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Local authors to speak at writing conference

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From page A4 | May 24, 2013 |

John Lescroart. Enterprise file photo

Six local authors will take part in a three-day creative writing conference at the University of the Pacific’s main campus in Stockton June 14-16. There is an optional weeklong class/workshop follow-up for writers from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 17-20.

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.

The keynote address, “Twenty Years to Over-Night Success,” will be given by New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart of Davis. He is joined by Davis area writers Scott Evans, Karen Levy, Catriona McPherson, Kim Stanley Robinson and Sam Shane, among other authors.

Registration for the three-day conference is $230, or $140 for one day. The is a dinner banquet fee of $60.

Evans has taught at UOP for more than 20 years, including fiction writing. He also has taught at UC Davis, including a course in legal writing for the King Hall Law School’s Outreach Program. Before California, Evans taught at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, which is one of the settings in his “literary” murder mysteries.

Levy is an Israeli-American writer. Born in Israel, Levy spent most of her childhood traveling between her native land and the United States. Commuting between these two countries and having a keen eye for detail have afforded Levy the knowledge necessary to recount the immigrant experience in a candid style.

Following her military service, Levy pursued her studies in the United States where she earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from UCD, and an master’s in English/creative writing from Sacramento State, where she teaches composition and interpretation of literature.

McPherson was born in Edinburgh, in southeast Scotland, and moved to California in 2010. Her latest book, “As She Left It,” is coming on June 8 from Midnight Ink.

Robinson is an American science fiction writer known for his award-winning Mars trilogy. His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with the planet Mars.

In 1975, Robinson earned a master’s degree in English from Boston University and in 1982, he earned a Ph.D. in English from UC San Diego.

Shane is an anchorman at CBS 13 in Sacramento. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He has covered major stories like the Los Angeles riots, the Oklahoma City bombing and the capture of the Unabomber. He’s interviewed a variety of political figures and leaders, including a president and a number of U.S. senators. In addition, Shane has written a children’s book called “Rocky The Mudhen.”

For more information, call 209-946-2424.

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