12/10/2017 | No Comments »
Madge Blakey receiving the 2016 LJWC Person of Letters Award
On September 25, 2017, the La Jolla Writers Conference family lost one of its original attendees and longtime member of the writing community, Madge Blakey. For nearly two decades, Madge graced us with her smile, warmth, dedication and support. It will be the goal of this conference to ensure Madge’s spirit of support stays ever-present in the writing community.
Just last year, Madge started the Blakey La Jolla Writers Conference Scholarship. In Madge’s memory, it will be our goal to fund this scholarship each year for a minimum of three aspiring writers. Recipients of the scholarship will receive complimentary access to all conference classes, keynotes, events and meals.
Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Current student, teacher, active or retired military 18 years or older.
- Complete the application information below.
Submission of application information is not a guarantee that you will be granted a scholarship.
The 2017 Blakey Scholarships have been awarded. Please check back on January of 2018 to apply for next year’s conference.
Please consider contributing to the Blakey Scholarship Fund. 100% of all donations go to funding scholarship recipients.
02/10/2017 | No Comments »
The 2017 La Jolla Writers Conference is being held this year from October 27-29, at the La Jolla Hyatt at Aventine.
It will feature more than 70 classes from New York Times bestselling author, agents, writing experts, and many more. As usual, this will be a non-commercial conference where attendees will enjoy intimate class sizes, personalized feedback, and the opportunity to learn about the art, craft and business of writing and publishing from industry experts.
The 2017 LJWC conference schedule has been posted. Check out the great classes at this year’s conference.
Enrollment is is limited to the first 200 attendees and is filling up fast. Register today!
10/08/2017 | No Comments »
The 2017 La Jolla Writers Conference (October 27-29 at the La Jolla Hyatt at Aventine) is excited to announce that 6 Literary agents from across the country will be joining this year’s awesome faculty.
Here’s a brief look:
Angela Rinaldi – The Rinaldi Literary Agency
Steven Hutson – WordWise Media Services
Ken Sherman – Ken Sherman & Associates
Faye Atchison – Margret McBride Literary Agency
Annie Bomke – Annie Bomke Literary Agency
Jennifer Kim – Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
The LJWC prides itself on the accessibility of its faculty. As such, all of the agents will be teaching intimate classes, participating in 7-Minute Pitch sessions, and facilitating Group Read & Critiques. All of these opportunities are available as part of your registration, providing attendees with the opportunity to receive personal attention and feedback.
The LJWC welcomes writers of all genres and levels of experience to learn about the art, craft, and business of writing from industry experts in a uniquely personalized and intimate setting. Over the 3-day conference you will enjoy:
- Over 60 creative & business classes.
- Direct access to a diverse faculty of agents, editors, bestselling authors, & industry experts covering nearly every genre.
- Publishing, PR, marketing & branding experts.
- Student-faculty ratio of 5 to 1.
- Intimate class sizes for personalized attention.
Enrollment is limited to the first 200 attendees, so register soon!
22/11/2016 | No Comments »
The 2016 La Jolla Writers Conference welcomed attendees from 12 states and 3 countries, with an amazing variety of writing projects covering nearly every genre.
The conference also welcomed some wonderful new faculty members into our family.
NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry, kicked off Friday evening with an inspiring keynote about not letting anyone (including ourselves) tell us what we can’t do. He also taught some wonderful classes throughout the 3-day conference about how to write dynamic openings, how to build your personal brand, and the art of pitching your book. When he was not teaching, Jonathan could be found sitting around the tables, in conversation with attendees.
Jonathan Maberry teaching a class at the 2016 LJWC.
International bestselling author Deeanne Gist made her debut as a teacher at the 2015 LJWC and returned in 2016 to deliver an incredible keynote about pursuing fulfillment, not success, as an author. Read the rest of this entry »
02/12/2015 | No Comments »
Directing the annual La Jolla Writers Conference can be a little exhausting. There are 70+ classes to schedule, 25+ faculty members and staff to coordinate, 30+ private read and critique sessions to plan, banquets to organize, transportation to arrange, and so on. But the truth is, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
With all of the turmoil and time that comes with planning a major conference, there are some great perks too. Read the rest of this entry »