Kathy Krevat, long time volunteer for the Canyon Crest Academy Writers’ Conference, the only free writing conference for high school students in the country, has shared the following information in order to get the word out more broadly about this amazing San Diego event. If you know of high school students with an interest in creative writing, pass on this information.
The 6th Annual CCA Writers’ Conference is on Saturday, March 11, at Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, 92130
Mary Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles and The Adoration of Jenna Fox, will give the keynote, Answering the call: The Fearless Act of Writing–Saving the World One Word, One Voice at a Time.
The conference is only a week away and the organizers expect to get good coverage from local newspapers but not as much from outside our little area. It’s such a great opportunity for students! It is professionally-run with amazing workshops by NYT bestselling and award-winning authors, graphic novelists, poets, journalists, screenwriters, playwrights, spoken word poets and much more.
Please check out the website for information on keynote speaker Mary E. Pearson, and more: http://ccawritersconference2017.weebly.com/
Attendees receive a program, handouts, paper, pen and even a free lunch by Chipotle!
As one speaker said, “San Diego is going to have more than its fair share of published authors in the future because of the inspiring workshops at this conference.”
Below are a few details about the speakers — more info is available on the website. Feel free to contact Kathy Kravat with any questions. (858) 414-2463.
NYT bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker winner, and comic book writer Jonathan Maberry will present a workshop on The Horror! The Horror! Several of Jonathan’s books are in production for TV shows and movies including Extinction Machine, V Wars, and Rot and Ruin.
Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including co-author of one of the best comics of the year, Shade the Changing Girl and Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure, as well as Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, and the Eisner-nominated Odd Duck. She will present Building the Modern (Super) Heroine.
Jim Pascoe is the author of over 10 books including By the Balls: a Bowling Alley Murder Mystery and many Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics. His new graphic novel series Cottons will be published by First Second/Macmillan in 2018. He was also the creative director/producer on Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s interactive television program JETIX Cards Live, which won an Emmy Award. He will present Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels.
Igor Goldkind is an author, lecturer, and producer of advanced media technology innovations. In 2015, his project, Is She Available? broke ground in combining poetry, comics, jazz and animation and set a new bar in electronic publishing. He has worked all over the world as an author, product developer, and digital producer, and is best known for having promoted and established the Graphic Novel genre as a global publishing phenomenon. He will present Speculative Realism.
Kendall Sherwood, an LA-based playwright/screenwriter who is currently staffed on Major Crimes, a spin-off of TNT’s hit crime series, The Closer, will present Writing for TV.
Award-winning author of Dating Dead Men and more, Harley Jane Kozak, will present Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Writing a Novel But Were Afraid to Ask. She worked as an actress (Parenthood, Arachnophobia, The Favor, etc.) before turning to crime fiction.
Esteban Ismael is a poet, editor, and instructor with San Diego Continuing Education. His poems have appeared in literary magazines including Spillway, Poetry Daily, Dogwood, The New Guard, and many more. He received the 2016 First Prize in Poetry from Dogwood and was a Second Rounder in the Austin Film Festival’s 2016 teleplay competition. He will present Through the Eyes of the Poet: Powerful Observations, Stronger Voices.
Literary Agent Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Agency will present Getting Published – Query Letters and Agents.
T. Greenwood is the award-winning author of ten novels including Bodies of Water and Where I Lost Her. She will present Writing Point of View.
Viet Mai is a nationally-known spoken word poet educator, artist, and consultant who works to enhance the lives of others through community engagement and youth empowerment. He will present Life is Poetry as the Inspirational Speaker of this year’s conference. He has also been chosen by the CCA Creative Writing Club to win the Jonathan Maberry Inspiring Teens Award.
Christopher Hamilton founded Hamilton College Consulting to help local and international students apply to selective colleges. He has helped literally hundreds of students gain access to ivy-league universities, and thousands find a path to colleges of all descriptions. He will present Six Secrets to Great College Essays.
Greg van Eekhout is the award-winning author is the author of Daniel Blackland Trilogy (Tor Books) and more. He’ll present Make Your Secondary Characters Stand Out.
Matt Wolf, bestselling author of YA epic fantasy novel series The Ronin Saga, will present Grand World Building in Fantasy.
Award-winning Chris Marie Green and her alter ego Crystal Green have written eighty works in total. Chris Marie Green writes everything from hot contemporary romance to new adult to thrillers to paranormals. Some of her series include Rough and Tumble, Aidan Falls, Final Girls, and Vampire Babylon. She will present Head Over Heels: Everything You Wanted to Know About Romance Writing.
James Matlack Raney, award-winning author of the Jim Morgan series, will present Fast and Furious: Writing Great Action Scenes.
Courtney Amber Kilian is a writer, gentle yoga teacher, and the founder of Om & Ink: Live, Breathe, Write, which offers prompts for mindful creative practice and yoga For writers classes. She will present Giving Your Characters Unique Voices.
Award-winning journalist and author Sylvia Mendoza absolutely believes in the power of the written word—and that every person has a story to tell. She will present Do You Have What it Takes to Be A Journalist?
Lisa Kessler is an Amazon bestselling and award-winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for best Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror. Her story, “The Third King” won Second Place in Behold‘s short story contest, and her story, “Immortal Beloved,” was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. She will present Hone Your Craft with Flash Fiction.
Laura Preble, teacher and award-winning author of the young adult series, Queen Geek Social Club, and Out, will present The Plot’s the Thing.
Henry Herz, is an author of fantasy and science fiction for children. He and his sons wrote Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes, Little Red Cuttlefish and more. He will present Fractured Fairy Tales.
Aleta Barthell is the award-winning playwright and founder of the youth theater education program, Kids Act. She will present a playwriting workshop titled A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words (Or at Least a Scene).