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Save the Date

30th Anniversary Central Coast Writers Conference 

Sep. 19-20, 2014

Readers and Writers: Make sure you are on the Mailing List, Email Blast List, and Follow us on!/CentralCoastWritersConference


2014 Keynote Presenter 

Anne Perry

International Bestselling Historical Novelist

” The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s "100 Masters of Crime".

Anne’s publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was filmed and broadcast on ITV featuring a young Keely Hawes. This is arguably the longest sustained crime series by a living writer. Midnight at Marble Arch is the latest in the series, appeared in the New York Times Bestsellers list.

In 1990, Anne started a second series of detective novels with The Face of a Stranger. These are set about 35 years before and features the private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The most recent of these (18th in the series) is Blind Justice (April 2013).
Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story "Heroes". The main character in the story features in an ambitious five-book series set during the First World War. The last of these was recently published, in Autumn 2007.

Not one of her books has ever been out of print, and they have received critical acclaim and huge popular success: over 26 million books are in print world-wide. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists in a number of foreign countries, where she has also had excellent reviews. The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s "100 Masters of Crime".

Anne’s most recent stand-alone is The Sheen on the Silk, set in the exotic and dangerous world of the Byzantine Empire, and is a critical success.

Moving into a different area, Anne has responded to requests for workshops and teaching by producing her first 'how to write' instructional DVD "Put Your Heart On The Page" and her much loved totes which also carry that slogan. Both items will be available to buy direct from her website soon.

Writers' Conference Sponsors

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The Cuesta College Writers' Conference
is funded in part by a generous
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This event is co-supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.


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Thanks to our generous sponsors


La Serena Inn of Morro Way,, is the host hotel for the 2013 presenters. It is offering a discount to registered conferees of $99+ tax and city fee per night for Friday and Saturday evening and $49+ for other nights. Contact 805.772-5665 and let them know you will be attending the conference. Also find many great stays and possible discounts at,, and


The Central Coast Writers' Conference is funded by promotional grants from the City of San Luis Obispo.  Financial support is also provided by Volumes of Pleasure Book Shoppe, Coalesce Book Store & Wedding Chapel, Top Dog Coffee Bar, plus PG&E, Chevron USA & SLO NightWriters. Media partners are the SLO Tribune, KVEC Radio, KCBX Radio and KSBY-TV.


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Become a Conference Sponsor

Donations from individuals and business enable us to hire the very best presenters while keeping tuition
costs low. Business sponsors receive many benefits in exchange for their tax deductible donation, such as
links on our Web site, inserts in our conference packets, and much more. Donations of products or services
are also appreciated.

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Contribute to Conference
Scholarship Fund

We are looking for area businesses and individuals who are interested in sponsoring
adult and student scholarships for the Central Coast Writers' Conference.

For more information, contact  Nanette Piña, by email
or by phone,
(805) 546-3131 Ext 2294

Contact Judy Salamacha by email at:

or by phone, 805.801.1422

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