More Success for Aspiring Authors at Southern California Writers’ Conference

San Diego, CA, January 26, 2007 --( Founded and run by professional authors devoted to addressing the needs of writers of every level, the Southern California Writers’ Conference has facilitated over $3 million worth of first-time book and screen over the past 21 years.  Renowned for its unique mix of read & critique and troubleshooting workshops, evening speakers and informal sessions, the SCWC continues to distinguish itself from the majority of similar events by having on staff publishing professionals whose commitment to shepherding participants’ work to publication extends far beyond a mere weekend gathering.

Held in San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California, a sampling of recent SCWC conferees’ success include: Stacey O’Brien's “Wesley the Owl” (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Mark Thomkins’ “Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experience” (Celestial Arts/Ten Speed Press), Anna Gilson’s “A Valentine Carol” (Lifetime movie-of-the-week), Frederick Ramsay’s “Artscape,” “Secrets” and “Impulse” (Poisoned Pen Press), Blaine C. Readler’s “A God for the Earth” (Sense of Wonder Press) and “Under the Radar” (DNA Press), Justine Musk’s “BloodAngel” (Roc/Penguin) and “Uninvited” (MTV/ Simon & Schuster, 2008), Michele Scott’s “Murder Uncorked” and “Saddled with Trouble” (Berkley Prime Crime) and Raelynn Hillhouse’s “Rift Zone” (Forge Books).

Executive director Michael Steven Gregory, an accomplished writer and filmmaker, attributes much of the SCWC’s success to its sense of community. “Writing is about the only business where one must measure success most often by the quality of your rejection,” he explained, “Too many aspiring writers work in isolation and don’t get the necessary feedback from empirically qualified professionals on what’s working or not working in their material, or how to fix it.  Consequently, they’re doomed to repeat mistakes they may not even aware of, falling into a cycle of rejection from agents and editors that they can’t understand. The SCWC is all about providing writers access to this vibrant, resourceful community in order to troubleshoot problematic aspects in their material, make crucial publishing connects, understand the latest trends in the business and better their odds of getting published.”

With over 50 day- and nighttime sessions workshop leaders and speakers for the February conference include breakout authors Amy Wallen (“Moonpies and Movie Stars”), Robert Gregory Browne (“Kiss Her Goodbye”) and Alexandra Sokoloff (“The Harrowing”) -- each with a two-book deal resulting from their debut titles -- best-selling international thriller writer Barry Eisler (“The Last Assassin”), young adult novelist Laura Preble (“The Queen Geek Social Club”) and many others representing a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres, as well as agents and editors looking for new clients.

The next SCWC event takes place in San Diego, CA, Feb. 16-18, 2007.  For complete information visit or call (619) 303-8185.

WHAT: 21st Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference *San Diego
WHEN: Presidents' Day Weekend, Feb. 16-18, 2002
WHERE: Red Lion Hanalei Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego 92108
COST: Full Conference - $395; Saturday/Sunday Conference - $295; Day rates available

Southern California Writers' Conference
Michael Steven Gregory