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BCWC 2023
Conference Schedule

The purpose of the CLI Beach Writers Conference is to build community with and educate a group of writers who believe that our writing has a significant place in our community. To discover the people and significant organizations who are actively making a contribution to their community through literature. To explore the ways in which nature enhances our ability to create significant writing. To challenge the current publishing establishment, and create new paths to publishing.


Dockweiler Youth Center

12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293



10:00 - 11:00 AM


Welcome Address/Roll Call

11:00 - 11:35 AM


11:35-11:45 AM


CLI(que) Talk

Feeding the Poetry Community:

The importance of catering at literary events

Andrea Lee

11:45 - 12:00 PM

Lunch (12:00 AM - 1:00 PM)


CLI(que) Talk

How to Place Yourself in Danger: Challenging Yourself as a Poet

Ja’Net McDonald

1:00 - 1:15 PM

CLI(que) Talk

Writing Bilingual Poetry

Larissa Freitas - Virtual

1:15- 1:30 PM

Beach Writing Sessions

Hiram, Andy, Camari, Ruddy

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Special Session: How to Make a Book in a Day

Hiram Sims

3:00 - 4:30 PM


Break: Get Ready for Gala

4:30 - 7:00 PM 

Gala and Awards Ceremony

Sims Library of Poetry


7:00pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for an evening of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, poetry performances, an awards ceremony.


University Southern California -Taper Hall

3501 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089


Welcome and TED Talks 

Taper Hall 102

Welcome - Camari Carter-Hawkins

Opening Poem - Carlos Ornelas


Keynote Address - Hiram Sims

9:45am - 10:15am

CLI(que) Talk-

What’s Rhythm Got to Do With It?

Rhythm and Formats (Build Your Own)

Lisa Montagne

10:15am - 10:30am

CLI(que) Talk-

How to Address Your Former Self

Anastasia Fenald

10:30am - 10:45am

CLI(que) Talk-

Becoming a Real Prolific Writer

James Coats

10:45am - 11:00am

CLI(que) Talk-

How to Create Curriculum Using Children's Books

Charisse Sims

10:00am - 11:15am


Break 11:15-11:30 am

Workshops (11:30am-12:00pm):


How to Book Yourself 

Andy Sanchez

11:30am - 12:25pm

Taper Hall 208

Social Media Marketing for Poets 

Annalicia Aguilar

11:30am- 12:25pm

Taper Hall 212

Lunch 12:25pm-1:30pm


Afternoon Schedule: 

Breakout Sessions (choose one):

Managing your Emotions Through Creative Expression

Brandon Allen

1:30pm  - 2:55pm 

Taper Hall 208


How to Use Nature to Inspire Creativity

Alex Petunia

1:30pm - 2:25pm

Taper Hall 212

CLI TED Talks:

Taper Hall 102

CLI(que) Talk: The Modality of the Blues

Tommy Domino

3:00pm - 3:15pm

CLI(que) Talk: Creating Artwork for Your Collection

Marissa Forbes

3:15pm - 3:30pm 

Closeout with Andy Sanchez

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Break: 3:45-7:00

Guided Beach Writing Sessions:

Dockweiler Beach Fire Pits 


Bonfire, Pizza, and Open Mic

7:00pm - 10:00pm 


Press Tabling Event & Book Pitches

(Students Pitching must arrive by 10am)


USC Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow Center


Publishers Breakfast

8:00am - 9:30pm

Author Draft 

10:00am - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 2:30pm

Book Release 

THH 102/Amphitheatre

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Closing Ceremonies

Founders Park Amphitheatre

4:00pm - 5:00pm

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