SCWA Presents Writers Online

SCWA Presents Writers Online

Check out our new YouTube channel for some of our best and brightest authors and guest speakers. Through this year of challenges SCWA has risen to new heights with a wide range of talented presenters who will inspire, educate and motivate writers and readers alike through our online programs.

Our content includes the Hump Day Book Tours, Pub Shops with insights into book publishing and marketing, plus our monthly author spotlights and workshops.

We appreciate your support so please visit, comment and subscribe so you’re the first to know when a new video is posted. There’s always more great content to come from SCWA, the Perennial Writers’ Conference!

Craft Shop: A Deep Dive into Self-Editing

A DEEP DIVE INTO SELF-EDITING

SCWA’s January Craft Shop is ready for members and nonmembers to take a Deep Dive into SELF-EDITING, a perfect way to follow NaNoWriMo and to refresh all of us wrestling chapters of our works-in-process.

We sometimes think of self-editing as a pass through the manuscript to fix grammar and wording. It is much more. A self-edit can also examine the bones of your project, challenge the premise, and check to see that you have delivered the message you promised.


What better way to start 2021 than with a hands-on workshop with Pam Sheppard, a familiar face at all SCWA meetings, and a regular contributor to the antics on SCWA’s Facebook group. Pam will take you through the four kinds of edits, demonstrate examples of each, and show you how they will take your work to the next level. She will also talk about working with critique groups, beta readers, and professional editors.

We’ll record the session and leave lots of time for Q&A.

Who: Pam Sheppard
When: January 7, 2021
Time: 4-5:30 pm PST
Members: $15.00
Nonmembers: $20.00

RSVP below

Bio

Pam spent over 25 years in Sales and Marketing with Big 5 publishers (Simon & Schuster, Crown Publishers, and Random House). Her career as a publisher’s representative overlapped with seventeen years as a publishing consultant, developmental editor, and coach for new and experienced writers for their independent and traditional publishing projects. You can reach Pam at sheppardedits@gmail.com

Craft Chat R.S.V.P.:

Pub Shop is a regular event that provides opportunities to discuss publishing topics, issues, and concerns. 

September 2020

Internationally renowned Kindlepreneur Dave Chesson shares secrets for creating life and sales in the Kindlesphere!

Dave Chesson is the creator of Kindlepreneur.com, a website devoted to teaching advanced book Marketing, which even Amazon KDP acknowledges as one of the best by telling users to “Gain insight from Kindlepreneur on how you can optimize marketing for your books.” Having worked with such authors as Orson Scott Card, Ted Dekker and more, his tactics help both fiction and nonfiction authors of all levels get their books discovered by the right readers.

Who: Dave Chesson
What: Books on Fire! Internationally renowned Kindlepreneur Dave Chesson shares secrets for creating life and sales in the Kindlesphere!
When: Thursday, September 10, 2020,
Time: 2-3:30 pm PDT
Where: Zoom
Cost: SCWA Members - $5.00
Nonmembers - $10.00

 

Pub Shop R.S.V.P.:

January SCWA Meeting

Join us on Saturday January 16, 2021, at 10 am PST when SCWA welcomes award-winning author and inspirational speaker Tanya Hutchison to the Zoom screen. Tanya will share writing tips and insights in her presentation “How to Write a Memoir Readers Won’t Put Down.”

Tanya’s own memoir Phenomenal Beauty: It’s a Journey Not a Destination, has been known to “…make you laugh, cry, and shout Hallelujah all in one breath!”


Tanya Hutchison is a wife (of 30 years), mother to 5 adult children, sister, friend, and role model to many. During her reign as Mrs. California International, she wrote her first memoir. She later gained notoriety when she became a contributing author for the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.In her memoir, Phenomenal Beauty: It’s a Journey Not a Destination, she speaks with candor and conviction as she shares with her readers intimate details of how she overcame many challenges to become the beautiful woman she is today.

A graduate of Western Michigan University, Tanya has received many accolades and titles over the years, including former “Star Search Champion Television Spokes Model,” Los Angeles Raider’s cheerleader, and winner of She’s Got the Look reality television series. But the greatest title she proudly wears now is Grandmother.

What: “How to Write a Memoir Readers Won’t Put Down”
When: January 16, 2021
Time: 10:00 am PST
Where: Zoom, register below
Cost: Members $10.00
Nonmembers $15.00

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Call for Submissions

Send Us the Best of Your Best!

Enter your prettiest pros, your finest quips, and your tallest tales because SCWA is putting together another anthology. This time we're mixing literature with gastronomy and want your most excellent literary short stories and poems, etc., alongside your favorite recipes.
 

We know the frozen daiquiri was a great source of inspiration for Hemingway's novel Islands in the Stream. What's yours?  And what about Flannery O'Connor. With her love for ham and mayonnaise, what might she have come up with?

 

With the diversity of backgrounds of our talented members, we're looking forward to a flavorful collection, with a generous amount of your writing dexterity. Because what self-respecting writers' organization would build a cookbook without stories included?

Each entry is to feature a creative story—literary, poetic, historical, poignant, humorous—the field is open. With the limited space of one page, the story should be 250 words or less. The recipe will follow on the subsequent page.

The book will be professionally published by SCWA and promoted with all the marketing tools at our disposal. The proceeds will come back to the SCWA pocketbook to further help fund our events, speakers, scholarships, and publication of books, including this one.

The deadline has been extended to November 30, 2020. Please put SCWA Entry in the subject line.

We encourage all our members to submit up to two entries to Nancy Klann at klanncy@aol.com.

For interested nonmembers, a submission fee of $50.00 will include a 17 month membership in SCWA through December 31, 2021.

P.S. Title suggestions are welcome.

Hump Day Book Tour

Wednesday? You know what that means—time for the Southern California Writers Association’s brand spanking new HUMP DAY BOOK TOUR!

What is the SCWA Hump Day Book Tour?

I’m glad you asked.

Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM PDT, SCWA turns our Facebook page over to a different author. Guests have 5-7 minutes to introduce themselves, their work, and share a quick writing tip or two. So take a break, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy—as SCWA’s Hump Day Book Tour proudly presents author Glen Erik Hamilton.

Who: Glen Erik Hamilton
When: July 22, 2020
Time: Livestreaming at 10 am PDT
Where: SCWA Facebook page

Glen Erik Hamilton’s debut novel PAST CRIMES won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics Awards, and was also nominated for the Edgar®, Barry, and Nero Awards. His next three books earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and more.

Glen grew up aboard a sailboat in Seattle, Washington. He served as President of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America from 2018-2019 and is also a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. He lives near Los Angeles with his family and openly acknowledges his addiction to Columbo.

Glen Erik Hamilton writes crime thrillers. A DANGEROUS BREED—his 5th book in the Van Shaw series—releases July 14th.

Join us on Wednesday, July 22, at 10:00 am >>

Join Us for Our Virtual Happy Hour

Join us for our weekly SCWA Virtual Happy Hour

Fridays at 4:30 pm PDT--Members and Nonmembers welcome!

What you’ll need:

  • Your libation of choice!
  • A computer with mic, speaker, and webcam!
  • Your best party shirt!
  • A willingness to learn and make mistakes!
  • Ideas for making the most of our corona-cation!

Zoom virgins come early for tech check - we'll be in the room at 4:20 pm

Let’s have some fun together. The party begins at 4:30!

Please RSVP to receive your link and password.