September 2014 Program meeting_flipSD/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.

Networking Event @ SD County Health Services Complex
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

March 2016 Meeting_NetoworkingJoin us for a fun-filled evening of mingling, conversation, and noshing.

Networking events present an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow editors and writers, learn about potential work opportunities, build your referral network, exchange tips and tricks of the trade, discuss your challenges, and celebrate your successes.

The evening will include food, games, and door prizes.

To RSVP, please leave a comment below.

To Attend or Not to Attend: Choosing the Right Writers Conference for You @ SD County Health Services Complex
Jul 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

people-woman-coffee-meetingWriters 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.

Publishing with a Purpose @ SD County Health Services Complex
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
PicWith the ever-changing publishing industry, bringing a book to market has never been more accessible or more confusing. Jared Kuritz will educate editors on the various publishing options, how each works, and how to determine which method is right for you or your client.
Jared Kuritz has been an active part of the publishing landscape for nearly two decades. He is a managing partner of STRATEGIES, a firm that focuses on literary development, publishing, business modeling, marketing, and public relations for traditional, small press, and self-published authors of all genres at any stage of their writing, publishing and promotional journey. Jared is also the director of the 17th annual La Jolla Writers Conference—an interactive and intimate, three-day immersion dedicated to teaching authors about the art, craft, and business of writing. Jared and his firm also manage NightStand Press, a publishing house dedicated to bringing excellent books to the marketplace. Jared frequently teaches on publishing, business development for authors, and PR and marketing at UCSD, BEA, APSS and Publishing University.