Writers Conference

Joey Garcia, an author and relationship advice columnist, will be the keynote speaker at the conference.

Local writers of all experiences, backgrounds, and talents are invited to learn how to master their craft at a conference that will be held in Elk Grove on Saturday, Oct. 9. Registration opened this week.

The Elk Grove Writers Guild invited 10 authors to speak at this gathering that also features a literary agent and a publisher who will be available to interact with attendees. Joey Garcia, an author and a longtime relationship advice columnist for the Sacramento News & Review, will be the keynote speaker.

Loy Holder, the president of the Elk Grove Writers Guild, said that Garcia will address how the year 2020 was a “plot twister,” and how writers can still preserve and upgrade their writing skills.

The conference is being held simultaneously with the Great Read Book Faire that’s being held at the District56 center, 8230 Civic Center Drive. This is the guild’s first writers conference since 2018 when 80 people attended the gathering at the Holiday Inn Express. Loy Holder, the president of the Elk Grove Writers Guild, recalled they needed a waiting list since the interest was so high.

This new venue for this year’s conference will be larger and will include three classrooms, she noted.  

“I hope that it will bring authors together,” Holder said. “There are a lot of authors in the city of Elk Grove and in the county.”

She is anticipating that at least 120 people will attend the conference.

Writers who have manuscripts or book ideas are invited to schedule an appointment with Jennifer Chen Tran, an agent with Bradford Literary, at the conference. Speakers at the event include Kathy Marshall, an author who will present on how to produce a manuscript; and memoirist Dorothy Rice who will address how to make a memoir more truthful and come alive.

“I hope to encourage beginning authors to reach out and join us, and get enthusiastic about writing, and also provide an outlet for more established authors for sharing their knowledge, and their education, and experience,” Holder told the Citizen.

Her guild works to educate local writers on the craft of writing and they regularly organize online classes.

For registration and more information about the writers conference, visit the Elk Grove Writers Guild’s website, www.Egweg.org