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The 27th annual Mendocino Coast Writers Conference was held from August 4 to August 7 at the Mendocino Coast Campus of Mendocino College in Fort Bragg, California. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, readings, manuscript consultations, and publishing pitch panels with editors and agents. An optional post-conference daylong Publishing Boot Camp was held on August 7. The faculty included poet Jessica Piazza; fiction writers Laura Atkins, James W. Hall, Lori Ostlund, and Les Standiford; and creative nonfiction writers Jordan Rosenfeld, and Reyna Grande. Participating publishing professionals included agents Lisa Abellera (Kimberly Cameron & Associates) and Andy Ross (Andy Ross Agency); editors Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner; and publisher Shirin Yim Bridges (Goosebottom Books). The registration fee, which included meals, was $575 before June 30 and $625 thereafter. One-on-one consultations were available for an additional $60. Participation in the post-conference Publishing Boot Camp was $150. Lodging was available at area hotels for a discounted rate. Limited financial aid was available; writers submitted a letter of need and up to five poems or up to 10 pages of prose by May 15. General registration was first come, first served. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, P.O. Box 2087, Ft. Bragg, CA 95437. (707) 485-4031. Barbara Lee, Registrar.