READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 21

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January 30, 2016 (San Diego) — Literary lovers will find a wealth of activities coming up locally for both readers and writers, from author appearances to a major writer’s conference, as well as a reading of Valentine’s sonnets and much more.

 

Readers

January 31 (Sunday, 2:00 pm) — Gigi Pandian and Robin Dunn sign in San Diego

The Masquerading Magician by Gigi Pandian. Deciphering an ancient alchemy book is more difficult than Zoe Faust bargained for. She'd much rather be gardening and exploring her new home of Portland, Oregon – but time is running out for living gargoyle Dorian Robert-Houdin. If Zoe isn't able to unlock the alchemy book's secrets soon, the French gargoyle will remain awake but trapped in stone forever.

When Zoe gives herself a rare night out to attend a classic magic show that reminds her of her youth, she realizes the stage magicians are much more than they seem. A murder at the theater leads back to a string of unsolved robberies and murders in Portland's past, and a mystery far more personal than Zoe and Dorian ever imagined.

Conquistador of the Night Lands by Robin Wyatt Dunn.

The Night Lands are what you see.

The Night Lands are what you eat.

The Night Lands are what you breathe.

Come in to the Night Lands, and we will show you something different,

from your holiday smile, or your most beautiful nightmare, we'll show you the Redoubt, inside your brain: The world has ended; the sun has died, but life goes on.

Join Soad and Weel, defenders of the Redoubt, and The Producer and Woad, a Hollywood producer and a giant whale, on a journey to remake all of reality.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to http://www.mystgalaxy.com/ or call (858) 268-4747.

January 31 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Saul Levine, M.D. author of Our Emotional Footprint: Ordinary People and Their Extraordinary Lives.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | http://www.warwicks.com |

February 2 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting renowned relationship coach Arielle Ford on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:30 pm to discuss and sign her new book, Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate. Arielle Ford is an acclaimed relationship expert and the international bestselling author of The Soulmate Secret.

Internationally bestselling author and relationship expert Arielle Ford offers the keys to re-discovering love, passion, respect, and renewed commitment, years after the simple act of falling in love and getting married.

It's one thing to fall in love and get married. It is quite another thing to have a marriage you love. This is the true purpose of Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate.

Author of the international bestseller The Soulmate Secret, Arielle Ford unlocks the wisdom learned in her own marriage along with expertise gleaned from friends and experts such as Harville Hendrix, John Gray, Dr. Helen Fisher, Neale Donald Walsch, and Marianne Williamson, to help readers find a happy middle ground between the rare, precious, and unattainable romantic notion of love, and the reality that happens when restlessness, anger, or disappointment set in and act as a stubborn barrier to happiness and fulfillment.

Turn Your Mate into Your Soulmate explores and reveals: What love really is and is not, and how to infuse your life with richer, fulfilling love. Why we yearn to be connected to another person; Our soul and our sacred contracts around love. Why giving up perfectionism is the key to happiness. The purpose and benefits of marriage. Components of a healthy relationship. Moving beyond ourselves to infuse our relationships with God/Spirit/devotion. Breathing new life into old love by kick-starting the fun; Why changing partners may not be the answer and why re-envisioning the partner you have can be the path to happiness.

Arielle lays the groundwork for the purpose and work needed for a healthy relationship, proving that marriage is not as simple as Happily Ever After but that real love can be even better.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | http://www.warwicks.com |

February 2 (Tuesday, 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm) — The San Diego Shakespeare Society invites you to the Shakespeare readings, which are free and open to the public. Romeo and Juliet (part two) – Tom Haine directing.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855; http://www.upstartcrowtrading.com.

February 3 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting the New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter, Shilpi Gowda on Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:30 pm to discuss and sign her new novel, The Golden Son.

The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story of family, responsibility, love, honor, tradition, and identity, in which two childhood friends a young doctor and a newly married bride must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts.

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family's expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village's disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.

Back home in India, Anil's closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena's romantic hopes, and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more changing them both and the people they love forever.

Tender and bittersweet, The Golden Son illuminates the ambivalence of people caught between past and present, tradition and modernity, duty and choice; the push and pull of living in two cultures, and the painful decisions we must make to find our true selves.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | http://www.warwicks.com |

February 4 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting debut novelist Elizabeth Marro on Thursday, February 4th at 7:30 pm to discuss and sign her novel, Casualties in conversation with Jim Ruland. Elizabeth Marro's work has appeared in The San Diego Reader, The Gloucester Daily Times, http://LiteraryMama.com, and elsewhere. A long-time resident of the North Country region of New Hampshire, she holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Rutgers University, and now lives in San Diego. Casualties is her first novel.

“How do you survive the unendurable? Marro’s gorgeous debut is about war, grief, guilt, and grappling with the truths you don’t expect, and finally taking the risk and acknowledging the ones that you do. Moving and full of heart.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You.

“There’s an emotional jolt early in the pages of Elizabeth Marro’s debut novel Casualties that reminds us not all battle scars start on the battlefield. The bell-like tolls of this tragic event will reverberate throughout the rest of this heartbreaking novel as Ruth and Casey, two strangers broken by grief and regret, reluctantly join together on a cross-country road trip. Elizabeth Marro made me care about these two people so much that by the end of the novel I’d forgotten they were fictional characters and I was ready to call them up to see how they were doing and if they’d finally found their way to war, peace and forgiveness.”—David Abrams, author of Fobbit.

“With its gripping plot and seasoned prose, it is hard to imagine that Casualties is Elizabeth Marro’s debut novel.  She writes of a mother’s worst nightmare, and offers no easy answers.  By the end of her novel we care for her characters, and hope that each can find the elusive redemption they so desire.”—Alan Russell, bestselling author of Burning Man.

“Conflicting human needs, difficult choices, missed opportunities, and the random luck of the draw challenge the true-to-life, complicated characters in Elizabeth Marro’s page-turning novel. This is an important story set against the drama of today’s volatile world that asks moral questions yet, ultimately, resides in the heart.”—Judy Reeves, author of Wild Women, Wild Voices.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | http://www.warwicks.com |

February 4 (Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm) — Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to present an Edible Flower Adventure with award-winning author and acclaimed cook Kitty Morse at a Private Residence (that will be provided upon registration). The event is ticketed at $35 per person and open to the public.

About the Event: Our Edible Flowers Adventure will be an intimate gathering with award-winning author and fabulous cook, Kitty Morse. In her latest book, Kitty delves into a taste bud adventure with flowers, creating delicately scented dishes like orange blossom water custard (mulhalbiya) with candied flowers & seasonal berries and delectable flower & grilled eggplant wraps. Your Adventure includes a demonstration & tasting of recipes found in Edible Flowers, book, a book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet the author up close & personal in an exclusive and authentic setting.

About the Author: Kitty Morse was born in Casablanca, Morocco and immigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen. For much of her life Kitty taught the intricacies of Moroccan cuisine in cooking schools and department stores nationwide. In June 2002, she conducted a Culinary Concert on Moroccan culture and cuisine hosted by Julia Child. Kitty is the author of ten award-winning cookbooks. Her interest in edible flowers blossomed as a weekly columnist for the San Diego edition of the Los Angeles Times, and discovered that many of the growers lived in her San Diego County backyard.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at susan@adventuresbythebook.com.

February 4 (Thursday, 7:30 pm)Peter Clines signs Ex Isle.

The heroes are overjoyed when they discover another group of survivors, living on a man-made island in the middle of the Pacific ocean. But there s something very, very wrong with this isolated community and its mysterious leader a secret that could put every survivor in the world at risk.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to http://www.mystgalaxy.com/ or call (858) 268-4747.

February 5 (Friday, 7:30 pm) — Neal Griffin and David Putnam sign their books.

A Voice from the Field (Hardcover) by Neal Griffin. Gunther Kane and his white supremacist group are using forced prostitution to finance the purchase of automatic weapons. Kane snatches young women off the streets and sells them to hundreds of men. When a victim is used up, she's killed and dumped. After all, there are always more where she came from.

Physically recovered from being shot but struggling with PTSD, Tia Suarez almost doesn't believe her eyes when she glimpses a Hispanic teenager bound and gagged in the back of Kane's van. The look of terror on the woman's face makes Tia desperate to rescue her.

Kane's in the crosshairs of the FBI, who don't want a small-town Wisconsin detective messing up their big gun bust.

Tia Suarez doesn't back down for anyone. Not the department shrink; not the feds who dismiss her; not even her boyfriend, a Marine veteran who thinks she doesn't know what she's getting into. Tia will find the missing teen come hell or high water.

The Squandered: A Bruno Johnson Novel (Hardcover) by David Putnam. Bruno cannot deny his father, and Marie will not let Bruno go alone. As fugitives, they return to the U.S. to face not only imminent arrest, but also to confront ruthless kidnappers, drug dealers, and government agents who will stop at nothing to keep a secret from the past buried forever.

Glimpses of Bruno s law enforcement past shed light on the mayhem they encounter once they are discovered in L.A. It seems that Bruno s brother, Noble, has inadvertently kicked a hornet s nest of criminals, both in and out of prison, and among various law enforcement agencies looking to find a long missing load of nine million dollars worth of cocaine. And Noble s grandchildren are caught in the crosshairs.

The chase, the brutality, and the emotional stress tests Bruno and Marie s relationship and forces them to define family what's okay to forgive, and what should never be forgotten. Armed with a new moral code, will they live long enough to put it into practice?

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to http://www.mystgalaxy.com/ or call (858) 268-4747.

February 6 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — Josh Finney and Kat Rocha sign their books.

Casefile: ARKHAM - Nightmare on the Canvas (Paperback) by Josh Finney, Patrick McEvoy (Illustrator)

Set in the mid-1940s, Strange Cases follows Hank Flynn, a down on his luck private eye who is back from the war and now working the mean streets of the most cursed city on Earth--Arkham, Massachusetts. And things only get worse for Flynn when a wealthy uptown socialite hires him to track down an artist by the name of Pickman. What begins as a simple missing persons case leads Flynn down a dark path of flesh eating ghouls, vengeful witches, and the notorious Innsmouth mafia.

Whispers from the Abyss (Paperback) by Kat Rocha (Editor). On the subway, during lunch, or even under the fluorescent glow of your cubicle, there is no escape! Now your slow descent into madness can follow you through the day, as well as the night. The WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS ANTHOLOGY is the first ever H.P. Lovecraft inspired collection created specifically for readers on the go.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to http://www.mystgalaxy.com/ or call (858) 268-4747.

February 9 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm)Pierce Brown signs Morning Star (Hardcover). "Red Rising" thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. "Golden Son"changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied and too glorious to surrender.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to http://www.mystgalaxy.com/ or call (858) 268-4747.

February 8 (Monday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting the author, lead singer, and writing professor Rob Roberge on Monday, February 8th at 7:30 pm for the launch of his memoir, Liar. Rob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction, most recently The Cost of Living. He teaches creative writing and his work has been widely anthologized. He also plays guitar and sings with the Los Angeles-based band the Urinals. This event is free and open to the public.

When Rob Roberge learns that he's likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to (somewhat faithfully) record the most formative moments of his life ranging from the brutal murder of his childhood girlfriend, to a diagnosis of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, to opening for famed indie band Yo La Tengo at The Fillmore in San Francisco. But the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception really are.

As Liar twists and turns through Roberge's life, it turns the familiar story of sex, drugs and rock n roll on its head. Blackly comic and brutally frank, it offers a remarkable portrait of a down and out existence cobbled together across the country, from musicians crashpads around Boston, to seedy bars popular with sideshow freaks in Florida, to a painful moment of reckoning in the scorched Wonder Valley desert of California. As Roberge struggles to keep addiction and mental illness from destroying the good life he has built in his better moments, he is forced to acknowledge the increasingly blurred line between the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | http://www.warwicks.com |

February 9 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting the bestselling author Michelle Gable on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:30 pm to discuss her newest novel, I'll See You in Paris.  Michelle graduated from The College of William & Mary. When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat. This event is free and open to the public.

Michelle Gable's I'll See You in Paris winds together the lives of three women born generations apart, but who face similar struggles of love and heartbreak. After losing her fiance in the Vietnam War, nineteen-year-old Laurel Haley takes a job in England, hoping the distance will mend her shattered heart. Laurel expects the pain might lessen but does not foresee the beguiling man she meets or that they'll go to Paris, where the city's magic will take over and alter everything Laurel believes about love.

Thirty years later, Laurel's daughter Annie is newly engaged and an old question resurfaces: who is Annie's father and what happened to him? Laurel has always been vague about the details and Annie's told herself it doesn't matter. But with her impending marriage, Annie has to know everything. Why won't Laurel tell her the truth?

The key to unlocking Laurel's secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough. Annie's quest to understand the Duchess, and therefore her own history, takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a decaying estate kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris where answers will be found at last.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | http://www.warwicks.com |

February 10 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting the debut novelist Michelle Adelman on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:30 pm to discuss and sign her novel, Piece of Mind. Michelle Adelman graduated from Northwestern University with a BS and an MS in Journalism, and earned her MFA in Writing from Columbia University. Her journalism has appeared in Time Out New York and elsewhere. This event is free and open to the public.

This novel introduces an utterly captivating new character to contemporary fiction in the debut novel by Michelle Adelman. At twenty-seven years old, Lucy lives an unconventional life at home with her father, who checks in on her to make sure she’s dressed in the morning, cooks for her, drives for her, and needs to remind her to finish simple daily routines. Since she was hit by a truck at the age of three, Lucy has lived with a traumatic brain injury to her frontal-lobe, which caused her to lose some of her executive functions—organizing, prioritizing, time managing and decision making. She’s passionate about comic books, drawing, coffee, and animals, but she has trouble with everyday tasks and can’t manage to hold down a job. In one instance she recalls her experience working at a grade school, “The one time I subbed, I lost the roll-call sheet within the first hour. And one of the students during lunch. And the job by the end of the week.”

Thus, when Lucy’s father dies suddenly of a heart attack, not only has she lost her only living parent, but also her primary caregiver. Her life is totally unmoored as she is forced to move into a cramped New York City apartment with her younger brother Nate. At just twenty-one years old, Nate is ill-equipped to be without the support of his parents and fully in charge of making ends meet both in his own life and in Lucy’s. Being forced to alter their lives for and around one another, their experience brings them closer and also tests their nerves—a relationship that Adelman portrays with love, frustration, and deep humanity.

Lucy’s traumatic brain injury is a struggle she deals with daily, but never has she been put in a situation so daunting. It’s both surprising and gratifying when, in a rare twist, it is Lucy, rather than Nate, who meets the challenge. Because the complexity of the brain, and the fact that no two brain injuries are alike, Lucy’s injury affects her in ways both obvious and subtle. Michelle Adelman knows this from experience—her sister Caren suffered from a traumatic brain injury at a young age and informs Lucy’s characteristics. Their connection is apparent in Lucy’s love of drawing, as Caren’s own illustrations appear in the book. A graduate from the Columbia MFA program, Michelle Adelman is able to deftly capture the intricacies of brain injury. Lucy is a fully-realized protagonist, and it can be difficult to determine which of her challenges are circumstantial—like navigating New York City—and which are directly related to her injury. The added nuance makes Lucy’s journey all the more engaging—will her new life make her grow in ways she never thought she would? Or will there be certain things that she can’t do no matter how hard she tries?

What’s so remarkable about Piece of Mind is that though Lucy’s injury impacts many aspects of her daily life, it does not define her—quite the opposite. She is contemplative, complex, and outspoken. Adelman is able to illustrate Lucy’s interior and exterior struggles in a way that makes them both unique and universal. Every reader can relate to the loss of a loved one, the challenge of a new city, the stress of living with siblings. But it’s rare that a character as idiosyncratic as Lucy also feels so kindred. For this, Michelle Adelman’s Piece of Mind is sure to capture readers with its originality and heart-felt emotional depth.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | http://www.warwicks.com |

February 12 (Friday, 7:30 pm) — John Connell, Lisa Brackmann, and Matt Coyle sign their books.

Spoils of Victory (Hardcover) by John A. Connell. When the Third Reich collapsed, the small town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen became the home of fleeing war criminals, making it the final depository for the Nazis' stolen riches. There are fortunes to be made on the black market. Murder, extortion, and corruption have become the norm. It's a perfect storm for a criminal investigator like Mason Collins, especially when his friend, CIC Agent John Winstone, claims that a group of powerful men are taking over the lucrative trade. But before he can fully explain, Winstone--and his girlfriend-- are brutally murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, Mason plunges into a shadowy labyrinth of co-conspirators including former SS and Gestapo officers, U.S. Army OSS officers, and liberated Polish POWs. As both witnesses and evidence begin disappearing, it becomes obvious that someone on high is pulling strings to stifle the investigation--and that Mason must feel his way in the darkness if he is going to find out who in town has the most to gain--and the most to lose.

Dragon Day (Hardcover) by Lisa Brackmann. "Ellie McEnroe is an Iraq war vet living in Beijing, where she represents the work of cutting-edge Chinese political artists. She has one bum leg, a taste for dumplings and beer, and an evangelical mother and a sweet-tempered rescue mutt for roommates. She also has Chinese Domestic Security on her tail and a dwindling number of Percocets to get her through her bad days. And she's about to have some bad days. The immensely powerful – and occasionally homicidal--Shanghai billionaire Sidney Cao has asked Ellie to investigate Marsh Brody, his son's suspicious new American business partner. Ellie knows she can't refuse, and is grudgingly swept up into the elite social circles of Sidney's three children: debauched Guwei, rebellious Meimei and social climber Tiantian. When a waitress is murdered at one of Tiantian's parties, the last thing Ellie wants is to get sucked into a huge scandal involving China's rich and powerful. But Ellie quickly becomes the most convenient suspect and realizes she'll have to figure out who really did it--and even that might not be enough to save herself.

Night Tremors (Hardcover) by Matt Coyle. Haunted by a past he cannot flee, Private Investigator Rick Cahill has felt the pain from being wrongly accused of a crime. So, when an attorney asks him to help free an imprisoned man, whom he believes is not guilty of murdering his family, Rick jumps at the chance. The investigation pits him against his mentor, cops who want to put him in jail, and a biker gang that wants him dead. Before Rick can save himself, he must uncover the truth known only to the real killer about what happened one bloody night eight years ago.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to http://www.mystgalaxy.com/ or call (858) 268-4747.

February 14 (Sunday, 2:30 pm) — The San Diego Shakespeare Society invites you to the Shakespeare readings, which are free and open to the public. Special Valentine's Day SonnetsAlex Sandie directing.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855; http://www.upstartcrowtrading.com.

 

BOOKS BY OLIN THOMPSON

Olin Thompson has written over 20 exciting adventure books in hardback and eBooks including police procedural, crime, mystery, western and military. They can be ordered through Amazon or at:

http://olin-thompson.com/books.html

 

Writers

Workshops, Classes, Seminars, Book Festivals,

Contests, Workshops, Classes, Seminars, Book Festivals,

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WRITERS INC CLASSES

For a complete list of all the classes & Events for Writers Ink go to: http://www.sandiegowriters.org.

 

OASIS CLASSES

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San Diego Journalism Jobs

• Crain Communications is looking for a regional freelance editor.

• Fox 5 is hiring an assignment editor.

• KNSD seeks a media manager and a photographer.

• KUSI is hiring a news producer/writer.

 

Upcoming Writing Conferences

The San Francisco Writers Conference will be held February 11-14, 2016 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco. The UCLA Extension Writers Program will be held February 11-14, 2016 (four days, 10 workshops, small classes) and will be at 1010 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles. Go to http://uclaextension.edu/writersstudio  for more information.

Writers Symposium By the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University will be held February 18-19, 2016.  The Digital Author and Indie Publishing Conference will be held February 26-28 at Los Angeles Valley College. See  http://wcwriters.com 

The 2016 Las Vegas Writer’s Conference, sponsored by Henderson Writers’ Group, is scheduled for April 28-30, 2016 in LasVegas.  Go to: http://lasvegaswritersconference.com for more information. 

January 31 (Sunday, 10 am to 1 pm) — Writing Compelling, Marketable YA with Jennifer Silva Redmond. Long-time acquisitions editor and freelance editor Jennifer Silva Redmond will discuss how a writer hooks agents, readers and agents, plus story arc and structure, creating compelling protagonists and antagonists, and making expository text and dialogue come alive! 

The Ink Spot, NTC Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego. http://www.sandiegowriters.org/0131-writing-compelling-marketable-ya-wit....

February 7 (Sunday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm) — The Writers' Coffeehouse with Jonathan Maberry.

The Writers Coffeehouse is open to everyone. The Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing…with coffee. No agenda…just chat about the latest trends in the industry, about the craft of writing, about markets, about pitching and selling, about conquering frustration and defeating writers block, and about all of the good things that come from the community of writers. No previous publishing experience necessary … the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to a\WARd-winners and bestsellers. We're all writers. The Coffeehouse will be a regular event that meets on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 3:00 pm. And join the free Message Board online: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WritersCoffeehouseOnline/info.

February 7 (Sunday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm) — AuthorPreneurs™ is pleased to present a Strategic Planning for Book Signing Events Workshop for writers and published authors, with speaker Susan McBeth, in Palos Verdes, location TBA. The workshop is ticketed ($250) and is open to the public. About the Event: The morning session will focus on Personal Assessment, Building Your Foundation, and Case Studies: learn how to build a foundation for your book, no matter where you are at in the publishing process. We will start by discussing some event basics and conducting a personal assessment specific to your book. We will also look over a series of case studies to examime specific useful techniques, concluding with a discussion of how to adapt these techniques to help you create your own customized book signing events. A bring your own lunch & networking break will follow the first half of the session. The afternoon session is geared towards Strategic Planning and Creating a Customized Action Plan: building upon ideas discussed in the first half of the workshop, we’ll spend the afternoon examining the strategic planning necessary to carry out your customized plan, culminating in planning an actual, custom-designed book signing event.

About the Speaker: Susan McBeth, founder of Adventures by the Book™ and AuthorPreneurs™, will guide the modern author through Strategic Planning for Book Signings & Events in today’s ever-changing  publishing industry. Susan has specialized in event management for over twenty years, and it is her creative vision for literary events that makes Susan uniquely qualified to share with authors her knowledge on devising innovative book signing events.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at susan@adventuresbythebook.com.

February 12-15 — The 30th annual Southern California Writers' Conference *San Diego takes place Presidents’ Day Weekend. http://www.WritersConference.com.

February 15 — Deadline to register for the 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival. Go to Contests for details.

February 16-19 — Writer's Symposium By the Sea. Point Loma Nazarene will host its annual writer's symposium Feb. 16-19. The event will include workshops, interviews and book signings. All events will be in Crill Hall in the Cooper Music Building. Tickets are available at www.pointloma.edu/writers.

Here's a look at this year's speakers:

Feb. 16, 7 pm – Dick Enberg is entering his final year as Padres broadcaster. In 2015 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But in addition to his being one of the most well-known sports announcers for his work covering the Olympics, Super Bowls, Wimbledon, World Series, UCLA's famous basketball teams under John Wooden and dozens of other significant events, he is also known for his essays that capture the emotion and achievement that go along with those events. His book "Oh My!" is a must-read for anyone interested in sports.

Feb. 17, 7 pm – Robin Jones Gunn started writing stories for the girls in her middle school Sunday School class, and with them as a focus group, she developed the wildly popular Christy Miller series, along with the Sierra Jensen series, the Katie Weldon series, the Sisterchicks series, the Glenbrooke series and other novels that reflect love, depth, values and relationships primarily for adolescent girls. If you think there isn't much positive fiction out there for middle school girls, check out these books. She's sold more than 5 million copies of them.

Feb. 18, 7 pm – Nikki Giovanni will bring her Spoken Word artistry that she has been performing since the Black Arts movement during the civil rights troubles of the 1960s. Giovanni's powerful poetic voice is as important today, during the Black Lives Matter events and demonstrations throughout the country, as it was when the Black Panther Party was first forming. She was the woman of the year for Mademoiselle Magazine, and is one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 Living Legends.

 

February 20 (Saturday, 10: am to noon) — Invest in your future by updating your digital toolkit with the latest and greatest of the emerging storytelling techniques. Sponsored by the San Diego chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, this workshop will help you "get your geek on" by gaining insights into the latest tech innovations and learning how to use them to tell more digitally engaged stories.

What will we talk about to begin 2016? Social journalism trends? Mapping tools? Apple Watch? AR/VR? Breakthroughs in mobile reporting? Image detection? Content curation? All that and lots more.

Our presenter will be Victor Hernandez, director of media innovation for Banjo and current fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at University of Missouri where he is researching wearable technologies and newsrooms. Hernandez previously served as CNN's news futurist.

Where: Colt Hall, Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Dr., San Diego, CA 92106

Cost: Free! Coffee and breakfast goodies will be provided

RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/mhXoygGDH6

 

February 21 (Sunday, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm) —  Weekends with Locals: Kenneth Zak/ As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Kenneth Zak author of The Poet's Secret.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | http://www.warwicks.com |

 

January 31 (Sunday, 10 am to 1 pm) — Dialogue is a Writer's Best Friend with Luke Dani Blue. Using discussion, lecture and lively examples from contemporary memoir and fiction, we will explore multiple approaches to creating dialogue that entertains our readers while propelling the narrative forward. 

The Ink Spot, NTC Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego.

http://www.sandiegowriters.org/0131-dialogue-is-a-writers-best-friend-wi...

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