Meet the people behind IWOSC
Learn about our Board of Directors and the other important volunteers who help make our writers’ group great.
IWOSC is a non-profit organization of volunteers who take on various tasks. Filling our booth with writers at a festival, or greeting and checking people in at our meetings, and helping to plan parties are some of the occasional jobs that volunteers do, and we are grateful to them.
If you’d like to jump in and join us, just say the word.
Board of Directors
As Director of Professional Development for many years, Gary’s hard work & energy has brought you nearly every seminar and panel for all these years. He did much more as well.
Gary is an author/actor/playwright. He is co-author of the book, “Loss and Found,” and the soon to be released ghost story, “Glimmer the Bright Moonlight.”
Gary’s been a member of IWOSC since 1999. He is also President of the Publishers Association of Los Angeles, a former coordinator for the National Very Special Arts Festival at the Kennedy Center in DC, Executive Director of the Lifetime Achievement Foundation and Vice Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.
artsy12 at earthlink.net
Roberta Edgar has been VP of IWOSC for eight years and board member for twice that number. She also chairs IWOSC’s booth at the annual Los Angeles Festival of Books.
Ghostwriter/editor Roberta even writes in her sleep. Her dreams are Oscar-worthy.
[CURRENTLY ON THE SITE: Author/ghostwriter/editor/screenwriter, Roberta Edgar has served as Secretary, Director of Membership, and most recently as Vice President (2003-2015). She is also IWOSC’s annual LA Times/USC Festival of Books chair. Roberta resides on Los Angeles’s Westside.]
RobertaGE at aol.com
Monika is great — and so busy handling our finances and being creative that I can’t get her to take the time to give me a bio for this page.She has been our Treasurer since the dawn of 2014, stepping in when we lost Pam Leven. It was a difficult task and she has never let us down. If you attend a meeting or seminar, chances are you know her face, smile and the credit card machine she introduced.
If you need help with an IWOSC financial issue, please contact Vickey, our Office Manager via the official IWOSC email address, info at iwosc.org.
Social Media Director
Barbie handles our Facebook page, our Twitter posts and our social media presence in general.
She’s an Air Force brat who grew up loving animals, books, and nature. Her education is in aerospace technical writing, art, nutrition, and graphic design.
Barbie is the author of one published book and writes under the pen name Martha Emms. She is working on several different novels now, plus she does social media marketing professionally.
BarbsArt at RoadRunner.com
Deborah has been doing our website designer and maintenance for over a decade now. She also handled our election and helps with all things tech.
She started her professional writing career writing about Jewish philanthropy and other things that helped make New York and the world a better place.
As she backpacked the world solo for 3 years, she started writing about travel.
Moving to Los Angeles after those travels, she turned to writing and teaching Macintosh. She’s the author of many magazine features, columns, and books about using the Mac and about creating great websites as well. Her books include Clarisworks Office for Dummies, the Macworld Office 98 Bible and the Adobe GoLive 5 Bible. As editor of a lifestyle magazine, she got back into travel writing.
In 2011, she gave up her LA abode to travel again. She now alternates between life on the road and in LA (which is frequently also pretty much life on the road, too).
She’s been IWOSC webmaster for 11 years, even when traveling abroad.
WriterInLA at gmail.com
Note that Deborah does not manage the Yahoo group.
Director of Meeting Logistics
James F. Mills
James F. Mills is a North Carolina native who relocated to Southern California after receiving his MA in Communications Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He writes manuscripts and screenplays in between freelance journalism assignments for various local magazines and websites. He resides in West Adams.
JFMills777 at gmail.com
Gerald E. Jones
Gerald Everett Jones is a freelance writer and the host of GetPublished! Radio. He has been an IWOSC member since 1985 and is a past Director-at-Large. His is also a member of FIND, WGA, DG, and WNBA.
superscribbler at hotmail.com
Lisa de Vincent
Lisa moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of working and writing in the entertainment industry. She believes IWOSC has been instrumental in advancing her career and connections. Besides writing freelance articles, she is fine-tuning a treatment for a TV series, finishing a horror screenplay and a murder mystery. Lisa resides in Brentwood.
DivadeVincent at mac.com
A versatile writer/photographer, Erika Fabian has had twenty-three books and nearly two hundred photo-illustrated articles published. Her varied career includes many years of travel on assignment for National Geographic Magazine and other publishers.
When not on the road, Erika Fabian spends her time writing books at home, or ghostwriting or editing someone else’s work.
eriakoassociates at gmail.com
Ina joins our Board of Directors this year, 2016 and, having produced panels for us and taught as well, is now part of our newly-formed Programming Committee.
Ina is a bestselling author and publisher, writing coach, editor, and speaker/trainer. Author of Pawprints and the original guide, How To Write Your Memoirs, she specializes in memoir, and in fiction and humor. She, her articles and books, and clients, appear on TV, radio, print and online media. Latest project: You Are Who You Eat.
CoachIna at InaTheMemoirCoach.com
Greg Miller has produced several highly regarded panels for IWOSC, helping many a writer. In 2016 he joins the IWOSC Board of Directors and our newly formed Programming Committee.
Greg is the author of “How To Be A Writer Who Writes” and the new reference e-book, “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer.” He has written for magazines, radio, tv and film. He has taught classes and workshops for writers and now consults and coaches writers for books and scripts. Here’s a fuller bio about Greg.
gregorymilleris at gmail.com
A consulting urban planner, Craig researches and writes planning documents. Drawing upon his studies in anthropology, geography, and linguistics, he explores fundamental oral traditions of Native America, which he is currently documenting in a non-fiction book.
c.oconnor3wtech at roadrunner.com
You may recognize Steven as one of our popular Seminar instructors. In 2016 he collaborated with Gary Young to create our first full-day Marketing Intensive. As he joins our Board of Directors this year, he also joins our newly-formed Programming Committee.
Steven Sanchez helps people build their online platforms.
For more than 20 years his Los Angeles-based Internet Agency has worked for leading companies in industries such as travel, health and racing to create Internet solutions that work for both business and consumer interests.
Steven has helped companies large and small start their web businesses, publish online and serve the needs of their followers and customers.
He has also served as technical editor on bestsellers such as Homepage Usability, Web Design on a Shoestring and The Unusually Useful Web Book.
He enjoys the cutting edge of technology, all things Internet publishing and social media, as well as travel, sailing and scuba diving.
Steven is a frequent IWOSC workshop leader and panelist on marketing, social media, and website development, and is currently working on several Internet projects to help writers develop their author platforms. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.
Steven at SmarterWriters.com
Ex Officio / Immediate Past President
Entertainment/literary/arts public relations consultant and copy editor/proofreader, Flo was IWOSC president from 2003-2006 and 2007-2016. She has been an IWOSC member since 1990 and has served on the Board since 1991, holding many board positions including Vice President, Director of Membership, and Director of Marketing.
She is a resident of Los Angeles’s Westside.
floself at aol.com
Meet more great people who help to make our writers group great.
We robustly applaud those who bring an IWOSC writers meeting to the various parts of greater Los Angeles.
- Orange County — Andrea Ring
(Thank you, too, to Kurt Bensworth for starting this group and running it for so long.)
- Pasadena/Altadena Satellite — Jane Neff Rollins
- South Bay Satellite — Barbie Herrera
(Thank you to Joan Rodman for starting the South Bay group.)
- Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks) — Kathleen Kaiser
(Also, thanks to Sharon Schnell and Dawn Wood for all their work, too.)
- West San Fernando Valley — Sylvia Cary
The Westside Satellite is on hiatus at this time.
We encourage the creation of new satellites. If you can find a meeting location in your area and would like to create one, please let our Satellite Coordinator, Vickey, know! (She’s next on this page.)
Vickey Kalambakal is a freelance writer with a passion for history. She’s written two books under the name Vickey Kall: Death Speaker: A Novel of Ancient Gaul (historical fiction) and The Boomer Book of Christmas Memories, a pop-culture compendium of true stories behind Baby Boomer traditions like aluminum Christmas trees and Butterball turkeys. Vickey also writes for magazines and ezines, and blogs at VickeyKall.com.
vkalambakal at yahoo.com
LA Time Festival of Books
robertage at aol.com
lyncorum at earthlink.net
IWOSC Office Administrator
Vickey Kalambakal started as our office administrator in 2015. She’s been a great help as Satellite Coordinator for years and actually ran one of our Satellites for some time. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for several years.
info at iwosc.org