West Coast Writer Conference: June 26-28, 2015


Greater Los Angeles Writers Society: West Coast Writers Conference

Now Write! has the pleasure to be involved with the Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society (GLAWS) conferences.  Now Write! hosted lively panels with contributors from several of the Now Write! books at the last 3 conferences. These are friendly, affordable writers’ conferences with a lot to offer writers at various levels from beginning to professional.

The upcoming conference June 26-28, 2015 is the biggest of the year and takes place at L.A. Valley College.

Participation by Now Write! contributors and editor:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Marilyn Atlas2:00pm:  Now Write! Screenwriting contributor Marilyn Atlas will be on a panel: “How To Pitch a Literary Agent or Publisher.”

5:45pm:   Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson will moderate a panel: Techniques for Editing Your Own Work and When to Hire a Pro.”

5:45pm:   Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor Steven Barnes offers a class: The Professional Writer’s Tool Kit” (Laurie wishes she could be in both places at once!)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Brad.thumb1:45pm   Laurie and 2-time contributor Brad Schreiber will present a creative writing workshop featuring Brad’s exercise in Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror:  “Metamorphosis.” Laurie will also share her top 10 favorite exercises selected from all of the books in the Now Write! series.

1:45pm Steven Barnes participates in a panel: “After the TV Pilot – What it Takes to Write a Successful Series”.

See the Conference Schedule.

See the Conference Registration Page.

NYC Publishing & Creativity Conference for Writers

The NYC Publishing & Creativity Conference

New Yorkers – get motivated to live a more creative life!

Logo-cropped-300x221The New York City Publishing & Creativity Conference for Writers is the first conference of its kind ever to be hosted by a major book publisher.  In this conference you will:

* Gain access to publishing professionals from the largest publishing company in the world

* Be inspired by JULIA CAMERON, the #1 bestselling creativity author in the world

* Learn from our creativity and publishing experts, including Tama KievesBarbara Diane Barry, Mari Mancusi, and others

Meet with editors and other publishing veterans*

* Enjoy networking with other writers

* Learn about building your author platform, and using it to make your book a bestseller

Frequently Asked Questions


with Discount Code: TARCHERLIVE MAR



3:00 – 4:00pm – Pre-registration for premiere ticket holders; editor pitch session times will be assigned during this pre-registration

4:00-6:00pm – Editor pitch sessions (15-minute pitch meetings, to be scheduled on first-come, first-served basis)

5:15-6:00pm – General registration

6:00-7:15pm – Panel: An Inside Look at Publishing

Including advice from an editor, agent, publisher, publicity/marketing director, and author

7:15-7:45pm – Booksigning

8:00-9:30pm – Cocktail party for premiere ticket holders


9:00-10:00am – registration

10:00 – 10:50am – Tama Kieves: Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Writing Career!

10:55-11:20am – Laurie Lamson: Top Tips from the Now Write! Experts

11:20-11:45 – Book signing, bathroom break

11:45-12:15pm – Keith Ogorek:  Four Key Words to Put Your Creativity to Work

12:30 – 2:00pm – LUNCH

2:00-3:00pm – Panel: Building Your Platform / The Path to Publishing

3:00-3:40pm – Barbara Diane Barry: Painting Your Way Out of a Corner

3:40-4:00pm – Book signing, bathroom break

4:00-5:00pm – Julia Cameron: Cultivating Your Creativity the Artist’s Way

5:00-5:30pm – Julia Cameron Booksigning

*Denotes activities available to those with Premier tickets



Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than three decades. She is the author of more than thirty books, including The Artist’s Way (which has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages), Walking in This World, and Finding Water. Also a novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television. www.juliacameronlive.com


Tama Kieves, Harvard-lawyer-turned-career-coach, has spent the last decade crossing the Tama KievesUnited States and Canada, speaking to tens of thousands of people and sharing her inspiring story of moving from a career that was killing her to a life that has uplifted her, chronicled in her first book, This Time I Dance!: Creating the Work You Love. She has mentored thousands of people who, with her help, have followed their passion, and now live their dream lives. Kieves recently published a new book with Tarcher/Penguin called Inspired & Unstoppable. www.tamakieves.com


Mari Mancusi is a two-time Emmy award-winning television producer and award-winning author of eighteen novels for adults and teens, including Scorched, Blood Coven Vampires Gamer Girl. A graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication, she lives with her husband and daughter in Austin, TX.www.marimancusi.com


Barbara Diane Barry is an artist and art teacher in New York City. Under the educational outreach program at Symphony Space, she teaches in public schools throughout NYC’s five boroughs and gives tours in the city’s finest museums. In addition, she is on staff at the South Street Seaport Museum and the creator of “Art for Self-Discovery,” a studio art program for adults and children. www.artforselfdiscovery.com


Laurie LamsonLaurie Lamson is a writer, editor and filmmaker who loves helping tell great stories. She is the editor of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, co-editor (with her Aunt Sherry Ellis) of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries. In addition, Lamson has written feature screenplays for indie producers and short educational videos, such as a series of interactive projects for the National Museum of the U.S. Army, and the award-winning “Care for our Planet” for Levi Strauss & Co.


Joel Fotinos is vice-president and publisher at Tarcher/Penguin, and the co-author of The Think & Grow Rich Workbook and The Prayer Chest. A licensed minster with the Centers for Spiritual Living, Fotinos travels the country giving talks and workshops on spirituality and inspiration. www.joelfotinos.com


Currently SVP of Marketing at Author Solutions, Keith Ogorek has worked in product development, as an ad agency creative director, inventor of a successful game for adults and children, creator of an innovative product for parents of infants, and author of three inspirational books. www.indiebookwriters.com