Hear about how five writers came to do what they do. These writers offer advice about developing a career as a writer, words that are often, in turns, encouraging, philosophical, and sensible.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 • 3:00 p.m.
Bush Conference Center, Beckman 404


Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-nine novels and one nonfiction work. Over sixty million copies of his books have been sold worldwide and translated into thirty-nine languages. A former newspaper reporter who worked the crime beat at the Los Angeles Times and the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Connelly has won numerous awards for his  journalism and his fiction. His first novel, The Black Echo, won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. Connelly’s books, Blood Work and The Lincoln Lawyer, have been adapted into movies. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include The Wrong Side of Goodbye, The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, The Black Box, and The Drop. Michael is the executive producer of BOSCH, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his character Harry Bosch. He is also the executive producer of the documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story.

Lorene Delany-Ullman’s book of prose poems, Camouflage for the Neighborhood, was the winner of the 2011 Sentence Award and was published by Firewheel Editions (December 2012). She recently published her poetry and creative non-fiction in Zócalo Public Square, Tupelo Quarterly, Santa Monica Review, and TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics. Her poems have been included in anthologies such as Orange County, A Literary Field Guide (Heyday Books, 2017). She works in collaboration with artist Jody Servon on Saved: Objects of the Dead, a photographic and poetic exploration of the human experience. Delany-Ullman teaches composition at the University of California, Irvine.

Jeff Garvin is an author, musician, and actor. His debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human, is an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection, a Rainbow List Selection, and  garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Before becoming a novelist, Jeff acted on TV and toured as the lead singer of a rock band. When the band dissolved, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction. He has a BFA in Film from Chapman University and lives in Southern California.


Paul Buchanan studied fiction writing at USC and Chapman University. He has published more than a dozen children’s and young adult novels, including Snapshots and The Last Place I Want to Be. His new literary novel, Tricks Every Boy Can Do, was published by Harvard Square.

Bryce Carlson is the Managing Editor at BOOM! Studios, where he oversees the editorial and production design teams while publishing a wide array of comic books and graphic novels. A Southern California native, Carlson graduated from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and has worked as a writer for comic books and film. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, who he met while attending Chapman University.


Refreshments provided. Form more information contact Essraa Nawar at: nawar@chapman.edu or 714-532-7748.