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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, July 16, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35

Seminar Topic:
THE PITCH with Pilar Alessandra

Pitch quickly and pitch well! Whether you’re pitching your book idea to a publisher or your screenplay idea to a producer, this class will help you stay on point and avoid listener tune-out. Proven pitching tools and a written template help writers define the key elements of their stories. Writers learn to pitch their ideas in a concise, focused and entertaining manner that emphasizes the hook and eliminates "writer-babble.”

Read more and learn how to reserve.

 

Monthly Panel Discussion

Monday, June 27, 2016
7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
Free for IWOSC members
$15 non-members

IWOSC Goes to the Movies: Feature Film Screenwriting 101

Just in time for this year's summer blockbusters, we're assembling a panel of proven screenwriters, critics/coaches, and literary agents to discuss how to break down the barriers to the box office, and bring our stories to life for the movies.

We'll be discussing things like...

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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
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91101
626-449-5320

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, 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

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

Upcoming meetings:
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

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Orange County Satellite

Upcoming meetings:
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

 

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

To be included on IWOSC's mailing list and receive notices for all of our events, click here, then enter you email address and name.


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

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, 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, July 25
Monday, September 26
Monday, October 24
Monday, November 21

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