Central Coast Writers' Conference


Saturday Session I Workshops 9:00-10:15am

PG&E Teen Writing Program: Social Media for Teen Writers

These days, it's possible to pitch an agent over twitter, but just because you can, should you? We'll address the do's and don'ts of social media for aspiring writers plus learn how to showcase your writing online, tips for making YouTube videos, where writers are hanging out online and how you can join in.

INSTRUCTOR: Robyn Schneider

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Getting Started: “Heart Writing” Discover Your Core Message

To write successfully, authors must use their "heads" -- be smart about structure, character and story arc. But authors who also infuse ruthlessly honest writing from the heart will create memorable manuscripts. Learn a series of exercises to access your deep premise, your true purpose, yes, your core message. 


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Children’s: The Agony and Ecstasy of Revising

Walk with April through multiple versions of two of her picture books as she describes how editors helped her revise them. Then try your own hand at revision in a three-step writing exercise.

INSTRUCTOR: April Halprin Wayland

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Poetry: Write Words in the Right Order

A simple turn of phrase can change the meaning of a poem, a speech or an essay. How do we make our poems more memorable? Let's discuss powerful imagery, unusual juxtapositions and how new poets are playing with old forms. We'll talk about Twitter & haiku, ghazals, and sonnets on Facebook.

INSTRUCTOR: Joan Gelfand

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Craft: Creating Characters in Fiction

Characters who live in your novel or short story are as important as your ability to write them. How do you create people and dig into their personality? How do you craft their voice, emotions and dreams? Learn to give your characters flesh, bones, and histories to make them come alive on the page.

INSTRUCTOR: Victoria Zackheim

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Fiction:Writing the Genre Short Story

Analyze the components of the mystery and crime short story: its characters, setting the plot in motion, balancing dialogue and narrative, and building the conflict. But first, please read one of the most used plots in film, television and literature. It's available online at Colliers Weekly: http://fiction.eserver.org/short/the_most_dangerous_game.html

INSTRUCTOR: Gary Phillips

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Nonfiction: Write to Inspire

Life's journey introduces us to experiences and people that change us forever. Publications are hungry for unique stories offering hope, healing, and motivation for change. Learn to craft personal trials and triumphs, or the experiences of others, into inspiring stories that grab an editor's attention.

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanette Hanscome

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Publishing: Industry Update

Our panel of industry notables will consider Kindle VP, Russ Grandenetti's assessment that there used to be a few publishers selecting which manuscripts to publish and a few bookstores selecting which titles to carry, but in today's "world of digital abundance" agents and publishers need to "build a megaphone."

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Felson, Laurie McLean, Karen Grencik & Brian Schwartz

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