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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.

23 Oct meeting notes; 30 Oct reading list

October 27, 2014

23 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt, Casey (read a chapter from The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly), JoAnne, Kari, Lance, Maddie, Marianna (read a chapter from Tzar Gold), Shari and Steve J (read five reworked chapters from The Lust Gambit).

News & Notes

The 21 October LIT UP! was a success, drawing seventeen attendees (only two of whom were PFLers) to hear Heather Freidman Rivera, Frank Pray and Maria Alexander read their works. Maddie once again ably emceed the event.

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.

 

30 OCTOBER READING LIST

Stace (10/2)
Maddie (10/23)
Richard (10/2)
Shari (10/23)
Jo (10/9)
Rosie (10/9)
Burt (10/23)
Marsha (10/2)
JoAnne (10/23)
Glenda (10/16)
Kari (10/23)
Lance (10/23)
Steve J. (10/23)
Casey (10/23)
Marianna (10/23)

16 Oct meeting notes; 23 Oct reading list

October 20, 2014

16 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda, JoAnne, Kari (read a revised portion of her untitled short story), Lance (read a chapter from the Fake reboot), Marianna (read two chapters from Tzar Gold), Shari and Steve J.

News & Notes

The next LIT UP! is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on 21 October at Kean Coffee. It will likely be the last for this year. The flyers are available here (1-up and 2-up), and the Facebook event is up. The current lineup:

  • Heather Freidman Rivera, reading from Quiet Water (supernatural romance)
  • Frank Pray, reading “Family Honor” (political/family drama)
  • Maria Alexander, reading from Mr. Wicker (fantasy)

We may be closing in on a venue for LIT UP North! in the Fullerton/Brea area. More later.

23 OCTOBER READING LIST

Stace (10/2)
Maddie (10/9)
Richard (10/2)
Steve J. (10/16)
Shari (10/16)
Jo (10/9)
Rosie (10/9)
Burt (10/16)
Casey (10/16)
Marsha (10/2)
JoAnne (10/16)
Glenda (10/16)
Kari (10/16)
Marianna (10/16)
Lance (10/16)

9 Oct meeting notes; 16 Oct reading list

October 13, 2014

9 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Twelve people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda (read Part 2 of her short story, “On the Waye”), Jo, JoAnne (read her character sketch, “A Fitting Send-Off”), Kari, Lance (read 2.5 chapters from the Fake reboot), Maddie, Marianna, Rosie, Shari and Steve J.

News & Notes

The next LIT UP! is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on 21 October at Kean Coffee. It will likely be the last for this year. The flyers are available here (1-up and 2-up), and the Facebook event is up. The current lineup:

  • Maria Alexander, reading from Mr. Wicker (fantasy)
  • Frank Pray, reading “Family Honor” (political/family drama)
  • Heather Freidman Rivera, reading from Quiet Water (supernatural romance)

We’re still looking for a venue for LIT UP North! in the Fullerton/Placentia/Brea area, perhaps something along the lines of the Kean Coffee model. If you know of such a thing, please reply in the comments.

 

16 OCTOBER READING LIST

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

2 Oct meeting notes; 9 Oct reading list

October 7, 2014

2 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended: Burt (read six chapters from The Dead Listing), Casey (read a chapter from The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly), Glenda, Kari, Lance, Maddie, Marianna, Richard, Rosie (read a chapter from On Thin Ice), Stace, and a special guest reappearance from Marsha.

News & Notes

The 30 September LIT UP! drew about seventeen people to Kean Coffee in Tustin. Authors Terri Nolan and out own Burt Golden and Steve Jackson read excerpts from their works and submitted to Maddie’s interrogation. Good job, all!

The next LIT UP! is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on 21 October at Kean Coffee. It will likely be the last for this year.

We’re still looking for a venue for LIT UP North! in the Fullerton/Placentia/Brea area, perhaps something along the lines of the Kean Coffee model. If you know of such a thing, please reply in the comments.
9 OCTOBER READING LIST

Stace (10/2)
Maddie (10/2)
JoAnne (9/18)
Richard (10/2)
Kari (10/2)
Lance (10/2)
Steve J. (9/18)
Shari (9/18)
Glenda (10/2)
Marianna (10/2)
Jo (9/25)
Rosie (10/2)
Burt (10/2)
Casey (10/2)
Marsha (10/2)

25 Sep meeting notes; 2 Oct reading list

September 28, 2014

25 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Casey, Glenda (read Part 1 of a revised short story “On the Waye”), Jo (read a chapter from Moonspell), Kari, Lance, Maddie, Marianna (read a chapter from Tzar Gold), Rosie and Stace.

News & Notes

The next LIT UP! is happening 7-9 p.m. on 30 September at Kean Coffee. The author lineup:

Be sure to sign up on the Facebook event is up to qualify for your $1 discount on food or drinks. Get the flyers here (1-up and 2-up) and post them where you can.

We’re still looking for a venue for LIT UP North! in the Fullerton/Placentia/Brea area, perhaps something along the lines of the Kean Coffee model. If you know of such a thing, please reply in the comments.

2 OCTOBER READING LIST

Stace (9/25)
Maddie (9/25)
JoAnne (9/18)
Richard (9/18)
Rosie (9/25)
Burt (9/18)
Kari (9/25)
Casey (9/25)
Lance (9/25)
Steve J. (9/18)
Shari (9/18)
Glenda (9/25)
Marianna (9/25)
Jo (9/25)

18 Sep meeting notes; 25 Sep reading list

September 21, 2014

18 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Twelve people attended: Burt, Glenda, Jo, JoAnne, Kari, Lance, Maddie, Richard, Rosie, Shari (read a revised ending for Raised to Win), Stace and Steve J. (read the revised first seven chapters of Lust Gambit).

News & Notes

The next LIT UP! is happening 7-9 p.m. on 30 September at Kean Coffee. The author lineup:

Be sure to sign up on the Facebook event is up to qualify for your $1 discount on food or drinks. Get the flyers here (1-up and 2-up) and post them where you can.

We’re still looking for a venue for LIT UP North! in the Fullerton/Placentia/Brea area, perhaps something along the lines of the Kean Coffee model. If you know of such a thing, please reply in the comments.

 

25 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Stace (9/18)
Maddie (9/18)
JoAnne (9/18)
Glenda (9/18)
Richard (9/18)
Rosie (9/18)
Marianna (8/28)
Burt (9/18)
Jo (9/18)
Kari (9/18)
Casey (9/11)
Lance (9/18)
Steve J. (9/18)
Shari (9/18)

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