Our Past Events of 2012
Past 2012 General Meetings/Panel Discussions
GENERAL MEETING/ Discussion
IWOSC ALL-STARS 1: A Hot Half-Dozen Authors Tell How They Write, Publish, and Promote
From Memoir to Mystery, Peanut Butter to Charley Parkhurst, Filmmaking to Therapy, You’ll Learn and be Entertained by These Authors
Monday, November 19, 2012
7:30 SHARP to 9 p.m. (Schmoozing follows)
The first “IWOSC ALL-STARS” panel discussion! Six authors, all members of the 30-year-old writers organization, will share stories of how they wrote, published, and promoted their new books. Fiction, nonfiction, biography, how-to, mystery: it’s a mixed bag, and these stars will shine.
- their writing process
- their writing history
- how they researched their topics
- how they got published (agent and traditional publisher, or self-published)
- how they market and promote their books
- what promotional activities translate into sales
- and more!
We’ll also have time for your questions
Books will be available for sale and signing
Our panelists will be announced soon.
JON KRAMPNER, “Creamy & Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food” (nonfiction)
ESTER BENJAMIN SHIFREN, “Hiding In a Cave of Trunks: A Prominent Jewish Family's Century in Shanghai and Internment in a WWII POW Camp”
JOE WALLENSTEIN, “Practical Moviemaking: A Handbook for the Real World” (nonfiction, how-to)
MARVIN J. WOLF, “The Tattooed Rabbi” (fiction, mystery)
FLO SELFMAN, Public Relations Consultant, Proofreader-Copyeditor, and President, IWOSC.
Contributing writer to Media Magnetism: How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You Want and Deserve
~~~~~~~ Past 2012 Seminars ~~~~~~~
IWOSC SATURDAY SEMINAR
Social Media Gold Rush: Mining Pinterest and Google+
Saturday, November 17, 2012
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (networking follows the discussion)
What if you could travel back in time to the gold rush era, and go right to where massive amounts of gold was just waiting for you to go get it? How about getting in FRONT of the next Facebook or Google and cash in on their meteoric growth?
Well, how'd you like to get in front of the next two fastest growing social media opportunities before everyone else figures out how to be really big there?
Pinterest has more than 10 million monthly unique visitors and is now the third most popular social networking site behind Facebook and Twitter. Google+, barely 1 year old, is now home to more than 400 million members and attracts 100 million active monthly users.
Steven Sanchez will show us why these two special new social media outlets are so popular and growing so fast. During our workshop we'll cover:
- How to get accounts in both networks.
- What's different about each network that's responsible for their explosive growth.
- How authors can capitalize on opportunities to rise above the "noise" of other marketing efforts.
- Tips and tricks for getting your book seen and shared
- ...and much more!
STEVEN SANCHEZ recently taught the IWOSC workshop on how to take advance of the social media tool HootSuite. His Los Angeles-based Internet agency, INEXUS, has helped small and large companies start and succeed on the Internet for over 20 years. He is currently working on several books and web sites designed to help authors build successful book platforms, build their business "back-ends" and launch their author careers. He can be reached at Steven@BookPlatform101.com.
~~~~~~~ Past 2012 IWOSC Reads Its Own ~~~~~~~
IWOSC Reads Its Own
Sunday, March 4, 2012
2 to 4 p.m.
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 stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. We’ll be regaled with their wit, have our emotions stirred, or be plunged into deep thought at the beautiful independent bookstore, Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena.
Some IWOSC’s talented member writers will read short excerpts from their published, unpublished, or in-progress works. We'll announce our selected readers here as we set the line-up.
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
There is plenty of parking on Colorado and neighboring streets.
Free. The public is welcome.
No reservations necessary.
Do join us and bring friends and family. In fact, why not make a day of it? There’s so much to do in Pasadena!
To help you plan your day, here are Google searches for Pasadena, sightseeing and of things to do in Pasadena. Or pick up a copy of Pasadena Weekly when you're there.
Send a email the IWOSC office for more information.
~~~~~~~ Past 2012 Parties ~~~~~~~
IWOSC’s Annual Holiday Bash!
We're back at the Biltmore!
Celebrating the season and our 30th year!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
No-host cocktails or hotel tour
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Dinner and program
We kicked off the season and commemorate our 30 years at the IWOSC Annual Holiday Bash at the Biltmore! Following the tradition of presidents, celebrities, dignitaries, and IWOSC writers we celebrated history, architectural splendor, and creativity at the beautiful downtown Millennium Biltmore Hotel!
Scribes and guests enjoyed an excellent party in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at the historic, elegant, architecturally striking Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
We met for no-host cocktails in the gorgeous Rendezvous Court or took an escorted tour of the hotel (both optional), including the elegant ballrooms and indoor pool.
At Smeraldi’s Restaurant, we dined on the Biltmore’s famous custom pasta bar with all the trimmings, salad, beverages (non-alcoholic included with dinner; no-host bar available) and great desserts.
Awards and drawings followed,
and some nice surprises.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles
506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071
~~~~~~~ Past 2012 Other Events ~~~~~~~
On Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4 IWOSC co-sponsored the Ventura County Writers’ Weekend in Pleasant Valley Community Park, Camarillo, CA. This event provided two days of education and seven information-packed seminars. Attendees heard from leading Southern California publishing professionals;literary agents, pubishers book publicists, published authors, social media experts, book shepherds, editors, and writing instructions. The event was presented by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing.
UCLA Extension Writers Faire!
Writers loved joining IWOSC at the 13th annual UCLA Extension Writers Faire! on Sunday, August 26 at the UCLA campus, Young Hall Courtyard.
For more information on the classes and activities offered, contact the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.