Central Coast Writers' Conference

 

2014 Central Coast Writers' Conference Faculty

Keynote Presenter

Keynote Presenter Anne Perry  

Anne Perry

Anne’s publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was filmed and broadcast on ITV featuring a young Keely Hawes. This is arguably the longest sustained crime series by a living writer. Midnight at Marble Arch is the latest in the series, appeared in the New York Times Bestsellers list.

In 1990, Anne started a second series of detective novels with The Face of a Stranger. These are set about 35 years before and features the private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The most recent of these (18th in the series) is Blind Justice (April 2013).

Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story "Heroes". The main character in the story features in an ambitious five-book series set during the First World War. The last of these was recently published, in Autumn 2007.

Not one of her books has ever been out of print, and they have received critical acclaim and huge popular success: over 26 million books are in print world-wide. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists in a number of foreign countries, where she has also had excellent reviews. The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s "100 Masters of Crime".

Anne’s most recent stand-alone is The Sheen on the Silk, set in the exotic and dangerous world of the Byzantine Empire, and is a critical success.

Moving into a different area, Anne has responded to requests for workshops and teaching by producing her first 'how to write' instructional DVD "Put Your Heart On The Page" and her much loved totes which also carry that slogan. Both items will be available to buy direct from her website soon.

 

Barbara Abercrombie

Barbara Abercrombie

Barbara has published novels, nonfiction, and children’s picture books, including the award winning Charlie Anderson. Her most recent books are Kicking in the Wall and A Year of Writing Dangerously, named by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of its “best books for writers.”  An honored UCLA Writer’s Program instructor, Barbara blogs weekly at www.barbaraabercrombie.com.

Mara Purl

Mara Purl

Mara is author of the best-selling Milford-Haven novels, which popularized the California Central Coast when her original radio drama became a hit on BBC radio with 4.5 million listeners. A strong voice for women's fiction, she co-founded “Women’s Voices” with author Victoria Zackheim. An accomplished audio book performer, Mara played “Darla Cook” on NBC’s “Days Of Our Lives.” www.marapurl.com 

Victoria Zackheim

Victoria Zackheim

Victoria, the creator of  Women’s Voices, is the author of The Bone Weaver and editor of six anthologies, including Faith: Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists Confront the Big Questions. Victoria's plays, The Other Woman and Entangled, are in development. Her screenplay, MAIDSTONE, is in development with Identity Films. She wrote the documentary Where Birds Never Sang: The Story of Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps. She teaches creative nonfiction in UCLA’s Writers’ Program. www.victoriazackheim.com

Bonnie Britt

Bonnie Britt

Bonnie edits works of fiction and nonfiction. From the first meeting, she guides the writer towards identifying and reaching out to their unique audience. With a background as a news reporter and teacher, she guides authors to well-crafted fiction and nonfiction. www.editorsforum.org.

Brian Felsen

Brian Felsen

Brian is a poet, playwright, photographic artist, and award-winning documentary film producer. He founded a major independent music conference and composed several classical musical pieces. He is the founder and former president of BookBaby and CD Baby, digital distributors of books and music. www.brianfelsen.com

Joan Gelfand

Joan Gelfand

Joan has three collections of poetry, an award winning chapbook of short stories, and a spoken word CD with original music. Her newest poetry collection is The Long Blue Room. She blogs regularly for the Huffington Post. Joan serves as development chair of the Women’s National Book Association, is an active member of the National Book Critics Circle, and coaches writers. www.joangelfand.com 

Karen Grencik

Karen Grencik

Karen was ranked by Publishers Marketplace as one of the “top 10 agents for children's book sales” in 2012 and 2013. In June 2011 she co-founded Red Fox Literary, LLC with Abigail Samoun specializing in picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction. www.redfoxliterary.com  

Jeanette Hanscome

Jeanette Hanscome

Jeanette is a freelance content editor, a writing coach, and the author of 4 books and over 400 articles, devotionals, and stories for both teens and adults. Her newest book, Running with Roselle, was co-written with the blind 9/11 survivor and New York Times bestselling author, Michael Hingson. www.jeanettehanscome.com.

Susanne Lakin

Susanne Lakin

Susanne Lakin (C. S. Lakin) is the author of 14 novels, half of which are fantasy or sci-fi. She teaches at writing workshops and offers instruction on her award-winning blog, “Live Write Thrive.” A full-time copyeditor and writing coach, she critiques more than 200 manuscripts a year and delights in helping authors realize their publishing dreams. www.cslakin.com

Josephine Laing

Josephine Laing

Josephine is an accomplished medical intuitive who has helped thousands of people from around the world to heal themselves. In building a platform for her forthcoming non-fiction book, Josephine reaches out to an international audience through her popular weekly on-line broadcasts exploring the many ways to deepen spirituality, develop psychic ability and find true purpose in life. For more information please visit: www.stepintomagic.com

Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean

Laurie spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity agency and 8 years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before creating Foreword Literary in 2013 with her two partners.  As a literary agent, she specializes in adult genre fiction and middle-grade and young adult children’s books. Laurie blogs at www.agentsavant.com or contact her at querylaurie@forewordliterary.com.

Don Maruska

Don Maruska

Don is the author of Take Charge of Your Talent: Three Keys to Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life (2013) and How Great Decisions Get Made (2004). With a BA from Harvard and an MBA and JD from Stanford, he is a Master Certified Coach and founder and CEO of three Silicon Valley companies, earning him a National Innovator’s Award. www.TakeChargeofYourTalent.com.

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips

Gary, a popular conference presenter, is the co-editor and a contributor to Black Pulp I and Black Pulp II. Booklist said of his novel Warlord of Willow Ridge “…Phillips is a veteran crime novelist who creates a plausible post-apocalyptic scenario in which the safety of middle-class America can dissolve in a moment. Exciting, violent, and entertaining.” www.gdphillips.com 

Greg Pincus

Greg Pincus

Greg is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, blogger, and social media consultant. In fact, it is through the wonders of social media that he sold poetry, landed a two-book deal, and ended up in the New York Times, Washington Post, and School Library Journal multiple times. The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic) is his debut novel. www.gregpincus.com.

Jordan Rosenfeld

Jordan E. Rosenfeld

Jordan is author of the writing guides Make a Scene and Write Free. She also wrote the suspense novels: Night Oracle as J.P. Rose and Forged in Grace. She is working on two more Writer's Digest Books for release in 2015, including A Writer's Guide to Persistence. She teaches online classes and offers editing services at www.jordanrosenfeld.net. She leads writing retreats at www.writerpath.com.

Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider

Robyn is the author of the critically-acclaimed, bestselling young adult novel, The Beginning of Everything, which was an ”Indie Next List” top 10 kid’s book, a Barnes & Noble Editor's Pick, an iTunes Editor's Choice, and Amazon Book of The Month. A videoblogger, she also created the middle grade Knightley Academy series. www.robynschneider.com.

Brian Schwartz

Brian Schwartz

Brian is a self-defined authorpreneuer, as he guides authors through the ever changing landscape of indie publishing. A past president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, he is CEO of 50 Interviews Inc. and founder of SelfPublish.org, He’s launched more than a dozen Amazon #1 bestsellers. www.AuthorPublisherExpert.com

Susan Tuttle

Susan Tuttle

Susan is a novelist and freelance editor of fiction and creative nonfiction. She is the author of five suspense novels and has worked with authors from California to New York. A personal writing coach, she also teaches writing workshops based on her Write It Right workbook series. Susan offers writing prompts at www.SusanTuttleWrites.com.

Anna Unkovich

Anna Unkovich

Anna is an award-winning teacher, writer, speaker, columnist, and co-author of five books including: Chicken Soup for the Soul in the Classroom, and Caring to Teach, Teaching to Care. Her contest winnings include: Lillian Dean, Nightwriters, Writer’s Digest, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. www.annaunkovich.com

April Halprin Wayland

April Halprin Wayland

April has won major literary prizes for her poetry, novel in verse and picture books. Her works have been recommended on PBS's Storytime and appear on the US Children's Poet Laureate's website http://poetryminute.org/poems-by-author/. Her latest picture book, More than Enough, is due to be released in spring 2016. She's taught worldwide and consistently for UCLA’s Writers’ Program for more than 15 years. www.TeachingAuthors.com

Thomas Wilmer

Thomas C. Wilmer

Thomas received the Lowell Thomas Award in 2013. He is the vice-president of the Outdoor Writers Association of California and a Bay Area Travel Writers board member. A freelance writer and broadcaster specializing in culture, history, food and wine, and architecture, his travel features are podcasted weekly around the world on the NPR.org Digital Media Podcast site "Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer". He also produces on-air travel segments for Central Coast NPR affiliate, KCBX in San Luis Obispo, CA. www.thomascwilmer.com  

 

 

California Writers Club

California Writers Club

 

 

 

Joyce Krieg is the author of three mystery novels published by St. Martin's Minotaur. Murder Off Mike was winner of the St. Martin's "best first traditional mystery" contest, was featured in USA Today, and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. She has taught classes on writing mysteries through the UC-Santa Cruz Extension. Before becoming a novelist, Joyce had a long career in print and broadcast journalism. She likes to tell people her greatest claim to fame -- and shame -- was being part of the radio station management team that discovered Rush Limbaugh and launched his career. Joyce is secretary of California Writers Club and editor of the CWC newsletter, The Bulletin.

Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, California Writers Club PR Director, also serves as chair of CWC's southern region. Her articles have appeared in "McCall's Magazine," "Redbook and AAA Car & Travel Monthly," as well as newspapers and magazines throughout the Southwest. She has authored over a dozen books on popular culture, lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, and appeared on "Oprah" and "A&E Biography. A travel writer, columnist and book reviewer, she currently writes for The News Review," The SunRunner," "Bakersfield Magazine" and Desert Companion.

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