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

La Jolla Writer’s Conference, La Jolla, 6-8 Nov 2015

August 29, 2015

The 2015 La Jolla Writer’s Conference will take place 6-8 November at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

The conference includes lectures, workshops, and pitch sessions. From faculty that includes multiple New York Times bestselling authors to nationally recognized agents, editors, publishers, and publicists, this conference offers writers of all levels the opportunity to learn more about the art, craft, and business of writing in one of the most intimate settings possible. Dedicated to fostering great relationships, the La Jolla Writer’s Conference has welcomed attendees from more than 35 states and 5 countries, offering a student faculty ratio of 5 to 1, with a maximum of 200 attendees.

Full-conference registration is $395. However, the organizer has extended a discount to PFL members and LIT UP! followers (contact Maddie for the password).

27 Aug meeting notes; 3 Sep reading list

August 29, 2015

27 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

That’s more like it: twelve 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), Glenda, Jo, JoAnne, Lance, Lisa W., Maddie, Marianna (read a chapter from Red Snow, Gold Clouds), Mark H. (returning after a two-month odyssey through Europe) and Rosie.

News and Notes

We voted for the craft-related book we’ll read through the fall. The winner: How Not to Write a Novel, by Howard Mittelmark & Sandra Newman. It’s available in both print and ebook form from a variety of outlets. Please do whatever you must to buy a copy. During the 3 September meeting, we’ll carve up the book into monthly readings and appoint the moderator for the first discussion, which will probaby happen on 1 October.

Inspired by his stint at LIT UP!, Jared Kuritz has extended to PFL members and LIT UP! followers a discount off the registration for the La Jolla Writer’s Conference, 6-8 November. The registration special is here; Maddie has the password.
3 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Maddie (8/27)
JoAnne (8/27)
Glenda (8/27)
Lisa W. (8/27)
Rosie (8/27)
Jo (8/27)
Burt (8/27)
Lance (8/27)
Mark H. (8/27)
Casey (8/27)
Marianna (8/27)
Donna (8/27)
Steve J. (6/18)
Shari (7/9)
John M. (7/23)

SCWA: Dean Nelson, “What the Greats Have Taught Me,” 19 Sep 2015

August 24, 2015

The 19 September Southern California Writers Association meeting features Dean Nelson speaking about “What the Greats Have Taught Me.”

Dean is founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. He writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Christianity Today, Sojourners, and several other national publications. He has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting, and has written or co-written 14 books. Nelson is a frequent speaker at writing workshops around the world.

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.

20 Aug meeting notes; 27 Aug reading list

August 24, 2015

20 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended an abbreviated meeting: Burt, Casey, Glenda, Lance (read two chapters from the Fake reboot), Lisa W., Maddie, Rosie, and potential new member Ava, a writer of short stories and memoir who’s new to Orange County.

News and Notes

The 18 August LIT UP! drew in 18-19 people to listen to YA romance writer Jessi Kirby and NYT bestselling paranormal-romance author Susan Squires. Congratulations again to Maddie, who once again herded the cats into another successful event!

We’ll try this again: next meeting (27 Aug), we’ll vote for which writing-related book we’ll start reading in September. Nominated books:

If you have personal experience with any of these, please share it with us so we can make a more informed decision. Please follow the above links to the Amazon product pages, look at the book descriptions, do the “Look Inside” if it’s available, and come ready to decide on a book on the 20th.
27 AUGUST READING LIST

Shari (7/9)
Maddie (8/20)
JoAnne (8/13)
John M. (7/23)
Glenda (8/20)
Casey (8/20)
Marianna (8/13)
Donna (8/6)
Lisa W. (8/20)
Rosie (8/20)
Jo (8/13)
Burt (8/20)
Lance (8/20)
Steve J. (6/18)
Mark H. (6/25)

13 Aug meeting notes; 20 Aug reading list

August 14, 2015

13 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt (read two chapters from It All Ends on 101, formerly Murder on the 101), Casey, Glenda, Jo (read a chapter from Moonspell), JoAnne, Lance, Lisa W., Maddie, Marianna and Rosie (read two revised chapters from On Thin Ice).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! is happening on 18 August at Kean Coffee in Tustin. It will feature YA romance writer Jessi Kirby and NYT bestselling paranormal-romance author Susan Squires. Find more details on the LIT UP! Facebook page.

Next meeting (20 Aug), we’ll be voting for which writing-related book we’ll start reading in September. Nominated books:

If you have personal experience with any of these, please share it with us so we can make a more informed decision. Please follow the above links to the Amazon product pages, look at the book descriptions, do the “Look Inside” if it’s available, and come ready to decide on a book on the 20th.
20 AUGUST READING LIST

Shari (7/9)
Maddie (8/13)
JoAnne (8/13)
Steve J. (6/18)
Mark H. (6/25)
John M. (7/23)
Glenda (8/13)
Casey (8/13)
Marianna (8/13)
Donna (8/6)
Lance (8/13)
Lisa W. (8/13)
Rosie (8/13)
Jo (8/13)
Burt (8/13)

Lit Up! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 18 Aug 2015

August 8, 2015

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 18 August at Kean Coffee, 13681 Newport Ave #14, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up).

Two 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:

  • YA author Jessi Kirby will read from her latest novel, Things We Know by Heart.
  • NY Times bestselling author Susan Squires will read from one or more of her paranormal romances.

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!

6 Aug meeting notes; 13 Aug reading list

August 7, 2015

6 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

In a great improvement over last week, nine people attended: Burt, Casey, Donna (read a chapter from Running with Hounds…and an English Degree), Jo, Lance (read a chapter from the Fake reboot), Lisa W. (back from a one-year-plus sabbatical), Marianna (read a chapter from Red Snow, Gold Clouds, plus a query and synopsis), Rosie, and Rosie’s guest Wendy V., a writer of steampunk and Regency romance (though not at the same time).

News and Notes

We once again discussed reading a writing-related book starting in September. 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. 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 next LIT UP! will be held on 18 August at Kean Coffee in Tustin. Find more details on the LIT UP! Facebook page.
13 AUGUST READING LIST

Rosie (8/6)
Shari (7/9)
Maddie (7/23)
JoAnne (7/23)
Jo (8/6)
Steve J. (6/18)
Mark H. (6/25)
Burt (8/6)
John M. (7/23)
Glenda (7/16)
Casey (8/6)
Marianna (8/6)
Donna (8/6)
Lance (8/6)
Lisa W. (8/6)

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