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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, February 20, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Seminar Topic:
WORD PROCESSING PROWESS — Easy tricks and hints
presented by Deborah Shadovitz, who wrote the book!

Have you ever felt that Word Processing is actually harder than writing by hand or type writing? Do you use Word or another word processor and love it — except when you end up with weird page breaks or make one tiny change and end up with rivers of white instead of columns? Are you frustrated when you edit a word and actually lose the word. Do you “get by” in Word or your writing app, but know you could be more efficient?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions or possibly have other frustrations or questions, please do yourself the favor of coming to this seminar and learning how word processing can make you a superhero-strength writer. 

But there’s more to the power of word processing than knowing the mechanics. The word processing app you use on your computer is not just typewriter on a computer. It can actually help you formulate and organize your ideas. 

No matter how well you get by, chances are great that you’ll leave this seminar with more word processing power and time-saving efficiency. 

Read more about it.

 

Monthly General Meeting/Discussion

Monday, February 29, 2016
7:30 SHARP to 9:15 p.m.
Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

TRICKS OF THE TRADE – Writing Advice from the Experts

There are a thousand formulas for writing. Rather than choose just one, you can collect them all in your writer's tool kit!

This panel of experts will share principles, rules, devices, guidelines, categories, strategies, tools, tactics and techniques with you.

Learn more

 

IWOSC Reads Its Own

Sunday, July 17, 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 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, February 11, 2016 — Speaker Amy Friedman
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016

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

Details

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Los Angeles Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Friday, February 12, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
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. This is always a joint meeting of the IWOSC Pasadena Satellite and the Alameda Writers Group SIG.
Hosted by: Jane Neff Rollins

Details

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

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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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Los Angeles South Bay Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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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Orange County Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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 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

 

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.

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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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 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!

Easy Payment via Paypal

You can make reservations for selected seminars and pay for your membership at Paypal. Make payment to payiwosc(atsymbol)iwosc.org.

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, March 19
Saturday, April 16
Saturday, May 21
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, March 21
Monday, April 18
Monday, May 23
Monday, June 27
Monday, July 25
Monday, September 26
Monday, October 24
Monday, November 21

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