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Past 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 have casual satellite get-togethers in various parts of Los Angeles including Orange County; we have a seminar most months, and a general meeting, typically a panel discussion, about a writing-related topic.

Many of our members are published professional writers or are professional writers of other sorts, while others are working on 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


Those who were able to come early met for no-host cocktails in the gorgeous Rendezvous Court or took an escorted tour of this historic hotel which includes elegant ballrooms and an indoor pool.

Then in Smeraldi’s Restaurant, we all dined on the famous custom pasta bar with all the trimmings, prepared dishes, salads, beverages (non-alcoholic included with dinner; no-host bar available), and great desserts. Awards, drawings, and a special presentation followed.

Wed, Dec 3, 2014
6 p.m. Optional no-host cocktails or hotel tour
7:30 – 10 p.m. Dinner and program

Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Monthly General Meeting/Panel Discussion:
THE ESSAY: Art and Attitude

Monday, November 17, 2014
7:30 SHARP to 9:15 p.m.

Written essays have always been a creative way to express views and test the waters for larger pieces. Many have become the framework for much of social communication. Now, with the advent of the digital age, essays have taken on a new and in some ways bolder life. Not only are they published in magazines and compilations, but the essay also lives in blogs and other social media.

Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

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Monthly Seminar:
Stacey Aaronson’s Become a Self-Published Author with Excellence

Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The self-publishing model has changed a great deal over the last three years, creating a wonderful open door for writers to see their name on a published book. Unfortunately, most aspiring authors make detrimental mistakes in bringing their books to fruition and publishing them, ultimately diminishing—rather than solidifying—their credibility.

Stacey Aaronson will not only share the missteps most people make when embarking on self-publishing and impart the essentials you must know to become a self-published author with excellence and marketability.

Presenter Stacey Aaronson is the “Fulfiller of Publishing Dreams” and founder of The Book Doctor Is In, is a professional book doctor who takes self-publishing authors by the hand and transforms their manuscripts into the books they’ve dreamed of.

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

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Satellites — Informal sessions

IWOSC's monthly drop-in satellite sessions are free and open to all writers — both members and non-members.
Bring your writing, your ideas, problems, questions, and complaints. Receive support, laughs, juicy controversy, and plenty of networking.

Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Friday, December 12
Friday, January 9, 2015
Friday, February 13
Friday, March 13
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, December 10
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Wednesday, February 11
Wednesday, March 11
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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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Thursday, February 12
Thursday, March 12
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, 91360
Hosted by: Sharon Schnell


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Westside Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, December 11
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Thursday, February 12
Thursday, March 12
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.
Hosted by: Vickey Kalambakal

Details and RSVP

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South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tuesday, February 17
Tuesday, March 17
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.
Hosted by: Joan Rodman



IWOSC-related events

Donation to Sojourn


Sojourn Services For Battered Women And Their Children, the domestic violence program within Santa Monica’s OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center), was the recipient of a $2,500 monetary donation from the Culver City-based Independent Writers of Southern California, as a tribute to IWOSC’s longtime, esteemed treasurer, Pam Leven. An experienced bicyclist, Leven died from injuries sustained in a bike-to-bike accident just one year ago.

The presentation was made at IWOSC’s annual holiday party December 3rd at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Sojourn logoSee our press release with photos and details.

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 CalendarLos 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.

Remembering Pam Leven

IWOSC suffered a terrible loss with the sudden passing of our longtime treasurer, supporter and friend, Pam Leven, on December 19, 2013.
Her generosity, intelligence and beautiful spirit made her a unique force of nature. She touched many lives in exceptional ways. Pam was a vital part of IWOSC and meant so much to so many of us.

Pam Leven

Remembering our beloved Pam as she was, enjoying friends at IWOSC's 2013 Annual Holiday Party.


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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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.