Friday, April 18, 2014

O.C. Writers Mixer on April 23

Hi, writers -- Wednesday night is our next mixer. If you're planning to attend, could you please RSVP at the Meetup site, or if you have RSVP'd and can no longer attend, could you please update it? Also, if you want to attend and don't have a Meetup account, just leave a note here and I'll add you as my guest. No problem. Thanks!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Looking for Volunteers to Organize a Writers' Retreat*

Hi, writers,
Some of you might have seen this in the newsletter but I'd like to repeat it here to make sure the news gets to everyone:

Frank Pray would like to organize a writers' retreat to take place in September, but he needs some help.

Specifically, he would like four volunteers who would each tackle one of these areas:
a) member interest / financial commitment / financial records;
b) location / facilities, including contract / reservations
c) "program" for the retreat, including any topics/experts;
d) updates and member communications, and pictures / video of the event (releases).

Anyone who is interested should express that interest here or directly to Frank before April 7.

This could be a fun way to recharge your writing batteries, or to make some serious progress on a work-in-progress. I hope you'll consider it.

*4/8 Update: Sorry, but this won't be going forward. Frank didn't receive enough volunteers. He says he may try again next year, or try for something a bit less ambitious. If anyone else would like to take on the effort or has other ideas for how to get it off the ground, all ideas are welcome.

April Newsletter is out

Hi, writers --

The latest newsletter was sent out on April 1. If you didn't get one and would like to, please add yourself to the mailing list (the sign-up form is on the sidebar).

Happy writing!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Scenes from the Synopsis Workshop

More than 25 O.C. Writers came to hear sage advice on writing a synopsis from New York Times bestselling author Susan Squires on March 23 at El Toro Library in Lake Forest.

Before we let her speak, O.C. Writers Workshop Coordinator Greta Boris and I grabbed Susan for a photo. See how tolerant she is? The mark of a true professional.

If you were there, I hope you came away with helpful information. The raves on the Meetup group indicate you probably did. 

If you weren't there, I do hope you'll join us next time.

Happy writing!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Last Call: Free Synopsis Workshop on March 23

Hi, writers -- the free synopsis workshop with New York Times-bestselling author Susan Squires is this Sunday at the El Toro Library in Lake Forest, and there are 11 spots left. Remember, it's free, but an RSVP is required, so please don't put it off. I'll open up to the public tomorrow...(also if you RSVP'd and now cannot attend, please change your status so the seat won't go to waste...) Thanks!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Did you get the March newsletter?

Happy March!

The March issue of Writely So, the O.C. Writers' electronic newsletter, is now available, with information on our upcoming synopsis workshop, Mo-March Facebook Group, April's mixer, O.C. Writers Goodreads group, an anthology update and more.

If you didn't get one and would like to, please sign up for the O.C. Writers Mailing List.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Announcement: The Next Mixer

In addition to the Synopsis Workshop on 3/23, I've also scheduled a new mixer for 4/23. Shakespeare's birthday. Please RSVP at, if you're interested.