Making her first appearance at the SCWC, author Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, whose sexually charged paranormal romances include Silhouette Nocturne’s wildly popular Wolf Moons and upcoming Vampire Moons series of novels and novellas, will be addressing all things gothic in one of the most wildly popular genres of the day. Wolf Trap is her most recent and, yes, she’s a Buffy fan. We’ve wanted her for a long, she’s got plenty of insight to offer, and we’re especially thrilled to have her. Also newly aboard…
Following a couple-year hiatus due to his hectic journalistic obligations schedule, Thomas Larson is back. Author of The Memoir and the Memoirist — a must-read for all writers crafting a “modern memoir” — The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” (Pegasus Books) is his latest. A finalist for the Barnes & Noble Fall “Discover” Award, the book provides an in-depth study of one of the most iconic, deeply resonant nine minutes of music ever written, and the young genius behind them.
Jim Hitt, noted film & literature monographer, essayist, short story writer, novelist, educator, and former conferee, is aboard to conduct read & critique workshops and a much-needed “Merging Style and Substance” session. His latest is Carny, A Novel in Stories (Aberdeen Bay Press).
As versatile as ever, genre-skipping novelist Michele Scott returns. From her popular Wine Lover’s Mystery and Equine Mystery series to young adult adventure such as Zamora’s Ultimate Challenge, and her latest, the sweeping narco-family epic El Patron, the exceptionally entrepreneurial Michele plies the craft and works the trade equally well at every level.
Still much, much more to announce, including additional workshop leaders, agents, editors, special guest speakers, advance submission readers and more. For those who register early and select optional advance submission readers, select “TBA” (to be announced), the list of readers will be up early November. Once posted, simply email the conference with your specific choice(s).
As we begin building out the schedule over the next few weeks, updates will appear frequently to reflect where we’re at (subscribe to our RSS feed to not miss one). Where you are at next Presidents’ Day Weekend is what matters now. Though it might be tough to picture this far out, that’s in the winter. And where better to be a writer in winter than in San Diego? Imagine what little will you could wear!
Until next update, here’s some timeless advice from author Ernessa T. Carter (32 Candles), one of our special guest speakers at last month’s LA8:
“A reality TV show lands on the last fragment of a primordial supercontinent, where life has evolved separately for 600 million years.” Such is the premise of Warren Fahy’s bestselling debut action-adventure Fragment, released hardcover by Delacorte last year and snatched up for film by Lloyd Levin (Watchmen). With a blood-pulsing narrative and speculative science edge, the book’s been compared to the best of Michael Crichton’s work. Warren will discuss with us how he did it.
Also aboard for SD25, Laurel Corona will be conducting select read & critique workshops over the extra-long weekend. Her latest historical novel, Penelope’s Daughter (Berkley Trade), revisits Homer’s The Odyssey from an utterly fresh perspective, chronicling the tale of Odysseus’ queen and daughter, both abandoned by the warlord in Ithaca for some 19 years . . . Author/artist Christine Renhad Stenstrom will be with us. The recent release of her exquisitely produced coffee table book, Cherry Blossom Trees: Literary Writings and Artworks, will allow us to address a huge market not really dealt with much in the past.
In her first appearance at the SCWC, Lisa Fugard, author of the evocative and wonderfully rich Skinner’s Drift, set in her native South Africa, will be conducting workshops. So too will Alexandra Sokoloff, whom we lost in Newport Beach due to unforeseen circumstances that left her stranded on the east coast.
Still many, many other authors, agents and editors to announce as we begin the run-up to February’s event. Drusilla Campbell’s NovelCram immersion track is a go, as is our new 3/10 Power Pen track (details on that later), and some particular attention we’re going to pay to all things eBooks.
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While regular updates begin in October, some good “muse” simply can’t wait. Derek Haas will be with us, author of the 2010 Barry Award nominated Columbus. The follow-up to his acclaimed debut thriller, The Silver Bear, Booklist says, “Like Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter, Columbus is a thoroughly likable villain… It’s impossible not to like the guy, even though he explicitly and repeatedly tells us not to, just as it’s impossible not to like the novel itself.”
Also a celebrated screenwriter, Derek’s screenwriting partner on such hit films as Wanted, 2 Fast 2 Furious and 3:10 to Yuma, writer/director Michael Brandt will be joining us to conduct a workshop or two. Their latest, The Double, starring Richard Gere and Stephen Moyer, is out 2011.
Another solid rep on the screenwriting front, writer/producer/story editor and former VP of Production for Davis Entertainment, Adam Coplan is aboard. His work spans dozens of movies, including The Matrix, The Truman Show and Wonder Boys to I, Robot, Alien vs. Predator and The Express, starring Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown.
Of course many other friends of the SCWC will be joining us for our 25th annual San Diego event. We’ve got more special guests to announce soon, more authors, agents, editors and other publishing professionals. The $100 Early “Bard” Discount for full conference registration expires September 1 so take advantage and register today!
Now here’s your latest Writer Replay, in which an accomplished author is reminded what truly matters in today’s ever-changing publishing world.
Our extra-long holiday weekend conference takes place over Presidents’ Day Weekend, enabling us to run “Rogue” workshops until the very wee hours of Monday morning. In fact, this past SD24 two late-nighters went until 6:15 AM critiquing each other’s work and commiserating about all things writerly in a make-shift tag-team session that stretched from 3:30 AM, which several of us were privy to from afar…
What that says about those of us privy to the sincere efforts of other writers soberly imbibing upon their craft at the time need not be mentioned. Thing is, as we’ll be celebrating our 25th anniversary come February, no doubt we’ll do so again.
Already we’ve brought a lot of new flock into the fold, author-, agent- and editor-wise, to address the issues today impacting writers of all ilk. Many familiar friends will also join us in February. What’s cool now to announce — before starting our regular updates in October — is that we’re debuting a brand new immersion track as a result of several regulars’ input.
The “3/10 Power Pen” debuts at SD25. This is a stand-alone track in which participants are expected to write – from scratch — the first 10 chapters of their book over the course of the conference weekend. With individual sessions prompted by leaders, the idea behind this is that an SCWC weekend is YOUR weekend. It’s your weekend to get work done, work that you can print and wag in some skeptical non-writer’s face as tangible evidence of your creative efforts. It’s geared for you to write. Now. You.
Regular updates begin in October, following our LA8 event. Meanwhile, register really early (by Sept. 1) and take advantage of our $100 Early “Bard” Registration discount to secure your deserved spot in the .COMmunity extending into all things SCWC.
SD25 will again take place at the lovely Crowne Plaza San Diego resort. We already have a few surprises in store for writers of all levels, including a new 3-day immersion track evolving from the input of many conferees over the years. It’ll be fun, mind-numbingly creative hard labor for you, but what else would you expect from the SCWC? More details on that to come. Meanwhile…
As usual, discounted pre-registration for next year’s extra-long weekend event will open mid-July. Please bare with us as we start building out the San Diego side of the revamped website to reflect such. Certain pages aren’t quite working yet, but we’re aware and are on it.
Speaking of the new site design, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page and tell us what you think on the SCWC Facebook group. Meanwhile, to tide you over ’til the next update, watch the second episode of our SCWC re-enactment series, Writers Recap, called “Rejection Exception.”
Woo-hoo, the brand spanking new SCWC website has arrived! Took a smidge longer than hoped, and there’s a few buggy bits to iron out, but thanks to the venerable efforts of Write Click Media superstar Jeremy Lee James – wordslinging guru of all things social media and the web for writers – we’re live for LA8 (in Newport Beach). There’s plenty to report…
The first of our special guest speakers to be announced is Ellen Bryson, whose highly anticipated debut novel The Transformation of Bartholomew Furtuno, described as Water for Elephants meets Geek Love, is out June in hardcover from Henry Holt and Co. And a few of the other authorial types presently confirmed include award-winning writer/producer Erik Bork (HBO’s From Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers, Rome), New York Times bestselling NovelCram: Building the Better Book queen Drusilla Campbell, acclaimed horror novelist Mark Clements, and writing provocateur Judy Reeves – celebrating the 10th Anniversary Edition of her Writer’s Book of Days. Among the agents & editors joining us: Paul Fedorko (N.S. Bienstock), Mollie Glick (Foundry Literary & Media Agency), Matt Hudson (William Morris Endeavor Agency), Georgia Hughes (New World Books), and Sally van Haitsma, who only last month ventured out on her own after years of repping at Castiglia Literary (Best of success, Sally!)…
Some especially “good muse” to announce: Conferee Jane Howatt has signed a deal for her book, The Cop, The Killer, and Me, with Behler Publications editorial director Lynn Price, whom she submitted to at this past February’s SD24 conference. Congratulations, Jane! And no doubt Lynn will be back with us at LA8…
Registration is now open for our September event. Do so by June 1 and save $75. Regular updates will continue from here forward as there’s plenty more staff to tell you about, along with the preliminary schedule. For those who already know they’ll be signing up for optional advance submission critique, followed by one-on-one consultation with your reader(s), select “To Be Determined” on the registration form and we’ll email you when the full list becomes available in June…
Finally, as we endeavor to get the kinks out of the new site, please feel free to let Michael know what you think of the interface, any suggestions you have or problems encountered. Check back often as there’s lots more coming.