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March 22 (Sunday, 12:00 noon)As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Lesia Cartelli author of Citadel of Fire.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | |

March 24 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm)Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston and currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Boston. He’s published ten novels, three of which (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island) have been made into award-winning films. Dennis will be signing and discussing his latest title that continues the historical saga that started with The Given Day followed by Live By Night. In his latest, World Gone By, it’s been ten years since former crime boss Joe Coughlin’s wife was killed and his empire destroyed. Now he travels between Florida and Cuba as consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, moving effortlessly between Tampa’s elite, the mob, and the Cuban underworld. It’s only a matter of time before the sins of his past catch up to him. Please note that this is a numbered event. Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of World Gone By from Mysterious Galaxy, which will be available March 10.

If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please come by or call the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.  

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

March 25 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm) The April 1st discussion focuses on Ben Aaronovich's Midnight Riot.

The San Diego Book Discussion Group is led by Fearless Leader Christine. Participation is open to all readers; readers need not have completed a particular book to attend – it’s the perfect opportunity for readers to branch out and find new favorites! Attendees receive 20% off of the current book club selection!

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

March 25 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm) — Poet Elmaz Abinader will read from her new book This House, My Bones at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

The conversation with history is witnessed by the earth and etches the collisions on its body—every rock and road, riverbed and meadow hold the marks of migrations, escapes, exiles, alienations, aging and evolutions. In This House, My Bones, the body and the earth exchange their positions and perspectives. The memories of war are on the skin as well as on the mesa, the exile is written in dust and cells. Through mining experience of occupation, dislocation, and aging, I created poems where the body and the earth examine their bruises.” ~Elmaz Abinader

In poems of grace and a searing fire, Elmaz Abinader negotiates love, yearning, hope, memory, resistance, injustice and death and weaves an uneasy but authentic hope that illuminates the path to a true redemption. A stunning collection.” Chris Abani, author of Sanctificum and The Secret History of Las Vegas.

Elmaz Abinader is a poet, memoirist, playwright and novelist. Her first memoir, Children of the Roojme, a Family’s Journey from Lebanon, chronicles three generations of immigrants battling dislocation and tradition. The poetry collection, In the Country of My Dream won the 2000 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry award. She was also awarded a Goldies Award for Literature, as well as two Drammies, Oregon’s Drama award, for her three-act one-woman show, Country of Origin. Elmaz most recently performed Country of Origin at the Kennedy Center and has toured several countries with this play and two others: Ramadan Moon and 32 Mohammeds. Elmaz’s work has been widely anthologized, most recently in The New Anthology of American Poetry, Vol. 3 and The Colors of Nature. Elmaz has been a Fulbright Senior Fellow to Egypt, taught for the Palestine Writing Workshop and a resident at the El Gouna Writing Residency on the Red Sea. Elmaz is one of the founders of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, (VONA/Voices), now in its 15th year providing workshops for writers of color. She is also a creative writing professor at Mills College.

March 26 (Thursday, 7:30 pm)Ian Caldwell’s The Fifth Gospel was well-reviewed by Publishers Weekly, which notes, “Caldwell follows 2004’s The Rule of Four (cowritten with Dustin Thomason) with another superior religious thriller, notable for its existential and spiritual profundity. An intelligent and deeply contemplative writing style, along with more than a few bombshell plot twists, set this one above the pack, but it’s the insightful character development that makes this redemptive story so moving.” Join the best-selling author at MG to discuss the exciting convergence of faith and conspiracy and secrecy.

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator's secret: what the four Christian gospels – and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron – reveal about the Church's most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend's death and its consequences for the future of the world's two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with vested stakes in the exhibit – someone he must outwit to survive.

About the Author: Ian Caldwell is the coauthor of The Rule of Four, which spent forty-nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

March 27 (Friday, 6:00 pm)The Galaxy includes Speculative Fiction for readers of all ages – our event with Cecil Castellucci and Rachel Searles is focused on SF for teens, and middle grade readers, but of interest to readers of all ages. In Stone in the Sky, Cecil’s thrilling follow-up to Tin Star, Tula will need to rely on more than just her wits to save her only home in the sky, as she faces possible death and romantic complications. The Stolen Moon, second in Rachel’s Lost Planet series, offers hero Chase an opportunity to save the world, maybe, with the help of hacker BFF Parker and the assistance / hindrance of his younger sister.

In this follow-up to Tin Star, the desolate planet below the Yertina Feray space station is discovered to have overwhelming amounts of an invaluable resource, which suddenly makes the station a major player in intergalactic politics.

Chase has been reunited with his younger sister, Lilli. He doesn't remember his past, but Lilli does – she remembers their parents, and life before their planet was destroyed. Chase and Lilli are different. Chase can "phase" – pass through objects, and Lilli can "transport" – send a copy of herself to other locations, even other planets. There are only two people who may have the key to their abilities, and their purposes: Captain Lennard, who is harboring Chase and Lilli (and Chase's friend, Parker) on his spaceship, and Asa Kaplan, who may be responsible for an interplanetary takeover meant to push Lennard out of power. Chase, Parker, Lilli, android Mina, and the solider Maurus are fighting for their lives, the lives of Lennard and his crew, and for the truth about what Asa has in store for the universe.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

March 27 (Friday, 7:30 pm)Dan Simmons. Sherlock Holmes. Need we say more? Publishers Weekly praised The Fifth Heart, noting: “In Paris in 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James join forces in this outstanding novel from Simmons, who has concocted something far from the usual pastiche, with a historical figure standing in for Dr. Watson. Simmons knows the Holmes canon and uses that expertise in the service of a highly original reimagining of the beloved sleuth.” No deduction required to determine that you should join us for this event. Please note that this is a numbered event. Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of The Fifth Heart from Mysterious Galaxy, available March 24.

If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please come by or call the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.

In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams – member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.

Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus – his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. Holmes has faked his own death because, through his powers of ratiocination, the great detective has come to the conclusion that he is a fictional character.

This leads to serious complications for James – for if his esteemed fellow investigator is merely a work of fiction, what does that make him? And what can the master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power  –  possibly named Moriarty  –  that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows?

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

March 27 (Friday, 10:00 am)Adventures by the Book is pleased to introduce a new series, The Breakfast Book Club, featuring San Diego author Helen Kaufmann at The Broken Yolk Cafe, 1851 Garnet Ave., San Diego 92109. The event is ticketed ($35) and open to the public. The first 20 to register will receive a free signed book.

About the Event:  Have you always wanted to be in a book club? Or perhaps you already are, but can’t get enough? Or maybe you want to meet local authors to see if they might be a good fit to visit your personal book club or speak at an event? Whatever the reason, if you love books, our new Breakfast Book Club is for you, where you can enjoy breakfast, a great book discussion, discover new authors, meet interesting people, and learn about fascinating topics. Our events will always feature the author, of course, and they will be professionally facilitated, this month by renowned author, TV and radio personality Kathi Diamant.

About the Book and Author:  Helen Pruden Kaufmann grew up privileged in a small town in North Carolina that cherished its customs and history as symbolized by the Confederate Monument in the center of town. In her memoir, White Gloves and Collars, Helen shares her story as it unfolds against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. As she copes with the loss of both her parents at an early age, she tries hard to make sense of the changes taking place around her, both in her personal life and in society. White Gloves and Collards is not your typical civil rights era morality tale, but rather a story of everyday people dealing with change the best they know how.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

March 28 (Saturday, 2:00 pm)Debut SF novelist Ferrett Steinmetz offers cross-genre readers Flex, described as “A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.” Seanan McGuire’s recommendation: “Flex is hot, inventive, and exciting. A real joyride of a story…a whole new kind of magic and a whole new ballgame. Totally recommended.” Other author fans include Cherie Priest, Ken Liu, Dan Wells, and James Patrick Kelly. Join Ferrett at MG to discuss paternal love, drugs, magic and bureaucracy.

FLEX Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don't.

PAUL TSABO The obsessed bureaucromancer who's turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who's ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can't save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he's never done this before - and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

March 29 (Sunday, 2:30 pm)Ridley Pearson is known to many readers as the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than two dozen titles. The adventure of the Kingdom Keepers, a group of young people responsible for battling magical villains in Disneyland afterhours, continues in The Return, as they discover defeating the Overtakers is not their only challenge. The Red Room, a Risk Agent novel, is Ridley’s most recent adult suspense novel.

With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls.

The Kingdom Keepers' senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis, the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat brews.Deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as the merciless group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an unexpected comeback. But a discovery by the Keepers provides them with one hope of victory-a lost icon. It was believed to be gone forever. The Keepers have one last chance to preserve the heart of the Kingdom-Disneyland-from a terrifying destruction decades in the making.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

March 29 (Sunday, 7:00 pm)Noir at the Bar San Diego has another stellar line-up scheduled for March! Join fellow mystery lovers at the La Jolla Brewing Company to mingle with talented authors and drink some great beer! Featuring Jo Perry (Dead is Better), Thomas Perry (A String of Beads), Maria Alexander (Mr. Wicker), Naomi Hirahara (Grave on Grand Avenue), and Jim Ruland (Forest of Fortune)!

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

March 31 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm) — “Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices” will continue in the Astor Judaica Library in La Jolla. Featured poets will be educators from their local Jewish Day and Congregational Schools and Early Childhood Centers.

The featured poets will read their works during the first hour. This will be followed by a half hour of open mic during which members of the audience are invited to read individual poems. Bring your poetry to read to sing, or just listen and enjoy. There will be a sign-up sheet in the library as people enter.

Following the readings, there will be an opportunity to socialize over light refreshments. These programs of poetry readings are open to the public at no charge. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

Samuel and Rebecca Astor Judaica Library (upstairs) at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla; (858) 362-1150;

April 1 (Wednesday, 12:30 pm)Adventures by the Book is pleased to present a Love of Art SDSU Osher Lunch Edventure featuring New York Times bestselling author Robin Oliveira at Café Caberet, 3739 Adams Ave., La Jolla 92116. The event is ticketed and is open to all SDSU Osher members. Membership is open to everyone over the age of 50.

About the Event: Have you ever wondered about the passionate love affairs that inspired some of the world’s greatest artists? Well, wonder no more, because award-winning author Robin Oliveira will join us to share one such story, the alleged love affair between Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, as fictionalized in her novel, I Always Loved You. And what re-creation of Belle Epoque Paris would be complete without a trip to a local French cafe with her to enjoy a light lunch while discussing her exciting book.

About the Author: Robin Oliveira holds a B.A. in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow. She received an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is also a nurse, specializing in critical care. She is the New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Mary Sutter. Her new novel, I Always Loved You, fictionalizes the alleged love affair between the great artists Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at

April 1 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting former SeaWorld orca trainer John Hargrove to present his first-hand account of the lives of captive killer whales, Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, Seaworld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish. John has 14 years’ experience as a killer whale trainer spanning both SeaWorld of California and SeaWorld of Texas where he was promoted to the highest ranking Senior Trainer. He resigned his position with SeaWorld in August 2012. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld's U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs could ever be met in captivity. When two fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove decided that SeaWorld's wildly popular programs were both detrimental to the whales and ultimately unsafe for trainers. After leaving SeaWorld, Hargrove became one of the stars of the controversial documentary Blackfish. The outcry over the treatment of SeaWorld's orca has now expanded beyond the outlines sketched by the award-winning documentary, with Hargrove contributing his expertise to an advocacy movement that is convincing both federal and state governments to act. In Beneath the Surface, Hargrove paints a compelling portrait of these highly intelligent and social creatures, including his favorite whales Takara and her mother Kasatka, two of the most dominant orcas in SeaWorld. And he includes vibrant descriptions of the lives of orcas in the wild, contrasting their freedom in the ocean with their lives in SeaWorld. Hargrove's journey is one that humanity has just begun to take – toward the realization that the relationship between the human and animal worlds must be radically rethought.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | |

April 7 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting author Margaret Dilloway with a launch event to present her brilliant story of estranged sisters reunited, Sisters of Heart and Snow. She teaches creative writing classes at San Diego Writers Ink and to high school students at her alma mater. You can learn more about her by visiting her “American Housewife” blog at This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Margaret Dilloway is the award-winning author of How to Be an American Housewife returns with a poignant story of estranged sisters, forced together by family tragedy, who soon learn that sisterhood knows no limits.

Rachel and Drew Snow may be sisters, but their lives have followed completely different paths. Married to a wonderful man and is a mother to two strong-minded teens, Rachel hasn't returned to her childhood home since being kicked out by her strict father after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, followed her passion for music but takes side jobs to make ends meet and longs for the stability that has always eluded her. Both sisters recall how close they were, but the distance between them seems more than they can bridge. When their deferential Japanese mother, Haruki, is diagnosed with dementia and gives Rachel power of attorney, Rachel's domineering father, Killian becomes enraged.

In a rare moment of lucidity, Haruki asks Rachel for a book in her sewing room, and Rachel enlists her sister's help in the search. The book – which tells the tale of real-life female samurai Tomoe Gozen, an epic saga of love, loss, and conflict during twelfth-century Japan – reveals truths about Drew and Rachel's relationship that resonate across the centuries, connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | |

April 8 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting author Judy Reeves to present her book, Wild Women Wild Voices. Judy Reeves, the author of A Writer’s Book of Days, has edited anthologies including the Brown Bag Anthology. She is a member of Second Story Writers and cofounder of the nonprofit The Writing Center. This event is free and open to the public. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Unlike other books exploring the concept of the wild woman, Wild Women, Wild Voices goes on to offer practical ways to reclaim and use the wildness and one’s own “wild” voice. It offers assignments such as daily journaling or writing with prompts and topics related to the subject of the book; suggested activities to further experience the “wild women within” and give her freedom; and quizzes, references, and inspiring quotations to reinforce the ideas and concepts.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | |

April 9 (Thursday, 7:00 pm)Warwick’s, Words A!ive, and U-T Talks are pleased to present An Evening with Diane Keaton, Oscar winning actress to discuss and sign her latest book, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty. At the Sherwood Auditorium Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego: La Jolla, 700 Prospect Street,  La Jolla. This is a ticketed event $17.28 - One admission & one copy of the book. Check-in and doors open at 6:15.

Diane Keaton is the New York Times bestselling author of Then Again, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Janet Maslin of The New York Times, People, and Vogue. She has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something's Gotta Give. Her many awards include the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles. In this book, she shares the wisdom she's accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | |


Workshops, Classes, Seminars, Book Festivals, Contests and Authors Exhibits

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March 23 (Monday, 6:00 pm)At the 4th Monday meeting of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild, the speaker will be Editor Hutton Marshall who will speak on The Writer, the Reader and Social Media in 2015. He is the editor of the San Diego Community News Network which now includes Uptown, Downtown News, Gay-Lesbian Times, La Mesa Courier, Mission Valley news, and a few others.

Hutton Marshall, is the editor of the San Diego Uptown News (SDUN) since October 2013. Hutton graduated from SDSU where he served as the news editor, then as Managing Editor for The Daily Aztec. He also acted as News Director for KCR College Radio for a time. Hutton interned in the Office of City Council President Todd Gloria from July to October 2013. “The popular belief may be that print is dead” says Hutton, “but this online journalism mantra overlooks the greatest strength of a newspaper like SDUN: the ability to tangibly tap into a community. For years SDUN has thrived right alongside its coverage area, housing itself right next door to the Hillcrest Business Association.” He feels “Uptown’s neighborhoods are the reason San Diego allows itself to be labeled a cultural hub. Our current political landscape is putting emphasis back on our city’s bustling neighborhoods.” Editor Hutton Marshall will discuss how neighborhood newspapers comb the market and publish with staff and free-lancers. Please join us at the March 23rd meeting.

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March 24 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm) — Go, Be, Write Discussion with Author Cathy Scott who is a non-fiction Los Angeles Timesbestselling author and who has written about rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and ghostwriting former drug kingpin Freeway Rick Ross’s autobiography. Cathy will talk about indie versus traditional publishing, the pros and cons of both, and using social media to not only get out the word about a book after it’s released, but also branding yourself and giving you a wider reach as an author to help land an agent, publisher, book reviews, interviews and, most of all, readers. Feel free to ask her questions about anything to do with the publishing industry. This event is open to the public, but please RSVP.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855;

March 28 (Saturday, 10:00 am until 12:00 noon) —  They will be meeting at the Carlsbad Dove Library at 1775 Dove Lane in Carlsbad from. Guest speaker is Barbar Drizin. The topic is Making Your Own Book Trailers.

Please click on this link and catch up on the latest news. Spread the word! Tell your colleagues/friends in the Orange County area that they have expanded! The inaugural meeting of PWOC is on Saturday, April 4th with PWSD President, Karla Olson as the presenter. Find out more inside this Newsletter!

Our Feature Article is 3 Ways to Say NO Nicely ... Plus a Guilt-Free YES!. Learn more about Author Mac McClelland in the Member Profile.

Of course, you'll always find the current listings of the huge array of upcoming author and writer opportunities: conferences, events, festivals, workshops, activities, the latest news, resources and announcements. All this  –  and much more can be found in the March issue of Publishers & Writers Monthly. Don't miss out!

March 28 (Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm)Internet Marketing Secrets for Authors. In this seminar, author/publisher Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, The Dark Mirrors of Heaven, Warfare in Paradise, Aia the Barbarian, Fantasy Imperium, Better Storytelling) discusses how to create a buying frenzy.  What every author ought to know about writing and marketing.  Some plain talk about a simple business that often sounds complicated.

Professional writers use fundamentally different techniques than average writers. In the first part of this seminar, you’ll learn some of the advanced writing techniques used by such writers as J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek, Star Wars), and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad).  You’ll discover how to take an average story and turn it into a great story.

Mark O’Bannon has studied writing and marketing techniques extensively, and has read over 200 books on the subjects. O’Bannon has been conducting workshops, seminars and panels for authors on writing and marketing since 2007.

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April 4 (Saturday, 2:30 to 5:30 pm)Feature Writing and Personal Essay with Clayton Truscott. A practical workshop for writers at all levels, dedicated to the craft of writing feature articles, personal essays, and narrative nonfiction. We’ll move through the process of crafting stunning pieces that draw readers in from the first line and keep ‘em baited until the last.

Finally, we’ll be discussing the types of publications accepting submissions today, and covering a few simple ways to pitch your work to editors, and cherry-pick topic and angles.

Clayton Truscott is a South African travel, surf and fiction writer. He was the senior writer and editor at Essential Travel Magazine from 2009 to 2012. He currently works as a content director for a marketing agency in San Diego and continues to write articles for select clients. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture & Communications. For more information, you can follow him on

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.

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April 11 (Saturday, 4:00 pm) - Five-time Emmy nominee Deborah Pratt will be the featured celebrity guest at the "Romancing San Diego 2.0" book signing event at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa, in an event co-organized by local author Sarka-Jonae Miller (Between Boyfriends), with Georgie Lee.

April 12 (Sunday, 3:00 pm)Annual SPJ Movie Day. It's almost time for our annual journalism movie get-together. We'll be watching a San Diego favorite: Anchorman. Where: Waypoint Public, 3794 30th St, San Diego.

April 13 (Monday)Deadline to enter SPJ's New and Improved Contest. The 2015 SPJ San Diego-Area Journalism Competition and our SPJ Scholarship Competition is now accepting entries for work performed in calendar year 2014! Get your submissions in soon.

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April 14 (Monday, 7:00 pm) An Upcoming Event You'll Want To Attend. Listen to a handful of authors read their chosen work from hundreds of submissions at the Year in Ink Volume 8 Release Party. There will be readings from the latest anthology and refreshments. The event will take place at the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. There is a $5 suggested donation or bring a bottle of wine. It is sure to be an exciting evening! (Doors Open 6:30 pm).

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BOOK OF THE WEEK: SS Wolfhound by Olin Thompson.

The History Channel ran a program on July 16, 2007 and again on July 25, 2007 with many facts about how pirates are rampant in the South Pacific, murdering, pillaging, and plundering no less than happened in the 19th Century by such as Blackbeard and his crews and others who had no regard for human life. Driven by only greed, these pirates take for profit and have no concern for human life.

Pirates still roam the seas. The South Pacific is almost a haven for these vandals. They intercept shipping, steal the cargo they can, leave the ship in shambles, and run off to sell the things they steal to buy arms and fund terrorist operations. The navies of the world are almost powerless to do anything about them. This story is about one person, one boat, and the crew who decide to do their own protection. Of course, it's illegal to do what they do, but they would rather be alive to defend themselves than dead and have no say in their defense.

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