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Writers Conference

Registration begins Tuesday, March 15 for the 27th Annual Mendocino Coast Writers Conference held August 4-7 at the Mendocino College - Mendocino Coast Campus in Fort Bragg.

Leslie Wahlquist reads her work during a morning session at the 2015 Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. Writers of many talents, ages, and backgrounds attend morning workshops, optional manuscript consultations, craft talks, open mic, literary readings, publishing pitch panels, and informal social gatherings. Visit for more information. (Photo Credit: Mimi Carroll)

The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (MCWC) features award-winning authors, and publishing professionals. Long considered an intimate, warm and personalized conference, MCWC serves 100 participants who develop their craft in a supportive literary community surrounded by the spectacular scenery and temperate climate of the Mendocino Coast.

Writers at all levels attend morning workshops, craft talks, open mic, literary readings, and publishing pitch panels. Students may opt-in for manuscript consultations with authors, editors, and agents. Informal social gatherings enrich networking and conference experience. MCWC provides a place to work closely and exchange ideas with writers of many talents, ages, and backgrounds. Selected literary readings by visiting authors and the popular “Paths to Publishing” panel will be open to the public.

Nationally recognized publisher Shirin Yim Bridges will lead MCWC’s new, Publishing Boot Camp on Sunday, August 7. Everyone is invited to enroll in this day-long Publishing Boot Camp, whether or not you register for the main 3-day writing conference.

2016 instructors include Les Standiford (Master Class); Jessica Piazza (Poetry); Reyna Grande (Creative Nonfiction/Memoir); James W. Hall (Novel/Mystery); Jordan Rosenfeld (Emerging Writers); Lori Ostlund (Short Fiction); and Laura Atkins (Children & YA). YA author Emily Lloyd-Jones, literary agents Andy Ross and Lisa Abellera, editors Grant Faulkner (NaNoWrMo), and Brooke Warner (SheWrites Press) round out the faculty.

Various scholarships are offered to writers of all ages. Scholarship applications open March 15 along with registration. Teachers may earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through Dominican University. Seats are filled first-come, first-served. Early application is encouraged.

Visit for complete guidelines. Barbara Lee, Registrar:

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