April SCWA Meeting

Can you speak clearly and concisely about the main conflict in your book? Are your characters' conflicts interesting and genuine? Do they drive the story?

If the answer to any or all of these questions is no, join us April 17 when award-winning author Baron Birtcher shares the secrets of writing conflict on every page!

Baron R. Birtcher is the Los Angeles Times and IMBA bestselling author of the hardboiled Mike Travis series (Roadhouse Blues, Ruby Tuesday, Angels Fall, and Hard Latitudes), the award-winning Ty Dawson series (South California Purples, Fistful of Rain), as well as the critically lauded stand-alone, Rain Dogs. Baron is a five-time winner of the Silver Falchion Award and the winner of the 2018 Killer Nashville Readers Choice Award, as well as the 2019 Best Book of the Year for Fistful of Rain.

What: Creating Conflict with Baron Birtcher
When: April 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 am PST
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!

Pub Shop: Creating Your Author Mailing List and Newsletter

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.

January 2021

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.

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

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

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.

When: February 24, 2021
Time: 4 pm PST
Where: Zoom, register below
Cost: Members $10.00
Nonmembers $15.00

Pub Shop R.S.V.P.:

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.

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 >