2022 Programs

(Zoom or Hybrid)

 January 8

Joe Ide

"Writing the Killer Crime Novel"

February 12

Jasmin Iolani Hakes

"You Are What Happens To You"

March 12

Henry Neff

"Villains Stir the Plot"

April 9

Joy Lanzendorfer

"Writing the Historical Family Novel"

  May 14

Jordan Rosenfeld

"Evoking Emotion Through Character"

June 11

Sheree Greer

"On Setting in Fiction"

July 9

Jonathan Maberry

"Crossing Genre Lines"

August 13

Jane Cleland

"Say What? Writing Dialogue That Sings"

 September 10

Gayle Carline

"What's the Point? Story, Subtext,

and Plot"

October 8

Tessa Smith McGovern

“Your Outreach to Readers:

Tips for collecting an email list and landing reviews" 

November 12

Veronica Rossi

"Your Mission Statement"

December 10

Annual Holiday Networking Party

and Open Mic



(Meetings from April forward were on Zoom for members only)

October 10, 2020 -Amy Wallen - "When We Were Ghouls"

September 12, 2020 - LeeAnne Krusemark - "Getting Paid to Write for Online Blogs, Magazines and Websites"

August 8, 2020 - Pam Sheppard - "What in the World is a Comp--

and Why is It So Important?"

July 11, 2020 - Flora Brown - "Top Tips for Self-Publishing Your Book"

June 13, 2020 - Laura Brennan - "Networking for Authors"

May 9, 2020 - Maddie Margarita - "How to Handle Author Interviews and Readings"

April 11, 2020 - Member Open Mic

No March meeting

February 8, 2020 - "First Page, Lasting Impression" - Greta Boris and Megan Haskell

January 11, 2020 - "How to Build a Brand and Market Your Work" with Jonathan Yanes, Kevin Cruz, Jennifer Hendricks, and Jynafer Yanez



December 14, 2019 - Our Annual Holiday Networking and Open Mic

November 9, 2019  - Janis Thomas - "Lessons Learned on the Path to Publication"

October 12 - Nancy Lynée Woo  "Surprise the Line: Poetry for all Writers"

September 14, 2019 - Gwendolyn Womack - Intuitive Writing: Strengthening Your Sixth Sense at the Keyboard"

August 10, 2019 - Kim Dwinell - "Creating the Graphic Novel"

July 13, 2019 - Reina Menasche  "Character Types in Fiction"

June 8, 2019 - Judy Reeves - "Tell Me A Story: Using the Techniques of Fiction to Craft A Compelling Memoir or Narrative Nonfiction" 

May 11, 2019 - Manny Pacheco - "Ways to Brand Yourself as an Author"

April 13, 2019 - Robert Yehling - "Embedding Your Experiences to Fuel All of Your Stories"

March 9 - Anne Cleeland - "Have You Found Nemo? How to turn your first draft into an engaging and cohesive page-turner."

February 9 - Christopher Lentz, "Location, Location, Location: Using Iconic HIstoric Places in Fiction" 

January 12 - Martin J. Smith -  "How Nonfiction Techniques Can Improve Your Fiction"



December 8, 2018 - Our Annual Holiday Networking and Open Mic

November 10, 2018 - Nick Cole - "A Writers Journey: From Indie to Traditional and Back Again"

October 13, 2018 - Nancy Cole Silverman - "How to Expedite Your Writing Process: Your first draft from concept to completion in six months"

September 8, 2018 - Tom Jordan -  “Writing Out Loud: Turning Your Work Into An Audiobook"

August 11, 2018 - Mary Vensel White -  “Getting Out and Staying In: Making Writing Connections and Editing Tips and Tricks" 

 July 14, 2018 - Ara Grigorian - "Story Beats - Your Story's Heartbeat"

  June 9, 2018 - Janet Simcic, "Turning My Travel Into Fiction"

  May 12, 2018 - Glen Erik Hamilton "Writing the Mystery Thriller"

  April 14 – Karen Gorback on “Writing Dazzling Dialogue”

  March 10, 2018 - Open Mic

  February 10, 2018 - Janet F. Williams, "How to Make Your Writing Deliciously Intimate"

  January 20, 2018 - Cherie Kephart "Writing to Heal"



  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  "Editing 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 Symons “What 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 -  Jonathan Yanez rescheduled for another date: library closed. 

May 9, 2015, Alison Singh Gee "Memoir Versus Family Members" 

April 11, 2015, 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, 2014, Open Mic

March 8, 2014, 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, 2013, Dale Griffiths Stamos "What's Your Story?  The 5 Essential Questions of Good Storytelling.

October 12, 2013, "Speed Networking for Writers"

September 14, 2013, Boak Ferris "Write Immortal Modern Fiction" Learn from Homer's Modern Fiction Techniques 

August 10, 2013, "Working the Web for Writers A Round Table Discussion  

July 13, 2013, Susan E. Davis Creative Writing Workshop

June 8, 2013, Hector Tobar "Writing Across Two Worlds: From newspaper journalist to literary novelist"

 May 11, 2013, Tom Underhill “Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself Publishing" 

 April 13, 2013, Wendy Hornsby  author of Maggie McGowan mystery novels "Making Story: From Writing a Story to Creating A Series"

 March 9, 2013, 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 




December 8, 2012, Holiday mixer and potluck with program "Open mic: What Are You Working on?" 

November 10, 2012, 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, 2012,  Lisa Napoli, author of Radio Shangri-La: What I learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Place on Earth "When Life Turns Upside Down, Write a Memoir"

September 8, 2012, Barbara Giammona "Getting Started in Technical Writing"

August 11, 2012, 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, 2012, Crickett Rumley, author of Never Sit Down In A Hoop Skirt "Writing for the Young Adult Market"

June 9, 2012, Jeri Westerson, author of the Crispin Guest Medieval Noir historical mysteries "Crossing Genres from History to Mystery and Beyond"

May 12, 2012, Marla Miller "Quick Query Critiques: Does Your Query Letter Pass the Speedbump Test?" 

April 14, 2012,    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, 2011, Nancy Dodd "From Story Map to Finished Draft in Seven Stages"  

August 20, 2011,  Janice MacDonald “Storyboarding: The Key to Writing Genre Fiction" 

July 16, 2011, “Shaping Your Memoir: Memoir Workshop and Open Mic (with panelists Barbara Ardinger and Allene Symons 

June 18, 2011, 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" 

April 16, 2011, "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, 2010, Manny Pacheco, author of  Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History, offered a capsule course in book marketing 

March 2, 2010, Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. "Don't Embarrass Yourself in Print: Tips from a Professional Book Editor"  

April 6, 2010, Open Mic

May 4, 2010, Denise Dumars of the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency  discussed "Working with a Literary Agent" 

June 1, 2010, Editorial Director Lynn Price of Behler Publications. "Why Did You Reject Me?" 

July 6, 2010, Rebecca Camarena, tour coordinator "How to do A Virtual Book Tour" 

August 3, 2010, Jose Sanchez-H,  author of My Mother's Bolivian Kitchen: Recipes and Recollections 

September 7, 2010, Stephanie Starr, managing editor of two magazines for Bow Tie, Inc., "How to work with a magazine editor"

October 16, 2010, novelist Doug Drummond, author of Cyclone Racer and What Goes Around Comes Around discussed "Plotting a mystery set in Long Beach"

November 20, 2010, 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, 2009, 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,  2009, 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,  2009, 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, 2009,  Catherine Kitcho "Book Marketing for Savvy Authors"

 August 4, 2009, 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.  

Sampling of programs from 2007-2008

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" 

January 2007: Featured speaker author David Fury, publisher of Artist's Press Publishers, which specializes in film history  and sports biographies 

March  Wendy Hornsby, 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"   


 Jan. 14 - Anne Cleeland "How to Quit Your Day       Job: Writing for Fun and Profit"


 Feb. 11  - Mark Sevi "Central Story Solutions"


 March 11 -Joe Donnelly " Writing Sucks but Having Written is Best"


 April 8 - Gustavo Hernandez " How Setting  Amplifies Writing"

May 13 - Greta Boris and Megan Haskell "Seven Steps fo your Author Brand"


FUTURE 2023:


 May 13 - Greta Boris and Megan Haskell writing workshop " 7 Steps to Your Author Brand"


 June 10 - Sheri Fink "Adventures in   Independent Children's Book Publishing"


 July 8 - Summer Open Mic


 August 12 - Jeri Westerson "From Medieval to    Modern Marketing"


 Sept. 9 - Antoine Wilson "On Revision"


 October 14 - Christina LePol Topic TBA


November 11 - Pat Spencer "Yes! You Can Traditionally Publish Your work Without a Literary Agent"


December 9 - Winter Fest (of networking and festive sharing)

2021 - Zoom

January 9- Rachel Howzell Hall

February 13 - Jeri Westerson

March 13 - Matt Coyle

April 10 - Teresa Burrell

May 8 - Martin Smith

June 12 - Buddy Wakefield

July 10 - Deborah A. Lott

August 14 - Barbara DeMarco Barrett 

September 11 - P.J. Colando

October 9 - Seth Wagerman

November 13 - Dennis Crosby

December 11 - Virtual Holiday Party and Open MicZoom