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Next Meeting: Thursday, 23 MARCH 2017 at 6:30 PM

at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Road (at Irvine Blvd), Tustin, 6:30 p.m.

16 Mar meeting notes; 23 Mar reading list

March 16, 2017

16 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda (read a revised short story, “Just For Fun”), Jo (read a short story, “Home Remedy”), JoAnne, Lance, Lisa W., Rosie and Steve J. (read the first four chapters of , the sequel to Lamia).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! will take place on Tuesday, 21 March, at Kean Coffee in Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). This month’s lineup:

  • History writer Melissa Guzzetta.
  • Historical fiction author Dennis Phinney.
  • Mystery writer Dan Howard.

As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

More information about the SCWA California-themed anthology. The 1500-3000 word length is a guideline rather than a hard limit. Also, the judges will be looking for excellent storytelling first, then excellent writing; take seriously the tag line, “It’s All About the Story.” Entries are still due by 15 April.

 

23 MARCH READING LIST

JoAnne (3/16)
Lisa W. (3/16)
Donna (3/2)
Marianna (2/23)
Lance (3/16)
Burt (3/16)
Maddie (3/9)
Casey (3/16)
Rosie (3/16)
Glenda (3/16)
Jo (3/16)
Steve J. (3/16)
Ava (1/26)

SCWA: Stuart Horwitz, “Finish Your Book in Three Drafts,” 18 Mar 2017

March 15, 2017

SCWA logoThe 18 March Southern California Writers Association meeting features nationally known expert on structure and revision Stuart Horwitz speaking on “Finish Your Book in Three Drafts.”

Stuart Horwitz is the founder and principal of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors based in Providence (www.BookArchitecture.com). Horwitz’s Book Architecture Method has helped bestselling writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books through a wonderfully efficient process, signing with top literary agencies and sealing deals with coveted publishing houses. Accomplished and aspiring writers alike will learn the secrets of how to reach the finish line through an engaging presentation which will provide examples of the Book Architecture Method in action.

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, $35 for non-members ($30 with a reservation), and include a buffet lunch. Check the SCWA website for more information.

9 Mar meeting notes; 16 Mar reading list

March 15, 2017

9 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Burt (read a draft query for Dead is Not Enough), Casey (read a short story, “California Dreamin'”), Jo, Lance, Maddie (read two revised chapters from Hit Me) and Rosie (read the final three chapters of On Thin Ice) (congratulations, Rosie!).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! will take place on Tuesday, 21 March, at Kean Coffee in Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). Check the LIT UP! Facebook page for more details.

Attendance has been a bit light lately. If you haven’t been coming, can you let us know why? Email Lance or Maddie, or comment on this post. We’d like you to come back!

 

16 MARCH READING LIST

JoAnne (2/2)
Lisa W. (3/2)
Glenda (2/16)
Donna (3/2)
Jo (3/9)
Steve J. (2/16)
Marianna (2/23)
Lance (3/9)
Burt (3/9)
Maddie (3/9)
Casey (3/9)
Rosie (3/9)
Ava (1/26)

Lit Up! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 21 Mar 2017

March 6, 2017

LIT UP logo

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

Three local 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:

  • History writer Melissa Guzzetta.
  • Historical fiction author Dennis Phinney.
  • Mystery writer Dan Howard.

As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors. See you there!

2 Mar meeting notes; 9 Mar reading list

March 4, 2017

2 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Burt, Casey (read three chapters from World War Girl Soldier), Donna, Jo, Lisa W., Lance (read a chapter from Stealing Ghosts), Maddie and Rosie (read 2.5 chapters from On Thin Ice).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! will take place on Tuesday, 21 March, at Kean Coffee in Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). Check the LIT UP! Facebook page for more details.

 

9 MARCH READING LIST

JoAnne (2/2)
Lisa W. (3/2)
Ava (1/26)
Burt (3/2)
Glenda (2/16)
Donna (3/2)
Jo (3/2)
Maddie (3/2)
Steve J. (2/16)
Marianna (2/23)
Casey (3/2)
Rosie (3/2)
Lance (3/2)

Upcoming author events, Laguna Beach Books, Mar 2017

February 28, 2017

Laguna Beach Books signIndependent bookstore Laguna Beach Books will be hosting the following author events through the end of March:

  • Thursday, March 23, 6:00 p.m.: Susan Meissner, A Bridge Across the Ocean
  • Sunday, March 26, 4:00 p.m.: Lisa Napoli, Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Get more information on their website or Facebook page

Upcoming author events, Book Carnival, Orange, Mar 2017

February 28, 2017

Book CarnivalBook Carnival window, an independent Orange County bookstore dedicated to mysteries and thrillers, will host the following author readings/signings through the end of March:

  • Monday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.: Joe Lansdale, Rusty Puppy
  • Saturday, March 11, 2:00 p.m.: Anne Cleeland, Murder in All Honor
  • Sunday, March 12, 2:00 p.m.: Joseph Badal, Dark Angel
  • Saturday, March 18, 3:00 p.m.: Stephen Mack Jones, August Snow
  • Wednesday, March 29,7:00 p.m.: Jane Haseldine, Duplicity; Chris Ewan, Long Time Lost

The events are free, although it’d be nice if you buy the featured book. Book Carnival is located at 348 S. Tustin Street in Orange, three-ish blocks south of Chapman Avenue. Look for more information on the store’s website or Facebook page.

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