Marni Freedman and Jeniffer Thompson, the powerhouses behind the successful 2019 Festival of Writers, are making plans for next year's festival. If you have an idea for a panel or workshop, check out their link inviting submissions: https://sandiegowritersfestival.com/participate/
Marni and Jeniffer have two announcements. First, they are excited to announce the two headliners for this year: Scott Gimple and Rabbi Steve Leder.
The first keynote speaker is Scott Gimple, Head Writer and Producer for The Walking Dead. As you may know, The Walking Dead is the top rated series on cable as well as the top scripted show across all of TV. He will discuss writing for television and how to bring your unique and daring ideas to life.
The second keynote will be Rabbi Steve Leder, author of bestselling book, More Beautiful than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us. Rabbi Leder was twice-named one of Newsweek Magazine's ten most influential Rabbis in America. He will talk about writing about grief, loss, and the triumph of the soul.
Second, the Festival is moving to a bigger location, one that can support the growth and new ideas. The new location is the Coronado Library and Performing Arts Center. They have a beautiful 570-seat auditorium which can accommodate larger keynotes as well as opportunities for more programming. They also have a 125-person black box theater, access to the Spreckels Center which seats over 100, as well as lots of classrooms. The parking is free and plentiful.
The Festival will be able to have food tents, which will be huge improvement from last year. All vendors and exhibitors will be covered by tents.
This move was unexpected, but the organizers were courted and what they offered was just too amazing to pass up. The library team, including Shaun Briley, Franklin Escobedo, and Kelly Purvis of the Coronado Arts Commission are all so excited to be partnering with the Festival and will bring their unique talents to the table.