IWOSC’s monthly drop-in satellite sessions are free and open to all Los Angeles writers — both members and non-members. (Out-of-town guests are welcome too.)
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!
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 — Online via Zoom
Saturday, November 7, 2020
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Essential Elements in Writing Mystery Novels
Do you love getting caught up in a good mystery? For our November event, our satellite host Robin Quinn will interview veteran author Marv Wolf, the writer of two mystery series, Rabbi Ben (final installment, Bride of Finkelstein, just became available) and the new Chelmen and Spaulding CID (Book One, M-9, released August 2019).
- Why you should consider the mystery genre
- Where to get ideas
- How suspense and misdirection affect structure and plotting
- Choosing locations as part of research
- What is crucial for lead characters (protagonists and antagonists) in mysteries
- What to consider for minor characters
- How soon the mystery should be presented
- How to weave in clues
- What makes for a satisfying ending
- Tips for mystery screenwriting
The session will include a writing prompt, and Robin will incorporate your questions from registration and the program’s chat feature into her interview.
A handout will include a description of the different subgenres of mysteries.
About Marvin J. Wolf
Marvin J. Wolf is a renowned storyteller and photojournalist. His entry into journalism was as an Army combat correspondent, the seed of a career that decades later grew into They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans co-authored with legendary war correspondent Joseph Galloway. Wolf also co-authored Where White Men Fear to Tread with Russell Means, the famous American Indian activist. Having penned a series of True Crime books, in recent years Wolf turned to mysteries. His first series features a detective who happens to be a religious leader, Rabbi Ben. Fans of Wolf’s fiction are applauding the action and characters in his new book series, the Chelmin and Spaulding CID mysteries.
In addition, Wolf has been a writer for TV & Film, and, lest he have time to twiddle his thumbs, he is creating photo books as well—a passion begun during his years in Vietnam.
Register to Attend
Some of our past meetings
Our past meetings include:
- Sept 2002: Turning Your Family’s History into a Memoir, with Ruth Badley
- July 2020: The Art of the Personal Essay by Sue William Silverman
- June 2020: Your Crucial 1st 10 Pages — for both book and script writers, presented by Serita Stevens
- March 2020: Introduction to Book to Film Adaptations presented by Alexis Krasilovsky
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WHEN WE’RE MEETING IN PERSON AGAIN
St. Mary’s of Palms
3647 Watseka Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Free in small church lot and street parking. Entrance to meeting is down the sidewalk, to the right of the main, bright red doors.
Meal After Meeting
WHEN WE’RE MEETING IN PERSON AGAIN
When we’re meeting in person again we’ll again meet after the meeting at 3 and we’ll have the Reservation option on our form.
Grand Casino Bakery & Café
3826 Main Street
Culver City, CA 90232
There is metered street parking as well as fee parking with the first hour free in municipal lots.
Email Robin at robinkayquinn2 AT gmail DOT com to speak, volunteer, or to join our mailing list for this Satellite.