May 17th SPEAKER— “Exploring the Complexities of the Fictional Series” with Alon Shalev

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Alon Shalev lives and writes in two worlds. He is the author of three social justice-themed novels and an award-winning epic-fantasy series. He swears there is a connection.

His first epic fantasy novel, At the Walls Of Galbrieth, won the Eric Hoffer Book Award – YA Category ,and was a Grand Prize Finalist. All his fantasy novels, published by Tourmaline Books, are first presented to Shalev’s sons, his harshest critics, each summer in a six-year family ritual. Book 5 will be released this summer and Book 6 in early 2016.

Shalev continues to write in both genres. Following the success of The Accidental Activist, Three Clover Press released Unwanted Heroes, which brings together an old, battle-scarred Chinese American war vet and an idealistic and pretentious young Englishman who share a love for San Francisco, coffee, and wine. Both are haunted by repressed memories of a tragic past. Shalev wrote a sequel and will discuss the complexities of building a series in both genres.

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Our CWC featured author will be Gini Graham Scott, who has authored over 50 books!

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March 18th SPEAKER — “Writing Novels for the Young Adult Market” with LAURIE MCLEAN

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The healthiest segment of fiction these days is the young -adult market for teens aged 13-19. If you want to sell a book to this tough crowd, you have to know the teen voice, teen dreams and fears, the teen hive mind. Who better to be your guide than literary agent Laurie McLean, who has YA success aplenty.

At Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco, Northern California’s oldest literary agency, founded in 1972, Laurie represents adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, nouveau westerns, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, etc.) as well as middle-grade and young-adult books. She looks for great writing, first and foremost, followed by memorable characters, a searing storyline, and solid world building.

For more than 20 years, Laurie ran a  multimillion-dollar eponymous public relations agency in California’s Silicon Valley. She is passionate about marketing, publicity, negotiating, editing, and a host of other business-critical areas. She is also a novelist herself, so she can empathize with the author’s journey to and through publication.

Check out her blog, http://www.agentsavant.com, for tales of the agenting life, and http://www.larsenpomada.com for valuable information and links, plus her submission guidelines. Query her at query@agentsavant.com.

Laurie is also the dean of the new San Francisco Writers University at http://www.SFWritersU.com and on the management team of the San Francisco Writers Conference.

2:00 p.m. at the Oakland Public Library

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

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