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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
IWOSC Goes to the Movies: Feature Film Screenwriting 101

Monday, June 27, 2016
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

In Hollywood, nothing says success more than a sequel -– and following on the heels of our successful TV Writing Program last month, IWOSC is proud to present a trip from small-screen to big, with our Screenwriting Panel.

Just in time for this year's summer blockbusters, we're assembling a panel of proven screenwriters, critics/coaches, and literary agents to discuss how to break down the barriers to the box office, and bring our stories to life for the movies.

We'll be discussing things like:

  • How to get your foot in the door with an unproduced screenplay
  • Independent vs. studio films
  • Screenwriting technique -– showing not telling and visual storytelling
  • Building irresistible characters and stories
  • Plot vs. character and the different genres and demographics of films
  • Maintaining tension and audience interest,
  • Adapting your own material into a screenplay

And much much more, including plenty of Q&A from the audience!

Our panelists:


ROBERT RAMSEY teaches screenwriting at USC School of Cinematic Arts.

His feature film credits include Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995); Life (1999); Big Trouble (2002); Intolerable Cruelty (2003); Man of the House (2005); and Soul Men (2008). He was a Fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters Workshop in 1992.

He received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 1985 and has been a member of the WGA since 1988.

AGALTON GLASS, is an award-winning Director, Producer and Writer with an impressive self-made story.

At the American Black Film Festival In 2007, Glass won the Grand Jury Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay for his second independent film, The Mannsfield 12.

At the same festival in 2014, his film CRU won a record-breaking number of awards, including the Audience Award for Best Film.

He then produced A Second Chance Christmas for TVONE, which has become a holiday classic.

Alton is also the founder of Glassrock Entertainment, a full-service production company that specializes in TV/film production, development, new media and technology.

You can visit his engaging website at alton-glass.com.

Marilyn AndersonMarilyn Anderson co-wrote and Executive Produced the new family feature How to Beat a Bully, just released on DVD at Walmart stores and elsewhere.

Her new feature, Cold Feet - A Wedding Tale, scheduled to go into production later this year. Marilyn won a LUMINAS Award for the Positive Depiction of Women in Film and was honored by the WGA as a writer of one of the 101 Best TV Shows of the past seven decades. TV shows she has written for include Murphy Brown, FAME, Sherman Oaks, and Friday the 13th the Series.

Marilyn is the author of a humorous relationship book, Never Kiss a Frog: A Girl’s Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp. In the world of new media, Marilyn wrote, produced and stars in a Web Series to launch soon along with her book of the same title: How to Live Like a MILLIONAIRE... When You’re a MILLION Short. She also works as a script consultant to producers and writers.

Her websites are NeverKissaFrog.com, HowtoBeataBullyTheMovie.com and HowtoLiveLikeaMillionaire.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, July 25, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016

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THE PITCH with Pilar Alessandra

Saturday, July 16, 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.

Pitch quickly and pitch well! Whether you’re pitching your book idea to a publisher or your screenplay idea to a producer, this class will help you stay on point and avoid listener tune-out. Proven pitching tools and a written template help writers define the key elements of their stories. Writers learn to pitch their ideas in a concise, focused and entertaining manner that emphasizes the hook and eliminates "writer-babble.”




PILAR ALESSANDRA is the director of the writing program On the Page®, host of the popular On the Page Podcast and author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.” Pilar started her career as Senior Story Analyst at DreamWorks SKG and in 2001 opened the On the Page Writers’ Studio in Los Angeles. Her students and clients have written for The Walking Dead, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy and Family Guy. They’ve sold features and pitches to Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney and Sony and have won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Screenwriting Competition and Warner Bros. TV Writing Workshop. Pilar has trained writers at ABC/Disney and CBS and traveled the world teaching in London, Beijing, Warsaw, Lisbon and Cape Town.

Information about her classes, consultations, books and podcast can be found on her website: OnThePage.tv

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, 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)

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.

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

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