Five Davis authors will participate in the second annual Conference on Creative Writing, June 20-22 at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. They will join bestselling author James Rollins and 16 other novelists, agents, bloggers and poets from the Bay Area and beyond.
The Davis contingent includes:
* Last year’s keynote speaker, John Lescroart, returns as a workshop presenter, taking time out from promoting his new novel “The Keeper,” another Dismas Hardy thriller.
* UC Davis professor and radio host Dr. Andy Jones — whose new book, “Where’s Jukie?,” co-authored with wife Kate Duren, was released earlier this spring — will help aspiring authors to become more productive and use social media more effectively.
* Local CBS news anchor Sam Shane will discuss the ins and outs of writing, publishing and promoting children’s books like his, titled “Rocky, the Mudhen.”
* Sacramento State lecturer Karen Levy, author of “My Father’s Gardens,” will offer insights into writing a memoir and the challenges of finding a publisher.
* Event coordinator Scott Evans, whose literary murder mysteries are set partly in Davis, will discuss techniques for writing a good whodunit and provide a critique workshop for participants. Editor of the locally published Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, Evans has taught writing at UOP for more than 25 years.
The three-day conference will be held in the Benerd School of Education on the main UOP campus in Stockton.
To sign up, visit www.pacific.edu/cpce or call 209-946-2424, or call Evans directly at 530-902-0026.