Independent Writers of Southern California
IWOSC Welcomes you
If you’re a writer in the greater Los Angeles area or Southern California, at any level of your writing career, writing for yourself, for magazines or ezines, working a screenplay or editing copy, or working on a book — writing in any genre, we welcome you.
IWOSC, for over 36 years — one of LA’s longest-running professional writers’ organizations, provides writers of the greater LA or Southern California area with many opportunities to get together: seminars, panel and more! Our About page has more about the educational and informational events we offer for writers…
Our upcoming events for writers
Sept 2019 Panel
Legal Issues for Publishers & Writers
Monday, September 23, 2019
7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
(networking follows the program)
Free for IWOSC members • Non-members: $15
Are you up to date on the profound changes that are taking place in the publishing industry and what they mean for your publishing business or the books you write?
We are thrilled that one of the most respected experts in publishing law, Jonathan Kirsch, will cover these legal issues of vital importance to publishers as well as take your questions.
Read more and register…
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Wondering about our Previous Panel?
Everything You Need to Self-Publish
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Our October seminar is our annual special Intensive.
IWOSC/PALA’s 2019 Self-Publishing Intensive has the answers you need to start now and successfully publish your book. Our experts, Carla King of Self-Publishing Boot Camp and Sharon Goldinger of PeopleSpeak Consulting and the Publishers Association of Los Angeles, have over 45 years of traditional AND self-publishing experience and will cover EVERY aspect of self-publishing that you need to know.
Wondering about our Previous Seminar?
Our July Seminar was an online webinar: Screenwriting & TV Writing with Pilar Alessandra: 90-minute Q&A
We don’t typically make our Seminars available for purchase but this Webinar audio recording may be purchased.
Additionally in July we had a Members-only Brainstorming Session.
You just missed our Summer Party
Socializing and conversation were the call of the day on Sunday, August 25, 2019 as we enjoyed the ocean view at Whiskey Red’s in Marina del Rey. Good food, lots of chuckles, some nice door prizes, and direct contact with your fellow writers and publishers.
Satellites— Informal sessions for writers
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 San Fernando Valley, IWOSC has writers covered. Bring your writing, your ideas, problems, questions, and complaints. Receive support, laughs, juicy controversy, and plenty of networking. If there isn’t a satellite in your area, we welcome having you create one.
Our local area satellite groups for writers are:
- Orange County — currently on hiatus
- Pasadena/Altadena Satellite – meets in Altadena
- South Bay – meets in El Segundo
- Valley Satellite (San Fernando Valley) – meets in Woodland Hills
- Westside (Los Angeles) — we’re back!
- Ventura County satellite – meets in Thousand Oaks