The 29th annual Mendocino Coast Writers Conference will be held from August 2 to August 4 at Mendocino Middle School in Mendocino, California. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, readings, manuscript consultations, open mics, and pitch sessions with editors and agents. The faculty includes poet Indigo Moor; fiction writers Vanessa Hua, Elizabeth McKenzie, Jason S. Ridler, and Shanthi Sekaran; and nonfiction writer Linda Joy Myers. Participating publishing professionals include agent Duvall Osteen (Aragi Inc.) and editors Susan Chang (Tor Books) and Summer Dawn Laurie (Tricycle Press). Fiction writer Elizabeth Rosner will deliver the keynote. An optional post-conference daylong Publishing Boot Camp taught by publishing industry expert Jane Friedman will be held on August 5. The registration fee, which includes most meals, is $575 before May 15 and $675 thereafter. One-on-one manuscript consultations are available for an additional $60. Participation in the Publishing Boot Camp is $150. Lodging is available at area hotels for a discounted rate. General registration is first come, first served. Visit the website for more information.
Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, P.O. Box 2087, Ft. Bragg, CA 95437. (707) 485-4031. Barbara Lee, Registrar.