Brien
 
 

WORKSHOP

Business & Alternative

Advanced Digital Marketing & Social Media
February 16th 9:00am - 10:30am
Laurence O'Bryan
This is a practical workshop for writers who are experienced in the digital world and social media. It is designed to provide advanced assistance to help them get noticed and achieve their objectives. Help will be provided to define meaningful goals, beyond simply having an online presence. The concepts of the accessible author and extending our work online will be discussed.
 
Slushpile Hell: Don't Make Me Make You Go There
February 16th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Terri Baranowski
 
Crafting YA: Voice, POV and Tense
February 16th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mary G. Thompson
Do you want to spur your creativity? In this workshop, we will talk about the use of voice, perspective, and tense in YA writing, and then we will use writing prompts to practice our skills on the spot. Let’s get the gears moving!
 
Triple Threat: Indie-Author-Entrepreneur
February 16th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Christopher John Chater
This class deals with the business of being your own publisher, from writing content, selling books through various retailers, and getting reviews. Find the best ways of attracting readers and learn about the expected costs of packaging and uploading your novel, as well as the challenges of DEY: Doing Everything Yourself. By avoiding gimmicks, and by not getting sucked into the social media black hole, an author can focus on the the proven ways of selling books: content people rave about, a solid fan base, and being in those algorithmic rankings
 
 

NovelCram®

Drusilla Campbell

NovelCram®
February 16th 9:00am - 10:30am
Building the Better Book
A boot camp for fiction writers of all kinds: literary, commercial, mystery, romance and action-adventure.

NovelCram is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a one-of-a-kind weekend intensive available only at the Southern California Writer’s Conference. A stand-alone track that starts Saturday at 9 AM and runs through Sunday, 5:10 PM, from concept through completion NovelCram covers everything you need to know about putting a novel together. Beginning with a one-on-one opportunity to vet your idea with a seasoned author and editor, NovelCram teaches what it takes to create a popular novel in today’s publishing world: plot and scene structure, dramatic development, character development, dialog, pacing, narrative drive and much more. Ideal for novelists who have finished a first or second draft or had their manuscript rejected one time too many, NovelCram is also a great way for even accomplished authors to get their new book off to a winning start.

While participating requires attending every NovelCram workshop, Crammers are free to attend all other SCWC functions, such as special guest speakers, agents panel, Rogue workshops, etc., when NovelCram is not in session. Crammers may also leave the NovelCram to attend optional pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments with advance submission readers.

The NovelCram consists of the following sessions:

  1. Goals, Orientation and Organization

  2. Prewriting the Practice Novel

  3. Plotting the Novel

  4. Chapter One

  5. Character Construction

  6. Scene, Dialogue and Conflict

  7. Read and Critique of Chapter One

  8. Completing the Novel


If you're ready to Cram, bring pen and paper (laptop computer highly recommended), snacks, and plenty of water. You're going to write!

Please note that this track requires a minimum number of participants and will be removed from the schedule if not met.
 
NovelCram®
February 16th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Building the Better Book
A boot camp for fiction writers of all kinds: literary, commercial, mystery, romance and action-adventure.

NovelCram is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a one-of-a-kind weekend intensive available only at the Southern California Writer’s Conference. A stand-alone track that starts Saturday at 9 AM and runs through Sunday, 5:10 PM, from concept through completion NovelCram covers everything you need to know about putting a novel together. Beginning with a one-on-one opportunity to vet your idea with a seasoned author and editor, NovelCram teaches what it takes to create a popular novel in today’s publishing world: plot and scene structure, dramatic development, character development, dialog, pacing, narrative drive and much more. Ideal for novelists who have finished a first or second draft or had their manuscript rejected one time too many, NovelCram is also a great way for even accomplished authors to get their new book off to a winning start.

While participating requires attending every NovelCram workshop, Crammers are free to attend all other SCWC functions, such as special guest speakers, agents panel, Rogue workshops, etc., when NovelCram is not in session. Crammers may also leave the NovelCram to attend optional pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments with advance submission readers.

The NovelCram consists of the following sessions:

  1. Goals, Orientation and Organization

  2. Prewriting the Practice Novel

  3. Plotting the Novel

  4. Chapter One

  5. Character Construction

  6. Scene, Dialogue and Conflict

  7. Read and Critique of Chapter One

  8. Completing the Novel


If you're ready to Cram, bring pen and paper (laptop computer highly recommended), snacks, and plenty of water. You're going to write!

Please note that this track requires a minimum number of participants and will be removed from the schedule if not met.
 
NovelCram®
February 16th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Building the Better Book
A boot camp for fiction writers of all kinds: literary, commercial, mystery, romance and action-adventure.

NovelCram is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a one-of-a-kind weekend intensive available only at the Southern California Writer’s Conference. A stand-alone track that starts Saturday at 9 AM and runs through Sunday, 5:10 PM, from concept through completion NovelCram covers everything you need to know about putting a novel together. Beginning with a one-on-one opportunity to vet your idea with a seasoned author and editor, NovelCram teaches what it takes to create a popular novel in today’s publishing world: plot and scene structure, dramatic development, character development, dialog, pacing, narrative drive and much more. Ideal for novelists who have finished a first or second draft or had their manuscript rejected one time too many, NovelCram is also a great way for even accomplished authors to get their new book off to a winning start.

While participating requires attending every NovelCram workshop, Crammers are free to attend all other SCWC functions, such as special guest speakers, agents panel, Rogue workshops, etc., when NovelCram is not in session. Crammers may also leave the NovelCram to attend optional pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments with advance submission readers.

The NovelCram consists of the following sessions:

  1. Goals, Orientation and Organization

  2. Prewriting the Practice Novel

  3. Plotting the Novel

  4. Chapter One

  5. Character Construction

  6. Scene, Dialogue and Conflict

  7. Read and Critique of Chapter One

  8. Completing the Novel


If you're ready to Cram, bring pen and paper (laptop computer highly recommended), snacks, and plenty of water. You're going to write!

Please note that this track requires a minimum number of participants and will be removed from the schedule if not met.
 
NovelCram®
February 16th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Building the Better Book
A boot camp for fiction writers of all kinds: literary, commercial, mystery, romance and action-adventure.

NovelCram is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a one-of-a-kind weekend intensive available only at the Southern California Writer’s Conference. A stand-alone track that starts Saturday at 9 AM and runs through Sunday, 5:10 PM, from concept through completion NovelCram covers everything you need to know about putting a novel together. Beginning with a one-on-one opportunity to vet your idea with a seasoned author and editor, NovelCram teaches what it takes to create a popular novel in today’s publishing world: plot and scene structure, dramatic development, character development, dialog, pacing, narrative drive and much more. Ideal for novelists who have finished a first or second draft or had their manuscript rejected one time too many, NovelCram is also a great way for even accomplished authors to get their new book off to a winning start.

While participating requires attending every NovelCram workshop, Crammers are free to attend all other SCWC functions, such as special guest speakers, agents panel, Rogue workshops, etc., when NovelCram is not in session. Crammers may also leave the NovelCram to attend optional pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments with advance submission readers.

The NovelCram consists of the following sessions:

  1. Goals, Orientation and Organization

  2. Prewriting the Practice Novel

  3. Plotting the Novel

  4. Chapter One

  5. Character Construction

  6. Scene, Dialogue and Conflict

  7. Read and Critique of Chapter One

  8. Completing the Novel


If you're ready to Cram, bring pen and paper (laptop computer highly recommended), snacks, and plenty of water. You're going to write!

Please note that this track requires a minimum number of participants and will be removed from the schedule if not met.
 
 

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS

Advance Submission Critique

Advance Submission Critique
February 16th 9:00am - 10:30am
One-on-one appointments
TBA
 
Best Foot Forward: Polishing for Success 2*
February 16th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jean Jenkins
*Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration and submission of material prior to the conference required. Full details available here.
 
From Storyboards to Stores: A Writers Guide to Comic Books
February 16th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Christa Yelich-Koth
This workshop will focus on the writer’s work in comics/ graphic novels from turning prose to storyboards (layouts and color v. black and white), working with an illustrator (terms and conditions), and learning the ropes about printing (cost v. quality), marketing (promotions and merchandise), and publishing your final product (where and how to sell your book).
 
Advance Submission Critique
February 16th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
One-on-one appointments
TBA
 
 

PANELS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Afternoon & Evening

Lunch
February 16th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
On Your Own
Placate Your Palate. Lunch is on your own. Dine at the hotel, or at a nearby eatery.
 
E-publication: First, Last or Best Choice for Emerging Authors?
February 16th 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Chater, Kaufman, Gregory
For the traditionally established author with a backlist whose rights have reverted perhaps the choice is obvious. But for the emerging author, unknown in an ever-increasingly competitive marketplace already saturated with titles, the decision often is not. Crafting a great story, writing a great book, is hard enough. Self-publishing a great book, regardless of how well written? Well, more and more writers suffering from premature e-publication are discovering just how hard it is. We’ll be addressing the crucial factors a writer must consider when opting for immediacy over legacy, weighing both long- and short-term goals, and defining what author legitimacy really means in the Age of Self-publication.
 
Dinner
February 16th 5:10pm - 8:00pm
On Your Own
TBA
 
SCWC Awards & Farewell
February 16th 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Currently Staffed By:
 
Scrivener 101: Maximize Value, Minimize the Stress
February 16th 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.

The workshop will help with: starting a new project, importing an existing project, using the corkboard to brainstorm scenes, using templates to accelerate your process, writing non-sequentially, editing, basic compilation to Word, PDF, ePub and Kindle formats, and more.

Bonus: SCWC participants can receive 20% off their purchase of Scrivener software
 
Scrivener Software 201: Compile With Style, & Other Winning Workflows
February 16th 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jeremy Lee James
With great power comes great complexity! (But don’t let that scare you.)

In this workshop Jeremy Lee James will build upon the fundamentals of the Scrivener 101 workshop (lead by Ara Grigorian), and teach you all the tricks necessary to not only tame Scrivener’s complex feature set, but forever transform the way you share your manuscript with your critique group, editors, and eventual readership.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Automatically add Chapter titles and page numbers to your manuscript during Compile

  • How to compile your manuscript to .mobi (for Kindle), .epub (for the Apple store), and all the other popular e-book and sharing formats commonly in use…without the woes of MS Word!

  • How to export your notes, research, footnotes, and annotations

  • How to configure the compile process to skip certain scenes, or to include material in your book specific to only one version

  • And much, much more!


There will be ample time at the end to ask questions about anything covered during Jeremy’s workshop, or topics you’d like to review from Ara’s talk.
 
Using Audio as an Income Stream
February 16th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Matthew J. Pallamary
 
After You Submit: Do’s, Don’ts & Definites
February 16th 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Jean Jenkins