Panel


Legal Issues for Publishers & Writers

Monday, September 23, 2019

Jonathan Kirsch, a publishing and intellectual property attorney based in Los Angeles, updates LA publishers on the profound changes that are taking place in the publishing industry and what they mean for your publishing business.

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Jonathan Kirsch

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Kidlit: Writing & Publishing Literature for Kids

Panel
Monday, July 29, 2019

Public radio veteran Kitty Felde will moderate and join a panel of professionals talk about writing for young audiences — picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and Young Adult (YA)

Moderator: Kitty Felde
Sherri L. Smith

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What Writers & Publishers Should Know About Audiobooks

Panel
Monday, June 24, 2019

What to know about creating an audiobook version of your book?

Have you wondered about the viability or value of creating an audio version of your book? Does your book lend itself to an audio version? Could it?

Whether you’ve already written and published your book or are still writing it, whether your words are fiction or nonfiction, the insights from our panel of professional voice actors can be of great benefit as you contemplate the possibility of turning it into an audio book.

Our panel, composed of professional and experienced voice actors and producers, will discuss

  • The economics of producing an audio book
  • How adding sound, music and studio tricks can make your audiobook pop
  • If the voice in your mind is the voice heard on your audiobook

And, top voice actors will read some of your words so you can hear how gender, age and style can affect your written words

Bring your books and your questions so our great panel can provide information and answers that you need to know.

Moderator: Andre Stojka
Diane Michelle
Brenny Bravos
Marc Graue

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Carson Beck

Sherry Robb

Annual Agents Panel for writers – 2019

Panel
Monday, May 20, 2019

In today’s lighting-paced marketplace, it’s more important than ever to have an advocate to fight for you if you choose the route of traditional publishing.

The Independent Writers of Southern California — that’s us — is again presenting a panel of stellar Southern California agents (for both books and film/TV) that will tell you what you need to know…

Moderator: Telly Davidson
WordWise Media Services
Ken Sherman
Holly Root
Sherry Robb  
Steve Hutson

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Books to Film — for novelists, memoir and biography authors, and journalists

Panel
Monday, April 29, 2019

For writers who wonder how to write a book that can be adapted to film, we bring you a panel of four experienced women to help you out.

What storytelling qualities help make a novel, biography/memoir, or news article a must-see for the screen, and how do you “boil down” your book to something movie-appropriate?

How a writer can best position his or her work for a screen option and get it read by Hollywood gatekeepers and decision makers?

Do self-published and small press authors carry professional credibility —  and if not, how do they establish it?

Our panel:
Nancy Ellen DoddWendy Kram
Wendy Kram

Sam Shaw
Tinker Lindsay

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Tinker Lindsay

Thriller writer David Putnam

Solving the Mystery of Writing Good Mysteries

Panel
Monday, March 25, 2019

Everybody loves a mystery — but NOT everybody knows how to write one. That’s not a surprise since there are almost as many kinds of mystery novels as there are novels themselves.

From plot pacing to story structure to the eternal choice between plot-driven and character-driven fiction, our next panel for writers will address mystery novels.

Looking for clues on how to get started writing mysteries? Have a who-done-it in the trunk eager to escape?

Some of the topics our psychological autopsy will be focusing on…

Moderator: For now we’ll leave that as a mystery for you
April Smith
Patricia Smiley
David Putnam
Betty Hechtman

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Writing Health & Wellness

Panel
Monday, February 25, 2019 

Health & Wellness titles, like Come as You Are, Chris Beat Cancer and The Fast Metabolism Diet, continue to be among the top sellers in books on and off line.

What can you do to make your book stand out among all the competition?

How can you get your book done?
Do you have to be a health expert to publish in this arena?
How do you find gigs to write books for the experts in this field?
What are the latest and greatest marketing strategies?
How can you best manage your time as an author, whether you went the traditional route or self-published?

Moderator: Robin Quinn
Jerri Sher
Emily Dwass
Derek Doepker
Steve Hutson

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What Kind of Publishing is Right for Me?

Panel
Monday, January 28, 2019

Our writers’ group kicks off 2019 with a program designed specifically to help writers determine which path is the best (and the most profitable) for them in today’s world of traditional publishing, self-publishing, small presses, and online and E-books.

There will be plenty of lively discussion, questions taken from the audience, and a chance to network and connect after the program.

Moderator: Ina Hillebrandt
Colleen Dunn Bates
Sharon Goldinger

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Writing Memoirs & Biographies — Every Life Has a Story

Panel
Monday, October 29, 2018 

Would you love to write the stories of your life and see them published?

Or is there a person you want to write about? A celebrity (famous or infamous) for whom you have a special insight or secret passion? A biography that only you can write?

IWOSC’s panel of experienced authors, memoirists, biographers, and occasional ghosts is here to help!

Where do you start?

Moderator: Telly Davidson
Douglas Segal
Ray Richmond
Herbie J Pilato
Ina Hillebrandt

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Marketing Your Writing in an Age of B.A.S.I.L.I.S.K.S.*

Marketing Your Writing in an Age of B.A.S.I.L.I.S.K.S.

Panel
Monday, September 24, 2018 

Do any of these questions give you pause:

  • Do I have to have a blog? What should I blog about?
  • How do I get Amazon to promote my book?
  • Since most people now use smartphones more than computers, what does ‘mobile’ mean for my website or my book?
  • How do I use the Internet to promote and sell my book?
  • How can I get my book into libraries if I’m self-published?
  • How do I get my book into International markets without it being stolen?
  • Is it better to self-publish? How does this help or hurt selling my book?
  • I like printed books; when does publishing to Kindle (or ePub, Nook, Kobo, PDF, etc.) make sense?
  • Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, oh my! Do I HAVE to do social media? Which ones?

If any of these questions stop you dead in your tracks…

Moderator: Steven Sanchez
David Wogahn
Emanuela Cariolagian

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Writers’ Essential Reads, Resources & Recommendations

Panel
Monday, July 23, 2018 

What are the most valuable websites for writers,

the best books for writers,

and the resources offering outstanding services and spot-on advice for WRITERS?

What are the EXPERTS reading and using to keep their skills sharp and their writing even sharper?

We’ll share our picks and invite you to come and share what you’re reading and using to hone your writing chops at our first Summer Share Event.

Our Panel

On Publishing: Tobi Harper
On Writing: Nancy Ellen Dodd
On Adapting Your Writing for the Screen, Screenwriting and Writing for Hollywood: Telly Davidson
On Marketing, Online & Off: Marilyn Anderson
On Social Media, Websites and All Things Technical, and the Moderator for the evening: Steven Sanchez

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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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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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IWOSC Trends in Publishing panel for writers

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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Author Aviva Vaughn

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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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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IWOSC Food & Travel writing panel. Top row: Deborah Shadovitz. Front row: Bekah Wright and Michael Cervin

Greg Miller

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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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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Writers panel: how to write self-help books

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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Comedy Writing (and Wronging)

Panel
Monday, June 26, 2017

Dying is easy, comedy is hard – but this panel might just make it a little easier.

We’ll discuss multiple comic styles and comedy formats (TV, standup, essay, etc.), how to get more laughs, lighten up, and create comedy on a structural level with topics including: …

Moderator: Greg Miller
Laura Hayden
Jack Moore
Carrie Snow
Steve Kaplan

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2017 IWOSC Agents Panel for writers

Annual Literary Agents Panel

Panel
Monday, May 22, 2017

For writers, the decision about getting an agent is critical. The publishing marketplace changes constantly. The right literary agent can be an author’s advocate, fighting for the writer en route to traditional publishing. Agents are also a writer’s partner and guide, pointing authors and screenwriters to editors, publicists, and the right publishing house or producer.

Each April, following the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, IWOSC assembles a panel of Southern California agents — including an agent representing screenplays for film or TV. These agents will give us, the writers, a look at the publishing world of 2017.

They will tell us:

Moderator: Telly Davidson
Sara Nestor, Verve — a talent and literary agency
Charlotte Gusay, The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency
Steve Hutson, WordWise Media Services

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Brainstorming Session for Writers

Panel
Monday, April 24, 2017

If you have an issue that pertains to you specifically (need help editing, social media issues, internet issues, want suggestions for a cover illustrator, etc.) this is the place to discuss it.

Some of our Board members will be in attendance, plus many of your fellow writers.

We are confident that we can address your personal concerns.

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Writing Culture

Panel
Monday, March 27, 2017

Here’s a question that perplexes every writer, no matter their genre:
What Do Critics Want?

How does a book writer, novelist, screenwriter, or filmmaker get noticed by professional critics and bloggers – especially if the author is published by a small press, or is self-published, or is an “indie” filmmaker?

If a screenwriter or book author is lucky enough to make a film deal, there are further questions. With hundreds of film festivals around the globe and hundreds of channels of content on TV (let alone the internet), what determines whether a TV show or movie is one of the best – or one of the rest?

And we’ll throw in another angle: writing criticism yourself.

Justin Chang

Tim Cogshell

Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn

Debra Levine

Moderator:
TELLY DAVIDSON

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Science Fiction and Fantasy: Writing the Future and Alternate Realities

Panel
Monday, February 27, 2017

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors discuss science fiction and fantasy writing.

Topics covered on this panel for writers include:
worldbuilding and constructing alternate realities
genre bias in publishing
the explosion of Young Adult fiction
women and diversity in speculative fiction
writing dystopian books in the age of Trumpism
how to translate books into film and TV

The panel will also cover practical tips for writing speculative fiction and an insider’s perspective on the state of the publishing industry, especially as it pertains to Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF) writing.

Moderator: Jennifer Brody
Tobie Easton
Elizabeth Briggs
Romina Russell
Nicole Maggi

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