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December 27, 2018

Start the New Year–Write! Good Muse and Deadlines

Start the New Year–Write! Good Muse and Deadlines

Start the New Year–Write! Good Muse and Deadlines

Start the New Year–Write! Good Muse and Deadlines

2019 is nearly upon us, which means another year of writing, rewriting, reading, rewriting, rewriting some more and, finally, hopefully–through fate, hard work, great storytelling and exceptional crafting–your book lands a passionate advocate, finds a good home, gets published and rea[Click For The Rest...]
October 26, 2018

3rd Guest Speaker; Your Path To Publishing Plan

3rd Guest Speaker; Your Path To Publishing Plan

3rd Guest Speaker; Your Path To Publishing Plan

3rd Guest Speaker; Your Path To Publishing Plan

“The hip-hop generation’s answer to Sherlock Holmes returns fast and furious in the third installment of [his] celebrated series … And Isaiah Quintabe remains an engaging, fascinating protagonist,” raves Kirkus about Joe Ide’s Wrecked. The breakout sensation that introduced us to this[Click For The Rest...]
October 19, 2018

2nd Guest Speaker; Good Muse And More

2nd Guest Speaker; Good Muse And More

2nd Guest Speaker; Good Muse And More

2nd Guest Speaker; Good Muse And More

Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera, VIDA Review, the Offing, and elsewhere. Now a new memoir, First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story (Prometheus Books), dedicated to the themes of love and sexuality as experienced by an Mus[Click For The Rest...]
September 30, 2018

1st Guest Speaker and New Staffers Confirmed

1st Guest Speaker and New Staffers Confirmed

1st Guest Speaker and New Staffers Confirmed

1st Guest Speaker and New Staffers Confirmed

Legendary host Jim McKay called it, “The greatest show of courage in the history of Wide World of Sports.” In 1982, after becoming the unlikely leader of the Ironman triathlon, Julie Moss fell and lost all bodily function 50 feet from the finish. On hands and knees, she watched her ri[Click For The Rest...]
August 01, 2018

Pre-registration Open; No Room for Rancor in Writing

Pre-registration Open; No Room for Rancor in Writing

Pre-registration Open; No Room for Rancor in Writing

Pre-registration Open; No Room for Rancor in Writing

It sticks true today as in any time ever before, what author-philosopher Alan W. Watts had to say about writers and writing: “Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor[Click For The Rest...]
February 25, 2018

SD32 Awards, Wrap and Rejuvenation

SD32 Awards, Wrap and Rejuvenation

SD32 Awards, Wrap and Rejuvenation

SD32 Awards, Wrap and Rejuvenation

An unexpected murder of crows boded well for conference weekend, and our plot of writers seized the occasion to shine. From Wes, Chrissie and myself, Rick, Linda and Cricket, to all the workshop leaders, guest speakers, and agents–and most importantly to the conferees themselves, who [Click For The Rest...]
January 30, 2018

4th Guest Speaker; SD32 Working Schedule

4th Guest Speaker; SD32 Working Schedule

4th Guest Speaker; SD32 Working Schedule

4th Guest Speaker; SD32 Working Schedule

Author of The Dining Car, his sumptuous telling of “a story of service, serendipity, and second chances,” Eric Peterson will round out our 32nd annual San Diego conference schedule. As our Sunday afternoon Special Guest Speaker, Eric will share how he navigated the turbule[Click For The Rest...]
November 30, 2017

Craft, Community, Commerce & Karma

Craft, Community, Commerce & Karma

Craft, Community, Commerce & Karma

Craft, Community, Commerce & Karma

Plot is not story. Even the most skilled application of craft will conceal a weak story for only so long. Story is story. Craft is the toolbox an author turns to to tell a story. Surprisingly, many good writers—craft execution-wise—don’t understand the distinction between the two. In [Click For The Rest...]
October 31, 2017

3rd Guest Speaker; The Eve of NaNoWriMo

3rd Guest Speaker; The Eve of NaNoWriMo

3rd Guest Speaker; The Eve of NaNoWriMo

3rd Guest Speaker; The Eve of NaNoWriMo

Returning for her second appearance as Special Guest Speaker is author and SCWC workshop leader Janis Thomas. In yet another departure from the humorous women’s fiction that she first won over readers and critics alike with, her long-anticipated latest, the hypnotic domestic drama Wha[Click For The Rest...]
September 27, 2017

2nd Guest Speaker; SCWCer Books Abound

2nd Guest Speaker; SCWCer Books Abound

2nd Guest Speaker; SCWCer Books Abound

2nd Guest Speaker; SCWCer Books Abound

Winter is coming! Our extended 32nd annual Presidents’ Day Weekend conference takes place February 16-18, 2018. Offering over five-dozen workshops—including “Rogue” read & critique sessions that often run deep into the balmy wee hours, five months out there’s already plenty to rep[Click For The Rest...]