Past Events 2020

Westside Satellite for Writers – Book to Film Adaptations

Los Angeles Westside Satellite Introduction to Book to Film Adaptations Hosted by 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. All interested writers are welcome — IWOSC members or not, published or not, Westside resident or not. This meeting has passed. We don’t keep all past Satellite meetings here but we’ll do this once in a while so you can get an idea of what they’re about. Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:30 to 2:30p.m. (our regular time) Topic: Introduction to Book to Film Adaptations […]

A screenshot from our Research Panel: Gerald, Kelly, Gary, Telly

Research Techniques For Writers

Online Panel
Monday, May 18, 2020

Taking notes … doing homework … wading through reference books and endless websites … Research and fact-checking for writers has gotten a reputation for being the most boring and tedious part of writing  books and articles. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

This month we bring you and online panel about how to make “playing detective” interesting and exciting, and how to get the most useful information with the least wasted time.

Moderator and Panelist: Telly Davidson
Dr. Kelly Gardiner
Gerald Everett Jones

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Conversation with Best-selling Author Lisa See

Monday, April 27, 2020

This month we present this online Webinar via Zoom as our monthly Seminar.

Best-selling author Lisa See has generously accepted our invitation to speak with us and answer our questions. She is a supremely gifted writer with a brilliant wealth of involving, enduring, and memorable stories.

Presented by: Lisa See

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Author Lisa See

IWOSC writer's group Podcast Revolution Panel

How to Join the Podcast Revolution

Monday, February 24, 2020

Podcasting is not new, but 2019 was the year this medium really took off! In 2020, the number of podcasts are expected to grow even faster. According to, January 2020 statistics show that there are over 820,000 podcasts and over 28 million episodes. 50% of American homes are podcast fans.

What is a podcast?
Basically it’s a series of audio files placed on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device. While this sounds simple, there are a lot of steps involved in creating a quality podcast, making it available, and getting people to listen.

This month, we will present a panel of podcasters who have taken this new path to content delivery. They’ll share their experiences, tips, missteps and the secrets to creating a killer podcast series.

Moderator: Robin Quinn
A.G. Billig
Desireé Duffy
Herbie J Pilato
Gerald Everett Jones

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Set Yourself Up for Writing Success: D*E*B METHOD® Goal Setting

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Is 2020 the year you are going to finish your novel or screenplay, get an agent, or step up your marketing?

Join goal coach and project catalyst Debra Eckerling, author of Your Goal Guide, for our first IWOSC Writers Workshop of 2020.

Whether you are a author trying to figure out what to do with your draft, a blogger trying to showcase your expertise, or a veteran writer pondering what’s next, the The DEB® is the roadmap you need to figure out what you want and how to get it.

DEB stands for Determine Your Mission, Explore Your Options, Brainstorm Your Path.

Presented by: Debra Eckerling

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Debra Eckerling

Dmitriy Velin

The Business and Taxes of Writing

Monday, January 27, 2020

To kick off the new year of 2020, IWOSC/PALA is presenting a program to deal with taxes, starring a top Los Angeles area CPA and an attorney, to give advice on conducting our business as writers and publishers. And this year, California writers have a lot more on their plates than merely planning for their annual appointment with the IRS in April.

Moderator: Telly Davidson
Dmitriy Veli
Michael S. Klein

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Members-only Brainstorming Session January 2020

Members-only Brainstorming Session
Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • Want some feedback on potential titles for your next book?
  • Need help with finding a distributor?
  • Have an opinion about a potential cover design?
  • Not sure if you should spend money on exhibiting at an upcoming trade show?

YOUR questions can be answered at the next Brainstorming meeting.
Bring your books, cover design drafts, marketing ideas, requests for referrals, and anything else related to publishing and get answers from the other members in our group. Take advantage of the collective wisdom of your fellow publishers and publishing colleagues.

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