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Center for Professional and Continuing Education
800.959.5376 or 209.946.2424
Office Location: 1776 W. March Lane Ste. 290, Stockton, CA 95207
Mailing Address: 3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211

Conference Presenters


 James Rollins, Keynote Speaker

JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, sold to over forty countries. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins' knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by millions of readers around the world.  His Sigma Force novels have been praised as "enormously engrossing" (National Public Radio) and "smart, entertaining adventure fiction" (New York Journal of Books) and one of the "hottest summer reads (People Magazine).

Rollins is also determined to pay it forward, having founded Authors United for Veterans, a group of bestselling authors dedicated to raising funds and awareness for USA Cares, a nonprofit organization that helps soldiers and their families, through job placement, housing assistance, and emergency aid.

When Rollins is not writing, touring, giving seminars, or making presentations, he can be found spelunking, scuba diving, hiking, and/or traveling. He shares his family with three Golden Retrievers amid chew toys and his collection of paleontological treasures in the Sierra Nevada Mountains


Robin Burcell

 Robin Burcell, an FBI-trained forensic artist, has worked in law enforcement for over two decades as a police officer, detective and hostage negotiator. She is the author of the Anthony Award winning SFPD Homicide Inspector Kate Gillespie novels: Every Move She Makes, Fatal Truth, Deadly Legacy and Cold Case. Her upcoming novel about a forensic artist for the FBI, Face of a Killer.



Scott Evans

Scott Evans has taught at the University of the Pacific in Central California for over twenty years, including fiction writing and a course titled Crime, Punishment and Justice that introduces first-year students to criminology from various perspectives. He has also taught at the University of California, Davis, including a course in legal writing for the King Hall Law School's Outreach Program. Before returning to California, he taught at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, which is one of the settings in his "literary" murder mysteries. These thrillers follow the misadventures of a handsome, resourceful, but somewhat naïve young college instructor named Joseph Lawrence Conrad who, in Tragic Flaws, is accused of a series of brutal crimes and uses ideas from Hamlet to set a trap for the real killer. First Folio picks up approximately three years later when Joe receives a box of manuscripts-the handwritten plays of William Shakespeare. The problem is, the handwriting is not Shakespeare's and Joe is no Elizabethan scholar. Scott has attended Shakespeare authorship conferences and used dozens of books and articles during the four years of research that went into First Folio. When he is not playing tennis, scuba diving, or sailing on the San Francisco Bay, you will probably find Scott Evans listening to jazz and sipping a martini at a local bar while chatting about books with fellow writers.


John Lescroart

John Lescroart is a New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including most recently BETRAYAL, which is the fourteenth book in the San Francisco based Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series, a stand-alone Wyatt Hunt novel entitled THE HUNT CLUB and a couple of Sherlock Holmes pastiches: SON OF HOLMES and its sequel, RASPUTIN'S REVENGE. His books have been translated into seventeen languages in more than seventy-five countries, and his short stories have been included in many anthologies.


Patti McCarthy, PhD, MFA

She was hired by producer Ray Stark as Creative Executive at Rastar Productions for Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment and was quickly promoted to Head of Development. During her tenure at Rastar she worked on such notable projects as: Nickelodeon's, Harriet the Spy, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (starring Michelle Pfeiffer, directed by David Kelly), Random Hearts (Starring Harrison Ford, directed by Sydney Pollack, written by Kurt Ludtke & Darryl Poniscon), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchette, written by Eric Roth, directed by David Fincher), among others. Also on the Sony lot, she was asked by producers Larry Turman and John Morrissey at the Turman-Morrissey Company in association with Rastar Productions to develop high-concept projects, including, American History X, for New Line Cinema, starring Ed Norton (nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor), Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angleo and Elliot Gould.

She received her PhD in Critical Studies in Film and an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Since her appointment at the University of the Pacific in 2006, she has won a variety of awards (2009 Pacific Innovation Award, 2008 Pacific Fund Grant, 2007 Pacific Innovation Teaching Award) and taught various film classes, most notably, Screenwriting, Introduction to Film Production, and Advanced Film Production. Her other degrees include an: MA, Critical Studies in Film, University of the Pacific and, BA, English, BA, Psychology, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. Her book, The Lucas Effect: George Lucas and the New Hollywood, is currently in line for publication at Cambria/Teneo Press.

Indigo Moor

Indigo Moor is a poet, playwright, and author currently residing in Sacramento, CA. His second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. His first book Tap-Root was published as part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series

His short plays, HarvestShuffling, and The Red and Yellow Quartet debuted at the 60 Million Plus Theatre's Spring Playwright's festival. His stageplay, Live! at the Excelsior was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award and is being made into a full length film.

A graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program, where he studied poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting, Indigo is also a graduate member of the Artist's Residency Institute for Teaching Artists. He is the winner of the 2005 Vesle Fenstermaker Prize for Emerging Writers, a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee, and 2008 Jack Kerouac Poetry contest winner. Other honors include: finalist finishes for the T.S. Eliot PrizeCrab Orchard First Book PrizeSaturnalia First Book AwardNaomi Long Madgett Book Award, and WordWorks Prize.Collaborative efforts include the Artists Embassy Intl. Dancing Poetry Festival, the Livermore Ekphrastic Project, and the Davis Jazz Arts Festival. When not teaching creative writing, Indigo works as physical design engineer for Intel Corporation.