Southwest Valley Writers Conference: Exploring innovations in writing, publishing, and editing

The Southwest Valley Writers Conference, is a one-day conference designed to bring aspiring as well as published writers together with industry professionals to share their knowledge and love of writing. This year’s conference is hosted Saturday, October 29. 

 Each fall, writers (and would-be writers) of all genres come together to hear accomplished speakers and participate in workshops in order to hone their current skills as well as learn some new ones.

Whether you are looking for an editor, or hoping to learn more about the aspects of plot and character, you’ll find many wonderful and useful sessions that will inspire you. Join us in Avondale, just 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, for a day spent with others who are as passionate about writing as you are. You will come away with tools and inspiration to take your own writing career to the next level.

Conference proceeds benefit The Friends of the Avondale Libraries & Recreation, a Not-for-Profit (501c3) organization.

This year’s keynote speaker is Amy Silverman. Amy is the managing editor at Phoenix New Times and a commentator for KJZZ, the National Public Radio affiliate in Phoenix. Her work has also appeared on the radio show This American Life and in The New York Times. Amy holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Registration includes breakfast snacks, lunch and access to all conference sessions. Early bird registration is available at a discounted price of $75 now through October 1st. Late registration will be $95.

 For further details and to register, visit and check out #swvalleywrites

Location:  Avondale Civic Center - City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323.

2016 Southwest Valley Writers Conference Schedule: Saturday, October 29th

 8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am -10:00 am Keynote Speaker: Amy Silverman, Riding the Wave

10:10 am – 11:10 am Breakout Sessions:

•Deborah Ledford, Contemporary Storytelling: Demystifying the Formats

•Valerie Bandura, Who’s Who Now: A Look at the Changing Landscape of Contemporary American Poetry

11:20 am – 12:20 pm Breakout Sessions:

•Tina Radcliffe, The Art of the Short Story

•Laura Truman & Jesse Caufield, They Say Write What You Know: What If That Isn’t Enough?

12:20 pm – 1:20 pm Meet your next favorite book, Networking Luncheon - You will receive a new complimentary book with your registration and have the opportunity to either keep your book or exchange it with someone else during this luncheon.

1:20 pm – 2:20 pm Breakout Sessions:

•Drew Eastmead, How to Blog and Earn Money in a Google World

•Deena Remiel, Ready, Set, Write!

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions:

•Terry Greene Sterling, Wire Your Writing

•Karen Grove, Iain Lundy & Patricia L. Brooks, Panel Discussion: All the Questions You’ve Ever Had about Publishing…But Didn’t Know Who to Ask

3:30 Book signing