When I first heard about the Maui Writers Conference, I thought, who wouldn't want to go to that? But then I realized such a gorgeous location would pull even the most ardent writer off-course, which is to say toward the beach and away from the conference hall.
The East of Eden Writers Conference, from Sept. 5-7, however, wouldn't tempt writers in that regard. While held in the beautiful location of Salinas where John Steinbeck grew up and set his famous novel East of Eden, the town in California's Central Valley is some twenty miles east of Monterey, the beguiling setting of Steinbeck's Cannery Row.
Besides tying in Steinbeck's history, via special events like a dinner at the Steinbeck Center and a Sunday brunch at Steinbeck's house, a beautifully restored Victorian, the conference includes dozens of fiction and nonfiction workshops, the chance to pitch to agents and publishers and a huge bookstore where you can pick up books for yourself and writer friends.
The keynote speakers will be Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club; Carolyn See, author of five novels including The Handyman; and thriller mystery writer Dave Corbett, author of Blood of Paradise.
Also attending will be agents from the following agencies: Michael Larsen - Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents, Reese Halsey North, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Curtis Brown and Andrea Hurst Literary Management.
You can register for one, two or the full three days of the conference. Whatever you choose, save yourself $25 by signing up by April 31.
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