A packed house (pre-Covid, of course) for our annual Agents panel 4.27.15
A packed house (pre-Covid, of course) for our annual Agents panel 4.27.15

PastEvent17, Writers Seminar

Overcoming Gender and Racial Bias in Publishing and Hollywood

Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017 

In this seminar for writers and others in publishing and Hollywood, we will explore the dynamics of gender and racial discrimination that writers face in publishing and in show business. Whether you are a journalist, scriptwriter, copywriter, editor, songwriter, script doctor, or any other type of writer, join us as we discuss discrimination: how to spot it, how to handle it, how to “lean in” and push back against it, and how to work around it.

For a time, it appeared that sexism, homophobia, and racism directed at writers were things of the past in “tolerant, liberal” New York publishing and the world of showbiz. But it appears that change was only cosmetic. Discrimination persists, but has become more coded than it was in the days of Madmen. The same problems that writers faced back then have been lurking under the surface all along.

To get at how writers can fight back or find a way around this issue, we will be discussing topics like…

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PastEvent17, Writers Seminar

Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017 

What do writers need to know about contracts? Or Intellectual Property? How about collaborations between authors? Turns out, there’s a lot of legal issues that writers and self-publishers should be aware of.

How can writers avoid the pitfalls of intellectual property theft, frivolous libel and plagiarism lawsuits, scam literary agents, too-good-to-be-true offers, contract loopholes, and how can authors avoid being cheated out of their money when writing a book, screenplay/play, or TV format? And what new traps are out there in cyberspace and online writing that writers need to be aware of?

Presented by:
Dan Laidman
Dana Newman
Workshop Coordinator: Telly Davidson

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PastEvent17, Writers Seminar

Marketing Intensive 2017: Prepare, Plan & Produce The Perfect Book Marketing Campaign

Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Our panelists:
David Wogahn
Julia Drake
Steven Sanchez

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PastEvent17, Writers Seminar

Jump Start Book Writing Project

Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Have you been thinking about writing a book?
Wondering where to start?
Or, have you started, but feel unclear about how to organize your writing?
Looking for ideas to make your book a better read?

Now’s the time to get feedback and ideas for moving ahead!

In this workshop…

Presented by: Ina Hillebrandt

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PastEvent17, Writers Seminar

How to Write Query Letters & Proposals

Sat, May 20, 2017

Seminar How to Write Query Letters & Proposals Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:30 am – 1:00 p.m.   How do you… Click for more How to Write Query Letters & Proposals

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Learn about the New Print on Demand Publishing Service from Amazon Kindle Direct!

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

For April we present a special event: a phone-in seminar in conjunction with The Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA) — on a THURSDAY EVENING rather than a Saturday morning. We save you a trip to Culver City, enabling you to learn with us from the comfort of your own home — and for a special lower price!

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is rolling out a new program that offers self-publishers and indie authors the opportunity to publish print on demand paperbacks through Kindle, along with publishing their eBooks.

In this telephone seminar, Daniel Slater, Principal, Independent Publishing, Kindle Global Content, will present an overview of what making your POD paperback available from KDP entails, including publishing specifics, economics. etc.

Presented by: Daniel Slater, Principal, Independent Publishing, Kindle Global Content

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Phone Seminar payment

How to pay for your Phone Seminar RSVP Thank you for your RSVP! Our payment information for this special phone-in… Click for more Phone Seminar payment

PastEvent17, Writers Seminar

Nonfiction Writing Seminar

Sat, Mar 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

This month we’re diverging from our usual one-person seminar and hosting an intimate panel of sorts for our seminar.

Our experts will cover many aspects of writing non-fiction prose including…

Presented by: Marc Weingarten and Kelly Carlin with Greg Miller

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