Award-Winning Authors, Speakers and Publishers to Participate in LA Writers' Conference 2014: Revitalize Your Writing, Journey to Publication

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The “LA Writers’ Conference 2014: Revitalize Your Writing, Journey to Publication” will offer aspiring and seasoned writers the opportunity to learn from industry professionals about the realities of the writing industry, and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

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LA Writers' Conference panelists: Kathryn Fitzmaurice, Samantha Dunn, Gary Phillips, Lisa Cron, Reyna Grande, Barbara Desantis, Anita Finlay, Tiffany Windsor, Ruth Klein, Elizabeth I. Silver, Natashia Deon, Nancy Spiller, Sheri Fink, Erin Aubry Kaplan, Lindsay Lees

When: March 1, 2014
Where: Curacao Training Center, Los Angeles, CA (near the Staples Center)
Hosted: Women's National Book Association, LA Chapter

An all-day conference on March 1st, the LA Writers' Conference, hosted by nonprofit literary organization Women’s National Book Association, Los Angeles, will be an opportunity for aspiring and seasoned writers to learn about the writing industry from professionals such as award-winning motivational speaker Kathryn Fitzmaurice, Samantha Dunn, author of “Failing Paris,” “Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex, and Salvation,” Lisa Cron, author of “Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence,” Reyna Grande, award-winning novelist and memoirist, author of “Across a Hundred Mountains,” and “Dancing with Butterflies,” Anita Finlay, actor, commentator and author of the No. 1 Amazon’s Women in Politics book list for 16 weeks, “Dirty Words on Clean Skin,” and Gary Phillips, veteran crime novelist, and editor and contributor to the “Black Pulp” and “Black Pulp II” collections, as well as other noted industry professionals.

The curriculum will educate writers about the realities of this industry and potential mistakes to avoid, style, intersecting genres, the craft of memoir writing, journey to publication, the submission process, and editing. Wine and cheese networking will also be offered in the all-day conference.

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Event: LA Writers’ Conference, Revitalize Your Writing, Journey to Publication
When: March 1st - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Curacao Training Center,
1605 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tickets: Member - $79 - Non Member - $99

More information and tickets: WNBA-LA,

The LA Writers’ Conference 2014 Program:

The Art of Memoir Writing with Reyna Grande - "The past is never dead. It's not even past." -- William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun. Join us for this interesting
discussion on the craft of memoir and learn how to bring your past to life. What techniques can you use to turn your personal experiences into a vivid, engaging

Hook, Line and Sinker with panelists Barbara DeSantis, Lisa Cron, and Samantha Dunn. Learn these tips on how to hook your readers from the very first page. What common mistakes do writers make in their manuscripts and what can you learn from them?

Journey to Publication with panelists Elizabeth Silver, Nancy Spiller, and Natashia Deon. Join our three expert panelists as they share details of the journey from the spark of an idea to seeing yourself in print.

The Submission Process: Traditional and Independent Approaches with panelists Tiffany Windsor, Sheri Fink, and Erin Kaplan. You will learn about design, packaging, branding, and more as you are inspired to submit your work...whether you choose a traditional approach or an independent one.

Definition of Genres with Gary Phillips. Literary genres are determined by technique, tone, content...and by the critics' definitions of the genres. Discover where your work fits, and what to do when you find out.

The Panelists

Keynote Speaker Kathryn Fitzmaurice is an award-winning motivational speaker, and author of children’s books.

Ruth Klein is an internationally renowned writer, speaker, business and book branding consultant.

Tiffany Windsor is best known in the creative community as the founder of the Cool2Craft community featuring the popular Cool2Craft YouTube web series.

Gary Phillips is vice president of content and editorial for eBook novella publisher Stark Raving Group, and teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Antioch.

Lisa Cron has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, as a producer on shows for Showtime and CourtTV, and as a story consultant for Warner Brothers and the William Morris Agency.

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award.

Samantha Dunn is an active member of PEN Center USA, where she has served as adviser to its fellowship programs for developing writers, Emerging Voices and The Mark.

Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of the novel, “The Execution of Noa P. Singleton” (Crown). Her short work can be seen in several publications, including The Millions, the Huffington Post, and The Los Angeles Review.

Natashia Deón is a Los Angeles attorney and creator of the reading series “Dirty Laundry Lit.” Her stories and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Rattling Wall, Asian-American Lit Review, B O D Y, and The Feminist Wire, You.

Nancy Spiller is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the novel, “Entertaining Disasters: A Novel (With Recipes)” and the memoir, “Compromise Cake: Lessons Learned from My Mother's Recipe Box.”

Sheri Fink is a No. 1 best-selling, award-winning children's author, creator of "The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink" children's brand, and an international speaker.

Erin Aubry Kaplan is a Los Angeles journalist and columnist who has written about African-American political, economic and cultural issues since 1992. She is currently a contributing editor to the op-ed section of the Los Angeles Times.

Barbara DeSantis served as Associate Director of Publicity for the Adult Trade Division for Simon & Schuster, and has marketed and promoted for many major houses, including Penguin, Dutton, Plume, Viking, Atria, Broadway, and New Press.

Anita Finlay is an author, actor and commentator. Her book, “Dirty Words on Clean Skin,” is on the curriculum at Pasadena City College, and is part of the Clinton Presidential Library. - Anita on IMDB

Lindsay Lees is a writer, host of the BlogTalk radio show "Over The Influence," and coordinator of the WNBA/LA writing critique groups.

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