Writers conference do more than just provide writing classes, they're a great way to build your network and reignite your passion for writing. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman encourages writers to explore the 35th Central Coast Writers Conference, coming up the end of September.
I'm a writing conference junkie. There. I admitted it. Why? Because a gathering of writing nerds all in one place, talking story, craft and giving tips on the business side gives me goosebumps. It's akin to a group hug with my writing tribe.
Take a peek at one the inspiration from one of the sessions last year at Central Coast Writers Conference with Peter Dunne, Tom Schulman, and Doug Richardson, and you'll see what I mean.
See? There's nothing like hearing pro writers share advice to get your writing heart pumping!
“We’ve decided to shoot even higher for 2019,” stated Teri Bayus, Director of the Central Coast Writers Conference. “We’re keeping what works while also offering exceptional new opportunities.”
This year marks the third year I've taught at CCWC. This conference is unique in that they have over 40 presenters offering over 112 classes in screenwriting, beginning writing, poetry, memoir, novels, nonfiction, children’s, young adult, critiques, keynotes, and many craft lectures. Literally, there is something for every kind of writer – in fact, there’s even an official Teen Program.
In addition to the preexisting teen track, this year they will also include a “find your voice” track for fifth, sixth, and seventh graders. This is the first time that the Central Coast Writers Conference will include opportunities for those under 13 to participate in the event. It will include journaling, public speaking, and more.
Always looking to outdo the year before, there are now more Master Classes than ever! Oh, yes, I'll be teaching one on Navigating Screenwriting Outside of L.A. – six hours of info and brainstorming! And Danny Manus and Doug Richardson will be there, too! (If you come to CCWC, you can help me twist Danny's arms to start his Script column back up!)
And... there's yoga. You have to move to get your creative juices flowing!
You might need that yoga relaxation after you take advantage of the critique sessions. All the speakers sit with writers for 15-minute time slots to individually critique their work. That kind of one-on-one feedback is invaluable.
But the best part of CCWC is how intimate, inclusive, and welcoming it is. The speakers are not kept off in the shadows, away from the attendees, like some writing conferences. Instead, the pros and attendees mingle together, share food, laughs and love of story. It really has a family feel where we're all in this together. No egos. Just our collective love of writing.
You can't go wrong, whether you're a seasoned writer or a beginner.
The first year I attended CCWC, I had the pleasure of meeting Ross Brown, TV writer/producer, who will be speaking again this year. I'll leave you with just a small look at what his advice is for writers, and encourage you to join us this year. I promise, you won't regret it.