Canyon Crest Academy’s LitMag Club, publisher of the school’s literary magazine, recently announced the First Annual Canyon Crest Academy/Torrey Pines Writers Conference. At this unique free event, local published authors and writing professionals will provide workshops to help students bring their writing to the next level. It is open to students of CCA and Torrey Pines and will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Michael Gaughen, teacher advisor to the club, notes, “While we often talk of writers needing time and a place to write, how invaluable to have the advice of the professionals who do this for a living. To have access to these people and the wealth of their experience is such a tremendous opportunity for the emerging writer.”
When CCA student Devyn Krevat attended the SDSU Writers Conference this January, she thought it would be a great idea to bring a smaller version to the high school.
“I learned a lot about writing at the workshops, but even better was how inspiring it was to hear from successful authors.”
Krevat asked her English teacher, Stacy Hardcastle, for help in coordinating the event. “So many students see creative writing as an outlet and this kind of workshop will provide inspiration and organization to help students pursue their literary talents,” says Hardcastle.
The keynote speaker is
Martha C. Lawrence,
author of the popular psychic detective Elizabeth Chase mystery series that was nominated for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Shamus, and Nero Wolfe awards. A former acquisitions editor for Simon & Schuster and Harcourt publishers, she is now the executive editor and writing partner of mega-bestselling business author Ken Blanchard. Her workshop, titled, “Discovering Your Voice,” will encourage students to develop their own unique writing voice.
Students should register ahead of time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Same day registration will be in front of Room F-204, at Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130.