SD/PEN conducts Program Meetings on the third Thursday of every other month at 6:30 pm. Program Meetings feature special guest speakers or panelists who discuss a variety of topics pertinent to editors, writers, and freelancers.
SD/PEN also periodically hosts special Networking Events, including our annual holiday party.
In addition, SD/PEN presents one or two Workshops each year that offer in-depth and often hands-on instruction in different topics, from grammar to web technology.
Click on the event listings below for more information.
Note: program topics and presenters are subject to change.
Writers conferences abound. There are hundreds of them in the US each year. The right writers conference can not only be pivotal to a writer's career, it can be a great boon to editors looking to find new clients. But between travel to them, cost of the conference itself, and your hotel stay, a conference can become a major investment. So, why attend a conference? And if you decide to do so, what should you expect? What should you look for, how can you vet a conference, and how do you best take advantage of what a conference has to offer both editors and writers?
Antoinette Kuritz has been active in the world of publishing since 1994. As the founder of STRATEGIES, a firm that focuses on literary development, publishing, business modeling, marketing, and public relations, she has worked with self-published, small press, and NY Times bestselling authors. The founder of the La Jolla Writers Conference, the first conference in the country to also cover the business of writing, she has created a pay-it-forward community where each year 200 aspiring authors have the opportunity to learn from NY Times bestselling authors, agents, publishers, publicists, and more. For more than 15 years she has hosted the book segment for KUSI-TV Good Morning San Diego, and for more than eight years she was the host of Writer’s Roundtable radio show. Antoinette has taught at BEA, Publishing University, and conferences throughout the country. And this past year, The Kuritz Group, Inc. launched Nightstand Press, a publishing house dedicated to bringing excellent books to the marketplace.