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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

Monthly Seminar

Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Seminar Topic:
SO YOU WANT TO GET PUBLISHED?
The basics for the writer from an agent’s point of view

So, you want to get published?     WAIT!
Today’s publishing market is more competitive than it has ever been, and millions of new authors rush in without educating themselves. 

Learn how to avoid the rookie mistakes.
In this 2-hour discussion....

Read more and learn how to reserve.

 

Monthly General Meeting/ Discussion

Monday, May 23, 216
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

IWOSC’S ANNUAL AGENTS PANEL
BEHIND THE SCREEN:  Writing for TV Today – and Tomorrow

TV is a booming business for writers with one-hour dramas and dramedies, half hour semi-comedic series and animation. Even reality TV relies on writers to come up with hours of new, different and compelling material.

This panel will discuss what it takes to get into TV writing - and what it takes to stay there. They will also look at the current state of the art of writing for television.

Learn more & learn how to reserve.

 

Special Seminar:
The IWOSC Marketing Intensive
Prepare, Plan & Produce The Perfect Book Marketing Campaign

Saturday, June 18, 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. including breaks and snacks and lunch (bring your own)

In the past years, IWOSC had produced a Marketing panel every spring.  This year we are presenting an intense (but friendly) experience with three of the very top people in the field. We will take breaks, time for lunch, and plenty of time for questions. 

The syllabus is very comprehensive and the session has been priced at a fraction of its value with a big Early Bird discount and also an IWOSC member discount.  This program will include several free actionable take-aways.

The room will be set up classroom style to facilitate note-taking. Lunch and snacks will be permitted for this event.

We hope that you will be impressed, but more to the point, we hope this will energize you and give you new tools, a new outlook, and the comfort of the counsel of three top people.

Our Presenters:

  • Steven Sanchez, best-selling author and internet expert for over 20 years
  • David Wogahn, president of Sellbox, an award-winning publishing services company
  • Julia Drake, co-founder of the California based literary publicity company, Wildbound PR.

Visit our Calendar page to register.
Jump directly to the Syllabus page to read all the details.

 

IWOSC Reads Its Own

Sunday, July 24, 2016
2 to 4 p.m.
Free to all

On the heels of a fabulous January day of reading, we've set up another. Mark your calendar to attend this next entertaining afternoon of eclectic readings by some of IWOSC’s talented member writers.

Location:
Vroman's Bookstore
Pasadena

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.

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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, May 24, 2016 — postponed from the 17th
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 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

Details

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Los Angeles Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Friday, May 13, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Friday, July 8, 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

Details

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

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 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

Details

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Orange County Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 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

Details

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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)

Upcoming meetings:
This satellite will be on hiatus. In the interim, and always, you are welcome to attend the Woodland Hills satellite or any others.


Non-members welcome!

IWOSC's Ventura County satellite enables writers to meet monthly. It has been meeting every 2nd Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Linda Parks, County of Ventura Board of Supervisor, Second District Office at 625 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. However, any of these details may change.

Details

 

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.


News & Reminders!

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.


IWOSC-related events

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.

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 Events Mailing List

To get on the mailing list for all IWOSC events, send us an email with the subject: subscribe me to the events list.

NOTE: If you have a blocker such as Boxbe, please add iwosc-news(at-sign)iwosc.org to your OK list or we'll be plagued by rejection notes — and you won't receive the mailings.

IWOSC Meetings To Go

Couldn't attend an event? Be there with an audio recording of it! View our list of available events and purchase your tape today!

SAVE THE DATES

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, June 18
Saturday, July 16
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, June 27
Monday, July 25
Monday, September 26
Monday, October 24
Monday, November 21

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