What's the Steinbeck Connection? Well, John Steinbeck is a California writer, one particularly revered by the California Writers Club, an non-profit organization founded in 1909 by several other revered California writers, including Jack London. There is a tradition among the now 18 CWC branches to associate themselves with a legendary California writer. The South Bay Writers branch snagged Steinbeck early on, honoring him in public readings as well as through member-authored books about his life and work.
Why Salinas? Aside from being Steinbeck's hometown, the setting for his novel, "East of Eden,"
The 2010 East of Eden Writers Conference, held September 24 through 26, will have more workshops, events, speakers, presenters, and night owl panels than ever before, all in one location at the Salinas Community Center, all for one low price, including meals.
The keynote speaker for the 2010 conference is Luis Valdez, playwright (Corridos, Zoot Suit, La Bamba) and founder of El Teatro Campesino Playhouse, the most important and longest running Chicano theater in the United States. Valdez was an inspiring speaker at the first East of Eden in 2002 and South Bay Writers is delighted to have him return for 2010.
Other speakers and faculty include California writers Selden Edwards, David Corbett, Antonette May, Thomas B. Sawyer, Penny Warner, and poets Sally Ashton, Indigo Moor, and Nils Peterson.
For details, visit the website at http://www.southbaywriters.com/
Conference Director - Dave LaRoche, firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity - Rosanne Davis, email@example.com
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South Bay Writers is the San Jose area branch of the California Writers Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and encouraging writers of all levels.