Seminar


Legal issues for writers 101

Seminar Legal Issues For Writers 101 Don’t Get Scammed and Writer Beware! Saturday, September 23, 2017  10:30 am – 1:00 p.m. IWOSC members: $15 Non-members: $35 Jump down to register Doors open at 10:00. Please RSVP and arrive by 10:20 to be assured a seat. What do writers need to know about contracts? Or Intellectual Property? How about collaborations between authors? Turns out, there’s a lot of legal issues that writers and self-publishers should be aware of. How can writers avoid the pitfalls of intellectual property theft, frivolous libel and plagiarism lawsuits, scam literary agents, too-good-to-be-true offers, contract loopholes, and how can authors avoid […]

Dana Newman

Colleen D. Bates

Summer Reads – Who’s hot, why, and how can we all sizzle on the bookshelves next summer?

IWOSC presents an interactive Monday Evening Meeting: Summer Reads — Who’s hot, why, and how can we all sizzle on the bookshelves next summer? Monday, July 24, 2017 — sorry, this event has been cancelled. 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program) Jump down to register As the season heats up, do readers’ tastes run toward light romance, cozy mysteries, or do more prefer curling up on the beach with serious literature? What makes for a hit summer read? Summer Reading Lists from major literary publications – what are their staff members reading? What tips does this provide for […]


Jump Start Book Writing Project

Seminar
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Have you been thinking about writing a book?
Wondering where to start?
Or, have you started, but feel unclear about how to organize your writing?
Looking for ideas to make your book a better read?

Now’s the time to get feedback and ideas for moving ahead!

In this workshop…

Presented by: Ina Hillebrandt

[To read more, click the title!]


How to Write Query Letters & Proposals

Seminar How to Write Query Letters & Proposals Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:30 am – 1:00 p.m.   How do you get published in “mainstream” publishing? If your story is fiction, get your backside in a chair and write it. If it’s nonfiction, the first and most critical step is creating a proposal. When you have a proposal, when your novel is in final manuscript, you will need an irresistible query letter that will convince an agent to represent you. Only literary agents have the contacts to get your work seen and read by editors in publishing houses. But how to […]

Monica Faulkner

Learn about the New Print on Demand Publishing Service from Amazon Kindle Direct!

Seminar
Thursday, April 20, 2017

For April we present a special event: a phone-in seminar in conjunction with The Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA) — on a THURSDAY EVENING rather than a Saturday morning. We save you a trip to Culver City, enabling you to learn with us from the comfort of your own home — and for a special lower price!

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is rolling out a new program that offers self-publishers and indie authors the opportunity to publish print on demand paperbacks through Kindle, along with publishing their eBooks.

In this telephone seminar, Daniel Slater, Principal, Independent Publishing, Kindle Global Content, will present an overview of what making your POD paperback available from KDP entails, including publishing specifics, economics. etc.

Presented by: Daniel Slater, Principal, Independent Publishing, Kindle Global Content

[To read more, click the title!]


Nonfiction Writing Seminar

Seminar
Saturday, March 18, 2017

This month we’re diverging from our usual one-person seminar and hosting an intimate panel of sorts for our seminar.

Our experts will cover many aspects of writing non-fiction prose including…

Presented by: Marc Weingarten and Kelly Carlin with Greg Miller

[To read more, click the title!]

March 18 2017 IWOSC Nonfiction Panel, our speakers pose for us.

A rewrite page

Rewriting your writing

Seminar
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Finishing a draft of a book or script is an awesome accomplishment – but we all know that at least one more set of revisions will certainly follow, because you probably won’t get it totally right on the first or second draft.

Assessment of a draft and deciding what to emphasize or cut in the next draft is a very delicate stage of the process.

Now you’re not just invested in the project, you’re immersed in it.

This seminar will cover methods and principles that you can apply to books, scripts, memoir, personal essays, speeches, storytelling, etc.

Presented by: Greg Miller and Ina Hillebrandt

[To read more, click the title!]


Method Writing: An Organic Approach to Writing

Seminar
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Presented by: Jack and Josh Grapes

“Method Writing” is an organic approach to writing, much as method acting is an organic approach to acting, stressing inner process and deep voice. “Method Writing” consists of various concepts that take the writer through techniques designed to make the writing more compelling and more effective, publishable and productive.

Back by popular demand, Jack Grapes will present this overview of the writer’s creative process, focusing on his book “Method Writing,” a technique he’s developed and used in his writing workshops over the last 35 years.

Jack will discuss the nature of the creative process, and how that applies to “Method Writing.” So bring something to write on: paper and pen, parchment and quill, stone and chisel — whatever works.

[To read more, click the title!]


WordPress For Writers 2016

Seminar
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Again and again, writing experts agree: WordPress is THE way to publish your website to the Internet.

You might be using something else. You might have tried WordPress and found it challenging. That’s ok. Like anything new, there are a few things to learn to get up and running successfully. But given WordPress’ popularity and nearly unanimous recommendation for writers, shouldn’t you take another look?

Would you like to know:

  • How to get started with WordPress or how to convert your existing site to WordPress without spending a fortune?
  • How to make your website mobile-friendly?
  • How WordPress has changed in the last year?
  • How writers use WordPress to do things like link to your book on Amazon (and elsewhere), include a YouTube video or Facebook post, or add new capabilities to your website?
  • How to get your website ranked by Google and improve your Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?
  • What are the best plugins other writers are using?
  • How to secure your website from hackers?
  • Even how to improve your writing!
  • And much, much more!

Presented by: Steven Sanchez

[To read more, click the title!]


Mastering Radio/TV interviews and Book Readings

Seminar
Saturday, October 10, 2009

PART 1:
When you are interviewed on radio and TV, you need to be at the top of your game, appear to be unrehearsed, concise, upbeat, easily understood through clear sound bites and short explanations, and you must do your homework and know your book. We’re at the top of our game by presenting the EMMY AWARD WINNING Barry Kibrick, who will show you the ropes.

In this part of our seminar, we will discuss, as time allows…

PART 2:
Writers conjure words and make magic in the form of poems and stories. But what happens when you speak them?

Presented by:

[To read more, click the title!]


The Rewrite Desk with Greg Miller

Seminar
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Finishing a draft of a book or script is an awesome accomplishment – but we all know that at least one more set of revisions will certainly follow, because you probably won’t get it totally right on the first or second draft.

This seminar will cover methods and principles that you can apply to books, scripts, memoir, personal essays, speeches, storytelling, etc.

Presented by: Greg Miller

[To read more, click the title!]

Miller's Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer

Marketing Intensive: Prepare, Plan & Produce The Perfect Book Marketing Campaign

Seminar
Saturday, June 18, 2016

In the past years, IWOSC had produced a Marketing panel every spring. This year we are presenting an intense (but friendly) experience with three of the very top people in the field. We will take breaks, time for lunch, and plenty of time for questions.

The syllabus is very comprehensive and the session has been priced at a fraction of its value with a big Early Bird discount and also an IWOSC member discount. This program will include several free actionable take-aways.

We hope that you will be impressed, but more to the point, we hope this will energize you and give you new tools, a new outlook, and the comfort of the counsel of three top people.

Our panelists:
David Wogahn
Julia Drake
Steven Sanchez

[To read more, click the title!]

Marketing Intensive for writers

How to Publish with Amazon Kindle

Seminar
TUESDAY, April 19, 2016

This month we’re doing something different. Rather than hold our usual seminar on a Saturday in Culver City, we are joining PALA in a non location-based seminar on a Tuesday evening.

Amazon offers many programs and opportunities for authors and publishers involving print books, e-books, and audio books as well as sales tracking tools and promotional and marketing opportunities.

[To read more, click the title!]


Love the Ones You Hate — Creating Appealing Flawed Characters

Seminar
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Diana Paul will be giving a few examples of flawed characters from her novel, “Things Unsaid,” and discussing their importance for the structure of the novel. In addition to examples from her novel, she will use “Olive Kitteridge” (Elizabeth Strout) and “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” (Anne Tyler) and their use of character flaws.

In a workshop format, Diana Paul encourages all participants to read from their own writing or from some of their favorite authors so we can open the discussion on characters we love to hate.

[To read more, click the title!]


Word Processing Prowess: Easy tricks and hints

Seminar
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Have you ever felt that Word Processing is actually harder than writing by hand or type writing? Do you use Word or another word processor and love it — except when you end up with weird page breaks or make one tiny change and end up with rivers of white instead of columns? Are you frustrated when you edit a word and actually lose the word. Do you “get by” in Word or your writing app, but know you could be more efficient?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions or possibly have other frustrations or questions, please do yourself the favor of coming to this seminar and learning how word processing can make you a superhero-strength writer.

Presented by Deborah Shadovitz, who wrote the book!

[To read more, click the title!]


Method Writing: An Organic Approach to Writing

Seminar
Saturday, January 16, 2015

“Method Writing” is an organic approach to writing, much as method acting is an organic approach to acting, stressing inner process and deep voice. “Method Writing” consists of various concepts that take the writer through techniques designed to make the writing more compelling and more effective, publishable and productive.

Back by popular demand, Jack Grapes will present this overview of the writer’s creative process, focusing on his book “METHOD WRITING,” a technique he’s developed and used in his writing workshops over the last 35 years.

[To read more, click the title!]


Get Your Book Noticed: Let Reviewers Sell Your Book for You!

Seminar:
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Don’t drown in the sea of published books. Learn how to compete against the publishing Big Fish using the same highly effective book promotion techniques … without spending thousands of dollars.

Discover how to use the secret power of book reviews to ensure that the media, buyers and consumers start paying attention to and buying your book, spreading the word around the globe.

Get exclusive access to …

[To read more, click the title!]


Researching and Writing the Historical Novel

Seminar
Saturday, September 19, 2015

The historical novel is one of the most popular genres in fiction. But writing one presents some special challenges. In this seminar Gerald Everett Jones uses his recent novel ‘Bonfire of the Vanderbilts” as a case study into the more than 15 years he spent trying to unravel the secrets hidden in Julius Stewart’s 1892 painting “The Baptism.” His searching included art history, unpublished scholars’ whitepapers, genealogy, steamship passenger records, Episcopal church history and archives, private memoirs and ephemera, oral history and even family rumors, image archives, rare book collections, and more.

[To read more, click the title!]


WordPress For Writers

Seminar
Saturday, July 18, 2015

WordPress! You’ve heard and keep hearing the name. “THE way you should set up your website.” “THE way Google will better rank your website.” “THE #1 choice people are using to get their message, their writing, out to the world.”

Maybe you’ve heard that it can be difficult. Maybe you’ve even tried to use it and got stuck. …

[To read more, click the title!]


Pitch Class with Pilar Allesandra

Seminar
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Whether we’re at a cocktail party, on an airplane, or face to face with an agent or producer, we’re always pitching. Even experienced writers get tongue-tied when it comes to presenting their work aloud in the best possible light. IWOSC is pleased to welcome back one of the best pitching instructors anywhere: Pilar Alessandra, director of the writing program “On the Page.”

In this seminar, you will …

[To read more, click the title!]


Writing the Marble: A Writing Workshop with Deborah Edler Brown

Seminar
Saturday, May 16, 2015

There’s an oft-told story that Michelangelo, when asked how he could possibly create a statue as beautiful as David from a block of marble, answered, “I simply chip away everything that’s not David.”

As writers, we don’t start with a block of marble. If we want to get at the beautiful work of art, what do we do?

As our presenter, Deborah Edler Brown, will explain, we have to “write” the marble, then chip away at it.

[To read more, click the title!]