Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Spotlight on Judge Peter Dunne

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer and writer, Peter Dunne brings three decades of experience in story development, writing, and producing to his workshops. He served as Vice President of Development
for three Hollywood studios before beginning his career as a screenwriter and producer. He has produced and/or written are such classics as the extraordinary mini-series Sybil starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward, The Judy Garland Story, starring Andrea McArdle, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,  JAG, Melrose Place, Dallas, Police Story, and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.
Website:  www.pdunne.com

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Spotlight on Judge Chantelle Aimee Osman

Chantelle Aimée Osman is the founder of Author Connect, where aspiring writers can get their work in front of experts in their genre. A freelance editor and consultant as well as the editor of RT Digital Extra magazine, she is an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. A former lawyer and head of development for production companies in Hollywood, Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing THE QUICK AND DIRTY GUIDE TO… she has also published numerous flash fiction and short stories. She is currently editing an episodic anthology, SERIAL KILLER, for Polis Books to be released Fall, 2016. 
2016 Left Coast Crime Fan Guest of Honor

2011 Anthony Award Nominee

Friday, June 24, 2016

Spotlight on Judge Jonathan Maberry

Best selling, award winning author Jonathan Maberry joins The Central Coast Writers Contest this year on the amazing Judges' Panel!

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His new and upcoming novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade
sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT & RUIN, V-WARS, the NY Times bests-selling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, and others. His books EXTINCTION MACHINE and V-WARS are in development for TV. A board game version of V-WARS was released in early 2016. He is the founder of the Writers Coffeehouse, and the co-founder of The Liars Club. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Jonathan spent twenty-five years as a magazine feature writer, martial arts instructor and playwright. He was a featured expert on the History Channel documentary, Zombies: A Living History and a regular expert on the TV series, True Monsters. He is one third of the very popular and mildly weird Three Guys With Beards pop-culture podcast. Jonathan lives in Del Mar, California with his wife, Sara Jo. www.jonathanmaberry.com

Monday, June 20, 2016

Renowned Agent Ken Sherman Adds Bonus for Screenwriting Winner

Just Announced – Bonus Prize for
First Place Winner of Screenwriting

Renowned agent Ken Sherman will provide a free 15 minute consultation for the winner of our brand new category this year, Screenwriting!

Ken has been an agent for over twenty years and handles film, television, and book writers as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights.

Ken is additionally a highly regarded and accomplished speaker and teacher.  He lectures extensively at top venues such as UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, The Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, and so many more.  This year Ken also joins The Central Coast Writers Conference!  He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eugene International Film Festival, where he has co-taught a screenwriting classes for many years.

His clients include, to name just a few, David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars;Tawni O’Dell, international best-selling author and Oprah Book Club recipient for her first novel, Back Roads; Anne Perry, the world’s best-known Victorian murder mystery writer and author of over 85 books (and Central Coast Writers Contest Judge!); and Starhawk, considered the best-known witch in the world. He also represents the estates of Franz Kafka, Simon Wiesenthal and Willa Cather.

Ken maintains strong community involvement as well, having served as an Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood for ten years, is a founding member of the British Academy of Film and Television/Los Angeles (BAFTA), and is a member of both the Academy of Television Arts and Science and the International Advisory Board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. 

Please check out Ken’s webpage, http://www.kenshermanassociates.com/ 

The Central Coast Writers Conference is proud to have Ken’s participation this year, and The Central Coast Writers Contest is thrilled to be able to offer this amazing bonus and opportunity for our first place winner of Screenwriting!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Contest Director Tia Araminta and 
Janice Konstantinidis, Technical Chair and Social Media Coordinator
joined Central Coast Writers Contest Judge
Anne Perry
for an amazing interview

Stay Tuned for the full video!