23/06/2015 | No Comments »
We are very excited to announce that #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott McEwen will be keynoting and teaching at the 2015 La Jolla Writers Conference.
Author of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, and several other military thriller novels, McEwen will be sharing his insights on coauthoring one of the most impactful stories in recent history.
Scott McEwen is a trial attorney in San Diego, California. He grew up in the mountains of Eastern Oregon where he became an Eagle Scout; hiking, fishing, and hunting at every opportunity presented. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Oregon and thereafter studied and worked extensively in London, England. Scott works with and provides support for several military charitable organizations, including the Seal Team Foundation.
Scott’s interest in military history, intense patriotism, and experience with long-range hunting rifles, compelled him to accurately record the battlefield experiences of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in United States military history.
To meet Scott, work on your own writing, and enhance your knowledge of the publishing industry, join use for the 2015 La Jolla Writers Conference from November 6-8 in La Jolla, CA.
05/12/2014 | No Comments »
With the 2014 La Jolla Writer’s Conference in our rear view mirror, we are hard at work planning 2015.
As always, we offer an incredible early registration special.
For, the 2015 conference, this offer is available until December 15th. At just $295, this is a $100 discount from the regular price and includes all of the normal perks plus the 2014 LJWC recordings:
- An MP3 compatible CD of selected recording of the 2014 LJWC classes—approximately 50 hours! ($125 value)
- Access to all Workshop & Lecture Classes
- Friday Night Cocktail Reception & Keynote Address
- Saturday Afternoon Lunch & Keynote Address
- Saturday Night Cocktail Hour & Author Signing
- Saturday Evening Dinner & Keynote Address
- (Lodging not included)
We look forward to welcoming you back for our 15th anniversary.
Also, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to join us on Facebook and Twitter.
23/10/2014 | No Comments »
An interview with YA author, Lissa Price, by Ann Stampler, author of Afterparty by Simon Pulse.
Your debut, Starters, has an unusual premise. Can you talk about it?
So in a future Los Angeles, desperate teens rent out their bodies to seniors, called Enders, so they can be young again temporarily. But one Ender plans to do more than party with the body, she plans to murder a senator. Callie is the 16 year-old girl who’s rented out her body to earn enough money to get an apartment for herself and her sickly younger brother. The first two rentals go fine, but in the middle of the third one she doesn’t wake up in the lab, but in her renter’s mansion. She wants to go back to the company, but hears a voice in her head warning her: “Whatever you do, don’t go back to Prime Destinations. It is dangerous.”
And this was sold as a two-book series to Random House Children’s Books in 2011 as their lead title for 2012. What was that like? Read the rest of this entry »
09/10/2014 | No Comments »
The 2014 La Jolla Writers Conference schedule has been posted. Visit http://lajollawritersconference.com/schedule/ to view the full schedule.
The 14th annual LJWC kicks runs from October 24-26 at the La Jolla Hyatt at Aventine.
Our conference offers two types of classes: Lecture sessions run for 50 minutes and Workshops run for 110 minutes. Each block period will be dedicated to either workshop or lecture style classes. During each block period, there will be approximately 5-6 different classes on various topics from which to choose, allowing for intimate class sizes and personal feedback. For most workshop classes, you are encouraged to bring written work for review and/or participation, though it is not required. Popular classes are repeated to ensure that you have a chance to attend. There will be approximately 80 original classes/topics offered at the conference. Once registered for the conference, there are only three classes that require pre-registration on Saturday morning. Other than those three, you simply choose the class that most interests you during a particular block period and attend. Please note that classes begin at 1:00pm on Friday and end at 4:00pm on Sunday.
7-Minute Pitch: Sign–ups for the 7-minute pitch sessions will begin at on Saturday morning at 6:45am in Conference Central. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be made in person by the participating individual. For the session, each participant will be assigned a private 7-minute period to present their book idea. These sessions are closed to the public and will be hosted by a panel of 4 experts, including at least one publisher and one agent. Only one session per attendee, please. Attendees should be prepared to spend the first 2 minutes providing the following information: what is your book about; what is your platform; who is your target market; why are you the appropriate person to write this book? The last 5 minutes should be left for feedback. Feel free to attend a different class until you assigned time and then return to that class.
Check out our incredible faculty known for their accessibility and personal feedback.
Registration is still open. We hope you will have a chance to join us.
13/11/2013 | No Comments »
After 200+ hours of planning, 120 hours of great classes over three days, and incredible contributions from our wonderful faculty members and attendees, the 2013 LJWC has come to a close.
With no rest for the weary, we are excited to announce the location and dates for the 2014 La Jolla Writers Conference.
We will be hosting the 2014 LJWC at the wonderful Hyatt Regency La Jolla from October 24 -26, 2014. We will be announcing our keynote speakers and faculty shortly.
In the meantime, as a conference that operates as a not-for-profit endeavor, we welcome everyone to take advantage of our Early Bird Registration Special. Between now and November 18th, participants can register for the conference at a remarkably low $295. This is a $90 saving from the normal registration fee and also comes with a wonderful gift of the more than 40 hours of the 2013 selected class recordings and keynote addresses.
Please remember that our conference prides itself on intimacy and that we strictly limit attendance to 200 people, so register soon. We hope to see you there!