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Past 2015 Events


IWOSC — Independent Writers of Southern California — provides writers of the greater Los Angeles area with several opportunities to get together with other writers.
Each month we host casual satellite get-togethers for writers in various parts of Los Angeles. Eleven months of the year we present a writing-related seminar, and a writing-related panel discussion style general meeting.

Many of our members are published professional writers or are professional writers of other sorts, while others are working toward breaking into the professional writing scene. Some write books, others write for magazines, others do public relations....

If you're a writer in the Los Angeles area or Southern California, at any level of your writing career, writing in any genre, we invite you to come check us out.

Upcoming IWOSC Events
for Independent Writers

Monthly General Meeting/Panel Discussion:
ANNUAL LITERARY AGENTS PANEL: What Writers Must Know About Working With Representation Today — and Tomorrow

Monday, April 27, 2015
7:30 SHARP to 9:15 p.m.

In a fast-changing marketplace, it’s important to have an advocate to fight for you when going the route of traditional publishing. Our annual Agent's program will present a panel of stellar Southern California agents who will provide a look at their world today.

We will ALSO have a top Hollywood motion picture and TV agent for those who are pursuing screenwriting rather than (or in addition to) book writing.

Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

Learn more about the topic and our panelists.


Monthly Seminar:
HOW TO WRITE QUERY LETTERS AND PROPOSALS: The Seven Steps to a Successful Book

Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nearly all nonfiction books are sold with a proposal that enlists the aid of a literary agent in convincing an acquisitions editor at a publishing entity to advance funds to a writer with an idea.

Learn how to write irresistible query letters and book proposals. Marvin J. Wolf, author of a dozen nonfiction books, as well as a novel and several photography books, will take you through the seven steps to a successful book.

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Read more about it.


IWOSC Reads Its Own

Another spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works — from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes.

Some of IWOSC’s talented member writers read short excerpts from their work. Their selections may be published, unpublished, or works in progress. We’ll be regaled with their wit, have our emotions stirred, or be plunged into deep thought.

Sunday, August 2, 2015
2 to 4 p.m.

Free to all

We'll be at:
Vroman's Bookstore

Read more about it.


Satellites — Informal sessions

IWOSC's monthly drop-in satellite sessions are free and open to all writers — both members and non-members.

From Orange County to Pasadena to the Valley, IWOSC has writers covered. Bring your writing, your ideas, problems, questions, and complaints. Receive support, laughs, juicy controversy, and plenty of networking.

Orange County Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, April 1
Wednesday, May 6

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Free to all
Non-members welcome!

Thanks to our new OC leader, Orange County writers now have the opportunity to meet fellow scribes in Tustin on the first Wednesday of every month. This group will meet in the evening, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m at Zito’s Bar and Grill in Tustin, CA.
Hosted by: Andrea Ring


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Westside Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, April 9
Thursday, May 14

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Non-members welcome!

IWOSC's Westside Satellite meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club in Santa Monica, CA.
Hosted by: Vickey Kalambakal

Details and RSVP

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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, April 9
Thursday, May 14

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Non-members welcome!

IWOSC's Ventura County satellite enables writers to meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at Linda Parks, County of Ventura Board of Supervisor, Second District Office at 625 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Hosted by: Sharon Schnell


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Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Friday, April 10
Friday, May 8

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Free to all
Non-members welcome!

Join writers in the San Gabriel Valley area for an active exchange of ideas at The Coffee Gallery. This is always a joint meeting of the IWOSC Pasadena Satellite and the Alameda Writers Group SIG.
Hosted by: Jane Neff Rollins


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West San Fernando Valley (Woodland Hills/SFV) Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, April 8
Wednesday, May 13

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Free to all
Non-members welcome!

The Valley Satellite meets the 2nd Wednesday morning at Crown Books in Woodland Hills, offering writers a chance to participate in a free-flowing exchange of ideas about their work and the writing business.
Hosted by: Sylvia Cary


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South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, April 21
Tuesday, May 19

10:00 a.m.
Free to all
Non-members welcome!

The South Bay independent writers Satelliteis for writers who live or work south of Culver City. This South Bay area extends from the Pacific to Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and the book loving towns of Torrance, Gardena and Lomita. Gutsy travelers from San Pedro and Long Beach are more than welcome. We meet at Marmalade Cafe in El Segundo, CA.
Hosted by: Joan Rodman



IWOSC-related events


2015 LA Times 
Festival of Books logo

The 2015 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Every year the Festival emerges bigger, better, and more exciting. Prepare to attend lectures and presentations by your choice of 540 authors, 8 cooking demonstrations, 11 artists, 3 screenings, 9 stages, 16 musical performances, 34 poets, 13 food trucks – and free admission!

You will join tens of thousands of attendees with one common goal—to mingle in the rarified atmosphere of creativity and knowledge. Assorted freebies and prizes will be made available at many of the booths located across the campus.

While you’re there, please stop by and visit the IWOSC booth #131, located on Trousdale Parkway. Meet IWOSC member writers and authors. Drawings and discounts.

Saturday, April 18, & Sunday, April 19
USC Campus, Downtown LA
Admission is FREE

For more information, plus a map showing the location of the Festival and how to get tickets for indoor events, visit LATimes.com/FestivalOfBooks/.

See you there!

Roberta Edgar, IWOSC Chair Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Lyn Corum, Volunteer Coordinator
Flo Selfman, IWOSC President

LAT Times Festival of Books 2013 IWOSC Booth 

Donation to Sojourn

The Pam Leven Book Nook
at Sojourn Services For Battered Women And Their Children.

This little library is room where Sojourn clients can select from donated books including many self-help and domestic violence books.

Pam Leven Book Nook

As a tribute to our longtime treasurer, Pam Leven, a supporter of battered women's shelters, IWOSC donated $2,500 to Sojourn Services For Battered Women And Their Children. Sojourn is a domestic violence program within Santa Monica’s OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center).

We lost Pam when she died from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident December 2013. We love that Pam is now honored by a spot in which women in need can be comfortable as they read and empower themselves.

CheckThe presentation of our donation to Sojourn during our annual holiday party.

Sojourn logoSojourn logo

See our press release with photos and details.

Writer's Calendar

IWOSC is always on the lookout for great events that help writers. Not just our own writer's events, but others as well. So we are happy to share this with you.

Vickey Kalambakal's
Writer's Calendar Los Angeles,

All the talks, panels, classes, meetups, critique groups, conventions, workshops, and other events for writers, in Los Angeles County and a little beyond.
Get yourself out of the garret!

We can't take any of the credit for this excellent calendar, but we're proud that Vickey Kalambakal is an IWOSC board and is our Satellite Groups Coordinator.

UCLA Extension
Writers’ Program

The UCLA Extension Writers' Program is the nation's largest university-related writing program (more than 500 courses annually, with over 140 courses online). Complete info at the program's site.

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For some extra fun for writers, we're sharing a word of the day here.
 ~ Interested in learning it?
 ~ Think you know it?
Click the word to open a new window/tab to see, hear, or learn.
It's always nice to build some new pathways in your brain.

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News & Reminders!

IWOSC's Online Community

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IWOSC Meetings To Go

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As a rule of thumb, IWOSC meetings are on the 4th Monday of the month and IWOSC seminars are held on the 3rd Saturday. In August and December, we forego the search for knowledge to enjoy celebrating our successes at an historic venue.

Future IWOSC Seminar and Workshop dates
As a rule, IWOSC seminars are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Future IWOSC Meeting/Panel dates
As a rule, IWOSC meetings are the 4th Monday of the month.