Monday, September 27, 2010

The Southern California Writers' Conference

It's the start of a new week, and we're looking back on the weekend with the longing one gives to good days gone by. We spent this Saturday at the Southern California Writers' Conference in Newport Beach. The event was hosted by the Newport Hyatt, and they did a most beautiful job. The conference offered a number of interesting and informative topics presented by educated, experience, and all-around admirable authors, editors, and publishers. Our own Mike Sirota and Jeff Sherratt shared a presentation on Saturday morning, as well as offering their expertise in the read and critique options that highlight the event.

The ZOVA team was given a warm welcome by Michael Steven Gregory and Wes Albers, two of the events' most involved organizers, and we made a point to meet as many aspiring authors as we could. From a non-fiction book proposal on moral intelligence to a young adult novel about cheerleading spider monsters (or something like that), the variety of work in that place was endless. It was a testament to the creativity of our community and the power of the written word.

One other newsworthy revelation occurred during our trek through the conference, but that will have to wait till another post. It's not set in stone, yet, and it's too delightful. It shall have its own space. Just a warning to keep your eyes and ears ready for more developments on the ZOVA front. We are on the move!

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