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December 5, 2013
Santa Monica, California
United States

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Writers Boot Camp
2525 Michigan Avenue
Building I
Santa Monica, California, 90404
United States
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Tracy McMillan

Tracy McMillan is a television writer (Mad Men, United States of Tara) and relationship author who wrote the book Why You're Not Married...Yet, based on her viral 2011 Huffington Post blog. She also appeared as a dating coach on the NBC reality show Ready For Love. She lives in Los Angeles and is the mother of a 16-year-old guy.

Wiebke Liu

Wiebke Liu is a Fortune 500 executive, McKinsey-trained strategist, consultant, entrepreneur, and proud mother. She combines her passion for business with her love for nature into a quest to help businesses shift to sustainable process and product design. She believes we must leave behind the straight-line industrial age methods of production, and embrace closed-loop processes with zero waste. This is how we will stop maximizing for just a few and start optimizing for all.

Barbara Bestor

Barbara Bestor, AIA is Principal of Bestor Architecture and the founding chair of the Graduate program at Woodbury University's School of Architecture and is now the executive director of the University's Julius Shulman Institute. Her work is dedicated to the idea that 'everyone should experience strange beauty everyday'. She has developed a varied, creative and aesthetically progressive body of work over the last ten years propagating the concept that Architecture can and should be a part of all aspects of our creative community. In 2012, Barbara cofounded SoLA, the Sisters of Los Angeles, making design-based gifts and housewares for Los Angeles and California.

Lili Haydn

Lili Haydn has released four critically acclaimed major label recordings as a solo artist, appeared on numerous TV shows, including the Tonight Show and the HBO hit Californication, toured the world, and collaborated with legendary artists such as Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the LA Philharmonic, and George Clinton, to name a few. In addition to Lili's extensive recording and touring career, Lili's music has been licensed for TV, film, and commercials. In 2009, Lili began scoring films, earning a fellowship to the Sundance Film Institute Composer's Program, and has ten feature films/documentaries to her credit, including Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, (2011), Somewhere Between (2012) The Sublime and Beautiful (2013) and ANITA by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock (2014). Lili will release her 5th studio record, LiliLand in 2014.

Jonathan Mooney

Jonathan Mooney is a dyslexic writer and activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Brown University's class of 2000 and holds an honors degree in English Literature. He is founder and President of Project Eye-To-Eye, a mentoring and advocacy non-profit organization for students with learning differences. Mooney has been awarded multiple academic distinctions, and is a leader in the fields of learning disability and social change. In addition, he is a highly sought-after speaker and has lectured in 43 states and three countries.

Mayda del Valle

Mayda Del Valle has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having "a way with words. Sometimes they seem to flutter and roll off her lips. Other times they burst forth like a comet streaking across a nighttime sky." A proud native of the South Side of Chicago, she has appeared on 6 episodes of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on HBO and was a contributing writer and original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. She also toured with Norman Lear's Declare Yourself Spoken Word Tour , a non-profit, non-partisan project created to encourage young voter registration for the 2004 presidential elections. She has appeared in Urban Latino, Latina Magazine, Mass Appeal, The Source, and The New York Times. Smithsonian Magazine chose her as one of "America's Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences" and Oprah's O Magazine named her as one of 20 women for the first ever "O Power List." In May of 2009 she was invited to perform at The White House for the President and First Lady.

Justine Musk

Justine Musk is the author of three traditionally published dark-fantasy novels. She blogs about life, women and creativity at www.justinemusk.com.

Tia Matza

Tia Matza is a Professional Actor/Dramatist and Native Angeleno pushing the boundaries of her body and spirit in the name of storytelling. Matza has performed on the stage, in films, and on Television for over 20 years.

Elisa Camahort Page

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company's COO. With Camahort Page leading the BlogHer conference business, it has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to many diverse events that hosted more than 5,000 attendees in 2013. Her work leading consumer insights and public relations has resulted in coverage from many leading media outlets, including USA TODAY, New York Times, Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company,CNN, TODAY Show, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Caitlin Notey

Caitlin Notey is a singer songwriter from Los Angeles who has just started a new band called Huxlee. She sings, write the songs, play guitar and banjo, and is lucky enough to have some of her best friends in the band. Notey has been in love with music and has been playing music her whole life. She was everything from a die hard student of Destiny's Child to the lead singer of a progressive metal band to a folk-obsessed shoe-less hippie weirdo . . . .

Marta Cunningham

Marta Cunningham is an accomplished actor turned first-time filmmaker. A native of Northern California, she was so moved by the story of Lawrence King's murder that she became embedded in Oxnard and soon began filming those whose lives were touched by the tragedy. The result would be "Valentine Road", a feature length documentary that was selected to compete in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and premiered on HBO in October of 2013. "Valentine Road" is currently available on HBO, HBO OnDemand, HBO GO, and is traveling with various festivals. She was also chosen to be a part of the prestigious Sundance Institute Mentorship Program-Women's Filmmaker's Initiative and is currently working on several T.V. pilots, Feature length documentary and narrative scripts.

Alison Morgan

Social justice and political fundraiser Alison Morgan knew something was deeply missing in her life as a performer. A sense of purpose was ignited when she reinvented herself by helping women get elected for political office. Morgan helps connect people to their innate commitment to a better world, and encourages them to do their part.

Rebecca Niederlander

Rebecca Niederlander is an artist, author and co-founder of BROODWORK: Creative Practice and Family Life, interested in the relationship between the built environment, labor, domesticity, and the individual. She is married with one daughter.

Cynthia Loy Darst

Cynthia Loy Darst, MCC, is a pioneer in professional development, personal development and Executive Coaching. As a past-President of ACTO (Association of Coach Training Organization) and over 20-years as a professional Co-Active Coach, she has actively campaigned to raise awareness of the power of working with a personal or executive coach.

Erin Yarbrough

Erin Yarbrough is 18 years old and lives in West Los Angeles. She has been published in The California Poets in the Schools Anthology 2013, Sing to the Heart of the Forest, and The Beyond Baroque Association's Young Poets Anthologies. Erin plans to follow her passions to a career and is constantly writing new poetry and prose. You can find some of her unedited work at http://yxms.tumblr.com./

Organizing team


Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Kristan Sargeant