Southern California Writers Events to Inspire You

by Memoir Mentor on September 2, 2008

Those who live near me in Southern California may want to take advantage of some local conferences and classes this fall to jumpstart your writing projects. I’ve listed below a few to consider. If you know of other classes or events, let me know and I’ll post them on my blog.

Sept. 7—UCLA Writers Faire. Here’s what’s said on the website at festive day features 24 free mini-classes and panel discussions in creative writing and screenwriting, hosted by fall Writers’ Program instructors.  Students get free writing instruction, chat with instructors, register for most fall courses at a 10 percent discount, learn more about the Writers’ Program, discuss goals with advisors, and visit with graduate writing programs, professional organizations, and writing-allied businesses.  Also not to be missed this year in the lobby of Boelter Hall:  Writers’ Program staff alum Cristina Markarian shows you how easy it is to take courses online and uber-friendly Final Draft representatives demonstrate their outstanding screenwriting software.  The Writers Faire is held in the Young Hall Courtyard on the UCLA campus from 10 am- 3 pm.”

Be sure to check out the interesting schedule of mini-classes being offered, particularly “Autobiography into Art”, “The Art of Storytelling and “Publishing Nonfiction,” Art of the Personal Essay,” and “Living Your Life as a Writer.”

Sept. 25-28—Southern California Writers’ Conference, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Irvine. Classes in both fiction and nonfiction writing. Go to for more info. The website says the conference is designed for “a writer unable to determine why your work’s not working, a writer simply in search of some answers, a writer wanting feedback on what you’ve written, a writer just starting out, or just a writer who wants to hang with other writers…”

Nov. 7-9—La Jolla Writers Conference, at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa. For more info, go to

Writers Bloc at is sponsoring a lineup of well-known authors who will be discussing the writers craft and their new books. The following authors are schedule for the fall calendar: September 19–Christopher Buckley, author of “Thank You for Smoking” and “The White House Mess”; October 2—Julian Barnes, author of “Flaubert’s Parrot” and “A History of the World in 10 ½ chapters”; October 26—Thomas Kenneally, author of “Shindler’s List.” The website provides details re time and location. Most lectures cost $20. Reservations required.

Also check out Newport Beach Public Library’s fall author speaker schedule at

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