h IWOSC: writer's group for writers in Southern California











Past 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 have casual satellite get-togethers in various parts of Los Angeles including Orange County; we have a seminar most months, and a general meeting, typically a panel discussion, about a writing-related topic.

Many of our members are published professionals or professional writers of other sorts, while others are working on 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 Seminar:
Quality Queries & Powerful Proposals: What Do Agents and Publishers REALLY Want?

Presented by Monica Faulkner

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In this interactive seminar, we’ll look at why a great query and proposal are crucial for any author who’s seeking a traditional publishing deal -- and almost as important for authors who want to self-publish.

We’ll focus on...

A published author with a journalism background, editor and publishing consultant Monica Faulkner is dedicated to helping authors maximize the creative and commercial potential of their fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, and other writing projects.

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Read more about it.


Monthly General Meeting/Panel Discussion:
What Writers Must Know About Working With Representation Today — and Tomorrow

Monday, April 28, 2014
7:30 SHARP to 9:15 p.m.

In a fast-changing marketplace, it’s more important than ever to have an advocate to fight for you when going the route of traditional publishing.

Our annual Agent's program this April 28th will present a panel of stellar Southern California agents who will provide a look at their world today.

We’ll cover what you need to know to find the right representative, how to get their attention, "do's and don'ts," what kind of feedback you can expect to receive, and the steps you should take to create the strongest and longest-lasting relationships with writers and editors — as well as touch on what the future of the author/agent relationship will be in our new era of publishing, film/cable, and technology.

We will also have a top Hollywood motion picture and TV agent who specializes in working with newer writers, for those who are pursuing screenwriting rather than (or in addition to) book writing. And we’ll be examining the E-book factor, transitioning from self-publishing to traditional publishing, book-to-film deals, and more. Come join us!

Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

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.
Bring your writing, your ideas, problems, questions, and complaints. Receive support, laughs, juicy controversy, and plenty of networking.

Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Friday, April 11
Friday, May 9
Friday, June 13
Friday, July 11

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, April 9
Wednesday, May 14
Wednesday, June 11
Wednesday, July 9

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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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, April 10
Thursday, May 8
Thursday, June 12
Thursday, July 10

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, 91360
Hosted by: Dawn Wood
Details and RSVP

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Westside Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, May 8
Thursday, June 12
Thursday, July 10

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.
Hosted by: Vickey Kalambakal
Details and RSVP

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Orange County Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, May 15
Thursday, June 19
Thursday, July 17

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

The opportunity to meet fellow Orange County writers at the Tustin Library on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Hosted by: Kurt Bensworth

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South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, April 22 — Earth Day
Tuesday, May 20
Tuesday, June 17
Tuesday, July 15

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.


IWOSC WINTER PARTY at the Biltmore!

We had two great parties this year. First at our summer party, at the CBS Radford Studios in Studio City. Then in December we enjoyed our tradition of returning to the historic Biltmore Hotel.



IWOSC-related events

Dear IWOSC Members and Friends,

IWOSC suffered a terrible loss with the sudden passing of our longtime treasurer, supporter and friend, Pam Leven, on December 19. Her generosity, intelligence and beautiful spirit made her a unique force of nature. She touched many lives in an exceptional way. Pam was such a vital part of the group and meant so much to so many of us.

Rather than hold a regular meeting in January, we had a celebration of Pam Leven's life, open to all who knew and loved Pam.

Pam Leven
Note from Pam's bike club
Sunday, April 27
8:30 a.m.
(35 miles - 2600' & slightly shorter version with less climbing also available)
Today's ride is a memorial ride for Pam Leven which has been put together by Nancy Domjanovich.
We will be riding in Palos Verdes, a favorite locale of Pam’s on the weekly “Triple Dipper” rides.

The main route is short enough for a medium rider, but contains enough climbing to satisfy most long riders.
An alternate version with less climbing will also be available.

We start at Point Vicente Park (the Whale Watch) and make a big counter clockwise loop around the peninsula. Along the way, we climb almost to the top of the peninsula twice, but never fear, these two climbs are generally considered the two easiest routes to the top. We also head down to San Pedro where you can get a close-up view of the USS Iowa.

Once back at the Whale Watch, the club will be providing lunch to all riders. Over lunch we can reminisce about Pam and recall some happy times with her in the club. Lunch will start around 11:30 a.m. for those who just want to attend the lunch.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Nancy Domjanovich at nancyadnil (at) sbcglobal.net

START: POINT VICENTE PARK (WHALE WATCH) in Palos Verdes. The park is located on the ocean side of the peninsula just off Palos Verdes Drive South, a short way south of the intersection with Hawthorne Blvd (Golden Cove) Use your own best route to the peninsula and take Palos Verdes Drive to the start.

A statewide party
CA Bookstore Day 2014
1st Annual
California Bookstore Day

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Vroman's & other bookstores

More than 90 independent bookstores across California will celebrate books, readers and indie bookselling.

There will be famous authors and books you cannot get on any other day, in any other place.

There will be reads, and prizes, and things to eat and drink.

Your neighbors will be there, your friends will be there, your kids' friends will be there. You should definitely be there too!

Learn more at CABookStoreDay.com

IWSOC reminds you that in So Cal you're welcome at Vroman's. The writers of IWOSC always enjoy their visits to Vroman's when it hosts our writers as well as when they come in on any day.

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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

Join us in our Yahoo! Group and access the message board, calendar, links library and more. You'll have to register if you're not already a Yahoo! member.

IWOSC Events Mailing List

To get on the mailing list for all IWOSC events, send us an email with the subject: subscribe me to the events list.

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IWOSC Meetings To Go

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Easy Payment via Paypal

You can make reservations for selected seminars and pay for your membership at Paypal. Make payment to payiwosc(atsymbol)iwosc.org.


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.