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.

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.

Deeanne Gist receiving a drawing made of her during her keynote address.

Deeanne Gist receiving a drawing made of her during her keynote address.

It resonated with so many of the writers in the room.  Deeanne spent the rest of the weekend teaching some wonderful classes on how to build and maintain sexual tension in your writing, establishing believable historical settings, and writing believable points of view.  In addition to being incredibly generous with her time, Deeanne brought books to give away and had a raffle drawing in each of her classes.


Grace Doyle & Andrew Peterson answering questions about the author/publisher relationship.

The 2016 La Jolla Writers Conference also welcomed back bestselling author, Andrew Peterson.  In the pay-it-forward spirit of the conference, Andrew brought with him, Grace Doyle, editorial director for Thomas & Mercer.  Grace participated in the 7-minute pitch sessions, hosted her own read and critique sessions, and interviewed Andrew Peterson as part of the lunchtime keynote about the publisher/author relationship.  Grace spent the weekend sharing her wealth of knowledge and looking for new projects to publish.

With a wonderful faculty of over 20 experts and more than 70 classes offered over the three days, the 2016 LJWC will go down as a huge success.

We hope you can join us for the 2017 La Jolla Writers Conference from October 27-29. The early registration special is now open until December 15.  You can save $100 and get a free copy of the 2016 recorded classes and keynotes.

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