Writers of Kern, the valley's professional writing club, brings the finest authors, teachers and leaders in the field to Bakersfield from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Hodel’s Liberty Room. The full-day conference features two in-depth workshops plus activities, contests and prizes. Continental breakfast, buffet lunch and access to local authors’ works are included in the $60 admission fee. The Spring Conference promises learning, laughs and the opportunity to connect with Kern County’s community of writers.

Morning Workshop — The Arc of the Story

Amy Friedman, author, ghostwriter and creative writing teacher has written nearly every genre — from news stories to children's books, from memoir to fiction. Whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction, in this workshop you'll learn new ways to hook your readers — how, where and when to begin, how to tighten those saggy middles and methods for creating powerful and enduring endings.

Afternoon Workshop — How to Write Comedy or Die Trying

Screenwriter and actor Adam Berg of JK Studios has written and performed hundreds of sketches. His material has garnered millions of views, and he’s written on two upcoming sitcoms for JK! Studios. This workshop will focus on writing comedy for the screen, however writers of all genres find humor a benefit in their work. Berg will cover structure, tips, tricks and pitfalls of writing comedic material.

The Spring Conference is open to the public. Early registration fee is $60 on the Writers of Kern website at https://writersofkern.com/2019/01/03/16-march-2019-spring-conference/. Admission the day of the event is $85. For more information, contact Writers of Kern at events@writersofkern.com.

Annis Cassells, MA is a life coach, speaker and writer.