I have never had anything less than an excellent three days at the La Jolla Writer’s Conference (http://lajollawritersconference.com) and this year was no exception. About half the presenters were new this year which made it an excellent year to meet new authors and other’s in the biz (though I have been skipping the agents’ presentation since I self-published my novel). The faculty that come back year after year, are very kind authors, giving back to the community that helped them get where they are today.
I should mention that these authors don’t get paid to be at the conference. That is partly what makes this conference so good. They are there because they care about the Kuritz family that makes this happen year after year. And they are excited to see authors they know from the past, as well as new authors, agents and publicists. But most of all they are excited to see the writers who come to hear them talk about their craft. They seem to truly enjoy what we, attendees, have to share – the pouring out of our hearts. I have never heard any of these great authors make someone feel bad about their writing, despite the fact that some of them have published as many as 30-50 books.
The other part that makes this conference great is that the conference is limited to 200 attendees. We get to know our favorite authors. One person who is there every year is Warren Lewis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Lewis_(screenwriter)), but he is not a published author; he is a Hollywood screenwriter. His wisdom and knowledge are unmatched, but it is his wit that keeps us going back year after year. Plus, the hope of seeing Casablanca again. Unfortunately, this year, he had so much to say that we only saw the first five minutes of one of the greatest movies of all time.
Warren reminds us every year of his dad asking him at the end of one of their favorite movies “That’s it? But what happened to these people?” I agree when he says that is the best compliment that a movie can be given.
I will be buying next year’s spot in the next few days as we get a hefty discount if we buy ahead.
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: