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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.

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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:
"Making Monsters: Designing Truly Twisted Antagonists"
Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Saturday 2:30 pm

This Halloween-inspired event will focus on using monsters in your stories. What makes a monster? How is a monster different than other antagonists? When does a writer need a monster? How can you write a protagonist who is also a true monster? 

A special panel includes:  Brennan Harvey, Naomi Brett Rourke, Neil Y. Young,   Brandie June, Marco Subias (M)

"World Fantasy Convention 2019"
Los Angeles LAX Marriott Hotel
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Saturday 2:30 pm
GLAWS will have a table in the dealers room at the World Fantasy Convention, where members in good standing can sell their books and services to a thousand industry professionals from around the world. Do you have books to sell? »
Digital Author and Indie Publishing Conference
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
FIRST Floor, Los Angeles - Westside
6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, California, 90230-6306

Saturday 9:30 am - 7pm
Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
The Annual Digital Author and Indie / Self-Publishing Writers Conferenceis ideal for every author who wants to take advantage of the “Golden Age of Publishing.” Learn how to write and sell in the Brave New World of E-Books, Audio Books, DIY & Indie Publishing. Learn how to market your brand and products in an increasingly digital world. Learn more »
"Using History
to Bring Your Stories to Life"
Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Saturday 2:30 pm

Why do so many authors set their stories in the past? How do you immerse a reader in an historical setting without data dumping? How do you make characters who have beliefs or engage in behavior rooted in their time relateable to modern readers?  How do you do the research and when do you stop? When it comes to history, what is the difference between researching fiction and non-fiction? Writers of urban fiction often seem to make a city a character. To what degree should authors do this with historical periods? What common mistakes do authors make when writing stories set in other periods? How can history be used to enrich contemporary stories?

A special panel of authors includes: Peter Woodward,  Ester Benjamin Shifren,  Justin Robinson, plus special guests, Marco Subias (M)

Winter Holiday Party
Pot luck buffet, wrapped book exchange, open mike, time to network, and have fun with free entertainment! Flier

Schedule:
10:30– Volunteers setup and decorate
11:00 – Doors open -
               Attendees arrive
11:15 – Potluck Brunch
12:00 – Announcements /
              Awards
12:15 – Open Mic Readings
1:15 – Book Exchange
1:30 – Clean up, pack out

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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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
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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
"California Creative Writers Conference"
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
Third Floor, Los Angeles - Westside
6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, California, 90230-6306

Friday
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The CCWC™ is a great opportunity for authors 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, and 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
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2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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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 and decorate

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

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

Saturday 2:00 pm

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