West Coast Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule


4:00 p.m.      Check in to the hotel

                     Meet & Greet in lounge (No structured program)

                     Early registration available

                     Dine Around options available for members that want to eat dinner together



8:00-9:00     Registration/Breakfast

9:00-9:05     Welcome & Introduction: Kerry Lonsdale

9:05-10:05    Keynote and Q&A

                     Liz Fenton

10:05-10:20  Break

10:20-11:20  Session 1: The Business of Writing – Marketing - Kerry Lonsdale

11:20-11:30  Break

11:30-12:30  Session 2: Craft – Structure - Jennie Nash



12:30-1:30    Lunch in the Café

1:30-2:30     Panel Critique: When We Stop Reading - Agents

                    Moderator: Lisa Montanaro

2:30-2:45     Break

2:45-3:45     Session 3: Craft – Editing - Wendy Tokunaga

3:45-4:00     Break

4:00-5:00     Session 4: Industry Experts - Agents, Editors and Authors

                    Moderator: Cerrissa Kim

5:00-5:05     Closing: Cerrissa Kim 

Ask the Pros with Agents and Editors – 10:20am-12:30pm; 2:30-3:45pm (during conference) 


Ask the Pros with Agents and Editors 

In pre-scheduled pitch appointments, each participant has a ten-minute, one-on-one meeting with an editor or agent. The participant should have completed and polished a full manuscript before this session; the goal of the writers should be to have the editor or agent request a submission. 

Tables will be set up in the lobby, with an agent or editor at each table. Please arrive at your assigned time a few minutes early and wait off to the side until you are called. Additional, limited number of pitch sessions may be available.

Participating Agents and Editors

Agent                                                       Company

Jennifer Chen Tran                                    Fuse Literary Agency

Amy Cloughley                                           Kimberly Cameron Agency

Lisa Abellera                                              Kimberly Cameron Agency


Editor                                                       Company 

Jennie Nash                                              Author Accelerator

Wendy Tokunaga                                      wendytokunaga.com