2017-09/08 to 09/10 Fall for Writing Conference

Date: Begins Friday September 8th and lasts through Sunday Time: All day long Number of sessions: 3 days of panels, workshops and activities Members: $100 for whole event Nonmembers: $125 for whole event Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

REGISTRATION OPEN:  purchase pre-registration tickets for whole event (excluding special pitch/consult sessions) using buttons above (you will be asked which sessions to help us plan but can change your mind later).  If you wish to purchase just a few sessions, click on links in class names below to just register for that session.

This will be a great weekend to immerse yourself in your writing, make real progress towards your goals, learn new skills, and get the answers to your questions.

Pre-registration will be $100/$125 for the whole weekend (except excluded special events).  The package deal gets you up to NINE sessions on TWO DAYS (2 sessions generally run at the same time–you must choose which you will attend). Higher prices at the door on the weekend of the event and some sessions may sell out.  

Individual Sessions can be pre-purchased for $20/$25 per session (instead of purchasing the entire conference) by clicking on the links below.  Panels are $10/$15 per session.  Higher prices at the door on weekend of event for most sessions. Some sessions will sell out. 

Separate price and admission for appointment with one of the participants in the Book Pitch/Consult (info coming soon)

News on Friday 9/8 coming soon

Saturday, Sept 9
Special Event not included in price of conference
Book Pitch/Consults with editors, agents, specialists
More Info Soon – purchased separately
Consults with Jennifer Coburn 12pm-1pm
10am-11:45am Writing in the Wild with Judy Reeves

Let’s go outside. Let’s prowl around Liberty Station with our notebooks and pens, our curiosity and our imagination. It may not be exactly “wild” like the backcountry or the jungle or the rainforest, but we’re writers, we’ll discover the wild whether we choose to write about a pair of seagulls squawking on a tiled rooftop or a pair of lovers nuzzling on a bench. We’ll play around with description—both place and character; maybe we’ll take our shoes off and sit on the grass and write the way green feels on our bare feet. We may eavesdrop on dialogue and improvise a scene. Who knows what can happen once we turn our writer-selves loose for a couple of hours of free-form writing under the blue San Diego sky.

We’ll meet at The Ink Spot Saturday morning at 10 am and set out for the “wild.”

1pm-2:45pm Mining History for Fiction with Sue Meissner

More info soon




Character with Cornelia Feye

Creating compelling and believable characters is one of the most important and enjoyable facets of being a writer. In this workshop we will practice building characters, getting to know them, making them believable, and giving them human flaws through writing exercises and discussions.

3pm-4:45pm Memoir with Marni Freedman

Be introduced to the basics of creating your memoir such as crafting the hook, selecting memories, sculpting narrative from memories, crafting a scene, parameters, editing, transitions, theme, tone, character arc, dialogue and flashbacks.

Learn writing techniques to help you pull the reader deeper into the story. Leave readers breathless to turn the page and invested in your characters. Tips, tricks, and exercises to help you dig into your characters and pull the reader in too.
More info soon
Sunday, Sept 10
9am-10:45am Scrivener with Kim Keeline

Scrivener is writing software (for Mac or PC) which helps keep you organized and on track. Switch between outline/writing/photos/research and keep everything together. A unique tagging system, backups (and the ability to compare between past versions and the current version of a draft), and a simple but powerful interface makes it one of the best ways to write a novel or any long piece of writing, particularly one with notes, research, or complex ideas.

11am-11:45am PANEL: The Art of the Thriller

More info soon

PANEL: Children’s Books

More info soon

12pm-12:45pm PANEL: Author Platform 

More info soon

Brown Bag with Danielle Baldwin

Writing Prompt time. $5 drop in or free to people that bought the conference package.

1pm-2:45pm Building a Sustainable Writing Practice with Judy Reeves

Some writer who knew a few things said, “starting writing is easy; it’s keeping writing that’s difficult.”


How often does this happen to you? You get a flash of an idea (and it’s a good one), and you can’t wait to get to your notebook or your laptop to begin writing; you write in a flurry for a while, and then it gets harder. You don’t know where to go with the story next; the characters are in hiding; the idea has fizzled. So you put your notebook away or close your laptop. Days go by, and you don’t write but you swear you’re going to get back to it “as soon as.” Weeks go by and you still haven’t got back to it. Then one day, you decide “this is it!” and you sit down with your notebook or your laptop, but nothing comes and you decide, well, maybe you’re not a writer after all. But still, there is this urge, this desire, this longing to write and write regularly.

I’ve heard this same, sad story from so many writers, or would-be writers, or want-to-be writers. It’s certainly a story from my past. I stopped and started more times than I can name, until…

It’s the “until…” that this workshop will focus on. We’ll look at what gets in the way of having a regular writing practice, no matter what we want to write. Working together, we’ll discover the three simple steps it takes to create a regular writing practice and sustain it day after day after day.

Marketing Secrets for Writers
with Mark O’Bannon 


How to create a buying frenzy. What every author ought to know about writing and marketing. Some plain talk about a simple business that often sounds complicated.

In this class you will learn:

  • How to Find People Who Will Buy Your Stories
  • The most powerful marketing strategy ever devised
  • How to Build a Relationship With Your Fans
  • and more
3pm-4:45pm Plot Structure with Rich Farrell and Hunter Gatewood

What does ‘structure’ mean in fiction? What defines story structure as applied to writing novels and short stories?  This class will explore the elements of story structure, with practical tips towards building solid foundations for your writing.

 Creative Writing with David Coddon

You’ll learn helpful fundamentals about crafting a story, creating vivid characters and establishing compelling narrative conflict that will open up your possibilities and make you more excited than ever about telling the stories you want to tell.

5pm-6:45pm Screenwriting with Mark O’Bannon

According to John Truby, the premier story consultant in Hollywood, ninety percent of screenplays and eighty percent of novels are rejected because of poor structure.
This means that one of the most important things you will ever learn as a writer is how to structure a story. This class will look at structure.
 Please register in advance.  When buying the package deal you will be asked to chose your sessions.  If you want to change your mind prior to the conference, please email Kim at contact@sandiegowriters.org and she will change your form.  If a session is not yet designated and you change your mind when you see the new info, please let Kim know and she will help you.
Sessions that sell out will give priority to those who purchased and chose the session ahead of time.  You can chose to change a session on the day only if there is still room.