San Diego State University Writers' Conference Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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San Diego State University will host the SDSU Writers’ Conference 30th anniversary celebration Jan. 24-26, continuing an event that has served as the catalyst for the successful careers of numerous individuals.

The knowledge and insight from the SDSU Writers’ Conference workshops, and chance encounters with publishing professionals prepared me for the transition from hopeful writer to published author

San Diego State University will host the SDSU Writers’ Conference 30th anniversary celebration Jan. 24-26, continuing an event that has served as the catalyst for the successful careers of numerous individuals.

Mary Castillo has had seven books published since attending the SDSU Writers’ Conference, which is offered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. She attributes much of her good fortune to the annual conference and the confidence it gave her as she pursued a writing career.

“The knowledge and insight from the SDSU Writers’ Conference workshops, and chance encounters with publishing professionals prepared me for the transition from hopeful writer to published author,” she said.

Laura Preble has authored five books since first attending the SDSU Writers’ Conference.

“My first year, I was so scared and nervous, I don't think I was really representing my talent as well as I could. By the last year, I was just confident and determined to make it happen,” she said.

Writers come from many backgrounds and at ages that range the gamut. For instance, Marjorie Hart’s springboard to her book “Summer at Tiffany,” written at age 82 and detailing her summer job in 1945, came as a result of attending the event.

“If not for the SDSU Writers’ Conference, this never would have happened,” she said.

Whether someone is a beginning writer or a published professional, the SDSU Writers' Conference covers wherever they are in their prospective writing career as the conference is designed to help every writer at every writing level. Attendees learn how to improve their writing skills, develop marketing awareness, and meet with writing professionals who can facilitate the next step in their publishing careers.

Keynote speaker Sylvia Day will be deliver her message on Saturday, Jan. 25. Day has sat atop best-seller lists for The New York Times, USA Today, Barnes & Noble and Publisher’s Weekly, as well as signing a television movie deal.

The writers’ conference event includes the following:

  •     Breakout Sessions: Fiction and nonfiction
  •     Consultation and advance reading appointments
  •     No-host mixer
  •     Networking lunch
  •     Saturday evening reception
  •     Conference choice awards

This annual conference is among the largest of its kind on the West Coast. It annually includes one-on-one consultations and hands-on editing assistance. Participants will learn ways to sharpen their writing skills and make connections with editors and agents of fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting while learning how to publish in the traditional manner or on the Internet.

Early bird registration costs $399 until Jan. 7. The cost is $435 thereafter and $500 at the door, if space allows.

The consultation and advance reading appointments are features of the SDSU Writers’ Conference whereby top editors, agents, and industry professionals will be available to meet one-on-one to go over an individual’s work and offer specific advice about how to take their project forward. The total number of appointments an attendee may schedule in advance is five, two of which may be advance reading appointments.

The cost is $50 until Jan. 7 for early bird consultation and an advance reading appointment consultation. It costs $60 thereafter for a consultation only and $60 at the door for a consultation, if space allows.

SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to the greater San Diego community, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning classes, seminars, and certificate programs. Career advancement courses are offered in many areas of management, leadership, and quality improvement while self-enrichment courses range from accounting to web design. Additionally, the College offers more than 50 certificate programs, online courses, and many other learning opportunities. For more information or to register, call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU) or log on to http://www.neverstoplearning.net.

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