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Events and Activities for Southern California Writers

GENERAL MEETING/Discussion
An Evening with Ted Lange: Actor – Director – Screenwriter – Playwright - Producer

Monday, May 18, 2015
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

Ted Lange personifies the Renaissance Man Award he received from the NAACP. A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lange gained worldwide recognition as a gifted actor of stage and screen, revered director, and prolific writer.

Join us as he is our guest for an interview and Q&A about his career as an actor, screenwriter, director and playwright.

Ted LangeLange has penned twenty-four produced plays, including his historical trilogy, “George Washington’s Boy,” “The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson” – opening May 15 at Theatre/Theater in Los Angeles, and “Lady Patriot,” as well as “Four Queens, No Trump,” a comedy which played to rave reviews and won NAACP Best Play.

He has directed the Shakespearean plays “Othello,” “Richard III” and “Hamlet.” He wrote “Born a Unicorn,” a musical about black Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge. “Behind the Mask,” Lange’s one-man show on the life of Paul Laurence Dunbar, tours nationwide.

Lange’s ability to infuse modern traits into his historical characters makes history accessible and relevant to the viewers. His plays bring audiences to their feet as they are not only entertained but also educated in a black historical viewpoint. Akin to August Wilson’s repertoire, many of Lange’s plays have garnered prestigious awards and have been performed nationwide.

Based on historical fact, “The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson,” the second in Lange’s historical trilogy, illuminates one of history’s untold stories: John Brown’s raid. Nineteen men stormed Harper's Ferry in 1858 and all were killed or captured except for one: Osborne P. Anderson. Lange directs a large ensemble cast.

Ted Lange garnered worldwide fame for his portrayal of Isaac on “The Love Boat.” He has directed a vast number of TV comedies as well as the feature film “For Love of Amy.” The Oakland native has written well over a dozen film scripts, as well as seven “Love Boat” scripts for Aaron Spelling Productions.

 

Location:
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.

Admission:
IWOSC members - free

Non-members - $15

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Reservations by email only.
Reservation deadline: space permitting, 12:00 noon on Monday, the day of 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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Seminar:
Writing the Marble: A Writing Workshop with Deborah Edler Brown

Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:30 am to 1:00 p.m.

There’s an oft-told story that Michelangelo, when asked how he could possibly create a statue as beautiful as David from a block of marble, answered, “I simply chip away everything that’s not David.”

As writers, we don’t start with a block of marble. If we want to get at the beautiful work of art, what do we do?

As our presenter, Deborah Edler Brown, will explain, we have to “write” the marble, then chip away at it.

Join us on Saturday, May 16, for an interactive class that will help us hone our words. Bring writing materials.

Our Presenter: Deborah Edler Brown

Deborah Elder BrownWe welcome a return visit from Deborah Edler Brown, an award-winning poet and journalist, performer and storyteller, author and teacher. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and in such journals as Nimrod, Kalliope, Trump, MagnaPoets, LoudMouth, Falling Star, Radius and PoeticDiversity.

She was a long-time reporter for Time magazine and is co-author of “Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide to Raising a Second Family.” Deborah was also the 1997 Head-to-Head Haiku Champion, a member of the 1998 Los Angeles National Poetry Slam Team, and a performer on the 2000 Slam America Bus Tour.

A well-known voice on the Los Angeles poetry scene, Deborah has told stories and poems in libraries, bars, theaters, and bookstores across the country. She holds a degree in Creative Writing from Brown University and was the 2005 recipient of Kalliope’s Sue Saniel Elkind poetry prize. Her story, “Such Stuff as Dreams,” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Fiction.

Deborah has been teaching private creative writing workshops since 2005. And by day, she makes readers through the adult education division of LAUSD.

Her passion for words — written, spoken, and read — infuse everything she does. After all, as she likes to say, “Mere words make magic.”

Her website is: DeborahEdlerBrown.com.

Location:
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.

Admission:
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.

IN ORBIT: UPCOMING SATELLITE MEETINGS

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

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

Hosted by: Vickey Kalambakal

Next meetings:
Thursday, May 14
Thursday, June 11
Thursday, July 9
Thursday, August 13
Thursday, September 10
Thursday, October 8

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location:
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.

RSVP:
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 Pasadena/Altadena Satellite meets the 2nd Friday of the month at Coffee Gallery.

Hosted by: Jane Neff Rollins

Next meetings:
Friday, May 8
Friday, June 12
Friday, July 10
Friday, August 14
Friday, September 11
Friday, October 9
Friday, November 13
Friday, December 11

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

Location:
Coffee Gallery
2029 N. Lake Avenue
Altadena, California 91001
626-398-7917

Admission:
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, May 13
Wednesday, June 10
Wednesday, July 8
Wednesday, August 12
Wednesday, September 9
Wednesday, October 14

Time: 10:15 to noon

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

Free parking in the shopping center

Admission:
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 who live or work anywhere in California's South Bay area — or would like to make the trip to attend.

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, May 19
Tuesday, June 16
Tuesday, July 21
Tuesday, August 18
Tuesday, September 15
Tuesday, October 20

Time:
10:00 a.m.

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

Admission:
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

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.

Hosted by: Andrea Ring

Next meetings:
Wednesday, May 6
Wednesday, June 3
Wednesday, July 1
Wednesday, August 5
Wednesday, September 2
Wednesday, October 7
Wednesday, November 4
Wednesday, December 2

Time:
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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

Admission:
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:
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.

Admission:
Free to both IWOSC members and non-members.

IWOSC Reads Its Own — Everyone is invited!

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

FREE!

Location:
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91101
626-449-5320

There is plenty of parking on Colorado and neighboring streets.

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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
Past 2011 events ~ Past 2012 events ~ Past 2013 events ~ Past 2014 events ~ Past 2015 events

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