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Past 2015 Events


IWOSC — Independent Writers of Southern California — provides writers of the greater Los Angeles area with several opportunities to get together with other writers.
Each month we host casual satellite get-togethers for writers in various parts of Los Angeles. Eleven months of the year we present a writing-related seminar, and a writing-related panel discussion style general meeting.

Many of our members are published professional writers or are professional writers of other sorts, while others are working toward breaking into the professional writing scene. Some write books, others write for magazines, others do public relations....

If you're a writer in the Los Angeles area or Southern California, at any level of your writing career, writing in any genre, we invite you to come check us out.

Upcoming IWOSC Events
for Independent Writers

Monthly General Meeting/Panel Discussion:
Don't Get Scammed: A "Self Defense" Legal Clinic For Writers

Monday, January 26, 2014
7:30 SHARP to 9:15 p.m.

How can we avoid the pitfalls of intellectual property theft, frivolous libel and plagiarism lawsuits, scam literary agents, too-good-to-be-true offers, contract loopholes, and avoid being cheated out of OUR money when we write a book, screenplay/play, or TV format?

What are some of the biggest stumbling blocks that writers fall over — in both traditional and agented mainstream publishing, and in self-publishing and small-press publishing?

What new traps are out there in cyberspace and online writing that we need to be aware of?

These important legal questions and more, will be discussed.

Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

Learn more about the topic and our panelists.


Monthly Seminar:
Twitter 101 Workshop
Led by social media expert Jasmine Powers

Saturday, January 17, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bring your smart phones or tablets so you can try some of what you learn about Twitter on the spot as you learn to:

  • Set up or optimize your Twitter account
  • Build strategic relationships on Twitter
  • Define a Twitter strategy
  • Connect with potential clients and friends with shared interests.

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Learn about Jasmin and read more about it.

IWOSC Reads Its Own — Everyone is invited
Free event
Save the Date!

It's almost time for “IWOSC Reads Its Own” again!
Save this date for another spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works — from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes.

Some of IWOSC’s talented member writers will read short excerpts from their work. Their selections may be published, unpublished, or works in progress. We’ll be regaled with their wit, have our emotions stirred, or be plunged into deep thought.

Sunday, February 8, 2015
2 to 4 p.m.

Free to all

We'll be at:
Vroman's Bookstore

Read more about it.


Satellites — Informal sessions

IWOSC's monthly drop-in satellite sessions are free and open to all writers — both members and non-members.

From Orange County to Pasadena to the Valley, IWOSC has writers covered. Bring your writing, your ideas, problems, questions, and complaints. Receive support, laughs, juicy controversy, and plenty of networking.

Orange County Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, February 4
Wednesday, March 4
Wednesday, April 1
Wednesday, May 6

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Free to all
Non-members welcome!

Thanks to our new OC leader, Orange County writers now have the opportunity to meet fellow scribes in Tustin on the first Wednesday of every month. This group will meet in the evening, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m at Zito’s Bar and Grill in Tustin, CA.
Hosted by: Andrea Ring


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Westside Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Thursday, February 12
Thursday, March 12
Thursday, April 9
Thursday, May 14

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Non-members welcome!

IWOSC's Westside Satellite meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club in Santa Monica, CA.
Hosted by: Vickey Kalambakal

Details and RSVP

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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Thursday, February 12
Thursday, March 12
Thursday, April 9
Thursday, May 14

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Non-members welcome!

IWOSC's Ventura County satellite enables writers to meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at Linda Parks, County of Ventura Board of Supervisor, Second District Office at 625 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Hosted by: Sharon Schnell


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Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Friday, January 9, 2015
Friday, February 13
Friday, March 13
Friday, April 10
Friday, May 8

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Free to all
Non-members welcome!

Join writers in the San Gabriel Valley area for an active exchange of ideas at The Coffee Gallery. This is always a joint meeting of the IWOSC Pasadena Satellite and the Alameda Writers Group SIG.
Hosted by: Jane Neff Rollins


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West San Fernando Valley (Woodland Hills/SFV) Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Wednesday, February 11
Wednesday, March 11
Wednesday, April 8
Wednesday, May 13

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Free to all
Non-members welcome!

The Valley Satellite meets the 2nd Wednesday morning at Crown Books in Woodland Hills, offering writers a chance to participate in a free-flowing exchange of ideas about their work and the writing business.
Hosted by: Sylvia Cary


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South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tuesday, February 17
Tuesday, March 17
Tuesday, April 21
Tuesday, May 19

10:00 a.m.
Free to all
Non-members welcome!

The South Bay independent writers Satelliteis for writers who live or work south of Culver City. This South Bay area extends from the Pacific to Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and the book loving towns of Torrance, Gardena and Lomita. Gutsy travelers from San Pedro and Long Beach are more than welcome. We meet at Marmalade Cafe in El Segundo, CA.
Hosted by: Joan Rodman




Those who were able to come early met for no-host cocktails in the gorgeous Rendezvous Court or took an escorted tour of this historic hotel which includes elegant ballrooms and an indoor pool.

Then in Smeraldi’s Restaurant, we all dined on the famous custom pasta bar with all the trimmings, prepared dishes, salads, beverages (non-alcoholic included; no-host bar), and great desserts. Awards, drawings, and a special presentation followed.

Wed, Dec 3, 2014
6 p.m. Optional no-host cocktails or hotel tour
7:30 – 10 p.m. Dinner and program

Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90071

Read more about it.


IWOSC-related events

Donation to Sojourn

The Pam Leven Book Nook
at Sojourn Services For Battered Women And Their Children.

This little library is room where Sojourn clients can select from donated books including many self-help and domestic violence books.

Pam Leven Book Nook

As a tribute to our longtime treasurer, Pam Leven, a supporter of battered women's shelters, IWOSC donated $2,500 to Sojourn Services For Battered Women And Their Children. Sojourn is a domestic violence program within Santa Monica’s OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center).

We lost Pam when she died from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident December 2013. We love that Pam is now honored by a spot in which women in need can be comfortable as they read and empower themselves.

CheckThe presentation of our donation to Sojourn during our annual holiday party.

Sojourn logoSojourn logo

See our press release with photos and details.

Writer's Calendar

IWOSC is always on the lookout for great events that help writers. Not just our own writer's events, but others as well. So we are happy to share this with you.

Vickey Kalambakal's
Writer's Calendar Los Angeles,

All the talks, panels, classes, meetups, critique groups, conventions, workshops, and other events for writers, in Los Angeles County and a little beyond.
Get yourself out of the garret!

We can't take any of the credit for this excellent calendar, but we're proud that Vickey Kalambakal is an IWOSC board and is our Satellite Groups Coordinator.

UCLA Extension
Writers’ Program

The UCLA Extension Writers' Program is the nation's largest university-related writing program (more than 500 courses annually, with over 140 courses online). Complete info at the program's site.

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For some extra fun for writers, we're sharing a word of the day here.
 ~ Interested in learning it?
 ~ Think you know it?
Click the word to open a new window/tab to see, hear, or learn.
It's always nice to build some new pathways in your brain.

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News & Reminders!

IWOSC's Online Community

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As a rule of thumb, IWOSC meetings are on the 4th Monday of the month and IWOSC seminars are held on the 3rd Saturday. In August and December, we forego the search for knowledge to enjoy celebrating our successes at an historic venue.

Future IWOSC Seminar and Workshop dates
As a rule, IWOSC seminars are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Future IWOSC Meeting/Panel dates
As a rule, IWOSC meetings are the 4th Monday of the month.