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Past 2015 Events


Events and Activities for Southern California Writers

GENERAL MEETING/ Panel Discussion
COLLABORATION: Writing it Right, Together

Monday, February 23, 2015
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

What are the elements that make two (or more) pens better than one?

There are many horror stories and success stores about collaboration. We will take a look at the elements that can make two (or more) pens better than one, and how to spot the poison pens ahead of time. Even Rodgers and Hammerstein had their issues.

Several writers and an attorney will chat about their insights and stories related to collaborative writing.

We will explore:

- The all-important legal aspects of collaboration, including ghostwriting
- Why the writers chose collaboration; the ways collaboration differs from going solo
- How writing partners and projects are found (and kept)
- The ways the dynamics change when two or more people are pounding out words together
- Approaches for bringing out and working with the strengths of each collaborator
- Methods of coping without spilling the ink when your writing partner(s) are driving you crazy
- Strategies for divvying up the work and dealing with revisions and feedback from collaborators
- The perks and benefits of collaborating
- What NOT to do, as illustrated in stories from real life
- Estate considerations if it becomes a perennial hit.

- And more….

Our stellar panel will include:

GREG MILLER is a writer, producer, writing coach, author of "How To Be A Writer Who Writes" and "Miller's Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer," an encyclopedic reference book that’s Kickstarting right now! More about it and Greg at OtherNetwork.com. He has written film and TV projects with multiple partners and has worked collaboratively with hundreds of writers as a coach and consultant.

He’s taught at UCLA Extension, Media Bistro, Humber College, and others, was co-director of The Comedian’s Way Workshops and founding producer of Uncabaret, where he worked with a who’s who of alternative comedy writer-performers.

CLAUDIA SUZANNE. A recognized book-industry authority (and IWOSC favorite), Claudia has ghostwritten and/or edited over 130 nonfiction and fiction titles. Her books have been published by both major houses, independent publishers, and university presses. Her client titles have made bestseller lists, won literary awards and received critical acclaim, and have been optioned for film.

Claudia is the Founder and Chair of Ghostwriters Unite!, a nonprofit dedicated to professionalism, education, and community in the ghostwriting world; is the founder and Creative Partner of Wambtac Communications, the West Coast's premiere ghostwriting service; the creator of Ayandar.com, a unique author self-help tool; the Founder/Instructor of Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program (CCPE/CSULB), the first official ghostwriter training program of its kind in the world; and the author of "Secrets of a Ghostwriter," the seminal textbook on ghostwriting.

MARC WANAMAKER A world expert in film history, Mark has worked in many aspects of film and television production, exhibition and research. Wanamaker is affiliated with the LA County Museum, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, USC, UCLA, the LA Public Library, Petersen Automotive Museum and more. He is past president of both Hollywood Heritage and the LA City Historical Society.

His books include; “Early Beverly Hills,” “Beverly Hills 1930-2005,” “Early Hollywood, Hollywood 1920-2007,” “Westwood,” “Griffith Park,” ”Theatres of Los Angeles,” “San Fernando Valley,” “Location Filming in Los Angeles,” “Early Warner Brothers Studio,” “Early Paramount Studio,” “Los Angeles Past and Present,” “Hollywood Past and Present.” Mark currently appears in and contributes to many television and documentary films internationally, presenting lectures and programs, writing magazine articles, and research-consulting on feature and documentary films.

PAUL S. LEVINE has practiced entertainment law for over 30 years, specializing in the representation of writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, musicians, artists, authors, photographers, galleries, publishers, developers, production companies and theatre companies in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive multimedia, live stage, recorded music, concerts, the visual arts, publishing, and advertising.

In 1996, Mr. Levine opened the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency, specializing in the representation of book authors and the sale of motion picture and television rights in and to books. Since starting his literary agency, Mr. Levine has sold over 100 fiction and nonfiction books to at least 30 different publishers and has had many books developed as movies-for-television and feature films.


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" 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.

Next meeting: March 30

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Erika Fabian’s “The Secret to Storytelling Photography”

Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:30 am to 1:00 p.m.

Everyone takes pictures these days, with cellphones, tablets, and cameras of all sizes and capabilities. But are they pictures or snapshots? If you hope to illustrate your story with photos, or sell photos from your travels, the three simple principles of professional photography that you will learn during Erika Fabian’s presentation will help you to do so. Based on years of worldwide assignments using the techniques of National Geographic photography, Erika Fabian will show and tell:

- How to clearly define why you are taking the picture
- How to define the “real” subject of your picture,
- How to compose it in the lens (not on the computer),
- How to use available light to best affect, and
- How to take people pictures that look “un-posed.”

Every story has a structure, and the same goes for pictures. Every picture should tell a story. And the right pictures together can make a “picture story.” You can create a saleable picture story in five or twenty-five photos, provided you know how. Erika’s presentation will show you how it’s done.

Our Presenter:

A versatile writer/photographer, Erika Fabian has had twenty-three books and nearly two hundred photo-illustrated articles published. Her varied career includes many years of travel on assignment for National Geographic Magazine and other publishers. When not on the road, Erika Fabian taught photography at UCLA Extension for over 20 years. She was awarded “Best Instructor of the Year” from the Visual Arts Department at UCLA.

Erika's early career was in theater, with a BA from Northwestern U. and an MFA from UCLA. She received a Best Director of the Year award from Northwestern University, had her own acting studio, The Actors Lab, in San Francisco, taught acting and directing at the University of San Francisco, and at the Universidad de San Marcos in Mexico City. Her comedy, The Man in Her Closet, was produced in LA with great success.

Currently, she is at work on a novel and a play, as well as editing a book for a client.

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.

Next seminar: March 21


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.

You may notice the Orange County Satellite has di

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, March 12
Thursday, April 9
Thursday, May 14

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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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, March 12
Thursday, April 9
Thursday, May 14

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

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, Mar 13
Friday, Apr 10
Friday, May 8

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, March 11
Wednesday, April 8
Wednesday, May 13

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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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, March 17
Tuesday, April 21
Tuesday, May 19

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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Orange County Satellite

IWOSC's Orange County Satellite is back, thanks to our wonderful new OC satellite host, Andrea Ring. Attendees of the inaugural meeting on February 4 are all looking forward to the next meetings and are spreading the word.

If you are used to attending the previous meetings, please note that there is now a new meeting pattern, the first Wednesday of every month, and a new location, Zito’s Bar and Grill, stated below.

Hosted by: Andrea Ring

Next meetings:
Wednesday, March 4
Wednesday, April 1
Wednesday, May 6

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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IWOSC Reads Its Own — Everyone is invited!

Sunday, August 2
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.

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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