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Westside Satellite for Writers – Write What You Don’t Know — Yet

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Host Robin Quinn presents author Christina Hoag.

Research is a fundamental part of writing both fiction and nonfiction, yet it is one of the most overlooked yet fascinating aspects of the craft.

Journalist-turned-novelist Christina Hoag will share her experience researching Skin of Tattoos, a crime novel set in the closed world of street gangs, as well as research she had to do to write Girl on the Brink, a novel about abusive relationships inspired by her personal experience. Christina’s message is not to be daunted by writing about the unfamiliar. The key is to write what you’re passionate about.

Journalist-turned-Author, Christina Hoag

Members-only Brainstorming Session July 2021

Members-only Brainstorming Session
Monday, July 12, 2021 & possibly Wednesday July 14, 2021

  • Want some feedback on potential titles for your next book?
  • Need help with finding a distributor?
  • Have an opinion about a potential cover design?
  • Not sure if you should spend money on exhibiting at an upcoming trade show?

YOUR questions can be answered at the next Brainstorming meeting.
Bring your books, cover design drafts, marketing ideas, requests for referrals, and anything else related to publishing and get answers from the other members in our group. Take advantage of the collective wisdom of your fellow publishers and publishing colleagues.

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Members-only Green Room June 2021

Monday, June 14, 2021
7:00 p.m (Pacific)
Free to members

Steven Sanchez and Gary Young share a program that will be of service to many of you. 
 
This is our free, once-a-month meeting where you can discuss issues that pertain to writing–perhaps your latest book, a question about your writing, a gesture toward collaboration with another writer or publisher, a great book that you are reading, another event that people might enjoy, or whatever.  We will concentrate mostly on anything having to do with writing.


Erika Fabian photographer

Taking Great Photographs for Fun & Profit

Webinar
Saturday, June 19, 2021

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

Today we can take pictures anywhere anytime with our phone. It’s easy to just click and get the shot.

But do you ever wonder later on why that pole is sticking out of a child’s head? Or why is everyone’s face so dark when the sun was so bright?

Can you make adjustments to get better shots on your cell phone? What are the best settings if you’re using a regular digital camera?

Could you take a contest-winning picture? Or illustrate an upcoming article with your shots?

These and other aspects of photography will be addressed during Erika Fabian’s photo-illustrated presentation. She will cover…

Presented by: Erika Fabian

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Westside Satellite for Writers — Talking Sci-Fi Book Writing & Publishing

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Beginning to write in retirement, Carole Stivers PhD managed to get a book deal with Penguin Random House, and her sci-fi novel The Mother Code was one of the most highly anticipated titles of 2020. Her book was even optioned by Hollywood.

For our May IWOSC Westside Satellite, Host Robin Quinn will interview Stivers about her experience of publishing during a pandemic and the tools of the writing trade she has learned. How did Stivers go from a science career in medical diagnostics to an agented literary contender?

Author Carole Stivers

Members-only Green Room May 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021
7:00 p.m (Pacific)
Free to members

Steven Sanchez and Gary Young share a program that will be of service to many of you. 
 
This is our free, once-a-month meeting where you can discuss issues that pertain to writing–perhaps your latest book, a question about your writing, a gesture toward collaboration with another writer or publisher, a great book that you are reading, another event that people might enjoy, or whatever.  We will concentrate mostly on anything having to do with writing.


Getting Ready to Publish Your Book

Panel
Monday, May 19, 2021

Getting ready to take your book out to the world? Wonderful! Got questions about how to go about getting published? Such as whether to publish yourself or try for a traditional publisher, and what the steps are for each? Our experts will talk about these questions and more, and provide a number of handouts to help you take concrete steps to get your unique voice heard.

Specifics include…

Speakers:
Gerald Everett Jones
Ina Hillebrandt

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Author Gerald Everett Jones

Jennifer Caspar, owner of Village Well Books & Coffee, a new (in 2020) Independent bookstore in Culver City, California

Westside Satellite for Writers – Meet Jennifer Village Well Books – new bookstore

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Westside Satellite hostess Robin Quinn interviewed Jennifer Caspar, the Founder and Owner of Village Well Books & Coffee, a new independent bookstore in Culver City, California.

Jennifer, a community-minded bookstore owner opened her store in the middle of the pandemic last year, at first operating online and now welcoming customers in-store at recommended levels.


Members-only Green Room April 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021
7:00 p.m (Pacific)
Free to members

Steven Sanchez and Gary Young share a program that will be of service to many of you. 
 
This is our free, once-a-month meeting where you can discuss issues that pertain to writing–perhaps your latest book, a question about your writing, a gesture toward collaboration with another writer or publisher, a great book that you are reading, another event that people might enjoy, or whatever.  We will concentrate mostly on anything having to do with writing.


Book Author Ina Hillebrandt

Writing Successfully For Children In Today’s Complex Time

Panel
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Are you working on a children’s book, play, TV or film project? Have you got questions about age appropriateness, for writing your story and developing characters? For marketing? About the form young people are choosing to read books, and is that different in this time of quarantine?

Our expert panelists will talk about these questions, and more.

Moderator: Ina Hillebrandt
Jennifer Murphy
Marilyn Scott-Waters
Laura Taylor Name
Mara Alpert
Elizabeth Martin
Gary Young

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Members-only Green Room March 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021
7:00 p.m (Pacific)
Free to members

Steven Sanchez and Gary Young share a program that will be of service to many of you. 
 
This is our free, once-a-month meeting where you can discuss issues that pertain to writing–perhaps your latest book, a question about your writing, a gesture toward collaboration with another writer or publisher, a great book that you are reading, another event that people might enjoy, or whatever.  We will concentrate mostly on anything having to do with writing.


IWOSC Reads Its Own – February 21, 2021

IWOSC Reads Its Own – February 21, 2021 Sunday, February 21, 2021 — The first of two RIO this month. Free to all — You don’t have to be a member to attend For the second time,  IWOSC’s biannual Reads Its Own program was online via Zoom. Because we aren’t bound to to physical limitations of geography while online,  we had so many readers that we’re decided to do this twice this month! IWOSC members come from all sorts of backgrounds. Ask a member what he or she is working on writing and you are bound to be surprised by […]

IWOSC Member Readers 2021-02-21

IWOSC Reads Its Own – Online

IWOSC Reads Its Own – Online Sunday, February 21, 2021 and again with a new group of readers Sunday, February 28, 2021  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Free to all It’s time for IWOSC’s biannual Reads Its Own program. Actually, because we aren’t bound to to physical limitations of geography while online,  we have so many readers that we’re doing this twice this month! You may join us either of these days — or both. IWOSC members come from all sorts of backgrounds. Ask a member what he or she is working on writing and you are bound to […]


Write More in 2021

Panel
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 

Have your creative juices and energies dried up this past year? This month, we bring you a special program, starring the eminent Oakland-based career and personal coach and bestselling author, Dr Marty Nemko.

Marty Nemko has written 13 books — half for major publishers and half self-published, plus over 4,000 well-published articles.

How does he do it? He’ll tell all, and try to answer all your questions.

Our goal is for each of you to leave with at least one new idea for becoming more productive.

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Marty Nemko

Computer ready for IWOSC member's the Green Room

Members-only Green Room February 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021
7:00 p.m (Pacific)
Free to members

Steven Sanchez and Gary Young share a program that will be of service to many of you. 
 
This is our free, once-a-month meeting where you can discuss issues that pertain to writing–perhaps your latest book, a question about your writing, a gesture toward collaboration with another writer or publisher, a great book that you are reading, another event that people might enjoy, or whatever.  We will concentrate mostly on anything having to do with writing.


Westside Satellite for Writers – Writing the Young Adult Novel

Los Angeles Westside Satellite
Saturday, February 13, 2021  

Young Adult Fiction sales were up 18.6% in September 2020 over the previous year, per NPD Bookscan. YA books Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins and Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer came in 2nd and 3rd for the overall best-seller list during 2020’s 1st nine months. At our February 13 Westside Satellite, host Robin Quinn will interview Craig Leener, author of the Zeke Archer Basketball Trilogy. They’ll discuss the ins and outs of this popular genre and the lessons all authors can learn from his experiences.

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Author Craig Leener

Literary agent Ken Sherman

Westside Satellite for Writers – Literary Agent Ken Sherman

Los Angeles Westside Satellite
Saturday, January 16, 2021 

The IWOSC Westside Satellite is very excited to feature a chat between host Robin Quinn and veteran literary agent Ken Sherman as our first program of 2021. This informal program will be an opportunity to receive an update on what’s happening with representation for book authors, to get to know this particular agent, and to hear his thoughts on craft and building a lasting career as an author.

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New Opportunities writing In Film & TV 2021

Panel
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

For years, new writers of novels, biographies & memoirs, and nonfiction advice books have had to do a cost/benefit analysis — should we self-publish or partner with a small or specialty press to get our work out there — or should we try for an agent and a shot at the majors?

Now, with the rise of digital and streaming platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Vimeo, and the continued expansion of indie film and film festivals, aspiring filmmakers and TV content creators are faced with similar issues and opportunities:

• What are the pros and cons of going the independent, “self-published” route in indie film and digital TV?

• More

Moderator: Telly Davidson
Maggie Viale
Joel Eisenberg
Chris Redish
Matt Stoner
Jeff Porter

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Producer Matt Stoner