New York Times best selling author John Lescroart will be the keynote speaker for Pacific's first Creative Writing Conference

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Pacific Faculty Offer Perspective on Creative Writing

May 24, 2013

University of the Pacific faculty will be at the very center of the inaugural Creative Writing Conference in June.

Professors Ken Albala, Patti McCarthy and Scott Evans, a conference organizer, are on the impressive list of presenters slated for the conference June 14-16 at University of the Pacific, Stockton. The conference will be followed by an optional class and workshop period that runs June 17-20.

Albala, McCarthy, Evans and a fine lineup of authors from throughout Northern California will offer their perspective on how to best write and pitch novels, screenplays, poetry and other literary work. The interactive workshops and presentations will cover all aspects and genres of creative writing, from brainstorming techniques to submitting work for publication, writing creative nonfiction articles for publication to writing children's books, murder mysteries, science fiction and westerns.

"This conference reinforces President Pamela A. Eibeck's 'Beyond Our Gates' campaign by reaching into the Stockton community to promote literary and artistic pursuits with the help of more than a dozen published authors and poets who are essentially donating their time and efforts." — Scott Evans, conference organizer and director of Writing Assessment in the Education Resource Center

John Lescroart, the New York Times best-selling author, will provide the keynote address at the opening dinner.

Other presenters include Kim Stanley Robinson known for his award-winning Mars trilogy; Sacramento TV anchor Sam Shane, who has written a children's book; actors and screenwriters Naomi Grossman and Ace Antonio Hall; Mark Travis, author of the Dan Ballantine novels; Robin Burcell, of Lodi and an author of the Kate Gillespie novels; David Sutton; Adam Russ; Indigo Moor; Catriona McPherson; Cynthia Linvillie; Karen Levy; and Karen Carissimo.

This conference is a collaboration of the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, the Center for Professional and Continuing Education and the College of the Pacific's Department of English.

Visit the Creative Writing Conference website for more information on the conference and to register.