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December 9 Holiday Networking and Open Mic 

November 11, 2017 Jeffrey Michaels "Write from the Heart"

October 14, 2017 Tim Sunderland Understanding the Three-Act Structure

September 9, 2017 Christina Hoag Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone 

August 12, 2017 "Summer Open Mic" 

July 8, 2017 David Putnam  Writing the Crime Thriller

June 10, 2017 Claudia Suzanne  Edting with the Magical Musical Pass 

May 13, 2017 Dr. D.P. Lyle  Persuasive Crime Forensics in Fiction 

April 8, 2017 Paula Margulies  The Tao of Book Publicity

March 11, 2017 Lisa Cron "Wired for Story

February 12, 2017 Diane Vallere "Designer Rags to Author Riches"

January 7, 2017 Jeff Lyons "Anatomy of a Premise Line" 


December 10, 2016 Annual Holiday Networking and Open Mic   

November 12, 2016 Christopher J. Lynch Self-publishing Workshop"  

October 8, 2016 Jennifer K. Jordan and Allene SymonsWhat We’ve Learned about Book Marketing”
September 10, 2016 Laurie Stevens "Writing and Researching Psychological Suspense"  

August 13, 2016 Mike Foley "The Art and Craft of Viewpoint"  

July 9, 2016 Helen Sedwick   "What Every Writer Should Know about Copyrights and Contracts

June 11, 2016 Jill Amadio "Reaching Your Writing Goals"  

May 14, 2016 Janet Lynn and Will Zeilinger "Finding and Building Your Story" 

April 9, 2016 LeeAnne Krusemark "Establishing Credibility With Publishers" 

March 12, 2016 Katie Mayberry  "Social Media Marketing for Writers"  

February 6, 2016 Jonathan Yanez   "Traditional and Self-Published: My Journey" 

January 9, 2016 Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. "What Writers Need to Know About Working With Editors"

Saturday, November 14, 2015 Amy Friedman "Pain and Survival in Memoir" 

Saturday, October 10, 2015 Chris Lynch "How to Succeed Today With Short Freelance Sales"

Saturday, August 8, 2015 Anne Cleeland "Writing the Classic Mystery" 

  August 8, 2015 Mariana Williams  "Storytelling Workshop" 

July 11, 2015 Larry and Lorna Collins "The Perfect Pitch"  

June 13 - progred due to maintenance problems at library. Jonathan Yanez will be rescheduled for another date. 

May 9, 2015 Alison Singh Gee "Memoir versus family members" 

April 11. David Congalton "Chasing Your Creative Dream" 

March 14, 2015 Claudia Suzanne "Formatting Your Manuscript in Microsoft Word

February 7, 2015 Julie Rivett "Rediscovering Dashiell Hammett

 January 10, 2015 Nancy Spiller "Recipe for Sucess: Food As Creative Writing Fuel"  

December 13, 2014 Holiday gathering and networking  

November 8, 2014 Alan Rifkin "Co-Writing Nonfiction (creating a folk-rock memoir)"

October 11, 2014 Suzanne Greenberg "Writing a Novel with Humor and Insight"  

September 13, 2014 Julia Drake  "The Basics of Creating A Book Publicity Plan" 

August 9, 2014 James Brown "Writing the Challenging Memoir" 

July 12, 2014 Michelle Meyering"Writing for Literary Journals"  

June 14, 2014 Louella Nelson "Writing Sizzling Scenes"  

May 10, 2014 Lian Dolan "Bridget Jones Meets William Shakespeare"

April 12 Open Mic

March 8 Flora M. Brown "Tips From A Publishing Coach" 

February 8, 2014 Sue Ann Jaffarian "Juggling Different Fiction Series -- and Different Publishers" 

January 11, 2014 Marcia Lee Harris "What I Wish I had Known Before My Book Was Published"

December 14, 2013 Holiday Party and Networking 

November 9 Dale Griffiths Stamos What's Your Story?  The 5 Essential Questions of Good Storytelling.

October 12 "Speed Networking for Writers"

 September 14 Boak Ferris "Write Immortal Modern Fiction" Learn from Homer's Modern Fiction Techniques 

August 10 Working the Web for Writers A Round Table Discussion  

July 13 Susan E. Davis Creative Writing Workshop

June 8 Hector Tobar "Writing Across Two Worlds: From newspaper journalist to literary novelist"

 May 11 Tom Underhill “Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself Publishing" 

April 13 Wendy Hornsby  author of Maggie McGowan mystery novels "Making Story: From Witing a Story to Creating A Series"


March 9 Open Mic tie-in with Long Beach Reads One Book, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Feb. 9, 2013 Pam Sheppard, a Bix Six publishing insider told us about "Secrets on the Shelves"

January 12, 2013 Diana Wagman, author of The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets "Perseverance and the Literary Thriller"
December 8 Holiday mixer and potluck with program "Open mic: What Are You Working on?" 
November 10 Sonia Marsh, author of Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family's Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island "Gutsy Blogging: How to Start and Manage a Successful Writer's Blog" 
October 13  Lisa Napoli, author of Radio ShangriLa: What I learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Place on Earth "When Life Turns Upside Down, Write a Memoir"
September 8 Barbara Giammona "Getting Started in Technical Writing"
August 11 Manny Pacheco author of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History and Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History "Seven Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing"
July 14 Crickett Rumley, author of Never Sit Down In A Hoop Skirt "Writing for the Young Adult Market"
June 9 Jeri Westerson, author of the Crispin Guest Medieval Noir historical mysteries "Crossing Genres from History to Mystery and Beyond"
May 12 Marla Miller "Quick Query Critiques: Does Your Query Letter Pass the Speedbump Test?" 
April 14    Open Mic - Celebrate National Poetry Month 
March 10, 2012 The Hero's Journey CSULB Professor Jose Sanchez-H and author/filmmaker Tina Datsko de Sanchez 
February 11, 2012 Give Your Manuscript an Edge with Claudia Suzanne 
January 14, 2012 Turn Your Down Moments into a Novel with Aura Imbarus
December  17, 2011 Holiday Mixer
November 19, 2011  Alex Carroll "Being a Telephone Guest on Big Radio Shows"

October 15, 2011
 Brennan Harvey. 
"Creating A Useful Website for Writers"

September 17 Nancy Dodd. "From Story Map to Finished Draft in Seven Stages"  
August 20 Janice MacDonald. Storyboarding: The Key to Writing Genre Fiction" 
July 16, 2011 Shaping Your Memoir: Memoir Workshop and Open Mic (with panelists Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. (who has edited more than 200 books) and Allene Symons (former editor and book reviewer for Publishers Weekly  magazine)
June 18 Shirley Jordan "Writing for Children: From getting started to publishing a successful series"





MAY 21, 2011


Stephanie Hubbard 

"Making Sense of Your Story: Applying Cinematic Structure to Your Memoir or Novel" 





Sampling of previous programs 2007-2009
January 2007: Featured speaker author David Fury, publisher of Artist's Press Publishers, which specializes in film history  and sports biographies 
March  Wendy Hornsby, who has been compared to Raymond Chandler for her evocations of urban Los Angeles, is a history instructor at Long Beach City College
May Historical novelist Diana Johnson spoke about "Turning Your Ancestors into Fiction" 
August novelist Lisa Teasley discussed "Setting Goals to Finish Your Fiction"   

 January 2008 Open Mic  

February  discussion "What Inspires Us To Write" 

 March writing teacher James Bonnet, author of "Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers and Filmmakers"

 April literary novelist and short story writer Lisa Glatt, author of "A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That" and "The Apple's Bruise"

May Jean Hastings Ardell, author of "Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime" talked about "After the Writing is Done: Marketing Your Manuscript"

June panel "Foot in the Door: Finding and Keeping a Literary Agent" 



Saturday, April 16, "Three Minute Stories and Celebration of April is Poetry Month"











March 19, 2011: "The Present State and Future of Publishing" with CSULB creative writing instructor Tyler Dilts, author of A King of Infinite Space, and CSULB creating writing instructor Paul Tayyar, publisher of World Parade Books, an independent press in Huntington Beach.



Feb. 26, 2011 "Creating an Effective Book Business Plan" by Author Success Coach Deborah-Riley Magnus 


Jan. 22, 2011: 

"Sit! Stay!  Write! Good Author!" Bestselling author and radio show host Arden Moore shared her 

 tips, tricks and tactics on how to write in a fetching style sure to attract book publishers, magazine editors and online blogs. 


January 5, 2010, ghostwriting expert Claudia Suzanne discussed “Publishing Options and Realities 2010” 

February 2 Manny Pacheco, author of  Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History, offered a capsule course in book marketing 

 March 2 Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. "Don't Embarrass Yourself in Print: Tips from a Professional Book Editor"  

April 6 Open Mic

May 4 Denise Dumars of the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency  discussed "Working with a Literary Agent" 

June 1 

Editorial Director Lynn Price of Behler Publications. 

"Why Did You Reject Me?" 


July 6 Rebecca Camarena, tour coordinator "How to do A Virtual Book Tour"


August 3 Jose Sanchez-H,  author of My Mother's Bolivian Kitchen: Recipes and Recollections 


September 7 Stephanie Starr, managing editor of two magazines for Bow Tie, Inc., "How to work with a magazine editor"



October 16



Doug Drummondauthor of Cyclone Racer and What Goes Around Comes Around discussed "Plotting a mystery set in Long Beach"



November 20, Susan Peterson, author of Fun Places to Go With Kids and Adults in Southern California, told us

 how she conceived, wrote and marketed her books












 December 18, 2010 Holiday Mixer




March 3, 2009 "New Publishing Opportunities Workshop" with Jeremy Aluma, project manager of Book By Authors: North Long Beach

April 7 Eric Stone, author of the Ray Sharp detective novels,  discussed "How to base your fiction on fact and not get Into too much trouble." 

May 5 Phil Doran, author of The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian (Penguin Books) 
talked about adventures, food and humor in travel writing

June 2 Sandra Harper, author of the novel High Tea (Pocket Books) told us how she got published by a major imprint--twice in one year--after several years of trying.
July 7 Catherine Kitcho "Book marketing for Savvy Authors"
August 4 Laurie Powers talked about  how she landed a university press to publish her grandfather's lost memoir, "Pulp Fiction" 

September 1 four author panel "From Web Sites to Twitter: Exploring Tech Tools for Writers"

October 6, 2009: We celebrated California Writers Week with costumes and readings of our favorite authors.

November 3, 2009, Darlene Quinn, author of the novel Webs of Power told us "What I wish I had known before I became a published author."

December 1, 2009 for our festive Holiday Mixer and open mic we read 3-minute pieces, either original or by a favorite writer, and enjoyed sweet and savory dishes to celebrate the season.