Tri-Valley forum to explore art and business of writing

Early bird registration ends Feb. 10 for writers event in April

The Tri-Valley Writers Conference, a full-day event on the art and business of writing, will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 13, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Pleasanton.

The conference is a chance for attendees to share their passion for writing and to network with other writers and industry leaders. Presentations will include marketing and publishing as well as the craft of writing.

Registration for California Writing Club members is $115 and non-members pay $140 until Feb. 10, when the cost goes up $50. Students ages 16-24 are $80. Check-in and continental breakfast will be from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and a hot lunch is included.

The keynote speaker, Robert Dugoni, is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestselling author. He is the winner of the 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for fiction and has been a finalist twice for both the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction and the Silver Falchion Award for mysteries.

In 2015 and 2017 Dugoni was an International Thriller Writers finalist for Thriller of the Year. He also was a 2017 Mystery Writers of America Edgar finalist.

Presenters include Jim Azevedo of Smashwords, a distributor of e-books; Angela Bole, CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association; Stephanie Chandler, author of several books including "The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan"; David Corbett, author of six novels and the writing guide, "The Art of Character"; Robin Cutler, leader of development for publisher IngramSpark; Rachael Herron, author of more than 20 novels; Linda Lee, writer, educator, speaker and website designer, who will speak about websites; and Penny Warner, who has published more than 70 books with more than a half million in print, including a middle-grade mystery series.

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