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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 below is Ray Bradbury addressing a SRO attendance in the room dedicated to him at the Palms-Rancho Park Library.)

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 is always free. Non-members, please register/check-in at the door to receive a guest badge. RSVP for preferred seating.

Because of public concerns over the coronavirus, and out of an abundance of caution for the health of all our members, the GLAWS Advisory Board has canceled the March and April Special Speaker Events, and all physical meetings of the GLAWS Critique Group Network. This may be extended further, should the health warnings persist. However, we hope and pray for a return to relative normalcy in the foreseeable future. This is a first for us, and we hope every writer uses the time to improve their work. For now, all meetings have moved online. See below for details. Meanwhile, stay safe and keep writing!

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

Special Speaker Events are typically held monthly on the third Saturday ten times a year.
When the month has five-weekends, the SSE moves back a weekend to the fourth Saturday. 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:
"Self and Indie-Publishing:
Is NOW the Time
for You to Shine?
Webinar Virtual Event
Please RSVP to attend
this
Free Workshop.
Saturday 2:30 pm
A panel of publishers and industry experts will discuss the merits and obstacles, and possible paths to success. Details coming...
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Details coming...

Location TBA
Saturday 2:30 pm
Summer Fun Party
Pot luck buffet, open mike, time to network, and have fun with free entertainment! Flier

Schedule:
2:00– Volunteers setup / decorate

2:30 – Doors open - Attendees arrive
3:00 – Potluck Brunch
3:30 – Open Mic Readings
5:00 – Clean up, pack out

Location TBA

 

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!

"Annual Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference"
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
Los Angeles - Westside
6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, California, 90230-6306

Friday
1:30 - 7:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 11 pm
Sunday
9:30 am - 3± pm

Learn to take your writing to the next level at the Annual Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference (AGLAWC). This is a great opportunity to receive educational and inspirational guidance from more than 40 literary agents, veteran educators, industry professionals, professional editors, and publishers in the craft and business of writing fiction, nonfiction, plus workshops on Screenwriting taught by Hollywood veterans.
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Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Saturday 2:30 pm

In view of health concerns over the coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, the Los Angeles Times has moved the Festival of Books from April to October 3-4 at USC Campus. If you already have reserved a seat in the GLAWS Booths to sell books, expand your fan base, and increase your platform as an author, you are still confirmed. All time slots are filled and we have opened a waiting list.

GLAWS fully intends to take advantage of the extra time to develop and execute an extensive media campaign for all our featured authors and their books.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
USC Campus
Booth 944
3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Maps
Saturday 2:30 pm

GLAWS will have a double booth at this tremendous event that every year sees 125,000-150,000 attendees over two jam-packed days. There are time slots each day where member/authors will be able to promote themselves, sell and autograph books. Authors literally have a seat at the table for the biggest event of its kind on the west coast. Books will also be displayed with author's personal promo stand-up on our bookcases all weekend, regardless of their time slot, and are promoted through the GLAWS website, media, social marketing, and the LA Times.

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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
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 – Wrapped Book Exchange
5:00 – Clean up, pack out

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

 

Saturday 2:00 - 5pm
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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