Monthly Archive: February 2017

Feb 08

22nd Annual South Coast Writers Conference

Keynote Speaker Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

What: Writers Conference
When: Feb 17 – 18, 2017
Where: Gold Beach Center, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Gold Beach, Oregon


Meet from top writers of the Northwest and learn about a variety of genres:

  • Children’s
  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mystery
  • Nature
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Publishing
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Screenwriting
  • Young Adult

Organizers of the South Coast Writers Conference recommend the program for both novice and published authors. They promise inspiration, renewal, new insights and new skills. Connect with  fellow writers and resources.


  • C. Lill Ahrens
  • Jennifer Burns Bright
  • Bill Cameron
  • Jamie Duclos-Yourdon
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Rita Hosking
  • Janet Sumner Johnson
  • Vinnie Kinsella
  • Michael Lamanna
  • Bruce Holland Rogers.

Workshop size limit:




Other local opportunities:

The South Coast Writers Conference takes place on Presidents Day weekend, so you have the opportunity to explore if you decide to stay for an additional day.  Local sites of interest:

  • Wild Rivers Coast
  • Miles of spectacular beaches
  • Many hiking trails
  • Sports on the Rogue River.

Phone: 541.247.2741.

Feb 06

Ann Wylie Master Classes: Master the Art of the Storyteller

Ann Wylie works with communicators who want to reach more readers and with organizations that want to get the word out.

What: Writing workshop
When: Feb 23 – 24, 2017
Where: The Great Room, 100 N. Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo CA


Find tips for getting people to pay attention to your messages, understand them faster and remember them longer. Learn to each readers online, write copy that moves people to act, master the art of the corporate storyteller and make your writing easier to read and understand.


Ann Wylie, owner Wylie Communications, is the author of over a dozen learning tools. Previously Ann was editor of Hallmark Cards’ employee magazine, CROWN. She has won more than 60 communication awards, including a WIC Clarion and two IABC Gold Quills.


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Feb 05 2017

2017 San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes

What: Well-established conference
When: February 16-19, 2017
Where: Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Fransisco


Meet over one hundred literary agents, editors, publishers and bestselling authors. Explore the best ways to publish and promote your work. Hear about new trends in the industry. Boost your social media reach. Build your writing career.

Selected presenters:

  • Heather Graham, Flawless
  • John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  • William Bernhardt, The Game Master
  • Jon Agee, Terrific
  • Rusty Shelton
  • Steven Spatz, president of BookBaby


  • “A-Pro session”
  • consult with an editor
  • pitch & open mic sessions
  • one-on-one networking with presenters
  • talk to representatives of both self-publishing and traditional publishing
  • Speed Dating with Agents (extra)

Topics covered:               

  • Autobiography/Memoir
  • Business/Technical
  • Children’s
  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mystery
  • Nature
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Publishing
  • Religion
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Screenwriting
  • Travel
  • Young Adult

SFWC also offers Pre and Post Event classes on February 16th and 20th open to all writers. You will also find free sessions during the conference. See the website for details.

Feb 02

Clearwater Writers Weekend Retreat

What: Writers weekend retreat with experienced writer instructor
When: Mar 9 – 12, 2017
Where:  Reflections Inn, 6873 Highway 12, Kooskia ID


Gain inspiration in beautiful natural surroundings at the Clearwater River. Join a small group to share the insights of an experienced university writing teacher. The Clearwater Writers Weekend serves writers from a wide variety of writing genres.


Paula Coomer holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Univ. of Idaho. She has authored 7 books of poetry and prose, including Summer of Government Cheese, Nurses Who Love English, and two well-received novelsDove Creek and Jagged Edge of the Sky.

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Feb 02

The Asheville Christian Writers Conference – Writers Bootcamp

What: 3-day retreat / conference
When: Feb 17 – 19, 2017
Where: The Cove – The Billy Graham Training Center, 1 Porters Cove Rd, Asheville NC

Why: Take part in classes and small discussion groups about editors, agents and publishers. Also explore workshops led by award-winning authors.


  • Best selling and award winning authors Vonda Skelton and Michelle Medlock Adams
  • Author and writing coach – Larry Leech
  • Award winning authors Yvonne Lehman, Cindy Sproles and Edie Melson
  • Christian Communicator and Editor Lin Johnson
  • Linda Gilden, author
  • Denise Loock, author and editor
  • Eddie Jones, Publisher Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Christian
  • Communicator, Magazine publishers and Radio Host
  • Scott McCausey and worship leader, LaTan Murphy

From the organizers:

The Asheville Christian Writers Conference offers attendees the experience of a large writers conference but on a more personal and intimate level. Consider this your “Writers Bootcamp” and an intense weekend of fun and work.