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Next Meeting: Thursday, 4 DECEMBER at 6:30 PM

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

20 Nov meeting notes; 4 Dec reading list

November 22, 2014

20 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended the penultimate meeting of 2014: Burt, Casey, Glenda, Jo (read a chapter from Moonspell), Kari (read a revised part of her untitled short story), Maddie, Marcia, Marianna (read chapters from Tzar Gold), Richard, Shari and Steve J.

News & Notes

The annual holiday party will take place at Marianna’s house in Irvine at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, 11 December. The food list circulated during the meeting. More details will be had at our next meeting.
4 DECEMBER READING LIST

Maddie (11/20)
Richard (11/20)
Rosie (11/13)
Burt (11/20)
JoAnne (11/13)
Steve J. (11/20)
Glenda (11/20)
Casey (11/20)
Marsha (11/20)
Lance (11/13)
Shari (11/20)
Marianna (11/20)
Kari (11/20)
Jo (11/20)
Stace (10/2)

13 Nov meeting notes; 20 Nov reading list

November 13, 2014

13 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda, JoAnne, Kari, Lance (read a chapter from the Fake reboot), Maddie, Richard, Rosie and Shari (read a revised synopsis for Raised to Win).

News & Notes

The special Author Showcase edition of LIT UP! drew 18 people to Kean Coffee to hear John Vorhaus, a long-time TV comedy writer (Married…With Children, Head of the Class), author, teacher, poker expert and consultant to TV producers worldwide. Thanks to Maddie for staging yet another successful event.

The annual holiday party was spoken of, and is rumored to be slated for 11 December. More details can be had at the next meeting.
20 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Maddie (11/13)
Richard (11/13)
Rosie (11/13)
Burt (11/13)
JoAnne (11/13)
Steve J. (10/30)
Marianna (10/30)
Glenda (11/13)
Kari (11/13)
Casey (11/13)
Jo (11/6)
Marsha (10/2)
Lance (11/13)
Shari (11/13)
Stace (10/2)

6 Nov meeting notes; 13 Nov reading list

November 9, 2014

6 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended: Burt, Casey (read a chapter from The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly), Glenda, Jo (read a chapter from Moonspell), JoAnne, Kari (read the revised  first section of her untitled short story), Lance, Maddie, Richard, Rosie and Shari (read a synopsis for Raised to Win).

News & Notes

Bouchercon — one of the major mystery-related writers’ conferences in the U.S. — will take place in Long Beach on 13-16 November. Look for the following event post.

A special Author Showcase edition of LIT UP! will happen on 11 November at Kean Coffee in Tustin. It will feature John Vorhaus, a long-time TV comedy writer (Married…With Children, Head of the Class), author, teacher, poker expert and consultant to TV producers worldwide. He’ll read from Texas Twist, the latest installment of his Radar Hoverlander con-man series, talk about his experiences in the comedy business, and discuss some of the key points of The Comic Toolbox, his how-to book for writing good comedy even if you’re not naturally funny. The Facebook event page is up, and flyers are available here (1-up and 2-up). If you have a way to get the flyers into any college English or literature departments, please do; Vorhaus should appeal to a university audience as well as our LIT UP! regulars.

If you don’t want to come to the meeting, UCI’s School of Humanities is hosting surf-noir author and screenwriter Kem Nunn on 13 November at 6:00 p.m. on campus. Look for the separate event post for details.

13 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Stace (10/2)
Maddie (11/6)
Richard (11/6)
Rosie (11/6)
Burt (11/6)
JoAnne (11/6)
Steve J. (10/30)
Marianna (10/30)
Glenda (11/6)
Lance (11/6)
Shari (11/6)
Kari (11/6)
Casey (11/6)
Jo (11/6)
Marsha (10/2)

UCI Author Series: Kem Nunn, 13 Nov 2014

November 9, 2014

The UC Irvine School of Humanities Author Series hosts surf-noir author and screenwriter Kem Nunn at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 13 November, at 1030 Humanities Gateway on the UCI campus. He will read from his latest novel, Chance.

Kem Nunn is an American novelist and television writer from California who also surfs a great deal. He received his MFA from Programs in Writing at UC Irvine in 1984. His novel have been described as “surf-noir” for their dark themes, their political overtones and their costal settings. He is the author of the novels Tapping the Source, Dogs of Winter, Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory, Tijuana Straits, and most recently, Chance.

David Milch and Nunn co-created the HBO series John from Cincinnati, set in Imperial Beach, California. Nunn and Milch also collaborated on the dramatic western television series Deadwood.

The event is free to the public, but you must RSVP by 11 November to Michelle Maasz  at 949-824-1605 or mmaasz@uci.edu.

Bouchercon, Long Beach, 13-16 Nov 2014

November 2, 2014

Bouchercon, the Annual World Mystery Convention, will take place at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach 13-16 November.

A conference for both readers and writers, Bouchercon features panel discussions and other programming on a wide variety of topics designed to allow lots of interaction. There are typically four or five programs to choose from at any given moment. There are also author signing sessions, a book room, and special events such as award ceremonies, movie nights, and parties. Programming begins between 7-8 a.m. and lasts into the night.

Registration is $195 for the entire conference or $75 for a day pass and can only be accomplished online at the conference website or onsite on the days of the conference.

30 Oct meeting notes; 6 Nov reading list

November 2, 2014

30 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda (read the third and last part of her short story “On the Waye”), Jo (read a chapter from Moonspell), Kari, Lance (read two chapters from the Fake reboot), Maddie, Marianna, Shari and Steve J.

News & Notes

A 15-member book club in Van Nuys read Burt’s Jericho’s Walls, and Burt was the guest of honor during their discussion last week.

Glenda and Steve J. attended the La Jolla Writer’s Conference last weekend (24-26 October). They discussed the highlights with the group.

Bouchercon — one of the major mystery-related writers’ conferences in the U.S. — will take place in Long Beach on 13-16 November. Look for the following event post.

A special Author Showcase edition of LIT UP! will happen on 11 November at Kean Coffee in Tustin. It will feature John Vorhaus, a long-time TV comedy writer (Married…With Children, Head of the Class), author, teacher, poker expert and consultant to TV producers worldwide. He’ll read from Texas Twist, the latest installment of his Radar Hoverlander con-man series, talk about his experiences in the comedy business, and discuss some of the key points of The Comic Toolbox, his how-to book for writing good comedy even if you’re not naturally funny. The Facebook event page is up, and flyers are available here (1-up and 2-up). If you have a way to get the flyers into any college English or literature departments, please do; Vorhaus should appeal to a university audience as well as our LIT UP! regulars.

6 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Stace (10/2)
Maddie (10/30)
Richard (10/2)
Shari (10/30)
Rosie (10/9)
Burt (10/30)
Marsha (10/2)
JoAnne (10/23)
Kari (10/30)
Steve J. (10/30)
Casey (10/30)
Marianna (10/30)
Jo (10/30)
Glenda (10/30)
Lance (10/30)

LIT UP! Author Showcase: John Vorhaus, 11 Nov 2014

October 27, 2014

Comedy writer, author, teacher, poker expert and worldwide TV consultant John Vorhaus will star in a special Author Showcase edition of LIT UP! at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 11 November, at Kean Coffee, 13681 Newport Avenue (at Main) in Tustin.

John Vorhaus is best known as the author of The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not. An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, and production companies in 30 countries on five continents, including half-year stints in Romania and, God help him, Russia in winter. He has traveled regularly to Nicaragua, where he helped build a social-action drama designed to teach the young people of Nicaragua to “think for themselves and practice safe sex.”

Vorhaus’ own screenwriting credits include Married… with Children, Head of the Class, The Sentinel, The Flash and many overseas television shows and films, including the sitcoms House Arrest and Pretty, Sick and Twisted, and the movie Save Angel Hope.

In another corner of his ADD multiverse, he is the author of the six-volume Killer Poker series, plus miscellaneous other books on the subject, including the novel Under the Gun, a “how-to whodunit” set in the world of high stakes tournament poker. His other novels include The California Roll and its sequels, The Albuquerque Turkey and The Texas Twist, plus the coming-of-age hippie lit novel, Lucy in the Sky and Poole’s Paradise, an imperfect search for purpose.

Vorhaus is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and a member of the Writers Guild of America. He has taught writing at Northwestern University and the American Film Institute, and lectured for such disparate groups as Mensa and the New Jersey Romance Writers Association. His favorite sport is ultimate, his favorite game is poker, and his favorite color is plaid. He lives in Southern California in the company of his wife and an endless rota of dogs.

Vorhaus will read from Texas Twist, the latest installment in his Radar Hoverlander con-man series. Afterwards, he’ll talk about his experiences in the comedy business and discuss some of the key points of The Comic Toolbox. This special Author Showcase will have something for readers and writers alike.

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