Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club to hold CCA Writers Conference in Carmel Valley


The Annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Canyon Crest Academy, Proscenium and Media Center, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130. The event is for high school students, and is free. Students should register by sending an email to:

Best-selling authors and many other writing professionals will provide inspirational and educational workshops to students of San Diego-area high schools.

Because of the generosity of conference sponsors OSIsoft, Summa Education, Entangled Publishing, and Chipotle, 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 is excited about once again hosting the Writers’ Conference. The fact that last year we had almost 120 students participate from 12 different schools just goes to show the value that our kids place on this type of experience. This is an opportunity for students to learn and to grow as writers and as human beings, and if there is one thing that today’s students cherish above all, it is learning. We once again thank each of the authors who have agreed to participate in this conference. We very much appreciate their dedication to helping our young people become lifelong writers and readers.”

Milan Perisic, teacher advisor to the Creative Writing Club, is impressed by the hard work of club members. “For the third consecutive year, the CCA Creative Writing Club, with the support of parent volunteers and community sponsors, has organized a free writers’ conference that offers students the opportunity to learn about the creative writing process from authors who have been successfully published. Students who have attended the conference in the past have overwhelmingly expressed their enthusiasm for the experience and insights they’ve gained in the process. I am excited to hear this year’s panel of speakers and encourage all students to attend the conference.”

Devyn Krevat, president of the Creative Writing Club, founded the conference in 2012, a year after attending the SDSU Writers Conference. “The Creative Writing Club has been working hard since October inviting speakers, welcoming sponsors, and spreading the word about the conference. We are very grateful to our sponsors and speakers who make the whole day possible.”

Following is the line-up of speakers:

•Lissa Price, international best-selling author of Starters and Enders, will present “Write to Thrill.”

•Kristen Elizabeth Clark, author of Freakboy, will present “Don’t Forget Your Helmet! Tackling Controversial Subjects Head-on.”

•Laura Preble, author of Queen Geek Social Club series and Out, will present “Plotting the Bestseller.”

•T. Greenwood, award-winning author of Bodies of Water and six other novels will present “Point of View: Who is Telling Your Story?”

•Greg Van Eekhout, author of Kid vs. Squid, Norse Code, and more, will present “Making it to The End: How To Finish a Novel.”

•Courtney Kilian, award-winning fiction writer, freelance writer and teacher, will present “Flash Fiction: Literature’s Karate Chop. ”

•Sylvia Mendoza, journalist and author of The Book of Latina Women, will present “Write Your Passion: Freelance Magazine Writing.”

•Judy Duarte, USA Today bestselling author of the Rita-award winning Mulberry Park and more, will present “Kiss and Tell: Writing Romance.”

•Matt Wolf, bestselling author of YA epic fantasy novel The Knife’s Edge, will present ” “Grand World Building in Fantasy.”

•Chris Hamilton, president of Summa Education, will present “Writing the College Essay.”

•Julie Wright, president of (W)right On Communications, will present “Write Your Own Ticket: Making a Career Out of Your Passion and Talent for Writing”

•James Raney, author of Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves, will present “Fast and Furious: Writing Great Action Scenes.”

•Aleta Barthell, award-winning playwright, screenwriter and teacher, will present “From the Page to the Stage.”

•Tara Nichole, multi-genre songwriter and musician, will present multiple songwriting workshops.

•Ara Burklund who writes teen fiction for the Alloy Entertainment division of Warner Brothers, will present “Book Packaging: Sneaking in Publishing’s Side Door.”

New this year, a Literary Agents Panel and small group discussions with Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Agency, Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency, and Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Agency.

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

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