Posts Tagged ‘San Diego’


Writer Replay Ep. 4: Awaiting A Writer

July 2, 2010



Broke Book Mountain

June 21, 2010



SD23 award winners announced

February 22, 2009

With considerable competition in the mix, it wasn’t easy declaring who would be honored this time around, but after two nights of high-spirited debate — and by high-spirited, of course, I mean bourbon — a consensus was found among the authors, agents and editors attending. Here are the SCWC*SD 23 Award Recipients:

• OUTSTANDING FICTION >> Reina Lisa Menasche
from Spring Valley, CA for Every Holiday on Ice
• OUTSTANDING FICTION >> Reina Lisa Menasche
from Spring Valley, CA for Silent Bird
from Moscow, Russia for Moscow Traffic
• OUTSTANDING TOPIC >> Gayle Carline
from Placentia, CA for Home to Roost
from Poway, CA for Regret

Congratulations to all, and to the so many other emerging writers who attended San Diego with work that never sucked as much as it could have. Check out the site for all the latest details.



Another agent announced

November 11, 2008

Joining the SCWC for the first time and looking to expand her list is Literary Works’ founding agent Jacqueline S. Hackett, rep to many bestselling authors including J. California Cooper, Rachel Vassel and Omar Tyree.

Among her recent sales: Daughters of Men: Portraits of African American Women and Their Fathers (Amistad/HarperCollins November 2007), Darker Mask: Superheroes of Color (Tor Books August 2008) Cinescopes: What Your Favorite Movies Say About You (Quirk Books November 2007), Prince: How He Revolutionized Rock N Roll and Survived (St. Martins 2009); The Last Street Novel by Omar Tyree (Simon & Schuster July 2007); Pecking Order (Simon & Schuster September 2008); A Spring Without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply (Lyons Press June 2008); and untitled short story collection and novel by J. California Cooper (Doubleday 2010 and 2011); Saviors or Sellouts: The Promises and Perils of Black Conservatism, From Booker T. Washington to Condoleezza Rice (Beacon Press January 2008); Let’s Get Free: How Ordinary Citizens Can Take Back American Justice (New Press 2009); Girls Inc. Presents: Amazing Girls (Adams Media July 2008); Racial Performance (Oxford University Press 2009) and (Un) Happy Lawyer (Sourcebooks July 2008).

Jacqueline will be accepting advance submissions for review, followed by one-on-one consultation at the conference, of commercial fiction and serious & entertaining nonfiction. Details at



San Diego 23 major update

October 20, 2008

On the author front, ten of whom have new books out or coming out by conference time: Richard Craig Anderson (Rivers of Belief), Tom Basinski (The Cross-Country Rapist), Laurel Corona (The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice), Mark Clements, Edwin Decker, Phyllis Gebauer (Hot Widow), Troy Johnson (Family Outing: What Happened When I Found Out My Mother Was Gay), Gordon Kirkland, Bob Mayer (Agnes and the Hitman, co-written with Jennifer Crusie), Matthew J. Pallamary, Frederick Ramsay (Stranger Room), Midge Raymond (Forgetting English), Judy Reeves, Caitlin Rother (Twisted Triangle and Body Parts), Michele Scott (Tacked to Death and Zamora’s Ultimate Challenge) and Michael Thompkins are aboard.

Agents and editors wise, so far we’ve got Michelle Brower, Claire Gerus, Kathleen Gilligan, Jean Jenkins, Jeffrey Moores, Lynn Price, Jennifer Redmond, Adrienne Rosado, Mike Sirota, Sally van Haitsma, Natanya Wheeler and Laura Taylor.

Still a few more folk to add, as well as specific workshops and guest speakers to be announced, but rest assured our next Presidents’ Day Weekend event will again prove itself the spirited, inclusive, informative & encouraging writers’ conference unlike any other.

Remember there’s a $75 discount off Full Conference registration for those who do so by Nov. 1. Get all the details at


h1 launches May 1

April 29, 2008

Word San Diego was a free monthly print publication that we lost a few years ago.  That was a sad thing because WSD had become the sole means of finding out nearly anything and everything pertinent to our vast and eclectic community of San Diego writers after we lost the Writers’ Bookstore and Haven back in the day. Well, today I get a notice that David Boyne and his gang of rousing writerly irregulars are back with a new iteration of the paper — and I’m damn pleased to hear it because, in writing, attitude is everything and this gang had plenty of attitude.

It officially launches on May 1st and offers great deals for San Diego writers, booksellers, editors, et al to promote themselves, their services, their pets and everything else writing related — for FREE!  Do check out the site at for all the skinny and be sure to drop ’em a note to show your support and welcome them back into the fray.

BTW, look at this little ditty I found in the archives: a 2002 interview with Edwin Decker by Terrie Relf.



Session info: “Creating Congruent Characters”

January 19, 2008

A note for those who have asked, and anyone else who might be wondering, about Michael Thompkins‘ “Creating Congruent Characters Part I & Part II” sessions: you can contact Michael directly for the syllabus to prepare.

Also, a reminder that submissions to the “Tales from the Fire” contest face a February 1 deadline. That’s less than two weeks, now.


Tick … tick … tick … (no pressure)

January 9, 2008

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines! Do you work better under pressure? Registered conferees face an upcoming deadline: Saturday, January 12, 2008. This is the date by which your advance critique submissions should be received for review:

Submissions must be in proper format and be received by no later than January 12, 2008. Advance Manuscript Critique is available only to registered conferees and will be returned at the conference. Appointments times for one-on-one sessions will be posted at the Registration Desk.

Address your manuscript to the appropriate Reader in care of the conference (SCWC), 1010 University Ave., #54, San Diego, CA 92103. You may register first then submit your material later, as long as material is received before deadline.

Or see the SCWC website for more information, including notes on manuscript format and reader selection. Time keeps on tickin’ ….

(Are you not a registered conferee? There’s only one solution to that: sign up for the 22nd Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference at San Diego!)


Know Your Session Leaders: Andrea Portes

January 3, 2008

It is time to get to know your session leaders and speakers at SCWC. First up, the inimitable Andrea Portes, who intends to teach you how to “Kill Your Ego” and give advice on “Writing in Bed”.Andrea’s debut novel, Hick hit the shelves last May, and straightaway hit the Los Angeles Times best-seller list. I hear she was very proud. And why not? Finding oneself amid company like Khaled Hosseini, Cormac McCarthy, Sara Gruen, and James Patterson, among others, is no easy task. And we at SCWC are proud to count her among our friends.

The reviews, of course, have been fantastic:

Guy Savage at Mostly Fiction includes Hick in good company as well, giving the book 4.5 stars out of 5:

If you enjoyed novels such as Where the Heart Is and She’s Come Undone, then there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy Hick.

The Emerging Writers Network matches that four-and-a-half, and piles on the praise:

From the time Luli walks off her property through to the end of the novel, Portes gives us a combination of road novel with coming of age work. She blends the two seamlessly as Luli grows up in front of the reader, beginning to explore her own sexuality and the power that this entails, while at the same time, going through some of the traditional road trip scenarios – meeting new people, getting in troublesome situations, etc. The thing Portes does extremely well is give Luli this ability to survive, no matter what is thrown her way, and plenty is thrown her way – and frequently brought upon by her own actions, reminding the reader again and again that she is only 13. This is also where the writing of Portes shines. While only 13, Luli almost forces herself to step outside her body and simply be a witness to events that are occurring. Throughout, she holds onto a ‘this will pass’ sort of mantra, and it is entirely believable.

Portes has created a character that the reader cannot help but root for, even when knowing she is taking a mis-step or two (or more). The fact that Portes did so, while allowing said character to have a wit, and a nose for interesting situations, helps the pages fly by. It’s an exceptional debut effort and hopefully the beginning of a great career.

And Regis Schilken, author of The Oculi Incident and The Island Off Stony Point, strongly recommends Hick:

Hick is fast paced, it is original, it is an outstanding novel of perseverance and courage. Luli’s sometimes crude descriptions will make a reader howl but at the same time, root for her survival amidst all the foul play tugging at her heartstrings. She is out there, she is alone, but damn, she will survive. “I’m not looking back playing that same old song no more. I ain’t gonna spend my life staring at my socks, slouching to a chorus of mighta coulda shoulda woulda.”

I would recommend Hick to any reader looking for a fascinating story and is not offended by the “F” word. Luli has heard it from infancy. Her speech would sound unnatural without it considering the years of low-life she endured before taking off on her own.

I would sincerely hope that author Portes is planning a sequel to Hick so readers who fall in love with charismatic Luli like I did, can ultimately see her fate. I would personally like to congratulate Andrea Portes for writing Hick. One would never know it was a first novel.

The reviews are in. Many of them. And they’re all positive. We at SCWC hope to bring you the best, and we’re proud to present Miss Andrea Portes at our San Diego conference over the Presidents’ Day Weekend.

There is, indeed, still time to register. See the Southern California Writers’ Conference website for more information about speakers and session leaders, and how to sign up for this most excellent event.


‘Tis the Season

December 24, 2007

‘Tis the season, indeed.

At this time of year, it is worth reminding that, as we do every day, we wish you all only the best in your endeavors. Everyone carries with them some degree of art, and may that shining star within bring you and your community all of your brightest hopes. Peace, joy, solace in trying times; let your creativity nourish and heal those around you.

During this season’s celebration of goodwill, we should also remember the many gifts we hope to give through artistic labor. The stories we tell are as much a part of us as our hopes and happiness, our compassion and love, our very names. They are, truly, among the very least we can give unto our neighbors.

Be safe. Be well.

And … uh … remember, there’s only a week left to register for the 22nd annual San Diego conference and qualify for the early-bard discount. The deadline for the $50 discount toward full-conference registration is December 31, 2007.