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Friday, January 20, 2017, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

SDSU Writers' Conference

8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, 92108
Cost: $499

Now in its 33rd year, this conference is designed to help every writer at every level. Improve your skills and meet with editors and agents to facilitate the next step in your publishing career. Keynote speakers include R.L. Stine, J.A. Jance, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Jonathan Maberry. This one is not cheap: conference registration is $499.


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The conference has a long history of launching careers, including those of Richard Lister, Monique Domovitch, and Shannon Messenger. Lister co-authored, The View From the O-Line: Football According to NFL Offensive Linemen and an Uncommon Coach, with former NFL coach Howard Mudd. “The message I heard over and over at the conference was: ‘Don’t give up,’” Lister said. “I suppose it’s easier to resist giving in when you are driven to write. So use that fuel to persevere.” Domovitch, author of The Chef Landry Mystery Series, first wrote, Getting Skinny, a novel that was picked up by an agent at the conference, based solely on its first page. “I can honestly say that if it hadn’t been for that conference, chances are I would still be unpublished,” she noted. “My advice to aspiring writers? Write one hell of a good first line.” Messenger, author of the young-adult series Keeper of the Lost Cities and Sky Fall, is an example of persistence. “I firmly believe that the only difference between a published author and an aspiring writer is time and effort,” she said. “Everyone has a different journey toward publication. Some of us take longer. But if you keep writing, keep going, and never give up on yourself or this dream, you will get there eventually, I promise.”

Jan. 13, 2017

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