Method Writing: An Organic Approach to Writing

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Presented by: Jack and Josh Grapes

“Method Writing” is an organic approach to writing, much as method acting is an organic approach to acting, stressing inner process and deep voice. “Method Writing” consists of various concepts that take the writer through techniques designed to make the writing more compelling and more effective, publishable and productive.

Back by popular demand, Jack Grapes will present this overview of the writer’s creative process, focusing on his book “Method Writing,” a technique he’s developed and used in his writing workshops over the last 35 years.

Jack will discuss the nature of the creative process, and how that applies to “Method Writing.” So bring something to write on: paper and pen, parchment and quill, stone and chisel — whatever works.

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LA Times Festival of Books

Outside event
IWOSC once again exhibited at the LA Times Festival of Books as we love meeting book lovers and writers. Book enthusiasts visited us there at booth 148.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016

USC Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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Tricks Of The Trade – Writing Advice from the Experts

Monday, February 29, 2016

There’s no one formula for writing – there are a thousand!

Aside from raw talent and a tip or two from the Muse, we have principles, rules, devices, guidelines, categories, strategies, tools, tactics, and techniques.

Our expert panel will offer help for all writers whether writing fiction, screenplay, or even nonfiction.

We will discuss (as time allows)…

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Magazines and Ezines: What you need to know

Monday, March 21, 2016

Magazines are everywhere. It seems as if they must be starving for content, but they don’t make it easy to for writers to contribute. In fact, they can be downright secretive about the process.

Not all magazines pay well; some do not all pay at all. But sometimes the article practically writes itself, and other times the resume credit is worth the effort, even if the money does not fit. And sometimes there are other valuable perks that you might not have considered.

Our expert panel will discuss…

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Love the Ones You Hate — Creating Appealing Flawed Characters

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Diana Paul will be giving a few examples of flawed characters from her novel, “Things Unsaid,” and discussing their importance for the structure of the novel. In addition to examples from her novel, she will use “Olive Kitteridge” (Elizabeth Strout) and “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” (Anne Tyler) and their use of character flaws.

In a workshop format, Diana Paul encourages all participants to read from their own writing or from some of their favorite authors so we can open the discussion on characters we love to hate.

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Word Processing Prowess: Easy tricks and hints

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Have you ever felt that Word Processing is actually harder than writing by hand or type writing? Do you use Word or another word processor and love it — except when you end up with weird page breaks or make one tiny change and end up with rivers of white instead of columns? Are you frustrated when you edit a word and actually lose the word. Do you “get by” in Word or your writing app, but know you could be more efficient?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions or possibly have other frustrations or questions, please do yourself the favor of coming to this seminar and learning how word processing can make you a superhero-strength writer.

Presented by Deborah Shadovitz, who wrote the book!

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Trends in Publishing

Monday, January 25, 2016


As the greatest writer of them all once said, “That IS the question.” We all know that writing an interesting, involving, and top-quality book is a must, if you want to attract a good agent or a mainstream publisher — and especially if you want to publish it yourself.

But what happens after you write “The End”?

What goes on “behind the scenes” at publishers and agencies that determine if they say Yes or No? What do publishers and agents need from authors themselves, with regard to pre-existing fame and media profile, platform, credibility, education/credentials, and the like, besides writing a good book on a worthwhile topic?

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Method Writing: An Organic Approach to Writing

Saturday, January 16, 2015

“Method Writing” is an organic approach to writing, much as method acting is an organic approach to acting, stressing inner process and deep voice. “Method Writing” consists of various concepts that take the writer through techniques designed to make the writing more compelling and more effective, publishable and productive.

Back by popular demand, Jack Grapes will present this overview of the writer’s creative process, focusing on his book “METHOD WRITING,” a technique he’s developed and used in his writing workshops over the last 35 years.

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Annual Holiday Bash at the Biltmore

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Let’s meet for no-host cocktails in the gorgeous Rendezvous Court or take an escorted tour of this historic hotel (optional), including the elegant ballrooms and indoor pool.

Then in Smeraldi’s Restaurant, we’ll have dinner with all the trimmings – soup or salad, entrée and sides, dessert selection, and beverages (non-alcoholic included with dinner; no-host bar available).
Awards and drawings follow, and we’ll have some nice surprises for you!

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The Essay: Art and Attitude

Monday, November 17, 2014

Written essays have always been a creative way to express views and test the waters for larger pieces. Many have become the framework for much of social communication. Now, with the advent of the digital age, essays have taken on a new and in some ways bolder life. Not only are they published in magazines and compilations, but the essay also lives in blogs and other social media.

Essays can be literary criticism, political manifestos, technical explanations, recollections, and more.

As Aldous Huxley once said, “Like the novel, the (written) essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything.”

We will take a lively look at how it has evolved recently and what several very accomplished writers have done with the form.

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Writing Nostalgia: When the Past Sings, Make it Zing

Monday, November 16, 2015

Who doesn’t like nostalgia?

But nostalgia for one person might be ancient history for another. But good nostalgia can strike a chord with many people.

Nostalgia can liven fiction and stand on its own. If given the proper treatment, it can become an “evergreen.”

We will look at the writings and the process of several notable writers, veterans in the field of nostalgia. They have preserved a world and within those words are inspiration, fascination, humor, and pathos, and since it is all based on real events, often from known names, we can relate to the universals.

The many horror stories, success stores, emotional upheavals and poignant aftermath of events past, take on a personal meaning in the world of nostalgia.

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A Storytelling workshop with Annie Korzen: Writing (and Performing) the Personal Essay

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Storytelling is the hottest new literary form – from The Moth to David Sedaris. In Los Angeles, there are many spoken-word events every night of the week. The competition is tough, and most tellers need help with creating the text and/or a relaxed performance technique.

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805 Writers’ Conference

Outside event
October 31 & November 1, 2015

IWOSC is proud to co-sponsor the 805 Writers’ Conference.

The Craft and Business of Writing. 805 Writers’ Conference delivers the skills and knowledge writers need to succeed. Perfect for novelists, nonfiction, magazine, and screenwriters.

39 professionals to hear and meet, including our own Flo Selfman and Roberta Edgar and IWOSC had a table there as well.

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Everybody’s a Critic! How To Get Your Projects Noticed By Top Critics — And How To Become One Yourself!

Monday, October 26, 2015

How does a book writer, artist, performer/musician, or filmmaker get noticed by professional critics and bloggers, in today’s cacophony of 500 channels, Netflix, and YouTube — especially if they’re small-press, self-published, or an “indie” filmmaker or performer? And just as important, what qualities do critics want to see (and avoid!) in what they’re reviewing? What sets paid/professional film, TV, book, and arts criticism apart in today’s world of Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Blogspot “film critics” and “political commentators?” What is the ROLE of the professional critic in today’s society — and can you become one yourself?

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Get Your Book Noticed: Let Reviewers Sell Your Book for You!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Don’t drown in the sea of published books. Learn how to compete against the publishing Big Fish using the same highly effective book promotion techniques … without spending thousands of dollars.

Discover how to use the secret power of book reviews to ensure that the media, buyers and consumers start paying attention to and buying your book, spreading the word around the globe.

Get exclusive access to …

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Writing Captivating Memoirs —Tips and Tools

Monday, September 28, 2015

Thinking about writing the stories of your life? Wondering where to start? Or have you started but feel unclear about how to organize your writing? Looking for ideas to make your tales a better read? Are you a published author looking for help writing in memoir form?

We will discuss techniques that help enliven and enrich books of memoir, and tools to sharpen your writing and organization skills. We’ll help you move to the next level of your work.

We will discuss…

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Researching and Writing the Historical Novel

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The historical novel is one of the most popular genres in fiction. But writing one presents some special challenges. In this seminar Gerald Everett Jones uses his recent novel ‘Bonfire of the Vanderbilts” as a case study into the more than 15 years he spent trying to unravel the secrets hidden in Julius Stewart’s 1892 painting “The Baptism.” His searching included art history, unpublished scholars’ whitepapers, genealogy, steamship passenger records, Episcopal church history and archives, private memoirs and ephemera, oral history and even family rumors, image archives, rare book collections, and more.

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IWOSC Reads Its Own – August 2015

IWOSC Reads Its Own
Sunday, August 9, 2015

Everyone is invited!

Guests and members came to hear some of IWOSC’s talented member writers as they read excerpts from their work. Published, not yet published, in progress…

The writing was varied — poetry, fiction, memoir, nonfiction.

Location: Vroman’s Bookstore

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IWOSC’s Sumer Party!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Carla’s Cafe

This summer season we returned to enjoy the hospitality of CBS Studios in Studio City where fellow writers and guests wined, dined and socialized — after seeing the lot and in between being regaled with the personal stories of the fabulous Marianne Muellerleile.

Two years ago our summer party at CBS Studio City was such a hit that we’ve decided to return!

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The Lucrative Speaking Business: The Power of Your Personal Story

Monday, July 27, 2015

WOSC is pleased to present an exciting program with international speaker, coach, author and comedian JUDY CARTER.

Do you shy away from public speaking even though it can help you promote your writing career and earn you extra money?

All writers need to know how to do something that’s scary: speak in front of others.

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WordPress For Writers

Saturday, July 18, 2015

WordPress! You’ve heard and keep hearing the name. “THE way you should set up your website.” “THE way Google will better rank your website.” “THE #1 choice people are using to get their message, their writing, out to the world.”

Maybe you’ve heard that it can be difficult. Maybe you’ve even tried to use it and got stuck. …

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Pitch Class with Pilar Allesandra

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Whether we’re at a cocktail party, on an airplane, or face to face with an agent or producer, we’re always pitching. Even experienced writers get tongue-tied when it comes to presenting their work aloud in the best possible light. IWOSC is pleased to welcome back one of the best pitching instructors anywhere: Pilar Alessandra, director of the writing program “On the Page.”

In this seminar, you will …

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