Meet the Author Event: December 5th!!


SACRAMENTO, CA (December 5) – The publishing world always seeks new, young authors, songwriters, poets and journalists. On December 5, young writers, in grades 6-12, from throughout Sacramento, surrounding counties and potentially the bay area (if they’d like to make the drive) will gather with published authors, book industry professionals, and university professors at an innovative workshop specifically designed to help young writers fulfill their dreams and launch their careers.

Capitol City Young Writers Writers “Meet the Author” workshop takes place Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, CA. Location and parking will be noted on the website. Aspiring young writers and avid readers from grades 6 thru 12, will mingle with peers, published authors and book industry professionals on a morning featuring several guest speakers and a writing workshops. (

The December 5, “Meet the Author” event will feature non-fiction writing. Guest speakers will include NY Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Basye Sander, Koula Gianulias from CBS13 Sacramento and freelance editor and reporter JT Long.

Jennifer has been creating successful book products since 1983. She has worked in all aspects of the book publishing business, everything from book retailing to book publicity, from authoring New York Times bestselling books herself to acquiring them for a large trade publisher. She is also the author, co-author, or ghostwriter of more than a thirty books herself, including the recent gift book hits Wear More Cashmere and The Martini Diet. Along with the New York agent Sheree Bykofsky, Jennifer authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published, which is now in its 4th revised edition and has over 100,000 copies in print. A graduate of Mills College in Oakland, California, she has also attended professional publishing programs at Stanford University and the University of Chicago.

Koula is thrilled to be reporting in her hometown of Sacramento. Her first news internship was right here at KOVR when she was a senior in college. After graduating from UC Davis and working in public relations, Koula went back to school to pursue journalism. She interned at Fox 11 in Los Angeles and Sky News London as she worked towards her masters degree at USC. Koula also picked up some print experience writing for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Her first television news job took her to Northern California where she worked for KRCR-TV as a “one-man-band” reporter…shooting and editing her own stories. Then she was off to Nevada to report for the ABC affiliate in Reno. She covered everything from wildfires to politics – her favorite topic. Koula joined the CBS 13 team in October of 2006. Her gigantic Greek family welcomed her home with open arms and a lot of food.

JT Long is a freelance editor and reporter for business, political and financial publications. Her work has appeared in Fortune, Engineering News-Record and Comstock’s magazines. She started in community newspapers and has launched six magazines in her career for audiences as diverse as school administrators, real estate agents and stay-at-home mothers. As Director of Content for a group of publications, she led the movement to digital content including adoption of social media and variable content creation.


“The Write Audience”
Did you know that you can pitch journalistic story ideas in a multitude of ways? In this workshop, JT will help you brainstorm magazine story topics and then create different leads for different publications based on an understanding of the audience. You’ll understand the importance of The hook, The voice, and The spin.

Capitol City Young Writers is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the education and inspiration of aspiring writers. The goal of the organization is to educate today’s youth on the art and craft of writing, a skill necessary for success in any field of work. Members will gain exposure in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, screenplay and more as they meet professionals in the industry ranging from published authors, editors, educators, journalists, songwriters and broadcasters. Through this exposure, young writers will discover the many different career paths in the world of writing. Opportunities will be presented for writers to improve their own writing by participating in readings, workshops, writing contests and conferences. Leadership and internship opportunities will also be available.

Currently, membership is free through May of 2011. Parents of the young writers are welcome to attend. Educators are also invited. Joining can be done via the website or at the door on the day of the event.

Sponsors for Capitol City Young Writers include Sacramento State University English Department and several English department student run organizations including Calaveras Station Literary Journal, The English Club and Collective Reading Series. Several graduate and undergraduate students at CSUS volunteer their time to support this organization.

For more information, call 877-816-7659, 916-804-5016, or go to



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