Screenwriter and Writers’ Program Instructor Abdi Nazemian to Speak at Writers’ Conference

The 7th Annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers’ Conference will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. High school students from all over San Diego County are welcome to this event, the only free writing conference for high school students in the U.S. Every year, over 200 students attend from Chula Vista to Oceanside, La Jolla to Santee, and even as far away as Ramona.

New to the conference is screenwriter, producer and author Abdi Nazemian who will present Movie, Book, Play, TV? How to decide what your story is meant to be. Nazemian’s first novel, The Walk-In Closet, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Debut. His debut YA novel, The Authentics, was released by HarperCollins, and received two starred reviews, as well as being featured in People Magazine as their “Teen Pick.”

His screenwriting credits include Menendez: Blood Brothers, The Quiet, Beautiful Girl, and Celeste in the City. Nazemian is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, has been a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab, and has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension. As the head of development for Water’s End Productions, he has served as an executive producer or associate producer on a number of films, including Call Me By Your Name. –, February 12, 2018

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