Following the roller coaster of February’s San Diego conference, discounted Early “Bard” Pre-registration is now open for our 20th annual autumn event. We have so much more to explore, including the emerging clash of emerging Artificial Intelligence tools vs. Emotional Intelligence acumen rocking our community – and how best to apply the combo to our work successfully. Across all flanks of the publishing world, many new workshop ideas erupted at SD37 that we can’t wait to further explore and put in order for Irvine sessions. In fact, while we don’t usually do complete tracks in September, there seems to be one topic that many conferees urged us to do so. Think we’ve cracked that nut and will announce soon how we’ll serve it.
Meanwhile, the SCWC remains focused on the writers in the room, the words on the page. We believe it’s safe to say that we’ll be fully back to in-person normal and now have the tools to compensate for any unexpected challenges. While regular updates will begin in April, here’s what you need to know now…
SCWC*LA20/IRVINE LOCATION: The conference will return to Sonesta Irvine Hotel, located at 17941 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614. Dates are September 15-17, 2023. Lodging discounts will be available to SCWC conferees. Phone (949) 863-1999 to book your reservation, or do so online (when available).
SCWC*LA/IRVINE 20 SCHEDULE: Rest assured that plenty of craft- and business-centric sessions, read & critique workshops, one-on-one consultations and more will round out the weekend. Though we won’t begin plugging things in until later, you can get an idea of the overall shape of the conference on the schedule page.
SCWC*LA/IRVINE 20 STAFF: In addition to our select roster of returning workshop leaders, agents, editors and other publishing professionals, several more will be joining us for the first time. Be sure to subscribe to our periodic .COMmunity updates to find out who, along with all timely SCWC news.
Until next time, write on, and remember that AI ain’t got nothing on EI. AI is a tool to be utilized. Without EI, it won’t undermine your potential as a storyteller at all. Just the opposite. (Despite what dire predictions.)
–Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC