Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I'll be speaking at West Coast Writers Conference (3/29-31) #CulverCityEvent

Marlan Waren, #GLAWS Special Speaker Event

WC2 Presents Genre-LA Creative Writing Conference 
(Culver City) (3/29-31)

Now in its 22nd year, WC2 West Coast Writers Conferences presents the Genre-LA Creative Writing Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31. The conference features best-selling authors, editors, publishers, literary agents, publicists, and film industry experts.

“Each program is ideal for aspiring, active, and accomplished writers who want to improve the quality of their work and increase chances for success as an author,” said Tony Todaro, WC2 Executive Director and President/Co-Founder of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS).

In addition to panels with topics such as “How to Develop Your Memoir with Appeal to the Widest Possible Audience” and “Things I Wish a Pro Had Told Me When I First Started Writing,” the conference offers one-on-one pro-critiques, and features solo speakers with industry expertise.

Behind the scenes, the Author Learning Center (ALC) will be videotaping interviews with selected presenters and panelists. Excerpts will be available on ALC’s website.

“Site visitors use our landing page to look for resources on a certain topic,” said Sheila Manna, Manager of Author Education. “We also use the videos to make learning content recommendations to our members.”

DoubleTree by Hilton | 6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver City, California, 90230-6306

For more info:

Website: WC2 West Coast Writers Creative Writing Conference Schedule
E-Mail: | Phone: 310.379.2650

PS - Hope to see you there if you're in the L.A. area. The conference is also featuring a FREE speaker event at 1pm on Saturday, so if you're on a tight's a chance to get some great writer tips along with networking opportunities!

I'll be appearing on the following panels, speaking on topics covering my fields of expertise in writing, editing


3:15 pm  How to Develop Your Memoir with Appeal to the Widest Possible Audience

What makes “Eat, Pray, Love,” “The Liar’s Club” or “Angela’s Ashes” garner dazzling reviews or make readers weep or howl with laughter? How do you impose order on a thousand memories? Why is it important to resist the temptation to summarize your life?
In this workshop, we’ll identify what makes great memoirs unforgettable, as well as identify moments from your own life: the lowest ebb, the most unusual, shattering, funny or triumphant incidents that reveal your character and move readers.

4:30 pm  Things I Wish a Pro Had Told Me When I First Started Writing

Many aspiring writers waste time and brain cells when they first enter the world of writing professionally. Becoming a writer and then a published author is a steep, steep learning curve. Even for those with prior experience and previously published books, the rapidly changing landscape of the industry means you can easily make mistakes; in your writing, pitching, marketing and certainly when it comes to finding and signing a deal with a publisher or entering the shark-infested waters of the self-publishing pool. The aim of this session is to keep you safe, strong and smart as you progress in your work and career. Learn from industry pros many of the things you can avoid to save years of frustration and yes, brain cells, too.


10 AM Great Beginnings for Novels – Your First Line, First Page

You know that if the first paragraph of your novel isn't strong enough, agents and publishers won't read the first page, let alone the first fifty. Learn to separate fact from fiction and remain true to your story. Learn to draft a first line that will grab an acquisition editor and announce your authority as an author. This will cover first pages, first chapters, and first characters. This is a unique opportunity for you to learn how pros consider the merits of the material and the intent of the author, then offer improvements covering everything from glaring grammar errors to story-structure flaws to the overall storytelling and more.

Bring six (6) copies of your first 2 pages. Selected works will be read aloud, so the audience can follow along and learn how an agent or publisher reviews a manuscript. Time permitting, they may suggest improving the samples.

A panel of literary agents and professional editors

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