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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 Summer 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!

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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 »

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In this helpful session, Keith will share:

Please RSVP to attend this Free Workshop.


Note earlier time

  • The 4 Paths to Publishing available to you today
  • The key differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing
  • What traditional publishers typically look for in books they acquire.
  • How to decide which path is best for you and your book

    Plus he will answer your questions

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

1:30 - 7:30 pm
9:30 am - 11 pm
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.
September 19, 2020

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Location tba 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
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.


Details coming...

Location tba Saturday 2:30 pm

Details coming...

Location tba 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

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

Location tba

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

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
Palms-Rancho Park Library Meeting Location for the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietytopTOP

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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