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Mount Saint Mary’s University’s third annual writers conference explores what it means to be a writer in the City of Angels.

Aug. 22, 2017 / Los Angeles — On Sept. 16 and 17, Mount Saint Mary’s University will bring together a diverse array of novelists, screenwriters, storytellers, journalists, poets and essayists whose career, life and art share a common link to the city of Los Angeles. The two-day event, hosted at the Mount’s downtown Doheny Campus, is open to the public and offers emerging and established L.A. writers a retreat-like opportunity to spark creativity and create connections among the city’s vibrant writing community.

This third annual writers conference, presented by Mount Saint Mary’s MFA in Creative Writing — and supported by the University’s MFA in Film, Television & Photography — will offer Q&A panels, writing workshops, author readings, book fairs and film screenings. Attendees will also have the unique chance to enjoy a networking dinner inside Mount Saint Mary’s historic Doheny Mansion.

Topics and speakers will appeal to a wide range of genres, interests and styles. This year’s panel of writers includes authors such as:

  • Karen An-hwei Lee, a poet, essayist and novelist, is a winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award and a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle;
  • Micaela Blei, a two-time Moth GrandSLAM winner and director of education at The Moth;
  • Melissa Broder, author of the essay collection So Sad Today, four poetry collections and a forthcoming debut novel;
  • Victoria Chang, a Guggenheim fellow and poet who has published four books of poems, as well as a picture book named a New York Times Notable Book;
  • Tyler Dilts, a playwright and novelist best known for his ‘Long Beach Homicide’ series of detective novels, including the Edgar Award-nominated Come Twilight;
  • Laurie Israel, an Emmy-nominated television writer who just won the 2017 Humanitas Prize in the Children’s Animation category for her work on Disney’s “Sofia the First;”
  • Francesca Lia Block, a Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author of more than 30 widely translated books of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, poetry and more;
  • Adam O’Riordan, a Somerset Maugham Award-winning poet and author of the short story collection The Burning Ground, set in Los Angeles;
  • Jessica Piazza, a poet, co-founder of Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, and professor of writing, rhetoric and critical thinking at USC; and
  • Jessica Sharzer, an award-winning TV writer-producer and film screenwriter for Universal, HBO, MTV, Fox and Lionsgate, currently writing a Marvel movie for Sony.


About the MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary’s University
The two-year, 36-unit MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary's is an artist-training program for students who want to write professionally in the genres of novel, short story, playwriting, poetry, screenplay and creative nonfiction. With a hybrid teaching approach featuring weekend, evening and online courses, the program is ideal for working adults. The MFA offers a bilingual track in Spanish, as well as opportunities to take classes with the University’s MFA in Film, Television & Photography, and the MA in Humanities. Watch a video about our program featuring students, faculty and alums, and learn more at


About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world.

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