Pleasanton: Conference to address art and business of writing

Author Robert Dugoni to speak on 'Finding your Perspective'

Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestselling author Robert Dugoni will give the keynote speech at the Tri-Valley Writers Conference on April 13. (Contributed photo)

Robert Dugoni, winner of the 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for fiction, will give the keynote speech at the Tri-Valley Writers Conference this month.

A Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestselling author, Dugoni will speak on "My Stroke of Luck. Finding your Writing Success and your Perspective."

He is one of nine experts who will talk about the art and business of writing during the all-day conference, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road. Dugoni's speech will begin at 1 p.m.

"Don't miss this great opportunity to hone your craft with our lineup of experts," said Paula Chinick, conference chairwoman for the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC), which is hosting the conference. "It doesn't matter your level, just starting out or already published. A writer is always learning."

Although registration is open until April 9, organizers point out that attendance is limited and reservations are filling quickly. The cost is $165 for CWC members and $190 for non-members. The fee for students ages 16-24 is $80. Check-in and continental breakfast will be from 7:30-8:30 a.m. A hot lunch is included.

Experts will conduct workshops and presentations in three general areas: craft, marketing and self-publishing.

Presenters include Jim Azevedo of Smashwords, a distributor of e-books; Angela Bole, CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association; Stephanie Chandler, author of several books including "The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan"; David Corbett, author of six novels and the writing guide, "The Art of Character"; Robin Cutler, leader of development for publisher IngramSpark; Rachael Herron, author of more than 20 novels; Linda Lee, writer, educator, speaker and website designer, who will speak about websites; and local writer Penny Warner, who has published more than 70 books with more than a half million in print, including a middle-grade mystery series.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit

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