9th Annual 805 Writers Conference

November 7 & 8 2020

Mandalay Beach Resort

The 8th Annual 805 Writers Conference

Speakers and Workshop Presenter Bios.

Author Kimberly Davis Basso

Kimberly Davis Basso is an author and playwright. Her debut, I’m a Little Brain Dead chronicles her stroke and “shatters the mold” on medical memoirs. Nominated for an INDIES Book of the Year in Humor from Foreword Reviews, it received numerous awards including Writer’s DigestSelf-Published Honorable Mention (Life Stories), Readers Favorite (Humor Finalist) and others. A native of the Boston area, Kimberly has always been a writer of stories, plays, and lists. She worked as a stage director and producer for nearly twenty-five years, with productions in San Francisco, Boston and Miami. Please get in touch in whatever digital form makes you happy:https://kdbassowrites.wixsite.com/kimberlydavisbasso

 Email KDBassoWrites@gmail.com; Twitter @KDBWrites; Instagram @ KDBWrites and @the_bard_and_i

Author Mandy Jackson Beverly

Mandy Jackson-Beverly is the author of The Creatives Series, supernatural thrillers: A Secret Muse, The Devil And The Muse, The Immortal Muse, and the companion fantasy novella The Legend of Astridr: Birth.

Mandy has worked as a costume designer and stylist for a fantastic array of creative dynamos including photographer Herb Ritts; directors Joel and Ethan Coen, David Fincher, and Julien Temple; and music icons David Bowie, Madonna, and Tina Turner. She taught art and theater in high schools, contributed blogs to The Huffington Post, and is on the board of directors for the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN). These days she lives with her family in Ojai, California, and spins stories for her readers’ pleasure as well as her own.

When Mandy’s not writing, teaching, or reading (she has a fascination with Jung), she’s cooking, painting, dancing, or on walkabout—preferably in Italy.


Author Ivor Davis

London-born Ivor Davis first came to America in the early sixties and was appointed West Coast correspondent for the London Daily Express in l963. His first big assignment came the following year: to hang out, travel with, and get to know the four members of a new pop group from Liverpool: the Beatles. He was the only British daily newspaper correspondent to cover the Fab Four’s first American tour from start to finish, given unparalleled access to John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Fifty years later, Davis wrote The Beatles and Me on Tour.

Over more than five decades as a writer for the Express and the Times of London, Ivor covered major events in North America. He penned a weekly entertainment column for the New York Times Syndicate for over fifteen years, interviewing some of the biggest names in show business, from Cary Grant to Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton to Tom Cruise and Muhammad Ali.

In l969 Davis co-wrote Five to Die, the first book ever published about the Sharon Tate—LaBianca murders and covered the trial for the Daily Express.

As a foreign correspondent, he traveled throughout the western hemisphere covering riots, floods, earthquakes, and politics. As Editor-at-Large for Los Angeles Magazine, he and his late wife, Sally Ogle Davis, wrote over 100 major magazine and cover stories.

Editor Naomi Kim Eagleson

Naomi Kim Eagleson founded The Artful Editor in 2010 and now manages twenty editors who have edited in-house or freelanced for New York publishing houses, including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins. Over the years, she and her team have helped hundreds of authors polish their books for submission to literary agents or for self-publication. www.artfuleditor.com

Author Patricia Fry

Patricia Fry is the author of 78 published books, including a series of how-to books for authors published by Allworth Press. She established her own publishing company in 1983 and has produced many of her books through Matilija Press. Patricia is past President and the former Director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network) and has been presented publishing and book promotion workshops throughout the US. Currently, she writes and produces cozy mysteries, having just published Book 36 in the Klepto Cat Mystery series. MatilijaPress.com.KleptoCatMysteries.com

Author, Publicist, Marketer Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. The books in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers have won multiple awards. That series includes both the first and second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award. How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically is the newest book in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers.

Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts.

The author loves to travel. She has visited eighty-nine countries and has studied writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague. She admits to carrying a pen and journal wherever she goes. Her Web site is www.howtodoitfrugally.com.


Author and Agent Emily Heckman

Emily Heckman worked as an acquisitions editor in NYC for twenty years before launching her freelance career as an editor and writer.  During her twenty-plus years in New York, she worked with greats such as Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Ann Rule, and Jeffery Deaver. Emily held editorial positions with Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, and Grove. Nothing gives her more pleasure than launching a new writer into the challenging, fickle world of the published author.


For more information about Emily visit: www.independenteditorsgroup.com/emily-heckman

Kathleen Kaiser

Beginning as a music journalist turned publicist, Kathleen Kaiser’s career spans over 40+ years of involvement in the most exciting industries of her generation. From rock and roll in the 60s and 70s to the digital/internet revolution of the late 80s and 90s, she has been a marketing professional for Fortune 100 companies, small startups, and conferences/tradeshows around the world.

In 1993, she opened Kathleen Kaiser & Associates, an emerging technology-marketing firm, which now focuses on working with the arts nonprofit communities and marketing authors. Her work includes past president and season producer of the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, past president of the Ventura County Writers Club, marketing for the Ojai Studio Artists, Ojai Art Walk, Ojai Art Center Theater, Ojai Film Festival, and other community organizations. She has produced the 805 Writers’ Conference for eight years.

Named Publicist of the Year in 2016 by the Book Publicists of Southern California for her contributions to the literary community, Kathleen maintains a small list of clients that allow her to continue her volunteerism, which includes being president of the national literary organization Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN), Ojai Art Center Literary Branch board member, assisting the Ojai Performing Arts Theater, and organizer of a monthly literary meeting in Thousand Oaks, CA co-sponsored by IWOSC and SPAWN.

In her free time, ha-ha, she is working on a graphic novel about her years in rock and roll, a new historical novel, and occasionally writes articles for regional publications. Kathleen is a proud fourth-generation small businesswoman.


Author Shelly Lowenkopf

Shelly Lowenkopf has been publishing short stories, reviewing collections of short stories by other writers, and writing about the composition of short stories for over forty years. At the same time, he’s been teaching classes in short story writing in graduate, undergraduate, and adult programs. In addition to the recent publication of a collection of his short pieces, he continues to find homes in literary journals for his newer work. 2019 is no exception; two new stories have already appeared and a third is due. Possibly even a fourth.

His favorite writers of short fiction begin with Mark Twain, extend to the Russian master, Anton Chekhov, including as well Katherine Mansfield, John Cheever, Deborah Eisenberg, and Maile Meloy, a recommendation from another writer Lowenkopf admires, Thomas Mc Guane. When a noted critic compared the overall effect of Lowenlopf’s work to Lee K. Abbott, Lowenkopf began to understand why the short story is his favorite medium.

Lowenkopf has published over 35 books, including his latest short story collection Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out at Night and The Fiction Writer’s Handbook: The definitive guide to McGuffins, red herrings, shaggy dogs, and other literary revelations from a masterHe received the lifetime achievement award from USC for his 30-years leading the masters in writing program at the university.

Web Site: http://shellylowenkopf.com   Blog: www.lowenkopf.com    Twitter: @lowenkopf


Agent Toni Lopopolo

Toni Lopopolo Literary Management was founded in 1991 by Toni Lopopolo who boasts an impressive 30+ years in the book publishing business.  This former executive editor at Macmillan and then St. Martin’s Press, combines her many years in publishing with her unique editing skills to provide a full-service literary agency to new and seasoned authors.

Tea with Toni was created in 2011 to help area writers strengthen their writing and self-editing skills, bringing their manuscripts up to professional levels. She holds workshops in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties.

Toni Lopopolo Literary Management partners with authors for the duration of their literary careers and includes development of fiction projects, creation of nonfiction book proposals, and editing when needed.  Toni has helped bring many first-time and published authors to print including Sol SteinLee SilberLillian GlassSteve DunoNancy BaerFlo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-LevinHoward OlginJeanette BakerLarry SeeleyShelly LowenkopfRobin WinterEhrich Van LoweManuel Ramos, and many others. Publishers include St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, Crown, Dell, HarperCollins, Kensington, and many others.


 Agent Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

She graduated from SDSU with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and over 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.

After writing ad copy and features for published books for years, she knows how to find a project’s “hook” and sell it.

Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of science, history, narrative non-fiction, sports, politics, current events, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir.

Please note that Jill is specifically not interested in: YA, children’s books, sci-fi, romance, screenplays, graphic novels, poetry, novellas or anything involving unicorns.

To learn more about her recent signings visit dijkstraagency.com

Creator/Maker Carolyn McDonald

Carolyn is the award-winning executive producer of HBO’s “America’s Dream”, the National Geographic documentary, “Bearing Light”, TNT’s “Buffalo Soldiers” + “Freedom Song”. Beginning her career out of NYU in the marketing division of Warner Bros TV, Carolyn was a production executive at Cinecom Entertainment Group and executive vice president of Danny Glover’s Carrie Productions. She has scripted works for 20th Century Fox and a variety of indie producers. Carolyn directed & produced the short film P.N.O.K. featuring Danny Glover + Elle Fanning, the documentary “Design Your Neighborhood”, and an array of music videos, short films, and corporate films for Nissan, the Nashville Civic Design Center and ‘Big Kenny’s’ LoveEverybody.com.  

An alumni of Judith Weston’s Actor/Director Lab, Carolyn studied acting with the late Geraldine Page and Uta Hagen. She recently launched DigMeVision, a consulting service to help content creators implement effective sales + marketing strategies, and materials in the ever-changing media landscape.

Web Designer Adanna Moriarty

Adanna has spent the last decade building websites. Over the previous two years, she developed a niche market in the designing process for literary groups and authors which has given her a good understanding of what authors need to be successful with their websites. A writer herself, she takes joy in knowing that she has designed something that creatively represents each author. Showcasing their works, educating them on the importance of branding, and the excitement her clients have with their completed websites makes her work very fulfilling.

Educated with an emphasis in art from an early age, Adanna has pursued this passion in her adult life in everything she does. Sharing this knowledge with her fellow writers and becoming the expert they can rely on, has been an aspect of her career she never knew she needed. She looks forward to meeting you all.


Author and Publisher Zhena Muzyka

Zhena Muzyka is a social entrepreneur, author, women’s business and life coach, public speaker and the publisher of Enliven Books, a new Mind-Body-Spirit imprint from Atria/Simon and Schuster. As the host of “Change Maker” CBS Radio Podcast, Zhena explores the inner terrain of personal development with bestselling authors, politicians, artists, experts, and business leaders. Zhena’s book, Life by the Cup, chronicles her experience of growing a multimillion-dollar fair trade tea company, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, as a single mom with $6 to her name in hopes to inspire others to achieve their most audacious dreams. Life by the Cup is in development for a TV series by Mark Wahlberg and his production company, creators of HBO shows Boardwalk Empire, Entourage and In Treatment. Celebrated for her work in fair trade business practices, Zhena was named a Country Living Women Entrepreneur Honoree, a Top Woman in Business by Pacific Business Times, 20 most inspiring women in Coco Eco Magazine, and has received the Enterprising Women of the Year award and the Socially Responsible Business Award, among others. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Inc., Entrepreneur, and additional mediums for her unique view of business and meditation, work and family life with empire building.

Zhena is a trusted advisor to women-owned businesses and creates inspirational media on www.Zhena.TV now. You can contact her at


Agent Dana Newman

Dana Newman is an LA-based independent literary agent representing authors of practical and narrative non-fiction including memoir, biography, business, technology, popular culture, current affairs, lifestyle and wellness (health, self-help, and sports/fitness), and select literary and upmarket fiction. She’s always on the lookout for compelling voices, ideas and stories, and is a passionate believer in the power of books to connect and transform us. Dana is also an attorney, focusing on publishing law and contracts. She’s a member of the California State Bar and the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. Before founding her literary agency, she worked as in-house counsel in the entertainment industry. More information about her agency is available at dananewman.com.

Producer Ilene Kahn Power

Emmy Award-winning and multiple Golden Globe nominated producer, Ilene Kahn Power has been the Executive Producer of many acclaimed movies. Ilene was instrumental in establishing HBO Films as the potent force it has become today. In the late 90’s she left her executive post as Vice President of HBO Films to form the production company KAHN POWER PICTURES, to produce STALIN for HBO in Moscow.

In her thirteen years as Vice President of HBO Films, Kahn Power supervised the development and production of over sixty films including THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY, MURDERERS AMONG US, THE SIMON WIESENTHAL STORY starring Ben Kingsley; MANDELA, starring Danny Glover and JUDGEMENT starring David Straithern as a pedophile priest.

In 2018 she was Executive Producer on REMOTE AREA MEDICAL, the award-winning feature documentary. ROMEO KILLER appeared on Lifetime Television in 2015. Kahn Power is also Executive Producer of one of Lifetime’s top-rated recent movies, WHO IS CLARK ROCKEFELLER?  Other films and series credits include USA Networks’ six-hour TRAFFICin 2007.  That year, she also produced THE DEAD HOLLYWOOD WIVES SOCIETY for Hallmark Channel, based on Lindsay Maracotta’s book of the same title.

Kahn Power had the distinction of being the only producer in history to have three out of five films nominated as Best Motion Picture for Television for the Golden Globe Awards:  ROSWELL,starring Kyle Maclachlan and Martin Sheen for Showtime; WHITE MILE starring Alan Alda, Peter Gallagher and Robert Loggia for HBO; and FATHERLAND starring Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson for HBO.  In 1998 she was Executive Producer on BUFFALO SOLDIERS, starring Danny Glover for Turner Network Television. In 2003 Executive Producer Kahn Power’s film THEY CALL ME SIRR for Showtime was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Children’s Special.

Among her current active projects is DARKOVER based on the renowned novels by legendary Science Fiction/Fantasy writer Marion Zimmer Bradley’s (Mists of Avalon); she is partnered with Elizabeth Stanley on this project. The unique family saga, INTO THE HEART, has been sold to FX Networks. She is also currently developing another event series:  THE SILK ROAD, the story of the rise and fall of the underground drug bazaar The Silk Road. 

Ilene Kahn Power is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the Producers Guild of America, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Women In Film where she chairs and produces The Legacy Series, a documentary series of visual histories of trailblazing women in the motion picture and television industry.  She was Jury Chair of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, for nine years.

Literary agent & Producer Sherry Robb

In 1981, Sherry Robb launched Andrews & Robb Literary Agency in Hollywood, partnering with writer, Bart Andrews (famed author of I Love Lucy). We sold over 200 first time writers, many on Book Proposals that we created, and had nine (9) New York Times Bestsellers, including Betty White’s, Pet Love (based on concept by Ms. Robb), Robert Graysmith’s, The Zodiac Killer (20 years later made into film), Dreamgirls by Mary Wilson, Michael Jackson Biography (Global sales 6 M), and Ronni Spector’s, Be My Baby. Starting her own company, AFH (Agents from Hollywood, in 1991, Ms. Robb added two more bestsellers to her credit: Janice Penninton’s, Husband, Lover, Spy, and Mary Neifert’s, Dr. Mom (syndicated in Glamour Magazine).

After several years of health problems, in 2013 she created The Robb Company now represents writers (novelists/screenwriters), actors, and a select group of filmmakers (producers/directors).  Many scripts are in development, two to be released in 2019, and others optioned. The company’s actors have appeared in major television shows, as well as in feature films. therobbcompany.com

In the past year, Ms. Robb has been a speaker/pitch participant at: Women in Media, New York Film Academy (NYMFA) Graduates Pitch Session/Career Day), Independent Writers of Southern California, Chuck Sumbino’s Writer’s Conference, Moving Pictures Institute and ScreenwritersU Conference. Also, she and her staff were judges for the second year in UCLA’s Annual Screenwriters Contest. Ms. Robb was inducted into the Personal Managers Hall of Fame in May 2019.

Producer Howard Rosenman

has created over 43 films, which have been recognized with an Academy Award, multiple Peabody Awards and honored at Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes Film Festivals. He is best known for films such as CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (Oscar for best-adapted screenplay and has won over 204 awards), FATHER OF THE BRIDE, FAMILY MAN, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, THE MAIN EVENT and five documentaries among them COMMON THREADS (Oscar & Peabody), CELLULOID CLOSET (nominated for an Oscar and won him a second Peabody) with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and BRAVE MISS WORLD.  He’s worked with great actors such as Steve Martin, Nicolas Cage, MICHAEL DOUGLAS, MELANIE GRIFFITH, Tea Leoni, Harvey Fierstein, Diane Keaton, Ellen Burstyn, Albert Brooks, Sam Shepard, Dolly Parton and Sir Ben Kingsley, and vocalists Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston.  He ran RSO Films for Robert Stigwood, Sandollar for Dolly Parton and Brillstein Grey for Bernie Brillstein.

Rosenman is about to start production, in late Fall, on ANITA, the Anita Bryant story, starring Ashley Judd, Neil Patrick Harris, and Mayim Bialik. Chad Hodge wrote the screenplay and will direct. Darren Star is his producing partner. He has just sold two TV pilots to Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Joni Sighvaatson at Palomar Pictures.

Under the auspices of the Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Cultural Partnership, Rosenman taught Master Classes in Creative Film Producing at Tel Aviv University. His Israeli producing students sold more than fifty TV formats to American networks and cable channels.  Rosenman, with Marianne Williamson, co-founded Project Angel Food, a lifeline to people affected by HIV/AIDS and terminal illnesses. As of now, PAF served their 12 millionth meal.  He has served on the board of directors of the AIDS Research Alliance, Bet Tzedek Legal in Los Angeles, DIFFA and Youth AIDS Services. 

Marketer & Author Penny C. Sansevieri

Founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a bestselling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. She was named one of the top influencers of 2019 by New York Metropolitan Magazine. 

Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Amazon Optimization programs as well as Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of 18 books, including “How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon,” “Revise and Re-Release Your Book”, “5-Minute Book Marketing,” and “Red Hot Internet Publicity,” which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.”  

AME has had dozens of books on top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. 

To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, visit www.amarketingexpert.com.  

Michelle Zeitlin

Michelle Zeitlin is a multi hyphenate Talent & Literary Manager- Book Agent- Producer who also speaks worldwide on her platform, Passion to Power. She coaches and advises aspiring actors, authors and artists on career strategy.
Her company is More Zap Productions & Management and for More Zap Literary, she represents all genres of writing:  New York Times best-selling authors whose books have sold upwards of 500,000 copies. Authors with worldwide translations into Spanish, Chinese, Hungarian, and French with Publishers including Hachette Little Brown Publishing.
Michelle is in negotiations with publishers to bring particular books to the screen, multi platform; live action, and animated projects.
She sold the rights to the feature film, “Liberty Street,” based on her original WGA treatment, with screenplay by Academy Award Winner, Lisa Loomer as screenwriter. This was budgeted for 36 million dollars to produce by Bel-Air Entertainment, Warner Bros. In addition, More Zap developed, pitched and sold projects for scripted and unscripted TV.  See Publishers Marketplace or the MoreZap.com website for information on how to query projects.