San Diego 2020 Writers Festival Opens June 27

The San Diego Memoir Writers Association and festival co-founders Marni Freedman and Jeniffer Thompson in partnership with The Coronado Public Library and Warwick’s are pleased to announce that the second annual San Diego Writers Festival is going virtual with four days of programming over six weeks starting June 27 at 10:00 a.m. PST.

All events will take place on Facebook Live. This series of virtual events is free to the public. Follow us on Facebook for updates!

The Festival will take part on four Saturdays this summer: June 27, July 11, July 25, and August 8.

Day One: June 27th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST

Festival Keynotes and Inspiration, featuring:

  • Spoken word artist Gill Sotu; The San Diego Writers Festival is honored to have Gill open each event because of the heart, spirit, and wisdom Gill brings to the stage and to each listener. Join us, in being forever changed by his words.
  • Dean Nelson Ph.D., an award-winning Journalist and founder/director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, will interview Rabbi Steve Leder, lead Rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and best-selling author of More Beautiful than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us.
  • Jan Eliasberg, award-winning screenwriter, film director and author of Hannah’s War.
  • Joe Ide, a multi-award winning author of the popular and riveting HI FIVE detective fiction series.
  • Dr. Catherine Grace Pope, an advocate and activist for children, education and civil rights. Author of In Search of The Crown: A Memoir of a Black Beauty Queen During the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Eilene Zimmerman, New York Times journalist and author of Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy.
  • More than Sagebrush and Cowboys. Western Writers of America celebrate the West, moderated by Kirk Ellis.
  • How to Turn Your Pain into Art, An interactive experience with Laura Cathcart Robbins.
  • KEYNOTE: Beth Accomando interviews Scott M. Gimple, Head Writer/Producer of The Walking Dead.
  • Open Mic readings with DimeStories Live!

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Eighty-five attendees will win a FREE book from our speakers.

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