PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 14, 2015

805 Writers’ Conference Final Schedule of Speakers and Sessions Announced

805 Writers’ Conference Final Schedule of Sessions Announced
39 Publishing Professionals and Authors to Speak
October 31 and November 1 in Ventura
(September 9, 2015 – Ventura, CA) The final schedule of sessions and speakers was announced today for the 5th Annual 805 Writers’ Conference, to be held October 31 & November 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, CA. The event, formerly called the Ventura County Writers Weekend, has grown into a multi-track conference featuring 39 publishing professionals and authors as speakers and instructors. The conference is produced by the nonprofit Pacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW) and co-sponsored by regional writer groups including: Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN), Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), Ventura County Writers Club (VCWC), Book Publicists of Southern California, and the Women’s National Book Association.

“This will be the largest gathering of publishing industry pros ever in Ventura County,” said Kate Sexton, PIPW’s Executive Director “Speakers are coming from across California—from San Diego to San Francisco. Registrations so far include several writers from outside California who are coming because of the quality of speakers, though the majority come from the tri-counties region and Los Angeles. It’s rare that an unpublished author can spend time with people of this caliber and learn from them. Writing is a craft that one must learn and nurture for it to bloom. As potential authors, writers need to know about marketing their book and their brand. The Internet has changed the landscape. Big publishing houses do very little for a new author.

“This year, PIPW wanted to embrace a broader field of writers of not only fiction and memoir, our focus the first four years, but article, short story, and screen writing. By moving to a hotel, we’re able to offer two consecutive tracks with more speakers and in-depth education to the writers who attend.”

The sessions include those with individual instructors on topics such as story structure, writing a viable nonfiction book proposal and memoir writing. Panels will discuss topics such as: self-publishing primer; writing articles for regional publications; writing thrillers, mysteries or suspense novels; book marketing and publicity; a literary agent panel, and a closing session with six book editors. Additional panels feature published authors discussing how they got published or another group of successful self-published authors. Keynote speakers include author/publisher Zhena Muzyka of Ojai, and writer/director/producer turned author, John Wilder of Montecito.

View 805 Writers’ Conference Schedule at a Glance

Writers can purchase per session, per day, or two-day pass. The conference website is: and presents full-session descriptions and speakers bios plus how to register and hotel accommodations. For more information, visit the website or contact Ms. Sexton at for more details.


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