Past Events


GENERAL MEETING/ Panel Discussion
THE ESSAY: Art and Attitude

Monday, November 17, 2014
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

Written essays have always been a creative way to express views and test the waters for larger pieces. Many have become the framework for much of social communication. Now, with the advent of the digital age, essays have taken on a new and in some ways bolder life. Not only are they published in magazines and compilations, but the essay also lives in blogs and other social media.

Essays can be literary criticism, political manifestos, technical explanations, recollections, and more.

As Aldous Huxley once said, “Like the novel, the (written) essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything.”

We will take a lively look at how it has evolved recently and what several very accomplished writers have done with the form.

LESLIE LEHRLESLIE LEHR is a prize-winning author, essayist and screenwriter. Her novel “What A Mother Knows” follows “Wife Goes On,” “66 Laps,” and three nonfiction books. Her essays appear in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and have been praised on the Today Show. She contributed to “Mommy Wars,” “The Honeymoon’s Over,” “On Becoming Fearless,” and blogs on writing at GirlfriendsBookClub.org. Lehr mentors writers privately and for Truby Writers Studio.

A USC Cinematic Arts grad with an MFA from Antioch, she’s taught at the Writers Program at UCLA and Story Expo.

She’s in PEN, Authors Guild, WGA, Women In Film, Women’s Leadership Council, and contributes to the series Now Write.

Her website is: LeslieLehr.com

Noelle OxenhandlerNOELLE OXENHANDLER's essays have appeared in many national and literary magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, VOGUE, Tricycle, "O" the OPRAH Magazine, and Parabola. They have been frequently anthologized, included in "The Best Spiritual Essays of the Year" collections, and listed in "The Best Essays of the Year" series.

She is the author of three non-fiction books: “A Grief Out of Season” (Little Brown); “The Eros of Parenthood” (St. Martin's); and “The Wishing Year: A House, A Man, My Soul“(Random House).

She is a full-time member of the English Department at Sonoma State University, where she teaches Creative Non-fiction, and exults in the beauty of the Wine Country.

Tonilyn HornungTONILYN HORNUNG is the author of “How to Raise a Husband: A Whole Bunch of Ways to Build a Strong and Happy Marriage.”

She has been interviewed for numerous television and radio shows, discussing her knowledge of relationships, marriage, and baby spit-up. Her essays can be read in regional and national newspapers and such magazines as Redbook, Today’s Woman, and Pregnancy and Newborn.

Tonilyn lives in LA with her two smart Border Collies, her one sassy kitty, her one supportive husband, her one new baby boy, and never enough closet space.

Her website is: TonilynHornung.com

...more to come!


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, 12:00 noon on Monday, the day of the meeting.

To reserve:
Email the IWOSC office with "IWOSC Reservation" 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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Tiffany Bradshaw’s “Branding for the Writer” Workshop

Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:30 am to 1:00 p.m.

Brand: A unique and identifiable symbol, association, name or trademark which serves to differentiate competing products or services. Both a physical and emotional trigger to create a relationship between consumers and the product or service. A simple way to recall it is to consider a brand as a promise or an expectation. Personal branding is the most important thing that you can do for your career. Says Bradshaw, “I define Personal branding as marketing an individual person in a way similar to how you would market a brand name consumer product. Think of it as creating an image and “selling” it to the public through the subtle use of marketing, public relations and advertising. It is the key to success in business because with a strong brand, you can do almost anything. Think of Donald Trump or Oprah Winfrey; they move from successful project to successful project, sometimes even changing industries, almost effortlessly. A strong brand does not happen by chance; it is a concentrated effort to actively have a say in the perception the public has of them and their personal brands. Writers have very stiff competition for every opportunity, so we need to work to establish a strong brand that differentiates you from your competitors.”

This seminar will discuss Personal Branding and why it is important for writers. Tiffany will discuss Branding in terms of:

· Your Competitive Advantage
· Your Competitors
· Networking
· Your Sales Presentations
· Target Marketing
· Publicity and Media
· Marketing Materials
· Your Biography
· Your personal Intellectual Property
· Social Media

The audience is welcome to bring copies of business cards, marketing materials, screen shots of websites, etc., and if there is time, we can discuss some of them.

Tiffany Bradshaw

Our Presenter:
, MBA, is recognized as one of the leading authorities on Personal Branding (marketing of individuals). Tiffany speaks internationally, training and coaching entrepreneurs, executives and business people on various sales, marketing, PR and other business-related subjects. She has completed and published the first book in her book series “Personal Improvement, Professional Success: 10 Branding Strategies.”

Ms. Bradshaw has over 15 years of strategic marketing, sales, business development, branding and public relations experience working for Marriott Hotels, Kraft Foods, Philip Morris and Pepsi-Cola. Her expertise has been featured in major publications like MSN, About.com, Careerbuilder.com, “Atlanta Post,” “Glamour,” “Redbook,” “Marie Claire” and “Essence” magazines, as well as various radio and TV shows and newspapers in the US and internationally. Tiffany was a guest chef of “Rachael Ray” (her recipe for CA Fusion Steak is on the “Rachael Ray Show” website), and Game Show Network and was featured as a Branding expert on BET. She is a featured blogger who covers the West Coast for “NV Magazine.”

She founded Bradshaw & Co. Business Consulting in 1993. Her website is: BradshawandCo.com


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. Reservations close at 5 pm Friday 9/19.
Send your reservation email to the IWOSC office, info(at-sign)iwosc.org
When reserving:
Please write “IWOSC Reservation – September 20 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.

Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

IWOSC's Pasadena/Altadena Satellite meets the 2nd Friday of the month at Coffee Gallery. This is a joint meeting of our IWOSC Pasadena Satellite and the Alameda Writers Group Special Interest Group (SIG).

Hosted by: Jane Neff Rollins

Next meetings:
Friday, October 10
Friday, November 14
Friday, December 12

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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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, October 8
Wednesday, November 12
Wednesday, December 10

Time: 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

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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Ventura County Satellite (Thousand Oaks)

IWOSC's Ventura County satellite meets the 2nd Thursday at 10 a.m. at Linda Parks, County of Ventura Board of Supervisor, Second District Office at 625 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 91360

Hosted by: Sharon Schnell.

Next meetings:
Thursday, October 9
Thursday, November 20 - please note date change
No meeting in December

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Free to both IWOSC members and non-members.

Linda Parks, County of Ventura Board of Supervisor, Second District Office
625 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, California 91360

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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, October 9
Thursday, November 13
Thursday, December 11

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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South Bay Satellite

IWOSC's new South Bay Satellite is for writers who live or work south of Culver City. This South Bay area extends from the Pacific to Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and the book loving towns of Torrance, Gardena and Lomita. Gutsy travelers from San Pedro and Long Beach are more than welcome.

The South Bay Satellite of IWOSC will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10a.m. at the Marmalade Cafe in El Segundo: 2014 Park Place. (just east of PCH, a block north of Rosecrans)

Hosted by: Joan Rodman

Next meetings:
Tuesday, October 21
Tuesday, November 18
No December meeting

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: Joan Rodman, writeratwork@yahoo.com

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IWOSC Reads Its Own — Everyone is invited!

Twice a year IWOSC holds a special FREE event — “IWOSC Reads Its Own” — a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works — from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. Thirteen of IWOSC’s talented member writers will read short excerpts from their work. Their selections may be published, unpublished, or works in progress. We’ll be regaled with their wit, have our emotions stirred, or be plunged into deep thought, at Barnes & Noble in the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade.

IWOSC  members who read on October 19:
Lisa-Catherine Cohen, Teresa Campbell, Gerald Everett Jones, Marvin Wolf, Erica Fabian, Blair Jockers, Susan Lindau, Jon Krampner, G.L. Helm, Andrea Wilson Woods, Dale Kiken, Pamela Lane, Ruth Frechman

Sunday, October 19, 2014
2 to 4 p.m.

The public is welcome. Do join us and bring friends and family. In fact, why not make a day of it? There’s so much to do and see in Santa Monica!
There is adjacent parking available at the Santa Monica Mall as well as parking in public lots on 2nd Street.

No reservations necessary.

Barnes & Noble
1201 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, California
Event Room, 2nd floor


Some of Our Past Events

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