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Special Speaker Events (SSE) presented by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society offer a wealth of educators, nationally-known authorities, industry experts, agents, publishers and famous authors. It is a terrific opportunity to learn about the craft and business of writing from the best voices of the day. While GLAWS sometimes focuses on specific genres, most topics are broad-based and provide valuable information for all writers. (Pictured here is Ray Bradbury addressing a SRO attendance.)

Special Speaker Event Audience at the Greater Los Angles Writers Society GLAWS welcomes writers of all genres of writing and levels of expertise. We also welcome those who support the writing community whether you're an industry professional or fan of writing. Admission at the library is always free. Non-members, please register/check-in at the door to receive a guest badge. RSVP for preferred seating.

Schedule & Location: (Subject to change) Click for details

Special Speaker Events are typically held monthly on the third Saturday ten times a year. IF the month has five-weekends, the SSE moves back a weekend to the fourth Saturday.

Most SSEs are held at the Palms-Rancho Park Library in the Ray Bradbury Room, second floor of the library. There is ample parking, but it does fill up fast, so come early. Additional on-street parking available. Air conditioned. In addition to the stairs, there is an elevator for the handicapped. Come early and patronize the library. Everyone is welcome. Typical agenda »

Previous Special Speakers and other Events: Click for details

A wealth of photos, details, and contact information for past events, speakers and panelists is archived in the Scrapbook Section »

Topic: Location: Time & Notes:
Why Manuscripts Arrive DOA at Agents and Publishers
Literary Agents and Editors Reveal How to Bulletproof your MS, then will take your questions.
Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Saturday 2:30 pm

Invitation Flyer »

Submitting manuscripts to literary agents and aquisition editors is a courageous act. It can also be a frustrating and perplexing one. When you've spent months or years of your life writing a book that you take great pride in, sometimes it's hard to understand -- let alone accept -- why they don't see the value in it that you and your colleagues do. What did they see that you didn’t -- and what can you do to minimize rejection and increase your chances for acceptance and publication?

Now you can learn from a panel of industry experts who will share many of the secrets and insights, so you can upgrade the quality of your writing to a new level, take your rejections less personally, as well as target your submissions more successfully.

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Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Saturday 2:30 pm
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Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Saturday 2:30 pm
What a Public Relations Manager Does For You

Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Saturday 2:30 pm
"Great Beginnings for Novels
- Fiction
"

What does it take to get your MS read by a Literary Agent andq` Publisher?

DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
Third Floor, Registration Desk
Los Angeles - Westside

6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, California, 90230-6306

(Please inform the parking lot attendant you are with the
wrtiers conference for a
special low parking rate.)

Sunday 10:00 am

Creating Strong Openings – Your First Lines, Your First Page, Your First Three Page

You've heard that if the first paragraph of your novel isn't strong enough, agents and publishers won't read the first page, let alone the first fifty. Now you can learn how to separate fact from fiction and remain true to your story. Learn to draft a first line that will grab an acquisition editor and announce your authority as an author. This will cover first pages, first chapters, and first characters. This is a unique opportunity for you to learn how pros consider the merits of the material and the intent of the author, then offer improvements covering everything from glaring grammar errors to story-structure flaws to the overall storytelling and more. 

Bring six (6) copies of your first 2 pages. Selected works will be read aloud, so the audience can follow along and learn how an agent or publisher reviews a manuscript. Time permitting, they may suggest improving the samples.

A panel of literary agents and professional editors

Conference attendees are free; non-attendees only $10.

"Great Beginnings for Books
- NONFICTION
"

What does it take to get your MS read by a Literary Agent andq` Publisher?

DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
Third Floor, Registration Desk
Los Angeles - Westside

6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, California, 90230-6306

(Please inform the parking lot attendant you are with the
wrtiers conference for a
special low parking rate.)

Sunday 10:00 am

Creating Strong Openings – Your First Lines, Your First Page, Your First Three Page

You've heard that if the first paragraph of your novel isn't strong enough, agents and publishers won't read the first page, let alone the first fifty. Now you can learn how to separate fact from fiction and remain true to your story. Learn to draft a first line that will grab an acquisition editor and announce your authority as an author. This will cover first pages, first chapters, and first characters. This is a unique opportunity for you to learn how pros consider the merits of the material and the intent of the author, then offer improvements covering everything from glaring grammar errors to story-structure flaws to the overall storytelling and more. 

Bring six (6) copies of your first 2 pages. Selected works will be read aloud, so the audience can follow along and learn how an agent or publisher reviews a manuscript. Time permitting, they may suggest improving the samples.

A panel of literary agents and professional editors

Conference attendees are free; non-attendees only $10.

"Great Beginnings for Screenwriters"

What does it takes to get your MS read and greenlit by a studio?

DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
Third Floor, Registration Desk
Los Angeles - Westside

6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, California, 90230-6306

(Please inform the parking lot attendant you are with the
wrtiers conference for a
special low parking rate.)

Sunday 10:00 am

You hear that if the first paragraph of your script isn't strong enough, the studios and producers won't read the first page, let alone the first fifty. Now you can learn how to separate fact from fiction and remain true to your story. Learn how to grab the attention of an agent and announce your authority as an screenwriter. This workshop will cover first pages, first chapters, and first characters. This is a unique opportunity for you to learn how pros consider the merits of the material and the intent of the writer, then offer improvements covering everything from story-structure flaws to the overall storytelling and more.

Bring 5 copies of your first 2 pages. Selected works will be read aloud by actors or audience members for each part, so the audience can follow along and learn how a producer or agent reviews. Screenwriters are advised to network with fellow attendees to read "sides" of the script live for the panel. Time permitting, they may suggest improvements for the samples.

A panel of screenwriters, studio veterans, and special guests

Conference attendees are free; non-attendees only $10.

Location TBA

Saturday
2:00 - 5:00 ± pm

This is an invitation for you and your guests to join other GLAWS writers for a fun, festive party of food, books, entertainment, and the opportunity to socialize with other writers.

This is a pot luck lunch and Open Mic read event. You are also encourage to wear casual festive tropical attire!    Flier

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Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
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Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
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Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Saturday 2:30 pm
Winter Holiday Party
Pot luck buffet, wrapped book exchange, open mike, time to network, and have fun with free entertainment! Flier

Schedule:
2:00– Volunteers setup and decorate

2:30 – Doors open -
               Attendees arrive
3:00 – Potluck Brunch
3:30 – Announcements /
              Awards
3:45 – Open Mic Readings
4:45 – Book Exchange
5:00 – Clean up, pack out

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Map | Calendar

 

Saturday 11am - 2pm
Special Speaker Events Typical Agenda:

2:00 - Doors open to the public - Register & Network with other writers
2:30 - Announcements
3:00 - Featured Speaker or Panel
4:15 - Q&A
4:45 - Meet the Speaker(s)

5:00 - Staff clean up & pack equipment out
5:30 - Library must close
6:00 - Guest of Honor Dinner - Members-only by RSVP


Locations:
Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library , the Ray Bradbury Room Second Floor
Driving directions: If you are coming North on the 405, exit the National Blvd off ramp East to Overland, then turn left/north. If you are coming West on the 10, exit the Overland off ramp, turn right. The library is on the right/east side of the street. There is air conditioning, ample parking, and an elevator to the second floor. Aerial Photo
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Venice - Abbott Kinney Memorial Branch Community Room, First Floor

Driving directions: If you are driving on the 405 San Diego freeway, exit at VENICE Boulevard off ramp north/south. Go WEST on Venice past Lincoln Boulevard. The library is in the center where Venice splits at Washington Way. There is air conditioning and free parking. The lot fills quickly so come early. There is additional parking on adjacent streets. Aerial PhotoPalms-Rancho Park Library Meeting Location for the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

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