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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 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:
Stacie Chaiken’s “What’s the Story?” Workshop

Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Stacie Chaiken’s What’s the Story? workshop is for artists who are wrestling with personal (not necessarily autobiographical) story, for any genre.

What’s the Story? is an exercise in empathy, an innovative group-process approach to selecting into the morass of information that is our lives.

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Read more about it.

 

Monthly General Meeting/Panel Discussion:
WRITING FICTION: The Process and The Business

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

The world of fiction can be confusing with all of the needed time, artistic, and mechanical decisions. We have assembled a panel of veterans who have successfully navigated the fiction wars. They will share the ups, downs, secrets, and machinations of writing and selling fiction.

Panelists:
Writer-author-teacher Nancy Ellen Dodd; freelance writer-author-blogger Gerald Everett Jones; literary agent Toni Lopopolo; and author-screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf.
Moderator:
Author-teacher-editor-consultant Shelly Lowenkopf.

Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

Read more about it.

 

IWOSC Reads Its Own

Join us for a afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works — from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond — read aloud by the following distinguished IWOSC scribes.

We invite you to join us and be regaled with their wit, have your emotions stirred, or perhaps be plunged into deep thought as some of our talented members read short excerpts from their published, unpublished, or in-progress writing works at the beautiful independent bookstore, Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, California.

Sunday, August 3, 2014
2 to 4 p.m.

Free to all
Plenty of parking on Colorado and neighboring streets.

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, July 11
Friday, August 8
Friday, September 12
Friday, October 10
Friday, November 14
Friday, December 13

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
Details

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West San Fernando Valley (Woodland Hills/SFV) Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, July 9
Wednesday, August 13
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
Details

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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, July 10
Thursday, August 14
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
Details

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Westside Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, July 10
Thursday, August 14
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, July 17
Thursday, August 21
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
Details

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South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, July 15
Tuesday, August 19
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
Details

 

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.

Biltmore

 

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,
WritersCalendarLA.com

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
PAM LEVEN MEMORIAL RIDE & LUNCH
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.

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.

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


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