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Events and Activities for Southern California Writers

GENERAL MEETING/ Panel Discussion
Don't Get Scammed: A "Self Defense" Legal Clinic For Writers

Monday, January 26, 2014
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

Contracts! Intellectual Property! Collaborations! (Oh my!) As that past California attorney Richard Nixon might have said, "What do writers need to know — and when do they need to know it?" How can we avoid the pitfalls of intellectual property theft, frivolous libel and plagiarism lawsuits, scam literary agents, too-good-to-be-true offers, contract loopholes, and avoid being cheated out of OUR money when we write a book, screenplay/play, or TV format? What are some of the biggest stumbling blocks that writers fall over — in both traditional and agented mainstream publishing, and in self-publishing and small-press publishing? And what new traps are out there in cyberspace and online writing that we need to be aware of?

These questions — and MANY more — will be answered by a small group of top LA and Orange County area experts, who bring decades of experience in their fields to our stage this January 26th. And they will be taking direct Q&A from the audience (however, questions from the floor MUST be respectful -- no ad hominem attacks, diatribes, fight-picking, etc. — remember, these people are on OUR side, and they're here to help). While IWOSC cannot and will not be held directly liable for legal advice here, as this is primarily an educational venue, if you have an in-depth case or cause of concern, a top LA lawyer will be present on the program. And above all, this is a "preventive medicine" workshop, to find out what problems are lurking out there — so that we can hopefully STOP them before they start!


MICHAEL S. KLEIN, Esq., has been IWOSC's own chief legal eagle for roughly three decades. A founding partner of Klein & Weisz in West Los Angeles, Michael has a broad range of transactional experience in entertainment law and publishing business transactions.

Mr. Klein is the long-term chair of the First Amendment Committee of the ACLU of Southern California, and has spoken frequently on civil liberties issues and legal topics. He has been a featured commentator on CNN and on programs such as "Saving the American Dream." He has spoken before the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, the State Bar of California, and has lectured at UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Loyola, Southwestern, and other colleges.

He has helped numerous IWOSC members since our inception with free initial telephone conversations and reduced rates for IWOSC members. Mr. Klein graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, with graduate studies in Economics.

A recognized book-industry authority (and IWOSC favorite), CLAUDIA SUZANNE 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.

Additional panelists to be announced.

Telly DavidsonModerator TELLY DAVIDSON is author of the acclaimed media tie-in book "TV's Grooviest Variety Shows," cited as a Book of the Year by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 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 the educational interview series, "The WRITE Environment."

Currently Telly is working with veteran film producers' services rep Jeff Porter at Porter Pictures in acquisitions and research, and with the launch of a major charitable and artistic literary foundation. Telly is a proud and active member of IWOSC and PEN, and has had the honor of hosting or producing several IWOSC panels in the past.


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.

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Jasmine Powers' Twitter 101 Workshop

Saturday, January 17, 2014
10:30 am to 1:00 p.m.

In this short, interactive program, Jasmine Powers, multimedia marketing expert, will teach how to:

  • Set up or optimize your Twitter account
  • Build strategic relationships on Twitter
  • Define a Twitter strateg
  • Connect with potential clients and friends with shared interests.

Bring your smart phones or tablets so you can try some of the tactics live and engage in real-time Twitter practice. Visit Jasmine's Twitter page at Twitter.com/JasminePowers before the event.

JASMINE POWERS is the marketing and creative director and founder of Ambitious Diva Company, a women's business community and marketing agency. Her company is responsible for producing experiential PR events, developing cohesive marketing and ad campaigns, orchestrating profitable strategic partnerships and providing marketing consulting for entertainers, major corporations and newly launched businesses.
Her website is: AmbitiousDiva.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.
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.

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, 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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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, 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

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, 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, 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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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, 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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Orange County Satellite

IWOSC's Orange County Satellite is back, thanks to our wonderful new OC satellite host, Andrea Ring. We have a new meeting pattern, the first Wednesday of every month, and a new location, stated below.

Hosted by: Andrea Ring

Next meetings:
Wednesday, February 4
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
(Map coming)

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.

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We met 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 dined 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

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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IWOSC Reads Its Own — Everyone is invited!

Save the date!

Sunday, February 8
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