November SCWA Meeting

Like narrators who are untrustworthy? Or who tell stories from their own unique or questionable perspective? Thriller, horror writer Lee Matthew Goldberg talks about creating believable, authentic characters readers will love—and how to write them.

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of eight novels including The Ancestor and The Mentor, currently in development as a film off his original script, and the YA series Runaway Train. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. Stalker Stalked will be out in Fall ’21.

Dennis' short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere and he provides articles and reviews for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Lancet, and many others.

Dennis currently writes the "Hollywood on the Couch" column for the Psychology Today website, and his work helping writers has been profiled in the New York Times, Premiere magazine, Fade InAngeleno GQ, the Los Angeles Times and other publications, as well as on NPR and CNN. He's also appeared numerous times on Between the Lines, the PBS author interview show.

After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared as a contributor in Pipeline Artists, LitHub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, The Big Idea, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, Hypertext, If My Book, Past Ten, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others.

His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Follow him at LeeMatthewGoldberg.com

What: Writing A Reliable Unreliable Narrator—Or Not! with Lee Matthew Goldberg
When: November 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 am PDT
Where: Zoom, register below
Cost: Members $10.00
Nonmembers $15.00

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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!

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.

POSTPONED March 21, 2020 | Nancy Cole Silverman

POSTPONED: March 21, 2020 | Nancy Cole Silverman “How to Plan a Mystery Series & the Expanding World of Cozies” – Nancy Silverman (NEW LOCATION – Mile Square Banquet Center, 10401 Warner Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708) Nancy Cole Silverman spent nearly twenty-five years in Los Angeles Talk Radio, beginning her career on the talent side as one for the first female voices on the air, and later on the business side, where she retired as one of two female general managers in the nation’s second-largest radio market. After a successful career in the radio industry, Silverman turned to writing fiction. Her crime-focused novels and short stories have attracted readers throughout America. Her Carol Childs Mysteries series (Henery Press) feature a single-mom whose “day job” as a reporter at a busy Los Angeles radio station often leads to long nights as a crime-solver. Her most recent series with Misty Dawn is centered on an aging Hollywood Psychic to the Stars, who supplements her day to day activities as a consultant to LAPD and the FBI. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a thoroughly pampered standard poodle. Please R.S.V.P for this meeting >

December 21, 2020 | Ivy Pochoda

March 21, 2020 | Ivy Pochoda Ivy Pochoda talks writing EPOCA with Kobe Bryant and the secrets to a successful collaboration! Ever wonder how James Patterson earns 28 million dollars a year? Aside from being a talented author, and putting out a jillion movies and books a year, James Patterson mastered the art of collaboration. Interested in writing with a friend or colleague? Or have a story to tell, but maybe not all the skill sets? Join us Saturday, March 21 when Ivy Pochoda, talks about writing, and writing EPOCA with Lakers star, Kobe Bryant.  Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley and Visitation Street. Wonder Valley won The Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Southern California Independent Booksellers Award, as well as the Grand Prix de Literature Americaine in France. Visitation Street received the Page America Prize in France and was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Ivy’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Vogue. Her first novel The Art of Disappearing, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. For many years she was a world ranked squash player. She teaches creative writing at the Lamp Arts Studio in Skid Row. Ivy grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in West Adams, Los Angeles. Please R.S.V.P for this meeting >

February 15, 2020 | Raymond Obstfeld

February 15, 2020 | Raymond Obstfeld – “All Fiction Plots Fall into These Six Templates” Raymond Obstfeld, the modern-day JD Salinger, will be the featured writer and guest speaker at our SCWA February meeting! Raymond Obstfeld is a multi-time NY Times Bestselling author of fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels. His works cross genres from crime fiction, to YA fiction, black history, essays and thought, television, film, and much more. Raymond has probably helped, taught, and inspired countless writers become writers with his week-long seminars, ongoing classes, and summer-long literary sojourns to Cambridge University in England. Raymond is a recognized expert on theme, plot, setting, and character, and is a regular writer in the green room for the tv show Veronica Mars. Raymond Obstfeld has taught literature and creative writing at Orange Coast College since 1976. He’s written over 50 published books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He’s written a dozen optioned screenplays and recently sold a television show to Warner Bros. He’s co-authored several non-fiction and fiction works with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He co-authored a graphic novel about Mycroft Holmes and was a writer on the reboot of Veronica Mars. Currently, he is writing two history documentaries for A&E. Plotting is one of the most difficult aspects of writing. Understanding these six theme-based plot templates will help an author ask the right questions when plotting their story. It’s not just about what they do, but about why they do it. Please R.S.V.P for this meeting >

December 21, 2019 | Travis Cluff & Chris Lofing

December 21, 2019 | Travis Cluff & Chris Lofing Our Journey as Independent Movie Producers Travis Cluff and Chris Lofting independently co-wrote, co-directed, and co- produced the micro-budget horror file THE GALLOWS for only $100,000. It grossed over $42 million! THE GALLOWS ACT II will be released by Lionsgate soon Their company, TREMENDUM PICTURES is a full-service production company for film, series, branded content, viral media, or design. Located in California’s Central Valley, the company utilizes unique and innovative solutions to create premium, original content on even the smallest of budgets. What a story they will have for us! Membership Information >

January 18, 2020 | Christopher Reich

January 18, 2020 | Christopher Reich Christopher Reich is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 thrillers and his novel The Patriot’s Club won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel. Born in Tokyo and educated in Los Angeles, he attended Georgetown University and the University of Texas and then worked in Switzerland before returning to the United States to become an author. He lives in Encinitas, California. Learn more about Christopher Reich > R.S.V.P. for this meeting >