CCYW Conference for Adults?

Dear Writers,

As some of you may know already, this summer Capitol City Young Writers will be hosting their First Annual Northern California Writers Conference which features keynote speakers James Redford (philanthropist/screenwriter/Robert Redford’s son), Jane Friedman (publisher at Writer’s Digest), and Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn.

Although this conference was originally intended for middle school and high school students, we’ve recently discovered that a number of interested youth cannot afford the conference fee. Though CCYW would love to sponsor all of those aspiring writers, we are a non-profit and the purpose of this conference was not only to give young writers an opportunity to meet and learn from these terrific speakers, but also to raise money for scholarships and future activities.

Therefore, we have decided to open up the conference to other interested adult writers in this way: Anyone who sponsors a student gets to attend the conference for free, on a first-come, first-serve basis. In other words, for 100 dollars (cost of registration) you get to attend the conference and break-out sessions, have lunch with the speakers, and also allow us to sponsor a high school or middle school child to attend. All high school and middle school pupils who attend also get a free book. If you cannot attend the conference, but would like to sponsor a student, you may sponsor a young writer for 100 dollars.

In addition to our three keynotes and the following writers, screenwriters, filmmakers, journalist and other arts professionals will be speaking:

Award-winning authors,

David Corbett,

Deborah Grabien,

Seth Harwood,

Gil Mansergh,

Patricia V. Davis

San Francisco Chronicle journalist, Leah Garchik

Marin IJ journalist, Vicki Larson

Peabody-winning director, Paul S. Kaufman

Radio show host, Michael Krasny

Literary agents, Peter Beren and Verna Dreisbach

Stanford University acting professor, Kay Andreas

Books Inc. manager, Nick Petrulakis

Song writer for the ‘Jefferson Starship’ (and more), Jeannette Sears

Senior editor of, Huntington Sharp

Litquake organizer and author, Ransom Stephens editor-in-chief, Bob Yehling

California Film Institute Producer of indy film, ‘Touching Home’, Jeromy Zajonc

The conference will be held on July 17, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at San Domenico School in San Anselmo, CA.

More information about the conference, registration and the speakers can be found at:  A complete list of break-out session topics will be listed by June 14.

I hope I have been able to capture your interest and support for this wonderful organization and conference. It’s the first of its kind, and we hope to make it a success so that it becomes a yearly opportunity for young people. Please help support this worthy endeavor. Don’t delay ─ promote, sponsor or register for Capitol City Young Writers First Annual Northern California Writers Conference!

Thank you,

Verna Dreisbach

President and Founder

Capitol City Young Writers


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