Student - Writers - Last Chance to Register for FREE 8th Annual Canyon Crest Academy's Writers' Conference - February 23, 2019
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For Immediate Release - San Diego – February 15, 2019

Media Contact: Simone Camilleri

Phone: (858) 342-5408



Last Chance to Register for Canyon Crest Academy’s

8th Annual CCA Writers’ Conference, Saturday, February 23

SAN DIEGO, CA – High school students from all over San Diego County and neighboring areas are invited to attend the 8th Annual CCA Writers’ Conference - the only free writing conference for high school students in the US. It will be held from 8:30-4:30, on Saturday, February 23, at Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego.

Last year, 230 students from 40 high schools attended, enjoying writing workshops by New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, Hollywood screenwriters, playwrights, poets, and more. This year’s speaker line-up and workshop topics can be seen here: .

The CCA Writers’ Conference was started in 2012 by a student who attended the SDSU Writers Conference and wanted to bring the same inspirational workshops to her peers. It has grown to be an annual institution enjoyed by thousands of San Diego high school students. As author Greg van Eekhout said, “San Diego is going to have more than its fair share of published authors in the future because of this conference.”

The conference keynote titled Life is a Game of Inches will be given by J.C. Cervantes, author of the New York Times bestselling book, THE STORM RUNNER (Disney-Hyperion), a Rick Riordan Presents selection.

The inspirational speaker is national award winning spoken word poet Viet Mai, an educator, poet and entrepreneur from San Diego. Mr. Viet currently serves as a Program Facilitator with the Village of Promise Collective Mentoring Program, and an Independent

Consultant. He will present: Speaking My Narrative Into Empowerment.

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Because of the generosity of corporate sponsors Hamilton Education, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Art Place.Net, and Jimbo’s Naturally!, as well fundraising by the CCA Creative Writing Club, the conference is free to attendees and even includes a free lunch. Writing conferences normally cost hundreds of dollars, so this is a great opportunity for high school students.

Other speakers include:

Kathy Aarons, bestselling author of the Gourmet Cat and Chocolate Covered Mystery series, will present Let’s Plan a Murder Mystery.

Aleta Barthell, award-winning playwright, screenwriter and founder of Kids Act, will present: Creating Your Own World: Setting a Play.

Stephanie Diaz, editor and author of the Extraction series, will present: Building a Scifi World.

Margaret Dillloway, internationally published author of critically acclaimed middle grade and women’s fiction novels, and Barrie Summy, author of the I So Don’t Do Mystery series and more, will present: MG vs. YA Cage Match – Which One Are You Writing?

Cornelia Feye, author of three mystery novels and founder of Konstellation Press, an indie publishing company, will present: Hone Your Craft with Flash Fiction.

  1. Greenwood, creative writing teacher and award-winning author of twelve novels including Rust & Stardust, will present: Character is Destiny: The Importance of Character in our Plot.

Christopher Hamilton, long time conference sponsor and founder of Hamilton Education which helps local and international students apply to selective colleges, will present: Six Secrets for Great College Essays.

Nikki Katz, recovering rocket scientist, author of The Midnight Dance, editor, and freelance writer, will present: Turning a Familiar Story Upside Down: The Art of Retellings.

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Shaina Krevat, author of Tales of Mundane Magic, software engineer for YouTube, and a graduate of Canyon Crest Academy, will present: Shaina’s Declassified Self-Publishing Guide.

Natalie Lakosil, literary agent at Bradford Literary Agency, will present: Query Letters, Agents and Submitting Your Work.

Kevin and Nancy Langdon are singer-songwriters who teach and perform improv and musical improv. They will present: Writing Memorable Songs.

Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and comic book writer whose series V-Wars is debuting on Netflix in 2019, will present: Taking Your Book to Hollywood.

Jessica McGehee, writing as J.Elle, is an African-American writer and active advocate for marginalized voices in both publishing and her community. She will present: Your Story is Your Power: Storytelling That’s Uniquely You.

Laura Preble is the award-winning author of the young adult series, Queen Geek Social Club and more. She will present: In the Beginning: How to Write a First Paragraph that Will Make People Want to Read More.

Amen Ra, international spoken word poet and member of the 2016 San Diego Poetry Slam team that took 2nd place in the National Poetry Slam, will present: Coloring Your Voice: Use of Simile and Metaphors in Poetry.

James Matlack Raney, award-winning author of the Jim Morgan series and Lord of the Wolves, will present: Fast and Furious: Writing Great Action Scenes.

Amy Spalding, author of five young adult novels, including bestselling The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), will present: Taking the Tragedy Out of LGBTQ Young Adult Fiction.

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Greg van Eekhout, award-winning author of seven novels for audiences ranging from adult to middle grade, including his latest science fiction adventure, Voyage of the Dogs, will present: Seeing Your World Through Your Character’s Eyes.

Sara Wolf, author of the Lovely Vicious series, will present: Injecting Real Characters into Not So Real Fantasy.

Nick Zayas is a screenwriter on the TNT drama MAJOR CRIMES, the upcoming STAR TREK: PICARD and the upcoming feature TIME CENTRAL for Netflix. He will present: Writing for Film and TV.

The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will sell speakers’ books at a 20% discount for student attendees.

The conference will take place in the Proscenium Theater and Media Center, Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130. Registration is required.


General information

The 8th Annual CCA Writers’ Conference will be from 8:00am-4:30pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Canyon Crest Academy, (Proscenium and Media Center), 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130. The event is for high school students only, and is free.