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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

This month we also have...
a special free event for members only.

It's filling up fast so if you received your invitation, reserve soon.

Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 spm

Highlights and Lowlifes:
And Evening with Marvin Wolf

Read more about it on this page.


Monthly Seminar

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Seminar Topic:
SO YOU WANT TO GET PUBLISHED?
The basics for the writer from an agent’s point of view

So, you want to get published?     WAIT!
Today’s publishing market is more competitive than it has ever been, and millions of new authors rush in without educating themselves. 

Learn how to avoid the rookie mistakes.
In this 2-hour discussion....

Read more about it.

 

Monthly General Meeting/ Discussion

Monday, May 23, 2016
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

IWOSC’S ANNUAL AGENTS PANEL
BEHIND THE SCREEN:  Writing for TV Today – and Tomorrow

TV is a booming business for writers with one-hour dramas and dramedies, half hour semi-comedic series and animation. Even reality TV relies on writers to come up with hours of new, different and compelling material.

This panel will discuss what it takes to get into TV writing - and what it takes to stay there. They will also look at the current state of the art of writing for television.

Learn more

 

IWOSC Reads Its Own

Sunday, July 24, 2016
2 to 4 p.m.
Free to all

On the heels of a fabulous January day of reading, we've set up another. Mark your calendar to attend this next entertaining afternoon of eclectic readings by some of IWOSC’s talented member writers.

Location:
Vroman's Bookstore
Pasadena

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.

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Los Angeles Westside Satellite

IWOSC's Westside Satellite is currently on hiatus.

Westsiders, we invite you to the South Bay Satellite, meeting in El Segundo, just south of LAX, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Info below.

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Los Angeles South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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

The South Bay independent writers Satellite is for writers who live or work anywhere in California's South Bay area — or would like to make the trip to attend. We meet at Marmalade Cafe in El Segundo, CA.
Hosted by: Barbie Herrera

Details

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Los Angeles Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Friday, May 13, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016

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.
Hosted by: Jane Neff Rollins

Details

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Los AngelesWest San Fernando Valley
(Woodland Hills/SFV) Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

10:15 a.m. - noon
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

Details

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Orange County Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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

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

Details

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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)

Upcoming meetings:
This satellite will be on hiatus. In the interim, and always, you are welcome to attend the Woodland Hills satellite or any others.


Non-members welcome!

IWOSC's Ventura County satellite enables writers to meet monthly. It has been meeting every 2nd Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Linda Parks, County of Ventura Board of Supervisor, Second District Office at 625 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. However, any of these details may change.

Details

 

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.


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.

NOTE: If you have a blocker such as Boxbe, please add iwosc-news(at-sign)iwosc.org to your OK list or we'll be plagued by rejection notes — and you won't receive the mailings.

IWOSC Meetings To Go

Couldn't attend an event? Be there with an audio recording of it! View our list of available events and purchase your tape today!

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.

SAVE THE DATES

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. Here are our upcoming dates so you can plan for them.

Saturday, May 21
Saturday, June 18
Saturday, July 16
Saturday, September 17
Saturday, October 22
Saturday, November 19

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

Monday, May 23
Monday, June 27
Monday, July 25
Monday, September 26
Monday, October 24
Monday, November 21

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