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If you're looking for IWOSC's Ventura County satellite, you'll be happy to know that it's starting up again in June.


Panel Discussion
BEHIND THE SCREEN:  Writing for TV Today – and Tomorrow

Monday, May 23, 2016
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

TV is a booming business for writers with one-hour dramas and dramedies, half hour semi-comedic series and animation. Even reality TV relies on writers to come up with hours of new, different and compelling material.

This panel will discuss what it takes to get into TV writing - and what it takes to stay there.
- What are the jobs?
- Where are they?
- How do you get them?
- What do those jobs entail?
- Do you need a spec script to get into the game – and which one(s).

We'll look at the current state of the art of writing for television, including:
- Pitching.
- How scripts are constructed, and re-constructed, in the writers' rooms and the executive suites.
- How writers deal with networks – and vice versa.
- How to use the highly-structured TV formats to strengthen your writing.
- How to break a story – and put it back together.

Our panelists:

Gaye Hirsch

GAYE HIRSCH serves as Co-Head/Senior Vice President of Scripted Development at The CW Network, where she oversees development and production of scripted pilots for the network. 

Ms. Hirsch originally joined The CW as Vice President of Current Programming.

Previously, she served as a Senior Executive at Cruise/Wagner Productions, where she managed the development slate and was a producer on "Shattered Glass" and "Suspect Zero."

Prior to Cruise/Wagner, she was Vice President of Production for HBO Films, supervising development and production of Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning films including "Gia" and "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." Before HBO, Ms. Hirsch served as Vice President, Production at Robert Lawrence Productions.

She began her career at Touchstone Pictures as a Creative Executive, ultimately becoming Vice President, Production. Gaye is sorry but legal affairs will not permit her to accept any scripts or hear any pitches.


Alex Metcalf

ALEX METCALF is currently a Writer/Producer on the Peabody Award winning series UnREAL (Lifetime).

Alex has written for Kingdom (DirectTV), Mercy Street (PBS) and the short lived Lucky 7 (ABC).

His features include God's Pocket with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and An American Affair with Gretchen Mol and author of the hardboiled novel, Where the Sun Don't Shine.

Alex has taught screenwriting at UCLA, LMU and the Stark Program at USC.  


Steve CudenSTEVE CUDEN has written nearly ninety teleplays for many familiar TV series, such as X-Men, The Batman, Iron Man, Xiaolin Showdown, Loonatics Unleashed, The Mask, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Quack Pack, Gargoyles, Beetlejuice, Pink Panther, RoboCop, Extreme Ghostbusters, Stargate Infinity, ExoSquad, and Mummies Alive.

Steve directed and co-produced the cult-favorite horror-comedy feature Lucky, winning the award for Best Director at the Nodance Film Festival. Lucky also won awards for Best Feature at the New York City Horror Film Festival, Shriekfest in Los Angeles, MicroCineFest in Baltimore, and The Weekend of Fear in Nuremberg, Germany.

He also authored the popular book, Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations and his new book is Beating Hollywood.

Steve Cuden is perhaps best known for co-creating the hit Broadway and international musical Jekyll & Hyde, writing the show’s original book and lyrics with noted composer Frank Wildhorn.

He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting from UCLA. He teaches a wide variety of screenwriting classes to the many talented Cinema Arts students attending the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Marc WeingartenMARC WEINGARTEN is a writer, editor and filmmaker. He is a producer for the shows THE BACHELOR, THE BACHELORETTE and BACHELOR IN PARADISE.

As a journalist, Weingarten’s work has appeared in countless publications, including GQ, Details, Oxford American, The New York Times, Wired, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times, Salon and Slate.

His 2009 Salon story, ‘The Lear Jet Repo Man,” was purchased by Paramount pictures and is to be made into a feature film with producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzmann (Transformers, Star Trek).

He has written the books THIRSTY: WILLIAM MULHOLLAND CALIFORNIA WATER AND THE REAL CHINATOWN, STATION TO STATION, an LA Times bestseller and a finalist for the Ralph J. Gleason award for music book of the year; and THE GANG THAT WOULDN’T WRITE STRAIGHT, a history of New Journalism.

He is also the editor of YES IS THE ANSWER, a prog-rock anthology, and co-editor of HERE SHE COMES NOW, n anthology of essays about female musicians.

Weingarten has also produced two documentaries. GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and can be seen on Showtime; THE OTHER ONE: THE LONG, STRANGE TRIP OF BOB WEIR is Netflix’ first original music documentary.


Gregg MillerModerator: GREG MILLER
(producer and moderator) is the author of "How To Be A Writer Who Writes" and the new reference e-book, "Miller's Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer".

Greg has written for magazines, radio, tv and film. He has taught classes and workshops for writers and now consults and coaches writers for books and scripts.

You can learn more at OtherNetwork.com.

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 may 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.

SAVE THE DATES — Future 2016 IWOSC Panel Discussions for Writers

As a rule, IWOSC's meetings for those who wish to write are on the 4th Monday of each month although this may change once in a while. At this time, these are our intended upcoming dates for 2016.
We don't hold meetings in August or December, opting for parties those months.

Monday, June 27, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016

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The basics for the writer from an agent’s point of view

Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:30 am to 1:00 p.m.
Doors open at 10:00 am. Please arrive by 10:20 to be assured a seat.

So, you want to get published? WAIT! Today’s publishing market is more competitive than it has ever been, and millions of new authors rush in without educating themselves. 

Learn how to avoid the rookie mistakes:

  • You’re not just writing a story; you’re running a business.
  • The industry hasn’t changed as much as you think.
  • Self-publishing is not the liberating experience that you expect.
  • Agents and publishers aren’t as evil as you’ve been told.
  • You might be looking for love in all the wrong places.

In this 2-hour discussion, we will examine the workings of the publishing industry. Writing, editing, acquisitions, agents, editors, copyright, platform, contracts, self-publishing, and more. Why do some books succeed, while so many fail? Bring your questions, your thick skin, and your hard-learned lessons. While this is from an agent’s point of view, and you may still wish to look into self-publishing as an option, many of these points will be eye-openers and most of the content applies to any book, regardless of how it is published.


STEVE HUTSON is a native of Los Angeles, a child of the sixties, and a storyteller almost from birth. (He’s convinced that the Wimpy Kid books are based on his childhood, but he can’t prove it.)

After several years of freelance editing and directing a writers’ conference, he branched out as a literary agent in early 2011. He has placed his clients’ works with Dutton, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Potomac, David C. Cook, Praeger, Writer’s Digest Books, and others. Several clients have won prestigious awards for their works.

He speaks frequently at writers’ events and writes an eclectic blog.

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 may 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.


SAVE THE DATES — Future 2016 IWOSC Seminar/Workshops for writers

As a rule, IWOSC seminars for writers are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, although this may change at times.
We don't hold a seminar in August or December as those are our party months.

Saturday, July 16, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016

The IWOSC Marketing Intensive
Prepare, Plan & Produce The Perfect Book Marketing Campaign

Saturday, June 18, 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. including breaks and snacks and lunch (bring your own)

Reseve now for Early Bird pricing!

EARLY BIRD - ends June 11
Member $110
Non member $150

REGULAR PRICE - starting June 12
Member $125
Nonmember $175

In the past years, IWOSC had produced a Marketing panel every spring.  This year we are presenting an intense (but friendly) experience with three of the very top people in the field.  We will take breaks, time for lunch, and plenty of time for questions.  The syllabus is very comprehensive and the session has been priced at a fraction of its value with a big Early Bird discount and also an IWOSC member discount.  This program will include several free actionable take-aways.

We hope that you will be impressed, but more to the point, we hope this will energize you and give you new tools, a new outlook, and the comfort of the counsel of three top people.

Our Presenters:

  • Steven Sanchez, best-selling author and internet expert for over 20 years
  • David Wogahn, president of Sellbox, an award-winning publishing services company
  • Julia Drake, co-founder of the California based literary publicity company, Wildbound PR.


With every session comes an action guide (PDF) – a short summary with key-takeaways from each session to make learning easier and implementation quicker by giving you the top actionable tactics.

The room will be set up classroom style to facilitate note-taking. Lunch and snacks will be permitted for this event.

You'll find the Syllabus on this page.

Due to the depth of this Intensive, we ask that you pay ahead of time, rather than at the door. We encourage you to pay online.

Pay online:
You can purchase your ticket right here. The purchase will take you to the PayPal website, then return you to this site.

This is the Early Bird admission price.
Early Bird ends June 11.

Choose your ticket purchase
Name of attendee
email or phone - we need one

Pay by check:
If you're uncomfortable paying online, you may pay by check.

Make the check payable to: IWOSC

Include your name in the envelope so we know who this payment covers.

Include your phone number or clearly printed email address.

Mail your check to:
℅ Vickey
326 South Miraleste Drive
San Pedro, CA 90732

Your check must be postmarked by June 10 to get the Early Bird pricing. After that, the fee goes up.

If you have questions, please email our usual address — info at iwosc.org — or call us at 310-773-8075.



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

IWOSC's Westside Satellite is currently on hiatus.

Westsiders, we invite you to the South Bay Satellite, meeting in El Segundo, just south of LAX, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Info below.


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, May 24, 2016 — postponed from the 17th
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 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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Los Angeles Pasadena/Altadena Satellite

Be among like-minded people who love words! The Pasadena/Altadena satellite is a sub-group within IWOSC that meets for socialization, advice sharing, pats-on-the-back, and fun. Our group includes magazine writers, poets, screenwriters, marketing writers, medical writers, memoirists, playwrights, and writers of all stripes. We meet in a cavernous room at the back of the Coffee Gallery in Altadena (no fee, but it is only polite to at least buy a cup of java, tea, or juice – and maybe a nosh).

We meet the 2nd Friday of the month at Coffee Gallery.

Hosted by: Jane Neff Rollins

Next meetings:
Friday, May 13, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Friday, July 8, 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, May 11, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 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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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, May 4, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

17th Street Bar & Grill
(formerly called Zito’s)
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/SPAWN Ventura County Satellite

IWOSC's Ventura County satellite, joined by SPAWN, Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network, will be meeting monthly in the Thousand Oaks area starting in June.

Contact Kate@spawn.org for more details


Biltmore lobbyOn December 10, 2015 we enjoyed the largest turnout of LA writers we've ever had at this party!

We met for cocktails in the gorgeous Rendezvous Court while some took an escorted tour of this historic hotel, including its elegant ballrooms and indoor pool.

Then we dined in Smeraldi’s Restaurant. As always, it was a dinner with all the trimmings – soup or salad, entrée and sides, dessert selection, and beverages.

Awards and drawings followed.

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

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.


IWOSC Reads Its Own — Open to the public, everyone is invited!

Twice a year IWOSC holds a special FREE event — “IWOSC Reads its Own” — a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works – from poems to true stores to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes.

An assortmentof IWOSC’s talented member writers will read short excepts from their work. Their selections may be published, unpublished, or works in progress. We’ll be regaled with their wit, have our emotions stirred, or be plunged into deep thought, at Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena.

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

Join us and bring friends and family. In fact, why not make a day of it? There’s so much to do and see in Pasadena!

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?

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