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Join us for LA Writers' Conference 2014: Revitalize Your Writing
Journey to Publication
An all day conference on March 1st, LA Writers' Conference will be an opportunity for aspiring writers to learn about the writing industry from professionals. Hosted at the Curacao Training Center, we will be discussing issues such as style, common mistakes to avoid, intersecting genres, editing, as well as other topics.
Our curriculum will educate writers about the realities of this industry and potential mistakes to avoid. The spring session of LA Writers' Conference will be an opportunity for aspiring and experienced writers to hear from an eclectic host of writers, publishers, and Los Angeles based literary experts.
Seating is limited so register soon.
When: March 1st - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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LA Writers' Conference Schedule:
9:00 AM: Welcome and How to Get the Most Out of the Conference
About our Panelists:
Our Award-Winning Motivational Keynote Speaker, Kathryn Fitzmaurice. When Kathryn was thirteen years old, her mother sent her to New York City over the summer to visit her grandmother, who was a science fiction author. After seeing how her grandmother could make the characters in her books into whomever she wanted, Kathryn decided that she, too, wanted to become a writer someday. Years later, after teaching elementary school, she now writes full time and lives with her husband, two sons, and her dog, Holly, in Monarch Beach, CA. www.kathrynfitzmaurice.com - kathrynfitzmaurice.blogspot.com/
Anita Finlay is an author, actor and commentator. Her book, Dirty Words on Clean Skin, a shocking exposé examining the bias plaguing women who dare to lead, has been #1 on Amazon's Women in Politics books for 16 weeks. On the curriculum at Pasadena City College, Dirty Words on Clean Skin is part of the Clinton Presidential Library. Speaking on behalf of women's empowerment, Anita has been interviewed by over 120 different news and radio programs including Harold Fisher's Daily Drum, The Bill Cunningham Show, Kendall Moore Show/Talk of Chicago, The Grindstone, Knoxville Journal, NPR, E. Curtis Johnson at WKYNO and U.S. News & World Report.
Anita is a regular commentator on The Jerry Doyle Show (#3 in syndication in the country), America's Radio News Network and The Michelle Jackson Show. For the past year, she has co-hosted the blog radio show, Finlay & Smart Talk. She is a principal contributor to EPIC TIMES newsmagazine. Anita is repeatedly Editors' Pick on BlogHer and is on the writing staff of The New Agenda, a bi-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. Her work has been featured on Real Clear Politics, MemeOrandum, MediaBistro/DC Fishbowl, xoJane, and Knoxville Journal. Anita is also in demand as a speaker before such groups as MENSA, VFA, the Women's Leadership Forum, NAPW, NOW and colleges such as USC and Pasadena City College.
As an actor and native New Yorker living in Los Angeles, Anita has worked primarily in television for twenty-five years, recurring and guest starring on such network series as "Grey's Anatomy," "Perception," "Castle," "Brothers and Sisters," "24," "Hannah Montana," "Boston Legal," "Gilmore Girls," "Vanished," and "Judging Amy." She spent seven years on "The Young and the Restless" as Dr. Nora Thompson and starred in a number of feature films and made-for-television movies including "Alternate Endings," "The Last Place on Earth," "Two Voices," "Prison of Secrets, " "Visions of Murder," and the Christmas feature, "Naughty or Nice." Anita has done scores of commercial campaigns and worked in the theatre as a solo artist, writing and performing The Devil Takes a Wife to acclaim in Los Angeles theaters. She has also performed in regional theatres throughout the United States and had long running spokesperson contracts for a number of Fortune 500 companies.
To arrange an interview with Anita or to have her speak at your event, please contact Will Bower at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 365-2536
Natashia Deón is a Los Angeles attorney, creator of the reading series Dirty Laundry Lit, and has an MFA from UC Riverside. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Deón is a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, a Bread Loaf Writer's Conference scholarship recipient, and VCCA Fellow. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Rattling Wall, Asian-American Lit Review, B O D Y, The Feminist Wire, You. An Anthology of Second Person Essays, and other places. Deón has taught creative writing for Gettysburg College, PEN Center USA, and 826LA.
Lisa Cron is the author of Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence (Ten Speed Press). Her video tutorial Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story can be found at Lynda.com. Lisa has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, as a producer on shows for Showtime and CourtTV, and as a story consultant for Warner Brothers and the William Morris Agency. Since 2006, she's been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Lisa works with writers, nonprofits, educators and organizations, helping them master the unparalleled power of story, so they can move people to action – whether that action is turning the pages of a compelling novel, trying a new product, or taking to the streets to change the world for the better. Visit: wiredforstory.com
Samantha Dunn is the author of the novel Failing Paris and the memoirs Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life and Faith in Carlos Gomez. Her essays are widely anthologized, including the recent collections by Seal Press, Drinking Diaries and Dancing at the Shame Prom, as well as True Tales of Lust and Love, by Counterpoint. Her writing has been featured in many national publications, including O the Oprah Magazine, Ms., Glamour, InStyle, Salon and Redbook. An active member of PEN Center USA, she has served as advisor to its fellowship programs for developing writer, Emerging Voices and The Mark. She works as a staff writer at the Orange County Register, and teaches memoir at the UCLA Writers Program, where she was named Instructor of the Year in 2011.
Barbara DeSantis - A native New Yorker, Barbara has worked in the book publishing industry for more than 30 years. Her career began at Simon & Schuster where she worked as an Associate Director of Publicity for the Adult Trade Division. Later she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a freelancer, doing marketing and promotion for many of the major Houses including Penguin, Dutton, Plume, Viking, Atria, Broadway, New Press, as well as smaller publishers, independent and university presses, and individual authors. In 2005 she expanded her services to include editing and collaborative writing, and since then has been working with individual writers and authors doing manuscript review, developmental editing, and book proposals. Her areas of specialty include fiction (both literary and commercial, and young adult), memoir and narrative nonfiction.
Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.
Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) were published to critical acclaim and have been read widely in schools across the country. Her latest book, The Distance Between Us, was published in August 2012, by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as 'the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience."
Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was going on ten, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.
After attending Pasadena City College for two years, Reyna obtained a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. Now, in addition to being a published author, she is also an active promoter of Latino literature and is a sought-after speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.
Currently Reyna teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension and is at work on her next novel.
Ruth Klein - Author, Speaker, Business and Book Branding Consultant. Ruth holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology. Ruth has become nationally well-known for her reliability, motivation and results for her authors, professionals, and business clients. She is an internationally renowned writer, speaker, business and book branding consultant combined with leveraging and monetizing her client's expertise. Ruth is the owner of the award-winning boutique firm, The Marketing/Time Source, and author of six books, including the best-selling Time Management Secrets for Working Women: Getting the Most out of Each Day. She helps authors write winning book proposals for agents and publishers. Her words and work have been featured in national magazines, and she is often quoted widely by major newspapers, television and radio…and quoted most recently in O: The Oprah Magazine. Visit: www.ruthklein.com - www.destressdiva.com - www.4gbranding.com
Tiffany Windsor is best known in the creative community as the founder of the Cool2Craft community featuring the popular Cool2Craft YouTube web-series. As past producer/host of Aleene's Creative Living Television show, Tiffany oversaw the production of over 2,000 episodes and served as the editor of over 60 monthly issues of the show's companion magazine. She has made regular appearances on QVC and HSN and has authored numerous hard-cover and soft-cover craft books. Her extensive consulting experience covers all facets of the craft industry including design, product development, manufacturing, retail, publishing, packaging, events, consumer education and more. Tiffany is also an active leader of the Craft and Hobby Association Designer Section and the Southern California CHA Chapter. www.cool2craft.com
Gary Phillips son of a mechanic and a librarian, South Central native Gary draws on his experiences ranging from community activist, labor organizer, teaching incarcerated youth, state director of a political action committee to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. Booklist noted of his novel Warlord of Willow Ridge, "Phillips is a veteran crime novelist who creates a plausible post-apocalyptic scenario in which the safety of middle-class America can dissolve in a moment. Exciting, violent, and entertaining." He was editor and contributor to the bestselling anthology Orange County Noir as well as fulfilling both of those roles with Black Pulp and the upcoming Black Pulp II collections. Currently he is vp of content and editorial for ebook novella publisher Stark Raving Group (SRG) and teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Antioch. For SRG he has upcoming a crime novella featuring a character called McBleak, a one percenter who steals from the one percent. Phillips has won a Himes and a Brody for his fiction.
Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of the novel, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton (Crown). She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA program in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University Beasley School of Law. Her short work can be seen or is forthcoming in several publications, including The Millions, The Huffington Post, and The Los Angeles Review. She has taught English as a Second Language in Costa Rica, writing and literature at Drexel and St. Joseph's Universities in Philadelphia, and has worked as an attorney in Texas and California. She is currently working on her second book and an original film script. Find her at www.ElizabethLSilver.com or follow her on twitter at @ElizLSilver.
Nancy Spiller is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles. A fourth generation Californian and native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she was a staff writer at the San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Herald Examiner and editor at the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, Cooking Light, and Town & Country. She is the author of the novel, Entertaining Disasters: A Novel (With Recipes) and the memoir, Compromise Cake: Lessons Learned from My Mother's Recipe Box, and teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
For more information, visit: www.nancyspiller.org
Sheri Fink is a #1 best-selling, award-winning children's author, creator of "The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink" children's brand, and an international speaker. Sheri writes books that inspire and delight children while planting seeds of self-esteem. Her first children's book, The Little Rose, was a #1 best-seller on Amazon for over 60 weeks, became the #1 top-rated e-book on Amazon, and received a gold medal in the 2012 Readers Favorite International Book Awards. Her subsequent books have all been #1 best-sellers. Her children's book series received the Gold Mom's Choice Award for excellence in family friendly entertainment. Sheri was selected by CBS Los Angeles as one of the top 3 authors in her local area, a distinction she shares with Dean Koontz. Sheri was most recently awarded with the Gold Medal by the Readers Favorite International Book Awards for The Little Gnome and Exploring the Garden with the Little Rose.
Erin Aubry Kaplan is a Los Angeles journalist and columnist who has written about African-American political, economic and cultural issues since 1992. She is currently a contributing editor to the op-ed section of the Los Angeles Times, and from 2005 to 2007 was a weekly op-ed columnist – the first black weekly op-ed columnist in the paper's history. She has been a staff writer and columnist for the LA Weekly and New Times Los Angeles. She is a regular contributor for many publications, including Salon.com, Essence, Black Enterprise, BlackAmericaWeb, Ms. and the Independent. She is also a regular columnist for make/shift, a quarterly, cutting-edge feminist magazine that launched in 2007.
Lindsay Lees is a writer, host of the BlogTalk radio show "Over The Influence" and coordinator of the WNBA/LA writing critique groups. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently working on her first novel about the affects of growing up in family systems of addiction. Lindsay has been published by After Party Chat and Pens On Fire. Follow her at twitter.com/acoablogradio.