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Next Meeting: Thursday, 6 AUGUST at 6:30 PM

at Panera Bread in the District at Tustin Legacy shopping center, Tustin.

30 Jul meeting notes; 6 August reading list

July 30, 2015

30 JULY MEETING NOTES

Only three people showed up, so we cancelled the meeting. The reading list is unchanged.

Please check last week’s meeting notes for details about the upcoming craft-related reading.
6 AUG READING LIST

Rosie (7/23)
Shari (7/9)
Maddie (7/23)
JoAnne (7/23)
Jo (7/16)
Steve J. (6/18)
Mark H. (6/25)
Burt (7/23)
Marianna (7/9)
John M. (7/23)
Glenda (7/16)
Casey (7/23)
Donna (7/23)
Lance (7/23)

23 July meeting notes; 30 July reading list

July 27, 2015

23 JULY MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Burt, Casey (read a chapter from The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly), Donna (read a chapter from Running with Hounds…and an English Degree), JoAnne, John M., Lance (read two chapters from the Fake reboot), Maddie and Rosie.

News and Notes

We once again discussed the idea of reading a writing-related book, and the assembled members agreed it was a good idea. When we did this in the past, we’d pick a book and set aside one reading slot (50 minutes) per month to discuss a certain number of chapters; discussion leadership circulates among members. We’ll take nominations for books over the next two meetings, then select the one we’ll begin discussing in September. The list of the last few books we read is available here. Qualifications:

  • The book is widely available online or in bookstores;
  • The author is/was a working writer who wrote things other than books about writing;
  • The subject should be applicable to a wide range of genres; and,
  • The book should be practical rather than theoretical.

Books nominated so far:

The 21 July LIT UP! was a success, drawing eighteen audience members to an otherwise empty Kean Coffee. Debra Marshall, Christopher Noxon, and PFL’s own Steve Jackson shared excerpts from their latest works. The next LIT UP! will be held on 18 August at Kean Coffee in Tustin. Find more details on the LIT UP! Facebook page.

30 JULY READING LIST

Rosie (7/23)
Shari (7/9)
Maddie (7/23)
JoAnne (7/23)
Jo (7/16)
Steve J. (6/18)
Mark H. (6/25)
Burt (7/23)
Marianna (7/9)
John M. (7/23)
Glenda (7/16)
Casey (7/23)
Donna (7/23)
Lance (7/23)

16 July meeting notes; 23 July reading list

July 17, 2015

16 JULY MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt, Casey, Donna (read a chapter from Running with Hounds…and an English Degree), Glenda, Jo, John M., Lance (read a chapter from the Fake reboot), Maddie and Rosie.

News and Notes

Burt suggested that we revive the practice of reading discussing a writing-related book; it helped develop members’ craft and often improved the quality of our critiques. When we did this in the past, we’d pick a book and set aside one reading slot (50 minutes) per month to discuss a certain number of chapters; discussion leadership would circulate among members. The list of the last few books we read is available here. Donna suggested we could also read writing-related articles, which could cut down on the time commitment. Please think about this and come to the next meeting prepared to discuss whether we should do this again.

The next LIT UP! will be held on 21 July at Kean Coffee in Tustin. Find more details in the event post, and check the LIT UP! Facebook page for the latest information.
23 JULY READING LIST

Rosie (7/16)
Shari (7/9)
Maddie (7/16)
JoAnne (6/25)
Jo (7/16)
Steve J. (6/18)
Mark H. (6/25)
Burt (7/16)
Casey (7/16)
Marianna (7/9)
John M. (7/16)
Glenda (7/16)
Donna (7/16)
Lance (7/16)
Jonathan (6/4)

9 July meeting notes; 16 July reading list

July 10, 2015

9 JULY MEETING NOTES

Once again, eight people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda (read part two of a revised short story, “The Ancestor Train”), John M. (read the first chapter of Big Daddy), Lance (read two chapters from the Fake reboot), Marianna, Rosie and Shari.

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! will be held on 21 July at Kean Coffee in Tustin. Find more details in the event post, and check the LIT UP! Facebook page for the latest information.
16 JULY READING LIST

Rosie (7/9)
Shari (7/9)
Jonathan (6/4)
Maddie (7/2)
JoAnne (6/25)
Jo (6/25)
Steve J. (6/18)
Mark H. (6/25)
Burt (7/9)
Casey (7/9)
Donna (6/25)
Marianna (7/9)
John M. (7/9)
Glenda (7/9)
Lance (7/9)

Lit Up! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 21 July 2015

July 6, 2015

The midsummer edition of LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 21 July at Kean Coffee, 13681 Newport Ave #14, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up).

Three OC writers will present excerpts of their latest works and discuss their work, writing, and whatever else the audience wants to talk about. This month’s lineup:

  • Feature journalist Christopher Noxon will read from his debut novel Plus One
  • SCWA’s (and PFL’s own) Steve Jackson will read from his thriller-in-progress The Lust Gambit
  • Debra Marshall will read her short story “Gifted Roots”

As always, be sure to sign up on the Facebook event page to ensure your $1 discount on your first drink or food order at Kean. See you there!

2 July meeting notes; 9 July reading list

July 5, 2015

2 JULY MEETING NOTES

A cozy group of eight attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda (read part one of a revised short story, “The Ancestor Train”), John M., Lance (read a chapter from the Fake reboot), Maddie, Marianna (read a chapter from Red Snow, Gold Cloud) and Shari.

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! will be held on 21 July at Kean Coffee in Tustin. Watch for the upcoming event post here, and check the LIT UP! Facebook page for more information. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up).

9 JULY READING LIST

Rosie (6/18)
Shari (7/2)
Jonathan (6/4)
Maddie (7/2)
JoAnne (6/25)
Jo (6/25)
Steve J. (6/18)
Mark H. (6/25)
John M. (7/2)
Burt (7/2)
Casey (7/2)
Donna (6/25)
Glenda (7/2)
Lance (7/2)
Marianna (7/2)

SCWA: John Vorhaus, “How to be Funny, Even If You’re Not,” 18 July 2015

July 2, 2015

The 18 July Southern California Writers Association meeting features novelist, poker guru, writing teacher and LIT UP! alum John Vorhaus speaking about “How to be Funny, Even If You’re Not.”

Mr. Vorhaus is best known for his seminal comedy-writing textbook, The Comic Toolbox. He has written more than two dozen other works of fiction and non-fiction, including Decide to Play Great Poker (with Annie Duke) and the new novel Poole’s Paradise.

The meeting takes place at the Claim Jumper restaurant on 18050 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley. Doors open at 9:30 and the program begins at 10:00. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and include a buffet lunch. Check the SCWA website for more information.

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