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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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With over 1,000 writers conferences throughout the country each year, the La Jolla Writers Conference (November 6-8, Sa Diego, CA) is truly one of a kind. Now in its 15th year, the LJWC boasts an amazing faculty of New York Times bestselling authors, agents, and business and creative faculty. But there is one component that truly makes the faculty unique: ...
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The 2015 La Jolla Writers Conference begins November 6 at the La Jolla Hyatt at Aventine. Celebrating its 15th year, the LJWC is excited to release the full conference schedule that features 70+ workshop and lecture classes from New York Times bestselling authors, agents, and other creative business and faculty members. Our conference offers two types of classes: Lecture sessions run...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Lisa Jackson can’t keep away from murderers, especially serial killers.  She’s been helping to kill people everywhere from Savannah and New Orleans to San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest—and it’s been worth it as her readers come back again and again, and her novels are fixtures on bestseller lists. Lisa began writing at the urging of her sister, novelist Nancy...
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Sometimes accomplished people can be so understated that we often don’t know who really lives in our own backyard. Bill Gladstone is just such a person. A Yale and Harvard trained cultural anthropologist who traveled the world in search of mysteries, Gladstone is considered an international expert on indigenous cultures and the true meaning behind 2012 and its rippling impact...
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The 2013 LJWC is proud to welcome another outstanding faculty comprised of four New York Times bestselling authors, seven agents, and two publishers, along with an amazing creative and business faculty. There are a few new wrinkles in our 13th year.  There will be at least one publisher and one agent in every 7-Minute Pitch Session.  Also, thriller writer, Andrew Peterson, will be running...
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Best known for Schindler’s Ark, which American audiences know as Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally is an Australian playwright and author of both fiction and non-fiction, who has won numerous accolades for his writing, among them the Mann Booker award.  Considered to be a national treasure in Australia, Keneally will be introducing American audiences to his newest novel, The Daughters of...
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The LJWC is proud to announce that New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Jackson, Dale Brown, and Christopher Reich will be joining the 2013 faculty as keynote speakers. Lisa’s is the queen of suspense.  Her latest book, Ready To Die just hit stores in August and promises edge of your seat suspense from cover to cover. Dale is a classic techno-thriller writer...
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Directions to the La Jolla Writer’s Conference by Mark E. Becker I came to San Diego in the middle of my night.  I was a newbie, flying the redeye from     Tallahassee, but I got there, just the same.  The first night, I had to stay at another hotel.  The HALO conference had not finished blowing up the parking lot and...
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New York Times bestselling author, Andrew Gross, shares 10 surefire ways to keep your pages turning. Remember that the 2012 La Jolla Writer’s Conference is less than 3 weeks away.  Register now!...
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Singer, songwriter & author, Laura Roppe, shares her journey from book idea to The Ellen Show and beyond as she courageously turned her own Cancer diagnosis into a story of triumph. When I sat down to write my first book, a memoir called Rocking the Pink, it was without any knowledge of the business side of the literary world.  All I knew...
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As keynote at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Joel Stein, co-director of the Institute for the Future of the Book and founder of Social Book, said that he aims to turn reading from a solitary pursuit to a networked experience, where readers and authors can read books together, in constant communication, transforming the book from a staid object in the print...
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Literary Agent and Entertainment Attorney, Mike Farris, shares his thoughts on some of the common mistakes he has seen writers make.  This 50-minute lecture was presented at last year’s La Jolla Writer’s Conference. The 2012 LJWC is less than 4 weeks away and limited to the first 200.  Register today!...
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I am often asked what it takes to put the LJWC together.  It starts with about 30 great faculty members willing to donate their time and knowledge.  This year we have added experts in the fields of film and foriegn rights, e-book publishing and distribution, website design for authors, and online marketing for authors. Then comes the big board.  88...
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Hello Friends, Welcome to our brand new website.  Please take a look around and let us know what you think. We look forward to your feedback and comments. The team at La Jolla Writer’s Conference...
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Acclaimed writer, Steven R. Boyett, opens his heart and soul in his 2010 LJWC  keynote speech.  It offers unique insight and rare honesty into a writer’s 30-year journey. Steven R. Boyett Keynote  ...
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