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

is an L.A-based art critic and essayist who currently writes for Huffington Post, Artweek L.A and is aggregated in Painters Table and Art Agenda. Originally from New Zealand, she is the recipient of four Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Grants for art writing. She is the author of numerous museum and art gallery catalogue essays. In New Zealand she wrote a weekly art column for the New Zealand National Business Review and contributed to many art magazines. In L.A she taught composition at Cal State University L.A and aesthetic philosophy at Claremont Graduate University, Otis and Art Center.


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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Stacey Aaronson’s Become a Self-Published Author with Excellence

Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:30 am to 1:00 p.m.

The self-publishing model has changed a great deal over the last three years, creating a wonderful open door for writers to see their name on a published book. Unfortunately, most aspiring authors make detrimental mistakes in bringing their books to fruition and publishing them, ultimately diminishing—rather than solidifying—their credibility. Stacey Aaronson will not only share the missteps most people make when embarking on self-publishing so that you can avoid them, but she will impart the essentials you must know to become a self-published author with excellence and marketability, such as:

  • Why DIY and self-publishing are NOT one and the same
  • How to put yourself on the right marketing track from the start
  • Why you must think like a publisher, not a writer
  • Why professional editing and design are such a vital part of the self-publishing process and what questions you should ask providers
  • What kind of budget you should expect to invest in your “baby”
  • What an author platform is and how and when to start building it
  • Which self-publishing platforms she recommends and why (and which ones to avoid!)
  • and much more!

If you want to craft, produce, and market a book that will be a shining reflection of you as an author—putting you a step above the rest—this is the seminar for you!


Our Presenter:
The “Fulfiller of Publishing Dreams” and founder of The Book Doctor Is In, Stacey Aaronson is a professional book doctor who takes self-publishing authors by the hand and transforms their manuscripts into the books they’ve dreamed of—from impeccable editing and proofreading to engaging, audience-targeted cover and professional interior design—rivaling or exceeding a traditional house publication. She has been a trusted book production partner for some of the most accomplished coaches, educators, entrepreneurs, and writers of inspirational non-fiction and memoir; she also assists non-fiction writers with developing their ideas into a sound book structure with clear goals. In addition, Stacey writes a monthly newsletter for writers and is the author of the blog The Self-Publishing Scoop, where she dispenses regular guidance on all aspects of independent publishing.

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, November 14
Friday, December 12
Friday, January 9, 2015
Friday, Feb 13
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, November 12
Wednesday, December 10
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Wednesday, February 11
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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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, November 20 - please note date change
No meeting in December
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Thursday, February 12
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

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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, November 13
Thursday, December 11
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Thursday, February 12
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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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, November 18
No December meeting
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tuesday, February 17
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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We’ll 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 dine on the famous custom pasta bar with all the trimmings, prepared dishes, salads, beverages (non-alcoholic included with dinner; no-host bar available), and great desserts. Awards and drawings follow, and some nice surprises.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:00 p.m. No-host cocktails or hotel tour (both optional)
7:30 sharp – 10:00 p.m. Dinner and program

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


IWOSC MEMBERS: Each current IWOSC member: $32. Each IWOSC member may bring one guest for an additional $32. (Ex: Reservation for two: $64 through Nov. 24)
Additional guests $35 per person. (Ex: Reservation for three: $99 through Nov. 24)
NON-MEMBERS: $38 per person through Nov. 24

November 25 to Sunday, November 30:
Payment via PAYPAL ONLY.

NON-MEMBERS: $45 per person through Nov. 30 (Ex: $76 for two people)

Make payable to "IWOSC" and mail to:
IWOSC (party), P.O. Box 34279, Los Angeles, CA 90034
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not mail checks after Monday, November 24.

Log in to your PayPal account, click "SEND MONEY" and make your payment to payiwosc@iwosc.org

FOR BOTH CHECKS AND PAYPAL: We need to know who the payment is from!
With your check — or in the Paypal message box:
Include your full name, the name(s) of your guests(s), and your email address.
If you're taking the free hotel tour, tell us so can put your name on the roster (and your guest's name, as long as you let us know).
You will receive a confirmation email when your payment arrives.
Or you can send all this information by email to the office, info@iwosc.org.

Parking & Transport
Hotel valet $8.00 flat rate.
Parking also available at the Pershing Square garage across from the hotel and at nearby private lots and garages.
By train come to Pershing Square station.
Prefer to carpool? Post it on IWOSC’s Yahoo discussion group.

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!

The Blitmore's website is: MillenniumHotels.com/usa/millenniumbiltmorelosangeles/

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Some of Our Past Events

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