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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

Summer Party!
August 27,
Last days to reserve!

Join your fellow writers for an afternoon/evening in the fresh ocean air as we mingle in the garden of MaGriffe, across from the Korean Friendship Bell and feast on the always-excellent Italian cuisine of chef Mike Cacavalla.

You never know what great ideas will come from a social conversation with a fellow creative, what tips you'll glean, what inspiration you'll find — but that good stuff always comes from such downtime and relaxing conversations.

Socializing and conversation is the call of the day.

Meet your newly-elected Board of Directors and Committee members, learn what we have in the works for you, and learn about opportunities to get involved.

We hope you’ll join us.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

But you're welcome to stay and enjoy until 8!
Some of use are sure planning to!

3624 South Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Monthly Seminar

Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Seminar Topic:
The Rewrite Desk

Finishing a draft of a book or script is an awesome accomplishment – but we all know that at least one more set of revisions will certainly follow, because you probably won't get it totally right on the first or second draft. Assessment of a draft and deciding what to emphasize or cut in the next draft is a very delicate stage of the process. Now you're not just invested in the project, you're immersed in it. How (and if) you proceed will determine if the material shines or the water gets even muddier.

This seminar will cover...

Read more and learn how to reserve.


Monthly Panel Discussion

Monday, July 25, 2016
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

the writer’s vision illuminated

Documentaries can inform, misinform, soothe, infuriate, stimulate, or they can be a yawn. Documentarians possess the devotion to their subject and a certain single-mindedness that, if the fates allow, lead them to a worthy finished product.

The journey from concept to production, distribution and sales presents quite the challenge. Our panel of experts — including Pulitzer Prize-winning Tom Jennings and award-winning journalist Susan Karlin — will address these issues, of course with a decidedly strong focus on the writing.

Learn more & learn how to reserve.


IWOSC Reads Its Own - Save the date

Sunday, January 22, 2017
2 to 4 p.m.
Free to all

Our next Reads is on the books at Vroman's Bookstore. Mark your calendar to for our next entertaining afternoon of eclectic readings by some of IWOSC’s talented member writers.

On July 24 we enjoyed hearing the words of these members:

  • Mike Walters
  • Anna Nicholas
  • Lee Wilson
  • Linda Neal
  • George Wassil
  • Lisa-Catherine Cohen
  • Stephanie Balikos
  • Patrick DeVuono
  • Wanda Maureen Miller
  • Vibiana Chamberlain
  • Flo Selfman
  • G.L. Helm
  • Bo Kim
  • Barri Clark

Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91101

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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.

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.

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Los Angeles Westside Satellite

IWOSC's Westside Satellite is currently on hiatus.

Westsiders, we invite you to the South Bay Satellite, meeting in El Segundo, just south of LAX, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Info below.

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Los Angeles South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Tuesday, Sept 20, 2016
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016

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

The South Bay independent writers Satellite is for writers who live or work anywhere in California's South Bay area — or would like to make the trip to attend. We meet at Marmalade Cafe in El Segundo, CA.
Hosted by: Barbie Herrera


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Los Angeles Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Friday, August 12, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016

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.
Hosted by: Jane Neff Rollins


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Los AngelesWest San Fernando Valley
(Woodland Hills/SFV) Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

10:15 a.m. - noon
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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Orange County Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Wednesday, Sept 7, 2016
Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016

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

Orange County writers have the opportunity to meet fellow scribes in Tustin on the first Wednesday of every month. This group meets in the evening, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m at 17th Street Bar & Grill
(formerly called Zito’s Bar and Grill) in Tustin, CA.
Hosted by: Andrea Ring


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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)
IWOSC/SPAWN Ventura County Satellite

IWOSC's Ventura County satellite, joined by SPAWN, Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network, starts meeting monthly in Thousand Oaks area starting in July.

New location! Mimi’s Café on Moorpark Roard provides more sitting space, a private room for our speakers, and space to sell books.

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, July 28, 2016

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Free to all (please consider ordering desert or a drink)
Non-members welcome!



Election Time

Our election for the 2016 Board of Directors is happening right now, this week. Nominations for our new board has closed and all members have received their unique link to the ballot.

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Easy Payment
via Paypal

You can make reservations for selected seminars and pay for your membership at Paypal. Pay to payiwosc(at-sign)iwosc.org.
Please see the Calendar page for more info.

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IWOSC's Online Community

Join us in our Yahoo! Group and access the message board, calendar, links library and more. You'll have to register if you're not already a Yahoo! member.

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IWOSC Event Notices

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IWOSC-related events

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.

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Word Of The Day

Know it?
See it, hear it, or learn it.
Click the word to open in a new window/tab to.
It's always nice to build some new pathways in your brain.

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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. Here are our upcoming dates so you can plan for them.

Saturday, September 17
Saturday, October 22
Saturday, November 19

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

Monday, September 26
Monday, October 24
Monday, November 21