The Tri-Valley Writers Conference, a full day event on the art and business of writing, will take place Saturday, April 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Pleasanton at the Four Points by Sheraton.

Attendees can share their passion for writing and network with writers and industry leaders. The conference features three tracks: Craft, Marketing and Publishing. Registration costs are $165 for California Writing Club (CWC) members and $190 for non-members. The fee for students aged 14-22 with student ID is $80.

Presenters include Jim Azevedo of Smashwords; Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary Agency; Victoria Zackheim, author of The Bone Weaver and editor of six anthologies; Dave Denny, two-year term as Poet Laureate of Cupertino; Joel Friedlander, founder of The Self-Publishing Roadmap; and other experts. For a complete list of presenters, go to

The keynote speaker will be New York Times and international bestselling author Anne Perry. She is noted for her memorable characters and exploration of social and ethical issues. Two of her series — one featuring Thomas Pitt, one featuring William Monk — have been published worldwide. She has a third successful series based around World War I. Among her other novels are the Byzantium novel The Sheen on the Silk and fantasies that reflect her spiritual convictions: Tathea and Come Armageddon. Perry has published nearly 85 novels with more than 28 million copies in print. None of her titles has ever been out of print.

The Times, a newspaper/list publication associated with the Mystery Page Turners, has listed Perry as among “100 Masters of Crime” of the 20th Century. In 2015 she was awarded the Premio de Honor Aragón Negro. Perry also won an Edgar award in 2000 for her short story “Heroes.” Perry resides in Los Angeles.

Fees may be paid online or by check in the mail. For more information and to register, visit

The conference registration deadline is April 10. For more information about the CWC Tri-Valley Branch, contact Patricia Boyle at or visit