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Past 2015 Events


Events and Activities for Southern California Writers

GENERAL MEETING/Panel Discussion
WRITING NOSTALGIA: When the Past Sings, Make it Zing

Monday, November 16, 2015
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

Who doesn’t like nostalgia?

But nostalgia for one person might be ancient history for another. But good nostalgia can strike a chord with many people.

Nostalgia can liven fiction and stand on its own. If given the proper treatment, it can become an “evergreen.”

We will look at the writings and the process of several notable writers, veterans in the field of nostalgia.  They have preserved a world and within those words are inspiration, fascination, humor, and pathos, and since it is all based on real events, often from known names, we can relate to the universals.

The many horror stories, success stores, emotional upheavals and poignant aftermath of events past, take on a personal meaning in the world of nostalgia.

We will explore:

  • The all-important legal aspects
  • Why the writers chose nostalgia
  • How they researched and found permissions
  • The ways the dynamics change when real people and families are involved
  • Approaches for bringing out and working with the strengths of the all-important story
  • Fleshing out the facts with created but authentic personality
  • The perks and benefits
  • 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:

Hank ROSENFELDHANK ROSENFELD is author of two as-told-to memoirs: “The Wicked Wit of the West” by Irving Brecher about Hollywood, “Memorie” by Benjamin Mandil about the Holocaust.

The new book he is writing for Chimayo Press is: “Walky Talky: Conversation Tips from a Folk Journalist.”

His stories have appeared inThe Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, California Lawyer, Premiere, Village Voice, PAPER, The NY Post, Jerusalem Post, the Forward and other publications.

He has contributed humor and essays to NPR shows like All Things Considered, Marketplace and Off-Ramp on KPCC and some can be heard at HankRosenfeld.com/links

Jordan R YoungJORDAN R. YOUNG Jordan R. Young is a show business historian, playwright, theatre critic and travel writer whose work has appeared in “The LA Times,” “The New York Times,” “The Washington Post,” “LA magazine,” “Westways” and other publications.

Jordan's books include “Spike Jones Off the Record;” “Reel Characters: Great Movie Character Actors;”” The Laugh Crafters: Comedy Writing in Radio and TV's Golden Age;” “Acting Solo: The Art and Craft of Solo Performance;” “The Beckett Actor;” “Dalí, Disney and Destiny;” “The Nostalgia Entertainment Sourcebook;” “John Ford's The Quiet Man: The Making of a Cult Classic;” and “King Vidor’s The Crowd: The Making of a Silent Classic.”

Jordan's plays have been produced in Hollywood and Off Off Broadway.

Jordan has written special material for the Grammy Awards and has served as a consultant for BBC Radio and Rhino Records. He is a sought-after speaker and talk show guest, and has been featured on CNBC, CNN and E! TV; CBS, KABC, KUSC, WNYC, WGN Chicago, and BBC Radio; YesterdayUSA.com and TheCommentaryTrack.com.

HerbieWriter/producer HERBIE J PILATO is the author of “Glamour Gidgets and the Girl Next Door,” “The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery,” “The Bionic Book,” “The Kung Fu Book of Caine,” among others.

He’s written about nostalgic pop-culture for “Starlog” and “Sci-Fi Entertainment” magazines, and has produced, consulted and appeared on classic TV and DVD documentaries for A&E, TLC, Bravo, Syfy, and more.

Pilato writes “The Retro Report" for ForcesOfGeek.com and contributes to Emmys.org and presides over Television, Ink. (a TV, film and literary production company), and founded the Classic TV Preservation Society (a nonprofit dedicated to the positive influence of classic television).

Robert BaderROBERT S. BADER is the curator of the Bing Crosby Archive, the archivist and the licensing director for Daphne Productions and The Dick Cavett Show, and he also works with the estates of Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Jackie Gleason, and the Marx Brothers.

For PBS, Bader produced The Legendary Bing Crosby, Dick Cavett’s Watergate, and Dick Cavett’s Vietnam .Other writing and production credits include the CBS special The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary Celebration, and documentaries on John Fogerty, Johnny Mercer, and the Chicago Cubs. He's produced DVD material about the early TV shows of Groucho and the Marx Brothers, Dick Cavett, Danny Kaye, Johnny Carson, Tom Snyder, Bill Cosby, and much more.

Bader edited the anthology Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales. His next book is devoted to the Marx Brothers’ stage career and will be published in 2016

is a former award-winning film editor who brings an insider’s perspective and a great affection for the people who work in the picture business to his chronicles of the movies.

Birchard is the author of "Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood," "Silent-era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara," "Early Universal City," and "King Cowboy: Tom Mix and the Movies" and a contributing writer to the omnibus volumes "M-G-M When the Lion Roars," "Don Miller’s Hollywood Corral," "The Encyclopedia of Early Film and Hollywood: The Movie Factory."

His articles on Hollywood filmmakers have appeared in "American Cinematographer," "Statement," "Film History," "The Moving Image," "Griffithiana," "Daily Variety" and "Los Angeles Times Calendar."

He is also co-editor and co-publisher of the journal POP Twenty, which is devoted to 20th century popular culture.

He is a past president and board member of the preservation organization Hollywood Heritage, Inc. and is current president of The Society for Cinephiles/Cinecon which presents the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival and contributes to film preservation projects.


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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A Storytelling workshop with Annie Korzen: Writing (and Performing) the Personal Essay

Saturday, November 14, 2015
10:30 am to 1:00 p.m.

Storytelling is the hottest new literary form – from The Moth to David Sedaris. In Los Angeles, there are many spoken-word events every night of the week. The competition is tough, and most tellers need help with creating the text and/or a relaxed performance technique.

Even if you are not interested in performing, personal essays can be sold to periodicals, like the Modern Love column in the NY Times, L. A. Affairs in the LA Times, and many more.

A great essay whether spoken or written requires a definite story arc, a specific narrative style, and a distinctive personal voice. These also apply to any autobiographical writing. We will discuss all this and more.

Bring the first two lines and last two lines of your own story, and we will have fun mining the gems of your ideas.

“I was really wowed by your stories. You are an incredible talent!” Catherine Burns, Artistic Director, The Moth

You can learn more about Annie Korzen's class at youtube.com/watch?v=KkynL7AtGMo. (When you click this link it will open in another window or tab. Just close that when done watching and you will see this page again.)

About our presenter: ANNIE KORZEN

ANNIE KORZENANNIE KORZEN teaches storytelling and proudly tours with The Moth Mainstage. She has performed her solo shows on three continents. Her new storytelling evening is called TALES FROM THE MOUTH: Comedies of Errors. Annie is the author of BARGAIN JUNKIE: Living the Good Life on the Cheap and has done humorous essays for NPR’s Morning Edition, The NY Times, LA Times, and many more. For details, go to www.AnnieKorzen.com.

Annie was the recurring Doris Klompus on “Seinfeld.” She played John Turturro’s mother in “Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen” and Jason Alexander’s sister in Neil Simon’s “Prisoner of 2nd Avenue.” She has performed her solo shows “Yenta Unplugged” and “The Yenta Cometh” on three continents and now offers a storytelling entertainment called “Tales from the Mouth: Comedies of Errors.”

Annie is proud to be a Moth Mainstage storyteller. She has done humorous essays for NPR’s “Morning Edition,” The NY Times, LA Times, and many more. Annie is the author of “Bargain Junkie: Living the Good Life on the Cheap.” Her book was covered by Tavis Smiley, Morning Edition, Patt Morrison, CBS Moneywatch, and others.

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.

Hosted by: Lisa-Catherine Cohen and Arleen Jacobius

Next meetings:
Thursday, December 10 (may be a holiday party)
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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.

For questions or information about our meetings, send an email to either:
Lisa-Catherine Cohen: LCC at Lisa-Catherine dot com
Arleen Jacobius: ajacobius at rocketmail dot com

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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, November 13
Friday, December 11
Friday, January 8, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016

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. If the email link doesn't work for you, Jane's email is JaneNRollins at gmail dot com

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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, November 11
Wednesday, December 9
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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, November 17
Tuesday, December 15
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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, November 4
Wednesday, December 2
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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.

Next meetings:
This satellite will be on hiatus. 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.


Act NOW — before TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st — for EARLY BIRD Rate!

Biltmore lobbyLet's meet for no-host cocktails in the gorgeous Rendezvous Court or take an escorted tour of this historic hotel (optional), including the elegant ballrooms and indoor pool.

Then in Smeraldi’s Restaurant, we’ll have dinner with all the trimmings – soup or salad, entrée and sides, dessert selection, and beverages (non-alcoholic included with dinner; no-host bar available).

Awards and drawings follow, and we’ll have some nice surprises for you!

Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Thursday December 10,
6:00 pm No-host cocktails or hotel tour (both optional)
7:30 sharp – 10:00 pm Dinner and program


About the Biltmore

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the historic, elegant, architecturally striking Millennium Biltmore has hosted presidents, celebrities, dignitaries, the Academy Awards, and IWOSC writers!

Join us to celebrate history, architectural splendor, and the holidays at the beautiful downtown Millennium Biltmore Hotel!

You can learn more at the official Biltmore Hotel website.


for our writer's group party

Hotel valet $8.00 for four hours.
Parking also available at the Pershing Square garage across from the hotel and at nearby private lots and garages.
Or take MetroRail to Pershing Square station.
Prefer to carpool? Post it on IWOSC’s Yahoo board.


Reservations for our writer's group party

Last day to register (at the higher price) is December 7. No exceptions - no walk-ins!

Current IWOSC members: $37
Each IWOSC member may bring one guest for an additional $37.
Additional guests are $42 each

Non-members $42 each through December 1

You may pay by check or via PayPal.

For payments by check — on or before Dec 1:
Make payable to "IWOSC" and mail to:
IWOSC party
P.O. Box 34279
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Don't forget your full name and email address, and names of your guests.
Also, tell us whether taking the free hotel tour.
And each person's appetizer and entrée choice.

Do not mail checks after Tues, Dec 1.
As of Dec 2, we only accept PayPal
(and the price goes up).

For payments via PayPal:
We have pre-calculated the attendee-price options for you to easily choose.

In the notes field include your full name and email address, and names of your guests.
Also, tell us whether taking the free hotel tour.
And each person's appetizer and entrée choice.

Choose your ticket purchase

You will receive a confirmation email when your payment arrives.

Price Dec 2 - Dec 7: (PayPal only)
Member and one guest: $42 PER PERSON (That's $84 for 2 people)

$50 per person

Reserve and pay now – It won’t be a party without you!

And now . . . The Menu!


Choose one (for yourself and one for each guest):
Caesar Salad
Tuscan Style Roasted Tomato Soup (extra-virgin basil oil essence)

Choose one (for yourself and one for each guest):
Baked Organic Chicken Breast
Mediterranean Vegetable Ragout, Olive Oil-Whipped Potatoes and a Rosemary-Thyme Sauce
Conchiglie alla Bolognese
Shell Pasta with Bolognese-style Meat Sauce and Green Peas
Shell Pasta with Meatless sauce and Green Peas

A selection of Desserts willbe served at each table. No selection necessary

IWOSC Reads Its Own — Open to the public

Come hear some of IWOSC’s talented member writers as they read excerpts from their work. Published, not yet published, in progress... Be regaled with their wit, have your emotions stirred, or be plunged into deep thought. Reads is co-chaired by Pam Lane and Ruth Frechman.

Sunday, January 24, 2016
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Here are the authors our guests enjoyed hearing read their own works on Sunday, August 9.

Our readers (not in order of appearance):

Robin Selznick Hoffman
Andrea L. Simpson
G.L. Helm
Zoracious D. Cree
Sunny Hilden
Eleanor Brownn
Flo Selfman
Marvin Wolf
Susan Ziedler
Bo Kyung Kim
Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
Daniel C. Lavery
Gerald Everett Jones
Lisa-Catherine Cohen
P.M. DeVuono

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