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What should I wear? We suggest casual wear for the panels, casual to business attire for the banquet.


Wednesday, March 28:
Early bird registration: 4–7 PM

Thursday, March 29:
Registration: 8 AM-5 PM (Writers' Workshop participants may register beginning at 7 AM)
Writers' Workshop: 8 AM-2:15 PM
Panels: 1:30–5 PM
Welcome Reception at the Sheraton beginning at 6:30; included in cost of conference


Left Coast Crime 2012 is pleased to announce a workshop for writers, published or not, interested in perfecting their craft. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 29, 8 AM-5 PM, and will be at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, the home of LCC 2012. The cost for this workshop will be $40 for LCC registrants and $80 for non-LCC registrants.

The workshop will be divided into three sessions:
Jennifer Sawyer Fisher—former editor at Kensington, Penguin, Morrow/Avon and HarperCollins, to such luminaries as Lawrence Block and Lisa Jackson—will teach a session on self-editing.
Alexandra Sokoloff, current author, former screenwriter, will teach a session on using screenwriting techniques to enhance your novel-writing. I (LCC co-chair Robin Burcell) have used some of these techniques myself with great results.
As an added bonus, we are inviting the workshop participants who may be interested in self-publishing their own work as e-books to sit in on Elle Lothlorien's panel, "The Nuts and Bolts of E-Publishing." This will include everything from the path to e-publication to preparing your manuscript for e-books, covers and marketing. After The Frog Prince was rejected by nearly 100 agents (often with the response: "I can't sell this"), Elle Lothlorien e-published her novel in July 2011. Four months later, The Frog Prince became an Amazon bestseller. Her follow-up romantic suspense, Sleeping Beauty, became an Amazon bestseller in February 2012. She now has three novels out, including the thriller Virgin, and was able to quit her full-time "day job" in June 2011. Elle is considered a "reluctant expert" on the topic of e-publication.

We hope you'll join us. Space is limited, so sign up early by clicking here to register.

Friday, March 30:
Registration: 8:30 AM-5 PM
New Author Continental Breakfast: 7:30-9 AM
Panels: 9 AM-5 PM

Saturday, March 31:
Registration: 8:30 AM-5 PM
Continental Breakfast: 7:30-9 AM
Panels: 9 AM-5 PM
Awards Banquet and Live Auction

Sunday, April 1:
Panels: 9-11 AM

There will also be optional tours of Old Sacramento Underground, wine country, etc. That information is available here.


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