2015 LA Writers Conference Imagination: The Fiction Writer’s Life

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Aspiring, new and practiced writers are invited to the 2015 LA Writers Conference (http://www.lawritersconference.org) on Saturday, March 14,where writers will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse and dynamic group of authors, students, community writing groups, literary agents, editors, book clubs and booksellers.

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We have been crafting these conferences in LA for more than a decade,” says Rachelle Yousuf, president of the Women’s National Book Association’s LA chapter. “Our goal is to create a collaborative space where creativity and commerce co-exist.

Aspiring, new and practiced writers are invited to the 2015 LA Writers Conference (http://www.lawritersconference.org) on Saturday, March 14, where writers will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse and dynamic group of authors, students, community writing groups, literary agents, editors, book clubs and booksellers. Co-sponsored by Mount Saint Mary’s University and the LA chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, the theme of this year’s conference is Imagination: The Fiction Writer’s Life.

Nikki Giovanni, a world-renowned poet, author, commentator, activist and educator, will serve as the conference’s keynote speaker. A Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech University, Giovanni has been awarded the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award and the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry.

Writers attending this year’s conference can participate in a variety of workshops and panels that focus on speculative fiction, LGBT literature, romance, young adult literature, and the path to publication. Writers may also sign up for pitching sessions and one-on-one plot consultations.

“We have been crafting these conferences in LA for more than a decade,” says Rachelle Yousuf, president of the Women’s National Book Association’s LA chapter. “Our goal is to create a collaborative space where creativity and commerce co-exist, and where writers are equipped to get their work in front of other readers.”

This marks the first year the WNBA has partnered with Mount Saint Mary’s to organize and present the event. The Mount has a traditional women’s college, as well as co-ed graduate programs — including a new Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing that was launched in fall 2014. The University has been recognized as one of the most diverse colleges in the nation.

“Our program is focused on reaching out to new voices and bringing in writers from the margins,” says Ana Thorne, PhD, interim director of the MFA in Creative Writing program. “We are thrilled to bring together our educational outreach with the WNBA’sown passion to develop a supportive community for local writers.”

To register for the 2015 L.A. Writers Conference, Imagination: The Fiction Writer’s Life, visit http://www.lawritersconference.org.

The website includes workshop descriptions, speaker bios, a writers’ blog and more. Several pricing options are available for the conference, and early-bird registration is now available. Directions are also included to Mount Saint Mary’s historic Doheny campus in downtown Los Angeles, where the March 14 conference will be hosted.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles. Since 1925, we’ve helped students discover what it takes to be unstoppable. We also offer year-round, flexible, and online programs for co-ed undergraduate and graduate students. The Mount experience extends beyond the classroom, too – empowering students to build leadership skills and develop a passion for service. Each day, our alums are using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. So can you: http://www.msmu.edu.

About the Women’s National Book Association
As part of a 100-year-old national organization, the LA chapter of the Women’s National Book Association brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas, focus on issues, make contacts, and support the local book community. In an effort to advance knowledge of the world of book publishing and related fields, we welcome, encourage, and educate people from all areas of the book industry, particularly women. Our members include authors, screenwriters, poets, songwriters, performance artists, activists, readers, publishers, librarians, booksellers, educators, publicists, editors, production/graphics specialists, agents and reviewers.http://www.wnba-books.org/la

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