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OCC/RWA Birthday Bash
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012
Embassy Suites
900 East Birch Street
Brea, CA  92821
Doors open 9 a.m.
10:30 a.m.            Special Guest Speakers:  Jane Porter & Megan Crane
An award-winning novelist with more than 5 million books in print, Jane Porter is still a small town girl at heart, never feeling too far away from her roots in central California’s golden foothills, oak trees, and miles of farmland.             
After sixteen years in Greater Seattle, Jane has returned to California, and is now making her home in a historic Ole Hanson home in San Clemente, with her surfer husband and three active sons. When she’s not on the beach or speaking to writers, she’s at her desk working on her next novel. In September 2012, Berkley Trade released her new book, The Good Woman.

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USA Today bestselling author Megan Crane writes women’s fiction, chick lit, work-for-hire YA, and a lot of Harlequin Presents as Caitlin Crews.  She also teaches creative writing classes both online at mediabistro.comand at UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in California, with her animator/comic-book artist husband and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.  For more info visit her at www.megancrane.comor www.caitlincrews.com.   

2:00 p.m.                   Afternoon Speaker: Courtney Miller-Callihan 
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc., Literary Agent
                                  â€œThe Author/Agent Relationship in Today’s Changing Literary World”
Courtney began her career in publishing at Random House, where she spent a number of years in subsidiary rights sales and in contracts before joining Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in 2005. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she is seeking new voices in women’s fiction, romance, historical novels, and literary fiction. Courtney also looks for non-fiction projects on unusual topics, science, personal finance, business, pop culture, lifestyle books, and craft books.
Just added: Heather Bennett, Executive Editor, Decadent Publishing
** You must make a reservation for this meeting, a “do not miss” event. The price is $35 for all attendees, includes lunch, and the deadline for the event reservations is Oct. 5, 2012
OPPORTUNITY RAFFLE: $500 gift card to Apple, Toshiba Excite 10 Tablet, SoCal RWA Conference registration, view the various baskets, critiques, lunches and other prizes. Buy your tickets and enter for the items that you want to win.
3 Pitch Appointments with Courtney Miller-Callihan & Heather Bennett
Back by Popular Demand!
Pajama Parties – Free for attendees of the Birthday Bash
Track One (starting at 7 p.m.):
Jenn Wyatt: Music in Pajamas: Using Music for Inspiration
Lou Nelson:  Hooking in Pajamas: Writing Dynamic Opening Lines and First Paragraphs
Beth Yarnall:  The Blackest Black in Pajamas: What’s THE WORST That Could Happen? Is your black moment black enough?
Track Two (starting at 8:30 p.m.):
Debra Mullins: Conflict and Incorrect Core Beliefs in Pajamas
Louisa Bacio: Passion in Pajamas
Debra Holland: Self-Publishing in Pajamas
Erin Pryor: Plotting in Pajamas
For more information, visit http://www.occrwa.org/birthday-bash.html
Hope to see you there!

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