USC Writers Conference Returns to the USC Libraries April 18-19

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The USC Writers Conference returns to Doheny Memorial Library this Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19. The two-day conference brings together writers, editors, illustrators, and others for an exploration of writing and the creative process. Renowned writing coach Ivory Madison, founder of the Red Room online writers studio, will lead two hands-on instructional sessions.

Fees for the conference—hosted by the USC Libraries and the USC Office of Continuing Education and Summer Programs—are $125 for the general public and $75 for USC students, alumni, and Friends of the USC Libraries and include lunch each day. RSVP online, or contact Eileen Kohan at or (213) 740-5679 for more information.

Here's the conference program:

  • “The Writer's Journey and the Hero's Journey” and “The Reader's Voice in Your Writing”—two instruction and writing sessions with Ivory Madison, founder of online writers’ studio Red Room.
  • DUET #1: Writer Keshni Kashyap and illustrator Mari Araki, the creators of the graphic novelTina’s Mouth, which Entertainment Weekly selected for its December 2012 Must List.
  • DUET #2: Nancy Miller, deputy editor of Los Angeles magazine and formerly of Fast Company and Wired, in conversation with writers Amy Wallace, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine; and Joshuah Bearman, whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Harper's, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, and McSweeney's.
  • DUET #3: Novelist Susan Straight, author of the National Book Award finalist Highwire Moonand 2012’s Between Heaven and Here, in conversation with with KCETLink editor-in-chief of blogs Zach Behrens, formerly of LAist.
  • DUET #4: Perks of Being a Wall?ower author Stephen Chbosky, who also adapted the screenplay based on the book and directed the film.
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