Grammar for Grownup Writers

Seminar
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Flo will go through the reasons that grammar matters to writers and readers, and review simple, often overlooked, rules to correct dozens of common errors. You’ll come away with newfound confidence including support with printed handouts.

Presented by: Flo Selfman

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How To Make Money As A Writer

Panel
Monday, June 26, 2018 

Writers can be inspired and creative, but we do not always have the best business minds. Our June panel for writers presents a panel of generous people who have actually made money within the profession of writing!

You can make significant bucks if you apply yourself – not only to the craft of writing, but also to the business of writing, and to promoting yourself and your writing wisely.

Our panelists of writers, editors, and professionals will present ideas for authors to consider: growth and marketing ideas that have demonstrated their effectiveness and are potentially available to all.

We will discuss…

Moderator: Craig O’Connor
Mark Miller
Claudia Suzanne
Colette Freedman
Flo Selfman
Zac Hug
Roberta Edgar

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The Pitch (for writers) with Pilar Alessandra

Pilar Alessandra

Seminar
Saturday, June 16, 2018 

Whether you as a writer are pitching your book or novel idea to a publisher or your screenplay idea to a producer, this class will help you stay on point and avoid listener tune-out.

As a writer, you never know when the chance to sell your book or screenplay may pop up. Don’t let it pass you by! Be prepared, and learn to pitch your writing with panache and excitement.

Pilar guides writers as we learn to pitch our ideas in a concise, focused, and entertaining manner – one that emphasizes the hook and eliminates “writer-babble.” Proven pitching tools for writers and a written template are provided, to help authors define the key elements of their stories.

Presented by: Pilar Alessandra

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Annual Agents Panel for Writers

Panel
Monday, May 21, 2018 

Join IWOSC for our annual Literary Agents Evening, with an author’s dream panel of top literary agents who are “actively looking” for new manuscripts and/or screenplays. These agents will discuss what writers need to know to navigate today’s publishing world.

We’ll cover practical pointers for writers, from what each agent on our panel is (and isn’t) specifically looking for, to general tips on how writers can get an agent’s attention.

Moderator:
Dana Newman
Jane Cowen Hamilton
Michelle Zeitlin
Steve Hutson
Oliver G. Latsch
Alex Czuleger

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Practical Poetry for Everyday Writers

Seminar

Novelists, screenwriters, essayists, non-fiction and memoir authors, songwriters, and writers of all genres: did you know you can will learn poetic techniques that you can use in all of your writing, whether it’s for articles, books, copywriting, songs, or scripts.

Writer and poet Tresha Faye Haefner, will share basic poetic principles that writers can use to improve all of your writing and enhance your creative voice.

Presented by: Tresha Faye Haefner

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Trends in Publishing 2018

Panel
Monday, April 30, 2018 

The publishing industry used to be predictable, and writers loved that. But in 2018, publishing and marketing a book is a competitive, high-pressure, and confusing business. How can an author or self-publisher navigate the publishing industry’s often-merciless tides?

Writers, IWOSC’s Trends in Publishing program guides you through what can happen to your book AFTER you type “The End” — and reveals what you as an author can do to ensure that the writing is just the beginning for your book project.

We will cover issues like…

We’ll also examine self-promotion, social media, and the “Blockbuster Mentality…

Moderator: Telly Davidson
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Herbie J Pilato
Sharon Goldinger

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Writers and Social Media: What You Could (and Should) Be Doing Now

Panel
Monday, March 26, 2018

Social Media. Ugh. The single most important thing you can do to build your Platform. Double ugh.

You’re a Writer. You’ve got words to write. It’s hard enough to get the words down, put a book together and get it published. Who’s got time to be a media star or marketer?

Moderator: Steven Sanchez
Panelists:
Alaia Williams
Jennifer Brody
Michelle Grondine

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Free Promotional Ideas for Writers: easy, creative and productive ideas from Joan Stewart, the Publicity Hound

Phone Seminar
TUESDAY, March 13, 2018

When it comes to generating publicity for your book, don’t expect a press release do all the heavy lifting. You must have a strong “hook” or angle to get the media’s attention and use the press release as background information. Publicity expert Joan Stewart will share more than a dozen hooks that smart authors can use to promote their fiction and nonfiction books.

You will learn:

  • How to “newsjack” by taking a breaking new story and tying it to your book.
  • Creative ideas for fiction
  • Powerful hooks for nonfiction
  • The easiest place to start you publicity campaign: This media outlet will welcome you with open arms!

Presented by: J Joan Stewart “The Publicity Hound”

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ROMANCE: Writing Our Own Happy Endings!

Panel
Monday, February 26, 2018

What author doesn’t enjoy curling up by a fire to write about the heat of love, glamour, and romance?

0ur panel of top romance writers pulls back the covers and reveals how romance writing, the most traditional of genres, stays relevant in 2018 with discussion of steamy issues and practical advice to authors on book topics like trends, controversies, book series, stand apart from the crowd, and more.

Moderator: Robin Quinn
Aviva Vaughn
Maggie Marr
Stacy Wise
Susan Berger

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IWOSC Reads Its Own – February 2018

IWOSC Reads its Own
Sunday, February 11, 2018

A spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works – from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes.

An assortment of IWOSC’s talented member writers will read short excerpts from their work.

Location: Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.

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Self-Publisher’s Toolkit — with IngramSpark

Webinar
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

As writers, we know that writing a great piece is only part of our challenge. Along with the writing and editing, we have the challenges of publishing our work. That’s why, in February, we are hosting a special WEBINAR with IngramSpark, one of the main producers of print-on-demand and e-books.

IngramSpark offers the same products and services enjoyed by big-time publishers—superb quality and industry connections backed by decades of experience—made accessible to the indie-publishing community from one award-winning platform.

We will discuss the following topics as time permits…

  • Print on Demand as a way to create and sell quality printed books without a massive print run.
  • E-book publishing
  • Formats
  • Reach to 39,000+ retailers and libraries worldwide and 70+ major online retailers.
  • Marketing

Presented by: Justine Bylo — Key Account Sales Manager, IngramSpark, Ingram Content Group Inc.

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Travel and Food Writing

Panel
Monday, January 29, 2018

Travel the globe, stay in top hotels, and dine at the best restaurants — get paid for that as a top travel or food writer!

Sound too good to be true? Well, someone’s getting paid to fill up the pages of Conde Nast, Sunset, and all those travel magazines! How did they break in, and is the gig really all it seems?

After celebrating its 35th anniversary as one of LA’s longest-running professional writers’ organizations, IWOSC starts off 2018 with a star-studded panel on Travel and Food Writing.

We discussed…

Moderator: Deborah Shadovitz
Travel and food writer, Michael Cervin
Travel and food writer, Bekah Wright

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Grammar and Punctuation Review for Writers

Seminar
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Authors, do you fear making grammatical errors in writing or speaking?

Have you forgotten the writing rules you learned in school – and do they still apply?

As a writer, you might be preparing your book manuscript for publication, or maybe you’re crafting a query letter to a literary agent or a magazine editor. How about updating your author website? You might be writing promotional copy or composing a memoir.

Whatever you’re writing, are you just plain confused? Then this grammar class is the class for you. Publicist, copyeditor and IWOSC past president Flo Selfman will bring your prose up to speed.

Writers will gain grammar confidence with a review of simple rules to correct dozens of common writing errors.

Topics include…

Presented by: Flo Selfman

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Celebrate our 35th anniversary at our annual holiday party


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Celebrating 35 years of our writer’s group with this year’s holiday party at the Biltmore

We will put our writing aside as scribes and guests socialize downtown at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel! 

Frescos, murals, embroidered tapestries, carved marble fountains and columns, lead crystal chandeliers, cast bronze stairwells and doorways — and history. The Biltmore, designated as a California historic-cultural landmark in 1969, is centrally located in downtown Los Angeles across the street from Pershing Square and is all this and more.

You’ll get to meet our Board of Directors, network, schmooze, have a lavish dinner, win prizes, and more.

Writing in Teams — Collaborations

Panel
Monday, November 20, 2017

IWOSC’s veteran comedy expert and acting coach GREG MILLER leads us in exploring of how to mix the business of writing with the pleasures of friendship.

Being a writer is often stereotyped as a lonely profession — the ultimate in self-employment,” working from home alone in front of the keyboard. And at times it can be just that. But some of the most successful writers out there work together in teams — from ghostwriters and “written with” authors and their clients, to comedy teams working on screenplays and TV scripts, to husband-and-wife teams (or boyfriends/girlfriends, gay couples, or longtime best friends for that matter) who find themselves as partners 24-7, both on and off the job.

In our final IWOSC 2017 panel, we look at what keeps a writing team together (and what can drive them apart), group and power/control dynamics, appropriate “boundary” issues, and how to find the “write” person and team up successfully to hopefully double your chances of success — plus much more.

Moderator: Greg Miller

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Self-Publishing with BookBaby

Seminar
TUESDAY, November 14, 2017

A special telephone seminar

Steven Spatz, president of BookBaby, will share with his audience of essayists, novelists, editors, book designers, authors of all genres, and self-publishers, information on topics of vital interest to book producers and writers, including…

Presented by: Steven Spatz

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Magazine, E-zine, and Newspaper Editors

Panel
Monday, October 30, 2017  

Writers, do you know that Los Angeles (especially Hollywood and Beverly Hills) is a hotbed of magazine publishing? But the magazines published here don’t always make it easy to for freelance writers to contribute. In fact, they can be downright secretive about their article submission processes!

At IWOSC’s Magazine, Ezine, and Newspaper Editors Panel, top editors – including one from the Los Angeles Times – will share secrets with writers about breaking into their publications. The editors will tell writers how to get their attention, which departments are most actively looking for fresh article ideas, and how freelance writers can contact them. They’ll even suggest hot upcoming topics for writers to focus on!

All this and more.

Panelists:
Jennifer Purdie
Gina M. Salvati
Chris Erskine

Moderator:
Telly Davidson

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Overcoming Gender and Racial Bias in Publishing and Hollywood

Seminar
Saturday, October 21, 2017 

In this seminar for writers and others in publishing and Hollywood, we will explore the dynamics of gender and racial discrimination that writers face in publishing and in show business. Whether you are a journalist, scriptwriter, copywriter, editor, songwriter, script doctor, or any other type of writer, join us as we discuss discrimination: how to spot it, how to handle it, how to “lean in” and push back against it, and how to work around it.

For a time, it appeared that sexism, homophobia, and racism directed at writers were things of the past in “tolerant, liberal” New York publishing and the world of showbiz. But it appears that change was only cosmetic. Discrimination persists, but has become more coded than it was in the days of Madmen. The same problems that writers faced back then have been lurking under the surface all along.

To get at how writers can fight back or find a way around this issue, we will be discussing topics like…

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Writing-how-to-self-help

Panel
Monday, September 25, 2017 

Writers, got knowledge? Great! The trick is to share it and get paid for it. Our panel of experts and authors will give you the how-to on how-to books.

For authors, that means writing up all your advice, tips, hacks. and instructions, putting it into a manuscript and preparing it for publication.

Start your engines. What have you got, and what can you publish? Almost any topic can be successfully turned into a book…

Moderator: Robin Quinn
Debra Eckerling
Rebecca Cooper
Steve Hutson
Jennifer Purdie
Marilyn Anderson

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Legal issues for writers 101

Seminar
Saturday, September 23, 2017 

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 being cheated out of their money when writing a book, screenplay/play, or TV format? And what new traps are out there in cyberspace and online writing that writers need to be aware of?

Presented by:
Dan Laidman
Dana Newman
Workshop Coordinator: Telly Davidson

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