By Kristina Houck
As a New York Times best-selling author, Christopher Reich knows how to write a compelling story. That’s why the Rancho Santa Fe resident was again asked to speak and teach at the La Jolla Writers Conference, Nov. 1-3 at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego.
“Giving back is what it’s all about,” Reich said. “Being a writer is a solitary profession, so you’re alone in a room for hours a day. There’s nothing more fun than being with a group of individuals who share the same passion, have the same skill set and aspire to the same goal as you do.”
A former investment banker, Reich writes international espionage thrillers. He has authored nine books, and his latest, “The Prince of Risk,” is available Dec. 2. The financial thriller is set on Wall Street and in London and Shanghai.
As one of three keynote speakers, Reich said he plans to talk about how to write exciting thrillers and keep readers satisfied. He is also holding read- and-critique sessions.
“I love speaking to aspiring authors and published authors,” Reich said. “The La Jolla Writers Conference is the best run, most enjoyable, most educational writers conference I’ve ever taken part in.”
In addition to Reich, the conference will feature New York Times best-selling authors Dale Brown and Lisa Jackson as keynote speakers. From how to get stared to how to get published, authors Nancy Bush, Lissa Price and Joseph Wambaugh, along with agents, publishers, publicists, editors and screenwriters will also share their knowledge about the art, craft and business of writing.
“We don’t put our people on a panel,” said conference founder Antoinette Kuritz, a literary publicist. “Our authors, agents and publishers actually do workshops where your work is exposed to them. It’s a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with these people.”
The three-day program features lectures and workshops from almost 25 faculty members. Intended for writers at all levels and limited to 200 attendees, the conference offers small classes, accessible faculty, the sense of community and networking.
“Our faculty is extraordinarily accessible. I choose them for their knowledge, their ability to imprint that knowledge —
because not everybody can teach — and their generosity in doing so,” said Kuritz, who noted all faculty members volunteer their time. “I want people to come to this conference because they want to be there, they want to share their knowledge and they want to connect with aspiring authors.”
Of his craft, Reich said, “As a writer, everyone will tell you, you cannot do it. You have to just keep at it and never give up.”
If you go
■ What: La Jolla Writers Conference
■ When: Nov. 1-3
■ Where: Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego
■ Registration: $385 at