Great Valley Bookfest, in Manteca, San Joaquin Valley Writers Booth
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Great Valley Bookfest, in Manteca, San Joaquin Valley Writers Booth

  • Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, US Highway #120, exit Union Road exit 280 Lifestyle Rd, Manteca (map)
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Admission: Free

The Great Valley Bookfest is an opportunity for authors and book lovers to join together in a festive environment. At the Great Valley Bookfest, you can mingle with your favorite authors, discover new ones, or pick up that book you have been dying to read. For children, a book festival is a great place to develop a love for reading.
OUR MISSION for the Great Valley Bookfest is to create a family-friendly festival that celebrates literacy and promotes the written word in the heart of California’s Central Valley.

There are opportunities for authors, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors. CWCSJV will have a booth run by June Gillam, 

 

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Elk Grove Writers' Conference
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Elk Grove Writers' Conference

On October 27, 2018 the Elk Grove Writer's Guild is presenting a one day writing conference.

For attendees: The admission fee will be $50 and that includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Presenter Opportunity: All presenters attend at no charge and get a free table in the "Book Store" in a separate room to sell their book. One session is still open, "How To Market Your Book With Use of Media, Web Page, and Book Trailer." If you would be interested in this opportunity to gain experience and exposure, send an email to loyholder77@gmail.com.

A speaker has been found for this session

For further information: Visit www.egwg.org (look under "Our Current Project") and also fill out the information form at www.egwg.org/home to join the mailing list to receive updates and be notified when registration is open.

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2018 UOP Creative Writing  Conference June 22-24
Jun
22
to Jun 24

2018 UOP Creative Writing Conference June 22-24

Full details at https://www.writersconferenceatpacific.com

We have the dates for the 2018 UOP Writing Conference! As per prior years, the conference will kick off on a Friday and end on Sunday. Visit Join us for an information packed three-day conference on Creative Writing at the University of the Pacific’s beautiful main campus June 22-24, 2018. 

Keynote Speakers: Steven Hutson & Jordan E. Rosenfeld

Steven Hutson is a native of Los Angeles, a child of the sixties, and a storyteller almost from birth. He has placed his clients’ works with Dutton, Thomas Nelson, Praeger, Tyndale, Potomac, David C. Cook, and Writer’s Digest Books, among others, and several clients have won awards for their works, including a RITA award (Romance Writers of America).

 

Jordan E. Rosenfeld is the author of five books on writing, most recently Writing the Intimate Character: Create Unique, Compelling Characters Through Mastery of Point of View and three novels, most recently Women in Red. Jordan’s freelance journalism and essays have been published in over 200 publications, including such places as: The Atlantic, Mental Floss, New York Magazine, Salon, Scientific American, Writer’s Digest Magazine, The Washington Post and many more.

The Jameson Award

$500 PRIZE FOR BEST UNPUBLISHED NOVEL!

LITERARY AGENTS AND PUBLISHERS AVAILABLE FOR PITCH SESSIONS!

HELP WITH BOOK MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE AVAILABLE!

Interactive workshops and presentations will cover all aspects and genres of creative writing, from brainstorming techniques to submitting work for publication, writing creative nonfiction articles for publication to writing children’s books, murder mysteries, science fiction, and westerns.

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Linda Champion, on The Elusive Fairy Tale & How to Write It
Jun
9
12:30 PM12:30

Linda Champion, on The Elusive Fairy Tale & How to Write It

Linda Champion, on The Illusive Fairy Tale & How to Write It

http://www.championwritingcreations.com/ 

What's a contemporary fairy tale? Come learn about it Saturday, June 9, 12:30, from a mistress of the genre.  
Regular critique group after main meeting. 

ANNOUNCEMENT WE will be holding elections for officers at this meeting as well. 

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May
12
12:30 PM12:30

Andy Jones, Poet Laureate of the City of Davis

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PARKING MAY BE LIMITED DUE TO GRADUATION, ARRIVE EARLY, CARPOOL OR SEEK OTHER TRANSPORTATION IF POSSIBLE

Jones teaches at UC Davis and hosts “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on radio station KDVS. Committed to outreach and cross-disciplinary thinking, Andy works with creative writers as advisor to Nameless Magazine, a journal of creative writing at UCD; as a technical and marketing advisor for The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble; as faculty advisor to Absurd Publications, a press founded by a number of his poetry students.

In the Davis community, Andy chairs the Cultural Action Committee. His publications include an essay on Beat Art and Poetry in Lifescapes Magazine, a book chapter on teaching writing and literature with Twitter, and three books of poetry.
The founder and CEO of Eager Mondays, LLC, Andy uses his web design, professional development, and social media marketing skills to support authors, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Winners of the Arts Advocacy Award established by Eager Mondays include the Sacramento Poetry Center, the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, the Davis Poetry Book Project, Absurd Word Press, and the Golden Crown Literary Society.

Andy lives in Davis with his wife, their three children, and their English bulldog, Daffodil Jones.

 

Andy Jones, Poet Laureate of the City of Davis

https://andyojones.com/author-and-poet/

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6th Annual California Gold Rush Writers Conference
May
4
to May 6

6th Annual California Gold Rush Writers Conference

If you are looking for a local conference, then I have great news for you.  On May 4th, 5th, and 6th the annual Gold Rush Writer's Conference will be held in historic Mokelumne Hill.  The conference is offering a wide variety of topical workshops given by local presenters as well as some from as far away as Wisconsin, New Mexico, San Diego, Sacramento, the Bay Area, and S.J. Valley.  The combination of the presenters' extensive expertise, credentials, and backgrounds, as well as the beautiful setting will make your experience an enjoyable and relaxing one.  Please be sure to click the link and check out the guest speakers and workshops.  http://goldrushwriters.com/

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Lisa Slabach, Author of Degrees of Love
Apr
14
12:30 PM12:30

Lisa Slabach, Author of Degrees of Love

Lisa Slabach, Author of Degrees of Love, set in Silicon Valley

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Join us for Lisa Slabach’s presentation on “Women's Fiction—what defines the genre and its unique appeal—and techniques for writing deeply emotional content.” Saturday, April 14, 12:30, UOP Library Community Room. 

Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Davis, California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.

Under the working title Broken, the first chapter of Degrees of Love was published in the Blue Moon Art and Literary Review. Broken won the 2012 Merritt Contest for Women’s Fiction and was awarded Second Place in the Fire and Ice Contest for Women’s Fiction. Prior to publication, Degrees of Love was recognized as a Best Book of 2014 by Kirkus Review. Degrees made its full-length publishing debuted December 2017 and has been nominated for a 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Award by RT Book Reviews.

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Mar
10
12:30 PM12:30

Joshua Mohr, Author of the new memoir Sirens

This month's speaker will be Joshua Mohr who says he earned a black belt in "truth telling" during the writing of his 2017 memoir Sirens.  As one of many rave reviews puts it: "Sirens immediately earns a place on the list of great addiction memoirs, and then it gets better." -- electric literature.  Josh will speak about his experience writing both memoir and fiction as he also has authored five novels including the quirky Damascus, set in San Francisco, which the New York Times called "beat-poet cool."  He is the founder of Decant Editorial and an instructor in the Stanford Novel Writing Certificate program.  More on Josh is at http://www.joshuamohr.net/

Joshua Mohr

After the regular meeting there will be a critique group gathering in an adjacent room.  All are welcome whether you have something to read or would just like to help other writers by offering your opinion or advice.  If you would like to read, bring six copies, double-spaced, and no more than ten pages.

If you are looking for a local conference, then I have great news for you.  On May 4th, 5th, and 6th the annual Gold Rush Writer's Conference will be held in historic Mokelumne Hill.  The conference is offering a wide variety of topical workshops given by local presenters as well as some from as far away as Wisconsin, New Mexico, San Diego, Sacramento, the Bay Area, and S.J. Valley.  The combination of the presenters' extensive expertise, credentials, and backgrounds, as well as the beautiful setting will make your experience an enjoyable and relaxing one.  Please be sure to click the link and check out the guest speakers and workshops.  http://goldrushwriters.com/

Gold Rush Writers

the above content copied from the wonderful email announcement from JMH

 

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Feb
10
12:30 PM12:30

Keith Edward English Social Media Boosting Part 2

Due to illness, our scheduled speaker has been cancelled and we will be having Keith Edward English back for a second week to do a more in depth dive into the world of using social media specifically Instagram and Facebook) in conjunction with your overall marketing plan. 

"Learn the ins and outs of setting up a dynamic Facebook business page for your authorly works and how to boost posts. We will also cover boosting posts in Instagram and how the two platforms connect. Make sure to have both a Facebook and an Instagram business page setup prior to the meeting so we can dive right into how to use them. Bring a laptop and a phone that has access to both."

 

 

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