There’s a scene in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 The Godfather in which semi-retired mafia don Vito Corleone discloses to Michael, now reluctant acting-head of the family business, what aspirations he had for his son … VITO: I never wanted this for you. I lived my own life. I don’t apol
Unlike conferences aimed solely to lure as many aspiring authors as possible with big-name superstars far removed from the realities new writers today face trying to break into an increasingly fickle publishing world, or with agents & editors who participate only on the condition
Today’s guest blogger is Rick Ochocki, longtime associate, now associate director, of the SCWC. 450,000 people started a novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2018, and 53,000 entered the Winner’s Circle, writing at least 50,000 new words of an original work of fiction
Christine Ann Barnett died early on a Friday evening, June of 2020, in the thick of a plague from which she was mercifully spared. Co-director of the Southern California Writers’ Conference, she was petrified of dying. Her word, petrified. When she told me over the phone, from a hospi
Today’s guest blogger is Jean Jenkins, a co-founder of the SCWC, consultant to writers and freelance editor with over 25 years of editorial expertise placing clients with major publishers in both the U.S. and abroad. “The hardest part is the individual meetings,” an agent once told me
SCWC Content and Social Media Manager Lacey Impellizeri profiles multiple award-winning author Matthew J. Pallamary. LI: How long have you been writing? What is your experience in the industry? Did you ever expect to become an author and what is your favorite part of being an author?
[View roast video highlights.] I think it only apt that on the occasion of my 30th Southern California Writers’ Conference *San Diego I should lose my voice. In the screenwriting world we like to explain that, good dialogue is the verbiage you wake up in the morning wishing you’d said
Was reading a book, a “summer read” many would call it, devoid of epic themes or turgid prose, or need of a thesaurus within reach. Generally a fast, breezy romp, a summer read is a simple story simply told. In this case: Boy meets girl. Girl loves boy. Boy and girl are forced to work
So often it is we judge literary success only by the quality of our rejection – Hey, they spelled my name right on the rejection letter! – that it’s easy to lose faith in one’s path to publication. In and of itself, even publication won’t guarantee less rejection from book critics and
Why? It’s the most important question in writing; the one I hear most during the run-up to a conference. Usually it’s about material going to advance submission readers. “Why can I only submit the first 10 or 15 pages of my manuscript?” I’m asked. “Why not more?” Fair questions. Warra
San Diego’s “Mother Superior” of the writing community has died. Let me share a little how she lived. Betty Abell Jurus–B.Abell–had been a writer long before opening the Writers’ Bookstore & Haven. A claustrophobic, deep, dark closet of a space located in u
Michael Steven Gregory is an award-winning, independent filmmaker and WGA screenwriter of material ranging from mainstream drama and bio-pics to animated action-adventure and videogames. He has scripted series for Fox, UPN and HBO, directed television and features in a variety of genres, and been involved as a writer, producer or director in over 150 short films. His longform projects include the doculogues We, The Writer and We, The Screenwriter, the romantic-comedy A Valentine Carol, and groundbreaking Don King Presents: Prizefighter, for 2K Games. His books include the popular Disc Golf: All You Need to Know about the Game You Want to Play (Trellis).