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Saturday, October 7
 

1:00pm PDT

Art of the YA Novel
YA novelist Malena Watrous moderates this stellar panel of YA authors (Alexandra Ballard, Tim Floreen, Kathrine LaFleur, and Annemarie O’Brien) as they discuss their craft, process, tips, and tricks. Audience Q&A to follow. $12

Moderators
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Malena Watrous

Malena Watrous grew up in the Sunset district of San Francisco, before her family moved to Eugene, Oregon. Eager to get out of the rain and back to a big city, she attended Barnard College, where she majored in English and spent her free time interning for a food writer. After two... Read More →

Participants
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Alexandra Ballard

Alexandra Ballard has worked as a magazine editor, middle-school English teacher, freelance writer, and cake maker. She holds master's from both Columbia (journalism) and Fordham (education) and spent ten years in the classroom, beginning in the Bronx and ending up in the hills of... Read More →
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Tim Floreeen

Tim Floreen writes young adult science fiction. The New York Public Library named his first novel, Willful Machines, one of the best teen books of 2015, and in a starred review, Kirkus described it as "gothic, gadgety, and gay." Booklist called his second novel, Tattoo Atlas, "incisive... Read More →
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Kathrine LaFleur

Kathrine LaFleur, a Bay Area native, has been an educator for nearly twenty years. Empowered by her own journey from closet writer to author, she hopes that her writing will inspire readers to value their unique qualities and see their own potential to transform obstacles into opportunities... Read More →
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Annemarie O'Brien

Annemarie O’Brien has an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches creative writing courses at UC Berkeley Extension, Stanford Continuing Studies, Pixar, and DreamWorks. At author school visits she has captured children’s hearts... Read More →



Saturday October 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94107

2:30pm PDT

Art of the Short Story
“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” – George Saunders. Author Jane Ciabattari moderates this panel of short fiction, as writers Jon Boilard, Dave Madden, Carolyn Cooke, and Peg Alford Pursell discuss and take questions. $12

Moderators
avatar for Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari is the author of two short story collections--Stealing the Fire and California Tales. She serves as Vice President/Online of the National Book Critics Circle (and is a former NBCC president), is on the advisory board of The Story Prize, and a founder of the Flash... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Jon Boilard

Jon Boilard

Jon Boilard is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, he currently lives in Northern California. His debut short story collection, Settright Road (Dzanc Books/2017), was preceded by two novels, The Castaway Lounge and A River Closely... Read More →
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Carolyn Cooke

Carolyn Cooke’s most recent collection of stories is Amor and Psycho. She teaches in the Interdisciplinary MFA program at CIIS in San Francisco.
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Dave Madden

Dave Madden is the author of If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There and The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. His shorter work has appeared in Harper’s Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, Rappahannock Review, The Normal School, Denver Quarterly... Read More →
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Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell is a writer, editor, teacher, literary community builder, and all-around good egg. She is the author of SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW (ELJ Editions, March 2017). She lives in Northern California and directs Why There Are Words, a national neighborhood of literary... Read More →



Saturday October 7, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94107

4:00pm PDT

Art of The Novel
"Never open a book with weather." —Elmore Leonard. Sure, but what else? Novelists Owen Egerton, Grant Faulkner, Lindsey Lee Johnson, Taylor Larsen, and Joshua Mohr break down the craft and process of writing a novel. $12

Moderators
avatar for Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House and The Southwest Review. He is the author of Fissures, a collection of one hundred 100-word... Read More →

Participants
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Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton is an author, performer, and filmmaker. He is the writer/director of the psychological horror FOLLOW and the author of several books including The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, Everyone Says That at the End of the World and the short story collection How... Read More →
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Lindsey Lee Johnson

Lindsey Lee Johnson holds a master of professional writing degree from the University of Southern California and a BA in English from the University of California at Davis. She's taught writing at USC, Clark College, and Portland State University, and has served as a tutor and mentor... Read More →
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Taylor Larsen

Taylor Larsen is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in fiction writing. Taylor taught fiction writing at Columbia University and at The Sackett Street Writers Workshop, as well as literature courses for Pace University. Stranger, Father, Beloved is her first novel. Originally... Read More →
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Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels, including Damascus, which the New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song, Some Things that Meant the World to Me, and Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life won the... Read More →



Saturday October 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm PDT
American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94107
 
Sunday, October 8
 

1:00pm PDT

Catching the First Big Break
From winning an essay contest to receiving a fellowship to the tried-and-true method of working hard and submitting constantly, debut authors Andrea Avery, Christina Julian, Ho Lin, and Shobha Rao share their stories and their secrets. Moderated by CCA’s Leslie Roberts. $12

Moderators
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Leslie Roberts

I am a writer, researcher, Antarctic historian, creative strategist, team builder and leader. In my role as Dean of the Design Division at CCA, I lead close to 900 students and 200+ faculty each semester, covering diverse design studies including the transdisciplinary 2- and 3-year... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Andrea Avery

Andrea Avery

Andrea Avery is the author of Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano (Pegasus Books). Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Real Simple, The Oxford American, and The Politics of Women's Bodies. She was the winner of Real Simple's second annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and a... Read More →
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Christina Julian

Christina Julian does the dance as a wine and food writer by day, novelist by night. An East Coaster at the core she bounced her way across the country with stints in publishing, advertising, and technology before fleeing to the Napa Valley. As a columnist for NorthBay Biz magazine... Read More →
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Ho Lin

Ho Lin is an author, musician and filmmaker, and the co-editor of the San Francisco-based literary journal Caveat Lector (www.caveat-lector.org). He has resided in the US, China and Taiwan, and currently lives in San Francisco. His first collection of short stories, "China Girl... Read More →
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Shobha Rao

Shobha Rao is the author of AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, and the forthcoming novel, GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, awarded by Nimrod International Journal. She has been a resident at Hedgebrook and is the recipient of the Elizabeth George... Read More →



Sunday October 8, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94107

2:30pm PDT

After the Ink is Dry: Tips from the Publishing Pros
Finishing a book is a tall task, but what happens once you've summited the peak and planted your flag? Publishing professionals Vicki DeArmon (allthingsbook.org), Liz Parker (InkWell Management), Anna Ghosh (Ghosh Literary) and Gayle Wattawa (Heyday Books) discuss the many pathways to publishing success. $12

Moderators
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Vicki DeArmon

Vicki DeArmon is an active member of the Northern California book community, both as bookseller and former publisher, and as a writer and reader. She serves as a board member for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and works with authors and independent booksellers... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Anna Ghosh

Anna Ghosh

Anna Ghosh is the founder of Ghosh Literary (www.ghoshliterary.com), an independent literary agency based in San Francisco.  Anna started her career as an agent in New York City in 1995 and was previously a partner at Scovil Galen Ghosh. Anna’s client list includes New York Times bestsellers, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim and... Read More →
avatar for Liz Parker

Liz Parker

Liz Parker joined InkWell Management in June of 2015, after serving as Counterpoint/Soft Skull’s publishing director in Berkeley, CA, and scouting for Maria B. Campbell Associates. She began her career as an editorial assistant at Viking Penguin in 2007, and has been editing authors... Read More →
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Gayle Wattawa

Gayle Wattawa, thoroughly addicted to contemporary literature, always carries with her a well-worn public library card and a relentless weakness for book reviews, literary journals, and lit news blogs. She is the founding editor of the New California Writing series and editor of Inlandia... Read More →



Sunday October 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94107

4:00pm PDT

How To Be A Media Slut (In a Good Way)
Sell your books, not your soul. What’s better? A book tour or a blog tour? Instagram or Twitter? Learn from authors Joan Frank, Joshua Mohr, Thais Nye Derich, and Janine Kovac as they discuss the fine line between authentic PR and annoying self-promotion. $12

Moderators
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Janine Kovac

co-founder, Moxie Road Productions
Janine Kovac is the author of SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, a memoir about the death of a career but the birth of miracle twins and a 2017 semifinalist for Publisher Weekly's BookLife Prize and the 2019 memoir winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards. A former ballet... Read More →

Participants
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Thais Nye Derich

Thais Nye Derich’s new memoir—Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after a Cesarean (She Writes Press, May 9, 2017)—tells a powerful story about her traumatic hospital delivery, and her decision post-cesarean to give birth naturally. Derich’s past work has... Read More →
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Joan Frank

Joan Frank (www.joanfrank.org) is the author of six books of fiction and a book of collected essays. ALL THE NEWS I NEED, her fourth novel, won the 2016 Juniper Prize for Fiction. A recipient of many grants and honors, including the Richard Sullivan Prize and two ForeWord Reviews... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels, including Damascus, which the New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song, Some Things that Meant the World to Me, and Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life won the... Read More →



Sunday October 8, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm PDT
American Bookbinders Museum 355 Clementina St, San Francisco, CA 94107
 


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