Stephen King

Young writers are encouraged to use their words at CCA Writers’ Conference held in Carmel Valley

Young writers are encouraged to use their words at CCA Writers’ Conference held in Carmel Valley

It’s a Saturday morning and the Canyon Crest Academy campus is quietly empty except for an auditorium filled with writers, pens in hand, awaiting inspiration.

“I’m looking at a room full of teen writers, how incredible is that?” asked New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry.

Maberry was on stage Feb. 20 at the fifth annual CCA Writers’ Conference, the only free writing conference for high school students in the country, put together by the CCA Creative Writing Club with help from the generosity of sponsors such as Chipotle, Summa Education, Hamilton College Counseling, Wells Fargo and High Bluff Academy.

“This is quite an amazing thing, nobody gets...

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