Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club to hold 2nd Annual CCA Writers Conference

Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club recently announced the 2nd Annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference. Best-selling authors and many other writing professionals will provide inspirational and educational workshops to students of eight local high schools.

The Second Annual CCA Writers Conference will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Canyon Crest Academy, Media Center, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, 92130. The event is for high school students, and is free. Students should register by sending an email to:

Because of the generosity of conference Gold Sponsors OSI Soft, GE Digital Services, Summa Education and Accenture, as well as fundraising by the Creative Writing Club, this event is free to high school students.

Jeff Copeland, assistant principal at CCA notes, “Canyon Crest Academy very much appreciates the generosity and the time commitment of each of the authors who has chosen to participate in this incredibly valuable conference. This experience is one that our students will cherish as they make their way through high school and beyond. As a school that values the arts and its short-term and long-term impact on our kids, we are honored to have the privilege of hosting this event.”

Devyn Krevat, president of the Creative Writing Club, founded the conference last year after attending SDSU Writers Conference. “I was the youngest person attending the SDSU conference and found it very inspiring. I know a lot of students who are interested in writing and wanted to bring the workshops to them.”

Milan Perisic, teacher advisor to the Creative Writing Club, is impressed by the hard work of club members. “This year, the club has tripled the number of workshops, adding new genres such as songwriting, fantasy, horror, journalism and more. They’ve included any topic students may be interested in.”

Following is the line-up of speakers:

•Nancy Holder — New York Times best-selling author of the Buffy the Vampire series, the Wicked series, and more will discuss World-Building for Fantasy Novels.

•Kiersten White — New York Times best-selling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally will present Plot Like a Villain.

•Matthew Wolf — author of The Knife’s Edge, first in the Ronin Saga series, will discuss Writing Fantasy.

•T. Greenwood — award-winning author of seven novels including Breathing Water and This Glittering World, and a regular teacher for San Diego Writer’s Ink, will discuss Creating Great Characters.

•Laura Preble — award-winning author of the Geek Girls series will discuss Dialogue in the Young Adult Novel.

•Courtney Kilian — award-willing author of fiction and Lecturer for the John Muir College Writing Program at UCSD will teach Recycling Plots: Deconstructing Fairytales (or Your Favorite Stories) To Build New Narratives.

•Sylvia Mendoza — journalist, editor and author will discuss Journalism: How Writing Can Change the World.

•Sonia Gutiérrez — a promoter of social justice and human dignity who teaches English at Palomar College and advises the Palomar Poets and Encuentros United will teach a workshop on Poetry.

•Anita Simons — award-winning playwright of Goodbye Memories and Ladies First, will teach a workshop on Playwriting.

•Natalie Lakosil — a literary agent at Bradford Lit Agency who acquires young adult books will discuss Agent 101: Everything You Need to Know About Literary Agents.

•Greg van Eekhout — award-winning author of Norse Code, Kid vs. Squid, and The Boy at the End of the World, as well as short stories, anthologies, and years-best compilations, will discuss Using Failure to Succeed.

•Mark A. Clements — award-winning author of four novels of horror and suspense, including 6:02, Children of the End, Lorelei and the award-winning The Land of Nod, will present a workshop titled Hands On Horror.

•James Morris — high school senior, songwriter, music artist, author of Skybound, and community organizer on a mission to change the world for the better one song, book and page at a time. He will discuss: Words Create Worlds: Intertwining Songwriting and Novel Writing to Make the World a Better Place.

Students should register ahead of time by emailing Workshops will take place in the Media Center, Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130.