The 805 Writer’s Conference in Thousand Oaks Early Bird Discounts Available until April 15!

Bringing top authors and publishing professionals to speak on the Craft and Business of Writing. Early bird discounts for full weekend or day passes available until April 15.

The 805 Writers’ Conference returns with a stellar lineup of speakers for its seventh conference taking place May 19 & 20. This year the conference will be held at the Thousand Oaks Library Conference Room. Each day will feature top publishing professionals speaking about the craft of writing or the business of writing.
The conference offers information for new writers, newly published authors, and authors with multiple books. Included will be five top rated speakers from past conferences including: publisher Zhena Muzyka; author/screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff; book marketing expert Penny Sansevieri; legendary memoir instructor and author Tristine Rainer; and, former executive editor turned literary agent/writing instructor Toni Lopopolo.
“I’m very pleased to welcome back speakers who wowed the audiences at past conferences,” said Kathleen Kaiser, the conference producer. “These five women are actively involved in publishing each day. It’s their lives and they talk from current experience dealing with the marketplace. This translates to the latest information for our writers.”
New speakers this year include: author and radio publicity expert Alex Carroll; and,Angela Bole, executive director of the Independent Book Publishers Association(IBPS), the largest in the country. Ms. Bole will be speaking on the new guidelines published by IBPA on Hybrid Publishing, a growing segment of the publishing market.
The final session of the conference is titled Books 2 Screen and will discuss the overwhelming demand for books to become movies, mini-series and other streaming programs. This expanding industry is looking for content and books are the best source for material. Look at all of the Emmys and Golden Globes that went to projects based on books.
The panel features: author and former ABC investigative reporter Peter Lance, whose three books on 9/11 are being made into a mini-series; literary agent Charlotte Gusay who brokered the WACO mini-series deal for her author; and producer Craig Anderson who has optioned and produced over 15 made-for-TV movies based on books, including “O Pioneers!” which starred Jessica Lange.
“This session is very important,” states Kaiser, “because writers must realize that the theater of imagination that ruled writing for centuries, has now transformed into the theater of the visually exciting. The last century brought films to the neighborhood and then TV into the home. It’s now a worldwide streaming event on the phone and has drastically changed the reading audiences’ desires. The panel will discuss how both fiction and nonfiction books that use and attract the modern sensibilities of the audience are winners, both as books and prospective film acquisition. And they will reveal the process on how a book turns into a film.”
Learn more about the sessions and register now!
The conference is co-sponsored by two literary nonprofit organizations: Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network, a national organization based in Ojai, CA; and, the Independent Writers of Southern California. Additionally, a number of local writing groups join in supporting the conference including the Ventura County Writers Club, Book Publicists of Southern California, and the Publishers Association of Los Angeles.
Conference registration is now open. Early-bird discounts are available until April 15. Buy one day or the full weekend. Visit: for full details.
Early bird discounts available until April 15

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