I’ll be at the Big Story Writers Conference on Saturday

A West Coast Writers Conference Production, The Big Story Writers Conference will be held this weekend at the Los Angeles Valley College from Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22. Here’s the program.


For fiction, nonfiction, and screen writers it will be chock full of workshops, seminars, and lectures with forty speakers, veteran educators, industry experts, publishing professionals, literary agents, publishers, and best-selling authors.

And I’m happy to say I’ll be one of them. I’ll appear on a panel discussing:

How to Write a Book Proposal that Sells
(geared to nonfiction authors)

The panel description says:

Nonfiction authors have a special task of developing a book proposal that actually speaks for them — even before the book is written. This panel of veteran authors will explain the elements of the proposal, and how to structure a successful one.

That special task can be very daunting. However, the main lesson I learned in writing my book proposal that helped sell my memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On, was to follow an agent or publisher’s guidelines explicitly. I also used Michael Larsen’s book: How to Write A Book Proposal. And a friend’s very successful proposal was a huge help.


If you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, I urge you to attend this conference – especially my panel:

Saturday, February 21, at 4:45

You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s where we’ll be:

The Conference will be held on the campus of Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave, Van Nuys CA 91401, between Burbank and Oxnard Avenues. See maps for driving directions, details.

Map of 101 Freeway and exits to Los Angeles Valley College  »

Map of Los Angeles Valley College Campus and Parking »

Map showing portion of LAVC Campus for Conference »
*Attendees will receive a printed copy of this map in the program.

About the Official Conference Hotel and special attendee rates »

Map to and from official hotel to the campus »

Airports near Los Angeles Valley College »

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