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
Writing the Young Adult Novel — with author Craig Leener

Craig Leener's Book 1 of his Zeke Archer Basketball Trilogy

Book 1 of the Zeke Archer Basketball Trilogy

Saturday, February 13, 2021
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Free to members
$10 for nonmembers
Register by noon Friday, Feb 12
Sorry, registration is now closed. We’ll have March info here soon.

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.

Topics will include:

  • How Craig navigated the transition from sportswriter to novelist
  • Getting the first draft down
  • Perfecting the draft
  • Integrating “lessons to learn” into YA fiction without sounding preachy
  • How is YA fiction different than adult fiction? [Age range for readers is 12-18.]
  • Why he decided to publish his novels himself
  • Recording the audiobook
  • How he used basketball news as tie-ins for his book promotion
Author Craig Leener

Author Craig Leener

About our Speaker —Craig Leener

Craig Leener grew up on the hardscrabble basketball courts of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA. He has studied the game as a player, coach, referee, fan and sportswriter.

Craig earned an AA degree in liberal arts from Los Angeles Valley College and a BA degree in Radio/ TV/Film from California State University, Northridge. He subsequently worked in the entertainment industry before finding his calling as a sportswriter and young-adult novelist. His trilogy includes the YA novels This Was Never About Basketball, All Roads Lead to Lawrence, and This Was Always About Basketball.

Craig purports to be an 87-percent free-throw shooter on his backyard home court (never verified), and he says shooting hoops is a great cure for writer’s block.

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

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