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Past 2015 Events


Events and Activities for Southern California Writers

THE LUCRATIVE SPEAKING BUSINESS: The Power of Your Personal Story – With Judy Carter

Monday, July 27, 2015
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

Judy CarterIWOSC is pleased to present an exciting program with international speaker, coach, author and comedian JUDY CARTER.

Do you shy away from public speaking even though it can help you promote your writing career and earn you extra money?

All writers need to know how to do something that’s scary: speak in front of others. Whether you are promoting your projects, pitching your screenplays, or talking about why you write – the way you communicate “The Story of You” needs to inspire.

You don’t have to wait for your book to be bought, your movie to sell, or your play to be produced to tell your story. There is a speaking market out there desperate for speakers who can motivate others with their messages.

For a long time Judy Carter, author of “The Comedy Bible,” has been making people funny. Now, she is helping people go deeper by finding and speaking their message. In this workshop, based on her new book “The Message of You,” she will show you that your life story has a message that not only can captivate others, but be turned into a speaking career that can make a difference in other people’s lives, including your own.


  • Finding your Message from your personal journey from “mess-to-success”
  • How speakers get booked
  • What topics are the money-making topics
  • Building a connection with any audience
  • Marketing your message to a paying audience


  • Authors who want to speak to improve their book sales
  • Writers who want to improve their storytelling skills
  • Entertainers who want to earn money by speaking
  • Entrepreneurs who want to speak to sell products
  • Survivors who have a great story to tell and want to get speaking gigs
  • Speakers who are looking for new material and get laughs

Our star speaker, JUDY CARTER:

At an early age, Judy Carter discovered that the messes in her life were great comedy material. Judy’s message of using humor as a transformational tool led to her being featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, as well as being a frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and a weekly blogger for Psychology Today.

Currently, Judy is an international keynote speaker, speaking coach, and workshop leader on the power of personal stories and humor to inspire others and decrease workplace stress. Her “wake-them-up” keynotes have thrilled attendees at many Fortune 500 companies including FedEx, Oracle, Disney, Boeing, as well as hundreds of finance, healthcare and women's events.

As an author, Judy doesn’t like to brag, but she did write the Bible. No joke, she’s the author of “The Comedy Bible” (Simon & Schuster) as well as “Standup Comedy: The Book” (Dell Books). Judy’s book, “The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career” (St. Martin’s Press), teaches readers how to become her competition.

Her latest book is an interactive workbook entitled: Finding Extraordinary Stories in an Ordinary Day.

Judy lives in Venice Beach, California with her dogs and 6-toed cats who allow her to live with them as long as she feeds everybody.


Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, California
Parking entrance on Culver 
Corner of Culver Boulevard.
Map of location.
Parking is free.

Note: Wear layered clothing as the temperature in the room can vary.

IWOSC members - free

Non-members - $15

Reservations by email only.
Reservation deadline: space permitting, 5:00 p.m. Sunday, the day before the meeting.

To reserve:
Email the IWOSC office with "IWOSC Reservation" and the date or meeting month in the subject line.
Be sure to tell us your first name, your last name, a phone number, and whether you are a member or not.

Your name will be on a list at the check-in table.
For proof of your reservation, bring a printout of your email or show a smartphone version of your “sent” email or confirmation. Please arrive before 7:20 pm to be seated. Doors open to everyone at 7:20 p.m. and people will be admitted as space permits.

If you have a blocker such as Boxbe, be sure to add info(at-sign)iwosc.org to your OK list or you will never see your confirmation.

If you reserve and can not attend, please email our office to let us know.
For information call 310-773-8075.

Future IWOSC General Meeting/Panel Discussion

As a rule, IWOSC meetings are the 4th Monday of the month.
We don't hold meetings in August or December, opting for parties those months.

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with Steven Sanchez

Saturday, July 18, 2015
10:30 am to 1:00 p.m.

WordPress! You’ve heard and keep hearing the name. “THE way you should set up your website.” “THE way Google will better rank your website.” “THE #1 choice people are using to get their message, their writing, out to the world.”

Maybe you’ve heard that it can be difficult. Maybe you’ve even tried to use it and got stuck. Maybe you reasoned, “That’s fine for someone else, but I’ll stick to what I have.”

Maybe you should check it out again … just in case. Or maybe you should find out what a veteran website developer and writer wants to share with you to help you reach more people with your writing.

Did you know these OUTSTANDING statistics?
· 23% of ALL websites globally use WordPress
· 50,000 new WordPress websites are added EVERY DAY
· 555 MILLION posts were published on WordPress sites just LAST YEAR

So what do all those website owners know that you don’t? Can they all be that tech-savvy? Maybe you should take another look?

Would you like to know:
· What’s absolutely ESSENTIAL to include in your website?
· What’s new with WordPress that has everyone so excited?
· How can you set up a complete website with WordPress without spending a fortune?
· How can you completely freshen or change the look of your site without having to touch every page?
· How can you do things like link to your book on Amazon, include a YouTube video or Facebook post, or add new capabilities to your website without knowing how to program?
· How can get your website noticed by Google?
· What are the best plugins you could be using for free?
· And much, much more!

Invest a few hours of your time to learn something new that can make your life easier, save you money and improve your presence to the world.

About our Presenter

STEVEN SANCHEZ is an international bestselling author who helps writers build the right platforms for their unique opportunities. For over 20 years he developed and managed integrated Web marketing solutions for industry-leading companies. Now he recommends WordPress as THE solution for nearly ALL websites. Steven has conducted numerous workshops on all aspects of Internet marketing, from social media management to website development. He has also contributed to several bestselling books on business success, homepage usability, and designing a website on a shoestring. Steven is currently working on several books for writers, as well as developing WordPressforWriters.com to help smarter writers develop their platforms, connect with their audience, and sell more books.

Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, California
Corner of Culver Boulevard.
Parking entrance on Culver. Parking is free.

Wear layered clothing; the room is usually comfortable, but the temperature can vary.

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35
If you pay for the meeting and decide to join that day, you will be credited for the member rate.

Reservations Required — Space is limited.
Reservation deadline: 5 p.m. the Friday before the seminar.

For further information you may phone 310-773-8075 or email the office.

Reservations are by email only.
Send your reservation email to the IWOSC office, info(at-sign)iwosc.org
When reserving:
Please write “IWOSC Reservation – [the date] seminar” in the subject line.
Provide your first name, your last name, a phone number, and let us know whether you are a member or not so we can accurately list you on our check-in sheet.

You will receive a confirming email from IWOSC, and your name will be on a list at check-in. For proof of your reservation, bring a printout of your email or show a Smartphone version of your “sent” email or confirmation. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Please arrive by 10:20 a.m. to be assured a seat.

People without reservations will be admitted as space permits starting at 10:20 a.m.

If you have a blocker such as Boxbe, please add info(at-sign)iwosc.org to your OK list or you will never see your confirmations.

NOTE: If you reserve and can not attend, please email the IWOSC office (info(at-sign)iwosc.org) or (310) 773-8075 to let us know.


Future IWOSC Seminar/Workshops

As a rule, IWOSC seminars are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
We don't hold a seminar in August or December as those are our party months.


IWOSC's monthly drop-in satellite sessions are free and open to all writers — both members and non-members.
Bring your writing, your ideas, problems, questions, and complaints. Receive support, laughs, juicy controversy, and plenty of networking. And please support our hosts by purchasing snacks and other products.

Los Angeles Westside Satellite

Our Westside Satellite in Santa Monica serves writers from the Palisades south to LAX, and those in Culver City, Inglewood, Ladera Heights, Westwood--even Beverly Hills.

This Westside of Los Angeles Satellite meets the 2nd Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club in Santa Monica.

The July 9th meeting is a special presentation
Authorpreneur: Managing YOUR Publishing Business

Success in any business requires an entrepreneurial investment. Publishing is no different. For the writer, the decision to pursue traditional publication or publishing independently in not as simple as some suggest—not even the money equation. Author skills and track records are not equal—therefore the path which will produce the best quality for you and your brand must be an informed, individual choice. This workshop will explore the successful business model for you, once your finished—meticulously edited—manuscript is complete.

Darlene Quinn is an award-winning author and journalist from Long Beach, California. Her series of novels, Webs of Power, Webs of Fate, Twisted Webs, Unpredictable Webs and Conflicting Webs (released in 2015)have garnered International critical acclaim and have given her an avid fan base around the world.

Hosted by: Vickey Kalambakal

Next meetings:
No meeting in August due to summer holidays
Thursday, September 10
Thursday, October 8

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club
1210 4th Street
Santa Monica, California 90401

We alternate between reading our own work, listening to a speaker, or just going around the table asking questions, sharing gripes and discussing insights.

Parking: You can park for free in the small lot south of the Woman's Club, but due to other events, you may have to wait 10 minutes or so to retrieve your car afterward. Parking is also available in the city lot next door; the first 90 minutes are free.

Admission: There is a fee of $3 per meeting. This fee is donated to a charity.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary.
Please email Vickey with your RSVPs or questions.

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Los Angeles Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

IWOSC's Altadena/Pasadena Satellite includes writers from the San Gabriel Valley (Arcadia, Monrovia, and points East); Glendale, Montrose, Eagle Rock and points South; and La Canada, La Crescenta, Tujunga, Sunland, and points West; but we welcome anyone who is willing to face Friday morning traffic to get to the Coffee Gallery in Altadena.

We meet the 2nd Friday of the month at Coffee Gallery.

Hosted by: Jane Neff Rollins

Next meetings:
Friday, August 14
Friday, September 11
Friday, October 9
Friday, November 13
Friday, December 11

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Coffee Gallery
2029 N. Lake Avenue
Altadena, California 91001

Free to both IWOSC members and non-members.
However, we'd like you to purchase coffee or a snack in support of our host.

For more information about this satellite,
write to Jane Neff Rollins or call her at (818) 957-3405.

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Los Angeles West San Fernando Valley (Woodland Hills/SFV) Satellite

IWOSC's San Fernando Valley Satellite meets in Sherman Oaks (pretty much) each 2nd Wednesday. If you live in the area or just happen to be around at meeting time, come join Sylvia and fellow scribes in a free-flowing exchange of ideas about their work and the writing business.

Hosted by: Sylvia Cary

Next meetings:
Wednesday, August 12
Wednesday, September 9
Wednesday, October 14

Time: 10:15 to noon

Crown Books at the Promenade
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd Suite 1340
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Free parking in the shopping center

Free to both IWOSC members and non-members.

For any questions write to Sylvia Cary.

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Los Angeles South Bay Satellite

IWOSC's South Bay Satellite is for writers from LAX south to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and even Long Beach, and from Torrance, Gardena and Carson west to Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan Beach. If you are a writer who lives or works anywhere in California's South Bay area — or would like to make the trip to attend — we welcome you to this independent writers satellite group.

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month.

Hosted by: Barbie Herrera (with thanks to Joan Rodman for her years of greatleadership and coordinaion)

Next meetings:
Tuesday, August 18
Tuesday, September 15
Tuesday, October 20

10:00 a.m.

Marmalade Cafe in El Segundo
2014 Park Place
(just east of PCH, a block north of Rosecrans)
El Segundo, California

Free to both IWOSC members and non-members.

If you have any questions/suggestions about this satellite, please write to: Barbie Herrera, BarbsArt at RoadRunner.com

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Orange County Satellite

Centrally located in Tustin, IWOSC’s Orange County Satellite serves writers from as far south as San Clemente and Mission Viejo, west to Newport and Huntington Beach, north to Fullerton and Brea, and Orange, Yorba Linda, and Anaheim Hills to the east. We invite you to come meet and share wtih fellow scribes.

This group meets the first Wednesday of every month in the evening, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m at Zito’s Bar and Grill.

Hosted by: Andrea Ring

Next meetings:
Wednesday, August 5
Wednesday, September 2
Wednesday, October 7
Wednesday, November 4
Wednesday, December 2

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location — new:
Zito’s Bar and Grill
17320 17th St.
Tustin, CA 92780

Free to both IWOSC members and non-members. Food/beverage purchase is not required, but in appreciation of our restaurant host, it is suggested. If you’re going to order food, please arrive early so you can order and get your food before the meeting starts.

Reservations are not required, but a quick email to Andrea letting her know you’re coming would be appreciated. Contact her at aring633 at gmail.com.

The group aslo has its own web page at IWOSCOC.weebly.com.

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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)

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 in October.

Hosted by: Sharon Schnell.

Next meetings:
This satellite will be on hiatus until October. Please check back for details closer to October. In the interim, and always, you are welcome to attend the Woodland Hills satellite or any others.

Free to both IWOSC members and non-members.


It’s IWOSC’s Summer Party!
And you’re invited!

This summer season we'll again enjoy the hospitality of CBS Studios in Studio City.


Wine, dine and socialize with fellow writers and guests!

Two years ago our summer party at CBS Studio City was such a hit that we’ve decided to return!

IWOSC writer's group party foodRemember that fabulous buffet? We’re doing it again! A scrumptious buffet dinner at Carla's Cafe, the creative studio restaurant (yes, it's air-conditioned), catered by D’Elegance, including a selection of salads, several delicious main dishes (including meatless), sides and desserts, along with all your favorite hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages, plus no-host wine and beer bar.

You’ll have an opportunity to see the sights of the studio lot, and celebrate IWOSC and each other with presentations and great prizes! Meet IWOSC’s board and officers. Surprises await!

OMarianne MuellerleileK... we'll give.
One of our special surprises is
that we will be joined by Marianne Muellerleile a fabulous actress you may not know by name but may well recognize from her varied roles on myriad shows. Perhaps you'll recognize her as Connie, her character on Mike & Molly, or for her recurring role on 3rd Rock from the Sun, shot at Radford. Did you know Passions was shot at Radford? Marianne does! She had a unique (hint, much much shorter, role in The Terminator as well. :)

Marianne knows CBS Radford from the inside — and she's coming to join a tour and to later regale you with some of her personal stories as you enjoy desert!

You can also get to know Marianne beforehand at her Facebook fan pageor at IMDB.

Optional 30-minute studio walking tour:
Departs from Carla’s Café at 5:10 p.m. sharp. You’ll be back in time for dinner at 6:00.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
5:00 - 8:00 p.m

4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
(Near Laurel Canyon and Ventura Boulevards.)

CBS also provides directions here.

Parking: Free!

Enter at the main gate on Radford.
Note: You will need to provide a photo ID to gain entrance to the lot and you must be on the reservation list.
You will be directed to Carla’s Café and where to park.

Important note: We are guests of the studio. Please come directly to Carla's Cafe and don't wander around by yourself.

We must also respect and follow their policy of no photo-taking on the lot.

Reservations & Information

*** NOTE: Your payment is your reservation, so reserve now! ***

Reservations and Payment

Members: $42 per person for member and one guest per person (that's $84 for 2 people)
Non-members: $47 per person

LAST DAY TO PAY – and reserve your place – is Wednesday, August 5.
Payments received after Wednesday, August 5 will be returned.

We encourage you to pay via PayPal:
Use the provided field to include your actual name and the name of your guest(s) . This is for the reservation list the guard at the CBS entrance gate will be checking.

Choose your ticket purchase
Attendee's Legal Names — for CBS entrance:
Additional message (if needed)

If you prefer to pay by check:,
Make your check payable to IWOSC,
Include your name and your guest's names (for entry to the lot)
Mail this directly to our treasurer:

c/o Monika Vogl
1124 Glenville Dr. #3
Los Angeles, CA 90035
* To receive a confirmation email, you must include your email address with your check.
Bring your confirmation email and picture ID to the CBS entrance gate.

For information or questions: (310) 773-8075 or info at iwosc dot org
See you at the party! Reserve and pay now!


We are excited to start announcing some of the door prizes you may win.
(Each prize is one that I have hand-selected because I know how fabulous they are and I hate being without them. ~Deb, IWOSC webmaster and prize-getter.)

TypeIt4MeTypeIt4Me — for Macintosh

TypeIt4Me is the must-have typing efficiency tool for Macintosh users. It saves you time and ensures consistency.
Visit the site to see!

Default FolderDefault Folder — for Macintosh

It is so much easier to save to the correct folder get to your favorite folders with Default Folder. Watch the Screencast here to see!

1Password1Password — for Macintosh or Windows

Secure passwords are a must, and they are a real pain. Unless you have a safe, secure, and incredibly convenient way to create, store and access them.
Watch the video here to see!


iRig MIC Cast iRig MIC Cast

  • Because as we've learned in IWOSC seminars, we should know how to read our words aloud.
  • Because we may be doing interviews.
  • Becuase it's so handy and easy to use.

Learn more in the product page.

(This is one of the two mics I use to record Computer Talk Radio as I travel the world. ~Deb, webmaster and prize-getter.)

Cables and other surprises by and from RadTech

RadTech logoRadTechmakes, well rad tech! Some of the finest computer cables and other computer related tech stuff around. They also resell hand-picked items they find to be excellent. Two years ago attendees loved winning their iPhone cables and we're lucky enough to have their support again.



IWOSC Reads Its Own — Everyone is invited!

Sunday, August 9
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


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

There is plenty of parking on Colorado and neighboring streets.


You can read about it at Hometown Pasadena online too.

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Some of Our Past Events

Wondering what other events and types of events we've had?

Past 2006 events ~ Past 2007 events ~ Past 2008 events ~ Past 2009 events ~ Past 2010 events
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