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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 Seminar:
A Storytelling workshop with Annie Korzen: Writing (and Performing) the Personal Essay

Saturday, November 14, 2015
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Storytelling is the hottest new literary form – from The Moth to David Sedaris. In Los Angeles, there are many spoken-word events every night of the week. The competition is tough, and most tellers need help with creating the text and/or a relaxed performance technique.

Bring the first two lines and last two lines of your own story, and we will have fun mining the gems of your ideas.

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Read more about it.


Monthly General Meeting/Discussion:
WRITING NOSTALGIA: When the Past Sings, Make it Zing

Monday, November 16, 2015
7:30 SHARP to 9:15 p.m.

Who doesn’t like nostalgia?

But nostalgia for one person might be ancient history for another. And good nostalgia can strike a chord with many people.

Nostalgia can liven fiction and stand on its own. If given the proper treatment, it can become an “evergreen.”

We will look at the writings and the process of several notable writers, veterans in the field of nostalgia. 

We will explore...

Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

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IWOSC Reads Its Own

On August 9, we had another spellbinding afternoon of eclectic readings by some of IWOSC’s talented member writers. If you loved it, we look forward to seeing you at our next Reads. If you missed it, watch this space for another Reads. We do this twice a year and it is always free. The venue changes from time to time.

Sunday, January 24, 2016
2 to 4 p.m.

Free to all

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.

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Los Angeles Westside Satellite

IWOSC's Westside Satellite meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club in Santa Monica, CA.
Hosted by: Lisa-Catherine Cohen and Arleen Jacobius

Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, December 10 (may be a holiday party)
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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


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Los Angeles Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Friday, November 13
Friday, December 11
Friday, January 8, 2016
Friday, February 12, 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. 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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Los AngelesWest San Fernando Valley
(Woodland Hills/SFV) Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, November 11
Wednesday, December 9
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 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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Los Angeles South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, November 17
Tuesday, December 15
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 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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Orange County Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, November 4
Wednesday, December 2
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 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 Zito’s Bar and Grill in Tustin, CA.
Hosted by: Andrea Ring


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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.



IWOSC-related events

Annual Holiday Party!

We'll be Back at the Biltmore!
Smeraldi's at the gorgeous Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA.

Optional no-host cocktails in the Rendezvous Court and/or docent-led hotel tour from 6:30-7:30.

Dinner, presentations, drawings, schmoozing, surprises.

Thursday December 10,
7:30-10:00 pm. 2015


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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.

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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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.