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Events and Activities for Southern California Writers

Note: There will not be an Orange County Satellite meeting in October.

GENERAL MEETING/ Panel Discussion
Actress-Author Adrienne Barbeau in Conversation: From Broadway to Bookseller with ‘Maude’ in Between

Monday, September 29, 2014
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

Adrienne Barbeau

“All my life I’ve been a performer – an actress, a singer, a dancer, even a talk show host – but never in the wildest dreams of my first 50 years did I ever imagine I would write something that other people would read. I still can’t quite get over it."

So writes ADRIENNE BARBEAU on her website, ABarbeau.com. Best known as Bea Arthur’s daughter, Carol, in Norman Lear’s TV series “Maude,” starring in the John Carpenter films “The Fog” and “Escape from New York,” Wes Craven's “Swamp Thing,” and her creation of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of “Grease,” she has created a versatile career encompassing diverse facets of entertainment and has found success and acclaim as the author of three books.

She has become a best-selling author, a recording artist, and the star of numerous features, films for television, concert performances, musicals and plays. She’s even been a radio show book reviewer and narrates audio books.

Adrienne Barbeau’s books are: the best-selling memoir “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” the comedic thriller “Vampyres of Hollywood,” and its comedy romance sequel, “Love Bites.”

Join us for a lively and unforgettable evening with this multi-talented actress and author.

Ms. Barbeau will be interviewed by TELLY DAVIDSON, author of the acclaimed media tie-in book “TV's Grooviest Variety Shows,” cited as a Book of the Year by the Emmy Academy, and the forthcoming agented nonfiction book, "What Didn't You Like About It?," on the pop culture and politics of the 1990s. He has been a columnist on TV, feature films, and music for over a dozen commercial publications and websites including FrumForum, AllAboutJazz, FilmStew, Yahoo Movies, the LA Daily News, Entertainment Today, and has worked on the TV specials “Pioneers of Television,” “Most Outrageous Game Show Moments,” and as associate producer for KCET's “The WRITE Environment.” Currently Telly works with veteran film producers' services rep Jeff Porter at Porter Pictures in acquisitions and research, and on their new online streaming digital network, True Indie TV. Telly is a proud and active member of IWOSC and PEN, having hosted or produced several IWOSC panels.


Adrienne Barbeau – Biography

Adrienne began her career in 1963 with the San Jose Civic Light Opera. After graduating high school, she traveled with a musical comedy revue, entertaining our servicemen on Army bases throughout Southeast Asia. In 1965, she moved to New York where she made her Broadway debut as Tevye’s second daughter, Hodel, in Fiddler on the Roof. A Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award for her creation of Rizzo in the original Broadway production ofGrease led her back to California and the role of Bea Arthur’s daughter, Carol, in the hit seriesMaude.

Since then she has become a best selling author, a recording artist, and the star of numerous features, films for television, concert performances, musicals and plays.

Movie fans know her best for her performances in The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, Back to School, and Cannonball Run. Her recent films include the Academy Award winning ARGO, and the soon to be released Divine Access, In Extremis,Malevolence 3, and The Second Chance Sanctuary.

Adrienne has a Golden Globe nomination and over 450 screen performances to her credit. She starred as Ruthie, the Snake Dancer, on HBO’s fascinating series, Carnivale. She was Oswald’s mom on Drew Carey, Victoria Grayson’s mom on Revenge, and Suzanne Stanwyck on General Hospital. Her recent appearances include Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, and the Hallmark film The Memory Book.

Having appeared in over 25 musicals and plays throughout the country, in 2006 she returned to New York and standing ovations for her performance in the Off-Broadway premiere of The Property Known as Garland. Summer of 2012 found her returning to her favorite musicalFiddler on the Roof, playing Golde this time, not Hodel.

Off camera, Adrienne is the voice of Catwoman in Batman, The Animated Series, Ms. Simone in Scooby-Do on Zombie Island, and Scooter’s Mom in the 3-D animated film Fly Me To The Moon. She can be heard in a myriad of video games: God of War and Halo 4 among them.

Adrienne is the author of three books: the best-selling memoir There Are Worse Things I Could Do; the comedic thriller Vampyres of Hollywood and its comedy romance sequel, Love Bites. She is currently at work on the third in the series.


 

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" 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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IWOSC SATURDAY SEMINAR
Alison Gee’s “The First Ten Pages”

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:30 am to 1:00 p.m.

The first ten pages of a creative nonfiction book can make or break you as a writer. You have to establish your story, determine your tone, introduce your core characters, develop the drama and major conflict, and hint at a narrative arc and main themes.

Sound like a tall order? It is and there’s a reason for that:
Alison GeeWhen agents and editors look at your manuscript, those first 10 have to make them put down their coffee and keep turning the pages. In the marketplace, readers will skim your first 10 and either purchase your book or stick it back on the shelf. In short, your first 10 pages have to really sing. In this class, Alison Gee will talk about the elements you need for a dazzling first 10.

Our Presenter:
Alison Singh Gee's memoir, “Where the Peacocks Sing” (St. Martin’s Press), was named a National Geographic Traveler Book of the Month and received starred reviews in Library Journal and Booklist. She was a staff writer for People magazine and has also written for such publications as Vanity Fair, In Style, International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. In 1997, she won an Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Feature Writing.

She teaches Creative Nonfiction at UCLA Extension (https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/InstructorBio.aspx?instid=27936), and is presently working on a memoir sequel, “Cooking for the Maharani: Four Continents, Six Iconic Chefs and One Tall Glass of Revenge.”

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. 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.

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.

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, September 12
Friday, October 10
Friday, November 14
Friday, December 13

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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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, September 10
Wednesday, October 8
Wednesday, November 12
Wednesday, December 10

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

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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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, September 11
Thursday, October 9
Thursday, November 13
No meeting in December

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

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

Location:
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, September 11
Thursday, October 9
Thursday, November 13
Thursday, December 11

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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Orange County Satellite

IWOSC's Orange County Satellite meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Tustin Library.

Hosted by: Peter Jessup
(with continued thanks to Kurt Bensworth for starting this group)

Next meetings:
Thursday, September 18
No meeting October
Thursday, November 20

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Location:
Tustin Library
345 E. Main Street
Tustin, California

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

If you have any questions about this satellite,
you may email Peter by writing to PeterJessup at hotmail (dot)com.

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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, September 16
Tuesday, October 21
Tuesday, November 18
Tuesday, December 16

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: Joan Rodman, writeratwork@yahoo.com

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IWOSC Reads Its Own — Everyone is invited!

Twice a  year IWOSC holds this special FREE event — 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. Fourteen of IWOSC’s talented member writers will read short excerpts  from their work.  Their selections may be published, unpublished, or works  in progress.

On August 3rd we were regaled with their wit, had our emotions stirred, and plunged into deep thought, at the beautiful independent bookstore, Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, California.

IWOSC  members who read on August 3:
Mark Miller,
Maryrose Smyth,
Karen Kondazian,
Flo Selfman,
Peter Conway,
Erana Leiken, 
Gagik Melikyan,
Adolphus Ward,
Janiss Garza,
Daniel Lavery,
Vickey Kall,
Gary Young,
Bo Kyung Kim,
and Jon Chandonnet.

Sunday, August 3, 2014
2 to 4 p.m.

Admission:
Free. The public is welcome. Do join us  and bring friends and family. 
No reservations necessary.

In  fact, why not make a day of it?  There’s so much to do in Pasadena! 

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

There is plenty of parking on Colorado and neighboring streets.

 


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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