Los Angeles Westside satellite meetings for writers

IWOSC’s monthly drop-in satellite sessions are open to all Los Angeles writers — both members and non-members. (Out-of-town guests are welcome too.)

Robin Quinn

Robin Quinn, our host

We have several satellites to cover the various areas of Southern California or the Greater Los Angeles area.

During the Covid-19 restrictions our Satellites are meeting online. This makes it possible for EVERYONE to get there, so we hope you’ll consider attending.

Los Angeles Westside Satellite — online for now

IWOSC’s Westside Satellite is in full swing, thanks to Robin Quinn —  a long-time IWOSC member and an LA Book Coach and Editor specializing in self-help, memoir and uplifting fiction.

Our Westside Satellite serves writers from the Palisades south to LAX, and those in Culver City, Inglewood, Ladera Heights, Westwood — even Beverly Hills.

We welcome all interested writers — IWOSC members or not, published or not, Westside resident or not.

The Satellite has been meeting at St. Mary’s of Palms on the first Saturday of every month, followed by a meal at the Grand Casino Bakery & Café in downtown Culver City. However, for the time-being, due to Covid-19, we’re holding meeting virtually via Zoom.


Next meeting
Write What You Don’t Know — Yet

Saturday, June 26, 2021
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Free to members
$10 for nonmembers
Registration ends at noon Friday, June 25 

Christina Hoag's book, Skin of TattoosResearch 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.

  • Tips serving writers of both fiction and nonfiction, including memoir
  • Research strategies gleaned from years as a journalist, both in the States and abroad
  • Out of the box ideas for in-person research
  • Advice for writing about an emotionally difficult past
  • Keying in to your empathic imagination

This will be offered presentation-style, rather than in the usual interview format.

About our speaker

Journalist-turned-Author, Christina Hoag

Christina Hoag

Christina Hoag won a prize for writing interesting stories when she was six years old and that’s what she’s been doing ever since.

Hoag is the author of the noir crime tale Skin of Tattoos, Silver Falchion Award finalist and the novel Girl on the Brink, named Best of YA by Suspense Magazine.

A former journalist for the Miami Herald and Associated Press, she reported from Latin America for nearly a decade for major media including Time, Business Week, Financial Times, and The New York Times.

Her short stories and essays have been published in numerous literary journals, including Shooter, Lunch Ticket, Spirelights, and the Santa Barbara Literary Journal, and recently won awards in the International Human Rights Arts Festival Literary Awards and Soul-Making Keats Writing Competition.

You can learn more about her at her website, ChristinaHoag.com.

For questions about the Westside Satellite, contact Host Robin Quinn at robinkayquinn2 at gmail DOT com.

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