The Central Coast Writer's Conference returns for its 31st year on Friday, offering a weekend of talks, workshops and activities geared toward aspiring and established writers.
Presented by Cuesta College Community Programs, the conference will include 50 workshops, a writer’s boot camp, panel discussions, a literary dinner and keynote speakers. It will be on the college’s San Luis Obispo campus.
The conference will also offer a teen writer’s program. Teens can apply for a PG&E scholarship to attend the weekend for free. Teens will attend a workshop Friday that includes a team-building exercise to create profiles/families and businesses to build a neighborhood. They are invited to attend workshops the next day.
Teri Bayus, director of the Central Coast Writer’s Conference, said she is excited about the keynote speakers, as well as the closing talk from Rob Edwards, who was a writer for Disney films such as “The Princess and the Frog” and the television sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” among others.
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Friday’s program includes a five-hour boot camp that divides conferencegoers between beginning or advanced and published writers’ courses.
The keynote presentation Friday evening begins with a panel of six writers, including best-selling authors and screen and TV writers, discussing “The Crafting of a Masterpiece from Concept to Classic.” Screenwriter Karl Iglesias will follow with a talk on “The Power of Story.”
Saturday’s schedule includes writing and publishing workshops and an author lunch.
New to the conference this year are private critiques — conference goers can schedule a 15-minute appointment with any of the staff members and show them a few pages of their work to be read and critiqued. The sessions are included in the price of the conference.
A free Book and Author Fair open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday will be at the SeaCrest Resort in Pismo Beach and will feature more than 60 authors and literary professionals. Aspiring writers can talk with authors and get books signed. The fair will also include four author panels talking about their writing processes on the topics of nonfiction, memoir, inspiration and characters.
Conference enrollment is limited. For more information and to register, visit www.centralcoastwritersconference.com or call 305-0579.