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The planning committee with Nikki Giovanni. From left to right: Ruth Light, Ana Thorne, Nikki Giovanni, Ruth Garcia-Corrales, Rachelle Yousuf, and Cynthia Levin

The planning committee with Nikki Giovanni.

From left to right: Ruth Light, Ana Thorne, Nikki Giovanni, Ruth Garcia-Corrales, Rachelle Yousuf, and Cynthia Levin

2015 LA Writers Conference

Saturday, March 14th

10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The 2015 LA Writers Conference, Imagination: The Fiction Writer’s Life, welcomes aspiring, new, practiced, and professional writers to the historic Doheny campus in downtown Los Angeles where they will engage with a diverse and dynamic group of authors, students, community writing groups, literary agents, publishers, book coaches, editors, book clubs, and booksellers. Hosted and co-sponsored by Mount Saint Mary’s University and the Women’s National Book Association, the conference brings together MSMU's dedication to education and knowledge with the WNBA/LA's passion for community development and service in the literary world.

Proceeds from the 2015 LA Writers Conference will create the WNBA MFA in Creative Writing Scholarship at Mount Saint Mary's University. 

Want to donate to the scholarship fund created by the LA Writers Conference? Contact us at lawritersconf@gmail.com.

With Closing Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator, is one of the most widely-read contemporary American poets.  Not only is Ms. Giovanni recognized for her poetry, she is also known for her spoken word recordings and her children’s picture book Rosa that reached #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List.  Ms. Giovanni was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and also was awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry.  The author of some thirty books for both adults and children, Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

With Opening Keynote Speaker Margaret Stohl

Margaret Stohl is the author of Disney Publishing and Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow novel (#MarvelYA), as well as the Icons series, currently in development as a feature film from Alcon Entertainment, and the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Indie-Bound and Internationally Bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels and Dangerous Creatures novels (with Kami Garcia.) A longtime veteran of the videogame industry, Margaret founded the game developer 7 Studios with her husband, Lewis Peterson, and contributed to titles such as Marvel’s Spiderman and Fantastic Four. Margaret was the co-founder of Charleston’s YALLFEST, the biggest YA book festival in the country, and Santa Monica’s YALLWEST, the new sister festival.

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                  The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, site of the 2015 LA Writers Conference.

                  The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, site of the 2015 LA Writers Conference.