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

Author Carole Stivers

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?

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.

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

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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Westside Satellite for Writers – Personal Essay

Los Angeles Westside Satellite
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Our host Robin and our speaker, Sue William Silverman, will explore this popular and flexible form of creative nonfiction. They will cover the elements that make a narrative essay sing and keep the reader engaged, including story, metaphor, character development, voice, and sense of place. They will also discuss how to find the courage to reveal your painful secrets.

Program will include a writing exercise, so be ready!

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Sue William Silverman

Westside Satellite for Writers – Book to Film Adaptations

Los Angeles Westside Satellite
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Learn the basics of turning your book into a movie. From what makes a good book to adapt to how to find a buyer. And how do you handle it if someone else is doing the adaptation? In addition to the presentation, there will also be a writing exercise or two, as well as a Q&A

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