Whether you are a writer in search of a publisher or have a great idea for a movie, the 34th annual Central Coast Writers Conference (CCWC) is designed to help you get closer to your dream. Located directly in the heart of California’s beloved coastal region, Cuesta College will host the CCWC September 27th to 29th, 2018.

For the last three years, CCWC director, Teri Bayus, has added a steady stream of Hollywood screenwriters to the mix of more than 30 widely acclaimed, best-selling authors, editors, agents, poets and publishers on faculty. 2018’s three-day conference will feature three keynote presentations and 80 workshops across seven tracks, to cover all aspects of the writing process.

“I am more thrilled then ever with the quality of workshops, staff, agents and publishers who are attending this year,” stated Bayus. “We have proven that an investment in the CCWC has fashioned books published and launched successful writing careers. I know our new Master Classes, with their intimate access to the industry’s best, will leave an indelible mark on the students.”

Newly added Master Classes (MC) will be taught by renowned authors such as Peter Dunne, recipient of 33 Emmys (insert R trademark symbol), and Jonathan Maberry, Netflix star and award-winning horror author. These six-hour writing intensive workshops will cover everything from self-publishing to writing a hook for Hollywood directors. MCs allow 20 people per class and are $150 each. They may be added on to conference registration or taken independently.  

Opening the conference Thursday night is yet another new event: The Wine, Women, Words and Wisdom (WWWW) panel, emceed by Jeanette Trumpeter. This panel is included with registration or available as a stand-alone event for $30, and includes appetizers and wine.

“The purpose of the panel is to have an open-ended discussion about the challenges and rewards of being a woman writer. WWWW gets behind the curtain and discusses the blood, sweat, tears and victories that got these women to where they are. We all learn by identification, and I think many people are going to identify with their stories,” said Trumpeter.

The CCWC welcomes all, from beginning writers to teachers and even teens. Speaking to its effect, recently published author of The Joys of Raising Boys: The Good, the Bad and the Hilarious, Diane Auten said, “Attending the CCWC the last few years is what finally catapulted me to finish and publish my book. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Best conference around.”

For more information on the conference, pricing and events, please visit centralcoastwritersconference.com. Further questions may be directed towards Teri Bayus at (805) 305-0579.