San Diego Writer’s Festival

Mission Statement: To gather Southern California writers and creatives together for three days of literary fun, creative expression, music and gourmet food.

The Southern California Writers Festival was born out of a desire to celebrate the brilliant work that Marni Freedman and Jeniffer Thompson have observed in their daily work with local writers and actors.

What is the San Diego Writers Festival?

The Southern California Writers Festival will offer three fun-filled days of performances, shows and readings by our most talented local writers and actors. These events will include:

  • the yearly memoir showcase
  • solo (one-man/woman) shows
  • poetry slam/spoken word performances
  • flash fiction readings
  • previews of upcoming theatrical pieces
  • table reads of screenplays
  • local author book signings
  • Educational seminars

The festival will also host live local bands and offer the most popular food trucks/gourmet street food San Diego has to offer.

When is it?

The SCWF will take place on a long weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October of 2018.

How do I get involved?

To have your group, troupe, company or if you as a creative individual want to participate please contact:  (Or do we not want anyone to contact us?)

How much does it cost?

The festival is free to attendees with paid levels for access to educational seminars and panels, as well as tickets to performances. There will be lots of good fun, so check back soon.

Our Staff

Executive Producer: 
Mitchell Henderson – Mitchel is a life-long lover of the arts, an author, and a businessman from Texas who spends part of the year in California and is excited to support the Southern California literary and theater world.

Marni Freedman (BFA, LMFT) is a produced, published, and award-winning writer. After graduating as an award-winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, “Two Goldsteins on Acid,” which was produced in Los Angeles. She worked as a script doctor for top film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency. One of her plays was made into a film, “Playing Mona Lisa,” and was produced by Disney. She teaches at San Diego Writers Ink, UCSD Extension, The Center for Creative Aging, runs the successful San Diego Writers Network and produces a yearly theatrical Memoir Showcase. This year, Marni received an award for her touring one man show, A Jewish Joke and edited the Anthology, The Literary Vine  published by Wolfheart Press. Marni is also a therapist for artists and writers. Her first book on writing, 7 Essential Writing Tools: That Will Absolutely Make Your Writing Better (And Enliven the Soul) was recently published and is an Amazon Bestseller. Her next book, The Memoir Map, will be released in November 2017. You can also find Marni at, a writing hub to help writers find and believe in their authentic voice.

Jeniffer Thompson is a personal branding expert and digital marketing strategist with more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry. She is the Founder and Principal at Monkey C Media, an award-winning design firm specializing in book packaging, author websites, and digital marketing strategies. She is an author and speaker who delivers strategy-rich content and actionable tools that educate and empower authors. She is passionate about helping authors navigate their publishing journey, elevate their brand, and establish their author platform. Mrs. Thompson serves on the board of Publishers and Writers of San Diego and San Diego Memoir Writer’s Assoc. Read her blog at; visit her company website at


Event Coordinator
Tracy Jones



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