October SCWA Meeting: Dana Hammer, Writing Humor and Horror: Opposites Attract

Award-winning author and screenwriter Dana Hammer talks about her work, writing humor and horror, and shares insights into writing contradictions.

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Dana Hammer is the author of The Cannibal’s Guide to Fasting and many short stories and novellas, which have been published in various anthologies, magazines, and journals. Her middle grade fantasy novel, My Best Friend Athena, will be released from Cinnabar Moth in February 2023. She has never eaten human meat.

Halloween Hijinks! Costumes optional but encouraged!

When: Saturday, October 15, 2022
Time: 10 am PDT

Where: *REGENCY THEATRE, SOUTH COAST PLAZA  1561 Sunflower Ave, Santa Ana

*New Location

Admission:
Members $25.00
Nonmembers $35.00

Continental Breakfast at 9:30 am, followed by our SCWA meeting, speaker, lunch and networking!

Your safety and health are important to us. We welcome vaccinated members and guests. 

You must register by Friday, October 14, 2022, at 12:00 pm.

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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: Mark Sevi and Essential Story Solutions

Pub Shop and Craft Shop

SCWA Pub Shops and Craft Shops provide a workshop environment presented by publishing and book coaches and professionals to help participants develop their writing and publishing skills within our network of supportive authors.

All workshops are open to SCWA members and nonmembers and members receive a discount. Our workshops are held online and open to presenters and viewers worldwide. To view our past events, check out our YouTube Channel, SCWA Writers Online.

Craft Shop 

These events will focus on building writing craft skills, such as editing, story structure, and character development. They are presented by skilled book coaches and professionals. Live events will offer the opportunity to ask questions and discuss content with other writers in a casual and supportive atmosphere.

October 2022

Essential Story Solutions

Prepping for NaNoWriMo, struggling with an unwieldy novel or manuscript, or just eager to make your story the best it can be?  Sign up today for Essential Story Solutions, an online masterclass with screenwriter and author Mark Sevi on October 22, 2022. Bring  your ideas and manuscript woes to workshop with Mark following the seminar. All paid attendees will receive a copy of Mark's Quantum Scriptwriting—essential reading for all writers, whether it is a novel, a script, a short story, or an epic series. This book is revolutionary in its approach and the information within is easily absorbed.

Who: Mark Sevi
When: October 22, 2022
Time: Lecture 10 am– 12 pm, Workshop 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Members: $20.00
Nonmembers: $30.00

Please note that this online workshop will not be recorded.

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Pub Shop 

Our Pub Shop topics include strategies for indie and traditional publishing, book marketing, book covers, book reviews, agents, and social and content marketing for authors. Our presenters are publishing professionals and entrepreneurs with expertise in their fields. Live events include time for Q&A and discussion of the content provided.

February 2021

Creating Your Author Mailing List and Newsletter

Thinking of self-publishing your masterpiece? Getting ready to launch your book? Dreaming of giving your published books a marketing boost?

If so, join us as we break down the steps to create an action plan to help you sell more books and have fun with marketing.  In our first Pub Shop of 2021 we will focus on creating your author mailing list and newsletter!

Diana Pardee and Karen Walker are teaming up to share decades of marketing experience to help you get your books out to the world while you learn to love marketing and increase your profits. We will provide simple, affordable, and effective strategies to get the most out of your efforts in a fun workshop style presentation and conversation.

Presenters:

Top selling author and independent publisher Karen S Walker will present how to build your email list, what you need, resources and tools, and what works and what doesn’t. When we’re done, you’ll have action steps and resources to get you started. Get ready because Karen and Diana are going to spill the tea on how to market your book!!

Karen is a lover of cozy mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Joanne Fluke. When not working or writing, she spends time with her very talented daughter and ever so fun granddaughter.

Diana Pardee has been an entrepreneur for forty years, with decades of experience writing newsletters and web and business content. She is currently Director of Media and Marketing for SCWA and plans to publish her first novel in 2021.

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 >>

virtual happy hour

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.