‘Talent’ finalist Williamson to speak Feb. 21 at Canyon Crest Academy’s Writers’ Conference


Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club recently announced that Taylor Williamson, a nationally headlining stand-up comedian and recent second-place winner on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” will present “Comedy Writing?” at the Canyon Crest Academy Writers’ Conference Feb. 21.

Taylor, a Torrey Pines High School graduate, has also been featured on Comedy Central, “The Late Late Show,” MTV, and “Last Comic Standing.”

Even the description of his presentation is funny: “‘America’s Got Talent’ runner-up Taylor Williamson got really bad grades at Torrey Pines High School and then 10 years later he was asked to come back to his hometown and teach the youth of America about comedy writing. He has no idea what he’s going to talk about and will probably run out of things to say after 3 minutes. Hope you can make it! Smiley face.”

Pre-registration is required for the fourth Annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers’ Conference. Students can register at https://ccawritersconference2015.weebly.com.

Best-selling authors and many other writing professionals will provide inspirational and educational workshops to students of San Diego area high schools. The event will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Canyon Crest Academy.

Thanks to conference sponsors Summa Education, Chipotle, Ranch and Coast Magazine, Wells Fargo, and PrintNet, as well as fundraising by the Creative Writing Club, this event is free to high school students. Sponsors are still welcome! Learn more about sponsorship opportunities at https://ccawritersconference2015.weebly.com.

This year’s keynote address will be provided by Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author, four time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. Several of Maberry’s novels are in development for movies and TV.

The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will be selling speakers’ books with a portion of the proceeds going to the conference.

The conference will take place in the Proscenium and Media Center, Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego.