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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 professional writers or are 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:
Alison Gee’s “The First Ten Pages”

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The first ten pages of a creative nonfiction book can make or break you as a writer. You have to establish your story, determine your tone, introduce your core characters, develop the drama and major conflict, and hint at a narrative arc and main themes.

Sound like a tall order? It is...
When agents and editors look at your manuscript...

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Read more about it.


Monthly General Meeting/Panel Discussion:
Actress-Author Adrienne Barbeau in Conversation: From Broadway to Bookseller with ‘Maude’ in Between

Monday, September 29, 2014
7:30 SHARP to 9:15 p.m.

Adrienne Barbeau“All my life I’ve been a performer – an actress, a singer, a dancer, even a talk show host – but never in the wildest dreams of my first 50 years did I ever imagine I would write something that other people would read. I still can’t quite get over it."

So writes ADRIENNE BARBEAU on her website, ABarbeau.com. Best known as Bea Arthur’s daughter, Carol, in Norman Lear’s TV series “Maude,” starring in the John Carpenter films “The Fog” and “Escape from New York,” Wes Craven's “Swamp Thing,” and her creation of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of “Grease,” she has created a versatile career encompassing diverse facets of entertainment and has found success and acclaim as the author of three books.

She has become a best-selling author, a recording artist, and the star of numerous features, films for television, concert performances, musicals and plays. She’s even been a radio show book reviewer and narrates audio books.

Adrienne Barbeau’s books are: the best-selling memoir “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” the comedic thriller “Vampyres of Hollywood,” and its comedy romance sequel, “Love Bites.”

Join us for a lively and unforgettable evening with this multi-talented actress and author as she is interviewed by TELLY DAVIDSON. Read more about it to learn more about Adrienne Barbeau.

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, September 12
Friday, October 10
Friday, November 14
Friday, December 12

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, September 10
Wednesday, October 8
Wednesday, November 12
Wednesday, December 10

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, September 11
Thursday, October 9
Thursday, November 13

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: Sharon Schnell

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Westside Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, September 11
Thursday, October 9
Thursday, November 13
Thursday, December 11

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, September 18
No meeting October
Thursday, November 20

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: Peter Jessup

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South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, September 16
Tuesday, October 21
Tuesday, November 18
Tuesday, December 16

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.
Hosted by: Joan Rodman



IWOSC-related events

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 CalendarLos 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.

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
Sunday, April 27

Pam's bike held a memorial ride for her, riding in Palos Verdes, a favorite locale of Pam’s on the weekly “Triple Dipper” rides. It included a lunch to reminisce about Pam and recall happy times with her in the club. All of Pam's friends were invited to join riders at the lunch.


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

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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.