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A screenshot from our Research Panel: Gerald, Kelly, Gary, Telly

Research Techniques For Writers

Online Panel
Monday, May 18, 2020

Taking notes … doing homework … wading through reference books and endless websites … Research and fact-checking for writers has gotten a reputation for being the most boring and tedious part of writing  books and articles. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

This month we bring you and online panel about how to make “playing detective” interesting and exciting, and how to get the most useful information with the least wasted time.

Moderator and Panelist: Telly Davidson
Dr. Kelly Gardiner
Gerald Everett Jones

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How to pay for this June 2020 Online Panel Thank you for your RSVP. If you’re a member, your reservation is complete. If you’re not a member please pay here to complete your registration. Because this is an online event, you must pay online. We’ll be emailing you the instructions closer to the date. NOTE: If you reserve and cannot attend, please email the IWOSC office (info at iwosc.org) or (310) 773-8075 to let us know. Members attend for free. • Non-members pay $15. Pay online (for non-members only) When you click Add to Shopping Cart, your shopping cart appears at the top right, or below on […]


Author Lisa See

Conversation with Best-selling Author Lisa See

Webinar
Monday, April 27, 2020

This month we present this online Webinar via Zoom as our monthly Seminar.

Best-selling author Lisa See has generously accepted our invitation to speak with us and answer our questions. She is a supremely gifted writer with a brilliant wealth of involving, enduring, and memorable stories.

Presented by: Lisa See

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How to Join the Podcast Revolution

Panel
Monday, February 24, 2020

Podcasting is not new, but 2019 was the year this medium really took off! In 2020, the number of podcasts are expected to grow even faster. According to PodcastHosting.org, January 2020 statistics show that there are over 820,000 podcasts and over 28 million episodes. 50% of American homes are podcast fans.

What is a podcast?
Basically it’s a series of audio files placed on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device. While this sounds simple, there are a lot of steps involved in creating a quality podcast, making it available, and getting people to listen.

This month, we will present a panel of podcasters who have taken this new path to content delivery. They’ll share their experiences, tips, missteps and the secrets to creating a killer podcast series.

Moderator: Robin Quinn
A.G. Billig
Desireé Duffy
Herbie J Pilato
Gerald Everett Jones

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IWOSC writer's group Podcast Revolution Panel

Dmitriy Velin

The Business and Taxes of Writing

Panel
Monday, January 27, 2020

To kick off the new year of 2020, IWOSC/PALA is presenting a program to deal with taxes, starring a top Los Angeles area CPA and an attorney, to give advice on conducting our business as writers and publishers. And this year, California writers have a lot more on their plates than merely planning for their annual appointment with the IRS in April.

Moderator: Telly Davidson
Dmitriy Veli
Michael S. Klein

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Publicity Panel — 2020 Book Publicity

Panel
Monday, November 4, 2019

It’s time to tell the world about your book. The writing and publishing are done, or nearly so, and now your thinking is shifting towards publicity. What should you start doing? Is your vision 2020 for the coming year?

Moderator: Steven Sanchez
Emanuela Cariolagian
Kathleen Kaiser
Lee Wind
Desireé Duffy

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Desiree Duffy

Jonathan Kirsch Q&A at our writer's group

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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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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Carson Beck

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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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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Sherry Robb

Tinker Lindsay

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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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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Thriller writer David Putnam

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.

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

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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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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IWOSC Trends in Publishing panel for writers

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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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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Author Aviva Vaughn

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

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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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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Greg Miller