Black Château Partners with West Coast Writers Conferences

Black Château will present two important panels, Embarking on the Heroine’s Journey and Making Great Adaptations, at the West Coast’s premiere conference for authors, writers, and the entertainment industry.


Los Angeles, CA – Black Château Enterprises presents two panel discussions for writers at The Annual Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, produced by West Coast Writer’s Conferences (WC2). Each is a poignant discussion relevant to today’s storytellers. Topics include: Embarking on the Heroine’s Journey and Making Great Adaptations, both are Saturday, June 23rd, 2018. The three-day conference is held June 22 – 24th, 2018 at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, California.

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:15am

Embarking on the Heroine’s Journey

This panel is an exploration of the path of the heroine. From Wonder Woman to Rey in the Star Wars franchise, the popular heroines of today prove how timely this topic is. Attendees to this workshop will discover how the Heroine’s Journey charted by Maureen Murdock and others, differs from the Hero’s Journey outlined by Joseph Campbell. Panelists include:

  • Autumn Doerr: television producer, writer, and author of the Lexi Fagan Mystery series; her first book is Baker’s Dozen
  • Laurie Finkelstein: author of Next Therapist Please, visual artist, and champion for mental health awareness
  • Laurel Anne Hill: author of The Engine Woman’s Light, Heroes Arise and over 40 short stories and nonfiction pieces
  • Alexis Krasilovsky: Professor of screenwriting in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at Cal. State University, Northridge and author of Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling
  • Mike Robinson: author and screenwriter, works include: The Enigma of Twilight Falls trilogy, The Prince of Earth, Dreamshores, Skunk Ape Semester, The Atheist and the forthcoming feature film Corral

Moderated by Lori H. Schwartz, a well-known industry curator, host and moderator, as well as a CNN Tech Contributor. Lori sits on the Television Academy Board for the interactive media peer group and is the founder of StoryTech, which leads VIP tours at CES, NAB and InfoComm.


Saturday, June 23, 2018, 3:30pm

Making Great Adaptations

A discussion about the process of adapting books, short stories, graphic novels, comics and other forms of literature into TV, film, and alternative media. Attendees to this panel will also learn what the entertainment industry is looking for tomorrow, that they should be writing today.

  • Robert Payne Cabeen: artist, screenwriter with credits including Heavy Metal 2000, A Monkey’s Tale and Walking with Buddha, and author of the Bram Stoker Award winning novel Cold Cuts
  • Alexis Krasilovsky: Professor of screenwriting in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at Cal. State University, Northridge and author of Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling
  • Bhavani Rao: Producer – Bhavani Entertainment, co-Chair of PGA Mentorship Committee and founder of South Asian Women in Entertainment
  • D. Lynn Smith: founder of Kymera Press, author of short stories, comics and audio dramas, as well as former TV writer and producer on shows such as Murder, She Wrote; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; and Touched by an Angel
  • Dan Watanabe: Professor in the Media Arts Department at Los Angeles Valley College and former Vice President of Development and Current Programming at FremantleMedia

The panel will be moderated by Phil Giangrande, host of Seated at the Writer’s Table, screenwriter, and radio producer.

Black Château is also proud to contribute to the conference’s World-Building Panel, which features these authors, among others:

  • Mark J. Rose: scientist, screenwriter and author of The Matt Miller in the Colonies series
  • Lon Varnadore: author of Mostly Human: A 4Pollack Novel as well as Janus City, Void Emissary and S.S. Starkiller

Black Château will be onsite for the entire conference, and attendees are invited to visit their table in Monarch Hall to learn more about the company’s authors, programs, and services. Black Château will also provide the opportunity for attendees to get on-site professional portraits taken with photographer Dave Napox.

West Coast Writers Conferences also presents the annual Digital Author and Indie Publishing Conference October 12-14, simultaneously with the BCX Boot Camp Extreme Creative Writing Conference. Admission to one conference includes admission to the other. Black Château will present panels at these and other WC2 conferences throughout the year.

The company also partners with a sister non-profit membership organization to WC2, The Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society (GLAWS), for events such as WorldCon, August 16 – 20th in San Jose, California.

Tony N. Todaro, President and Co-founder of GLAWS and Executive Producer of WC2, says, “Desireé Duffy and Black Château add an important dimension to our programming and scope. We love partnering with her and look forward to working closely towards the success of future WC2 conferences in 2018 and beyond.”

Duffy says, “For writers, authors, creatives in the entertainment industry, the WC2 conferences are a wonderful opportunity for all writers here in Southern California and across the country. Tony and his advisory board of directors do a fantastic job. I highly recommend joining GLAWS, becoming a part of this vibrant community for writers of all levels and disciplines, and attending these important conferences. It is an honor to have Black Château as a part of such events.”

For more information about WC2 and for a full schedule and ticket information, visit their website. Explore the Black Château website and find out more about this respected company that supports authors and their books.


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About Black Château

Black Château believes in storytellers. The company is dedicated to helping authors’ voices be heard around the world through the written word. Located in Southern California, the award-winning Black Château is a marketing and public relations agency specializing in promoting authors, books, small press, personality brands, and creative individuals. The company developed the proprietary Author Network, an affordable marketing and PR strategy for writers and additionally offers a full-service array of marketing and public relations services to a wide array of clients and brands. For more, visit

About West Coast Writers Conferences

West Coast Writers Conferences (WC2) is committed to providing writers of all genres and levels with information, education and inspiration in the craft and business of writing. Each event features educators, industry professionals, literary agents, publishers, and industry veterans of many disciplines. For more, visit

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