Christine Van Zandt - writer, editor, mom

Recent Speaking Engagements,

Workshops, and Personal Critique Sessions.


SCBWI Pasadena LitMingle, "How to Self-Edit."


"Query Letter Workshop"

MAY 2016

"Cover  Letters and Query Letters" 90-minute live editing critique presentation for SCBWI San Gabriel Valley writers.



-"Your First 500 Words - Sale or Fail?" (60-minute solo presentation)

-"How to Turn Your Story into an Engaging Plot" (60-minute solo presentation)

-"Working with a Ghostwriter" (moderator for a 60-minute panel of professional editors)

-"The Best Way to Deal with Timelines and Flashbacks" (60-minute solo presentation)

-Scheduled ProCritiques (one-on-one editing consultations) included written critique of the first 1,500 words of a manuscript and a 15-minute in-person consultation.

JUNE 2015

Christine was a featured speaker and moderator at THE ANNUAL GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITERS CONFERENCE on June 26-28, 2015 for the following educational workshops:

"Techniques for Editing Your Work and When to Hire a Pro"
"The Fine Art of Planning and Writing a Book Series"

She also met with writers for individual editing critique appointments.

APRIL 2015

LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS. Christine was at the festival both days to speak with authors about their books and to answer any questions about book editing and the publication process.

Christine spoke at THE BIG STORY CONFERENCE in Los Angeles and conducted one-on-one editorial consultations.

"Writing Short Stories for Fun and Profit" - During this session, Christine shared her experience as a traditionally publisher author of short stories in both fiction and nonfiction. She moderated this 60-minute panel where she was joined by other editors and writers of short story.

"Do Readers Want the Truth or Sensationalism?" During this 60-minute educational session, the focus was on the current trends in the market place and how they affect your writing.


On November 15th, Christine moderated a three-hour panel featuring prominent editors and writers at "Beyond the First Draft: How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript and When to Hire a Professional Editor"for WEST COAST WRITERS.

Every Thursday in November (except for Thanksgiving), Christine hosted write-in sessions in Los Angeles for National Novel Writing Month.


Christine spoke at the annual DIGITAL AUTHORS CONFERENCE in Los Angeles on October 17-19, 2014. Topics included "Why a Professional Editor is Essential for an Indie / Self-Published Book" and "Designing a Book Cover That Sells Your Story." She also accepted a limited number of writing submissions to edit for the conference's  ProCritiques sessions.

JUNE 2014

June 27-29, 2014, at THE GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITERS CONFERENCE, Christine participated as an editor at this event This educational event included a full spectrum of educational lectures, panels, workshops, and special events featuring industry experts and educators focused on the craft and business of writing. This conference differentiates itself by presenting individual program streams for Aspiring, Active, and Accomplished writers.

During individual ProCritique sessions, Christine worked with writers.  Her 60-minute solo presentations included: 

-"Obstacles and Opportunities for LGBT Authors"

-"Trends in the Historical Romance Market"

-"Developing a Fresh Mystery in a Jaded Genre"

APRIL 2014

On April 19th, Christine spoke for 90 minutes on the topic, "Editors - Their Purpose, Their Cost" for WEST COAST WRITERS.

MARCH 2014

Individual sessions for one-on-one editing consultation were held at the UCLA campus on March 1, 2014 On March 22 and 23, Christine met with authors of children's book and reviewed them for content, grammar, and style.  This event was held at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators LOS ANGELES WRITER’S DAYS in San Gabriel, California.


February 8-9, 2014 Christine and her staff from Write for Success were available for private editorial consultations at the West Coast Writers Conference, GENRE-LA. This is a premier conference featuring seminars, workshops, panels, and pitch sessions. Christine held a 60-minute educational seminar entitled, "Tackling the First Revision " This occurred on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Sherman Oaks, California and was hosted by the 501(c)(3) non-profit international organization, National Novel Writing Month. Christine helped writers learn how to self-edit their work.  Common writing mistakes were discussed during the first half of the presentation. Information included grammar such as hyphens, en and em dashes, suspension points and ellipsis marks, and "lay" versus "lie."  There was also an overview of the expectations for various genres.  Writers had the opportunity to submit an excerpt of the work beforehand, and then met with Christine for specific editing feedback on their writing.