Driscoll spoke to a near-capacity audience at the Greater Los Angeles
Writers Society. Ms. Driscoll is the President and CEO of iUniverse,
a leading provider of author publishing and on-demand printing
services. With over twenty years of experience with some of the
largest New York publishers, Driscoll has an in-depth understanding
of publishing operations and is uniquely qualified to explain the
alternatives available to authors today. She is committed
to providing authors with unbiased information and to help them
avoid the pitfalls and false promises that proliferate today’s
Susan has held management positions at Holt,
HarperCollins, and Holtzbrinck Publishers including Editorial Director,
Director of Marketing, Director of New Media and Technology, and
Director of Operations. She joined iUniverse in July 2003 and since
then has enhanced the company ’s visibility within the industry
by expanding iUniverse’s editorial and marketing services. She
has positioned iUniverse as a professional and affordable way for
authors to get—and keep—their books in print.
Susan is the co-author of Get Published!,
that provides an overview of publishing options available to
authors and that describes the services available through iUniverse.
She has served as a faculty member of The NYU Summer Publishing
Institute. She resides in New York with her husband
and three children.
Ms. Driscoll's presentation on
the publishing industry and issues for writers was well-received
by the largest turnout of the year for a GLAWS event.
Glyer has degrees in art, composition, education, and literature,
and currently teaches English at Azusa Pacific University in
Azusa, California. Her warmth and enthusiasm in the classroom
has earned her the Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award.
Glyer appeared at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society and spoke
about writing in collaboration, of the friendship of C.
S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and the influence of the Inklings
on such works as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters,
The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.
In her new book, The
Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers
in Community, she gives an inside look at what took place
when these writers met to encourage each other and criticize
drafts of work in progress. But even though she focuses her attention
on Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings, the real subject of this
book is the creative process— understanding how writers
and other creative artists can urge one another on to creative
breakthroughs and life-long productivity.
The Company They Keep has been noticed by reviewers who admire
its fresh insights into the subject and also the engaging way that
it is written:
“The Company They Keep is a marvelous
book - fascinating, enjoyable, vastly informative and full of
leads for future study. Diana should be congratulated on the
heroically comprehensive scholarship, which makes it an indispensable
resource. For me, however, reading it was pure enjoyment! - diving
into another and delightful world. It is simply a tremendous
reading experience.” Bruce G. Charlton, M.D., Editor-in-Chief
of Medical Hypotheses
“Diana Glyer sees the hidden currents that serve as influences
among writers, which makes this book as much a study about the
act of writing in community as it is about the Inklings themselves.
In other words, one need not be interested in the Inklings to
be drawn in. It’s a fascinating case-study in group dynamics
and the creative process, and because the two main subjects of
the book, Tolkien and Lewis, also happen to be two of the past
century’s most important writers, the book serves as a
lens into the mechanism of genius as well.” APU Research
The Company They Keep is available
for purchase at Amazon.com. For more information about Diana
Glyer and her publications, visit http:www.theplaceofthelion.com.
poems, essays and reviews have appeared in American Poetry Review,
FIELD, Ploughshares, The Writers’ Chronicle, Ninth Letter,
Swink, The Laurel Review, The Journal, lyric, Hotel Amerika, ZYZZYVA,
Solo and numerous other spots including Poetry International, where
she now serves as book review editor, and her work is forthcoming
in The Best American Erotic Poetry from 1800 to the Present (Scribner’s,
She received a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize 21 and was
the first runner up in the 2007 Poets & Writers California
Writers Exchange Contest.
Currently, she’s a visiting assistant professor at Loyola Marymount
University. She also conducts workshops privately and, periodically,
at Beyond Baroque.
Finch taught fiction writing at El Camino College for
almost 30 years, and has been writing science fiction professionally
since the late seventies. She is also on the Board of Directors
of SWFA, the Science Fiction Writers of America and appears
at writing conventions including Loscon in Los Angeles, and
around the country. She also teaches writing in her workshops. http://www.sheilafinch.com/
She's been writing science fiction since
the late seventies, and first published professionally (in FANTASY
BOOK and ASIMOV'S) in the early eighties. The work that means the
most to me is the series of stories and novels about a Guild of
Xenolinguists, which allows me to use my love of all things to
do with language in the future and on other planets. First contact
with an intelligent alien, and the language problems that will
surely result, is often overlooked in science fiction, taking a
back seat to other plot points. For me, it can be the main attraction
-- and a dangerous trade for my lingsters to be involved in.
Her most recent publication is a collection
of stories about these lingsters, THE GUILD OF XENOLINGUISTS, is
published by Golden Gryphon Press. http://www.sff.net/people/sheila-finch/
author John Shannon made a rare appearance to speak
at GLAWS. His Jack Liffey myseries are considered "The
most interesting new private detective series to lift his fedora
over the norizon since Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins!" according
to Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune. Mr. Shannon spoke on writing
novels with a Los Angeles setting, and shared his experiences
in the business of being a novelist. His rare appearance was
at our equally rare location, the Playa Vista library.
Mr. Shannon published other novels before
embarking on the popular Jack Liffey mystery series. The Orphan was
a growing-up novel set in the hippie 1960s in Los Angeles. Courage is
a novel of political revolution in Africa. Broken Codes is a
spy thriller setting cynical American spy agencies against one
another in the streets of London. The Taking of the Waters,
from John Brown Books, a small Western radical press he helped
found, is a three-generation saga of the American Left, moving
from a feminist muckraker ahead of her times covering the water
wars in Central California in the 1920s, to her son leading the
Flint sit-down of the 1930s and then his son, leading a futile
and self-destructive crusade after the bitter collapse of the
New Left in the 1970s. Learn more at jackliffey.com
Warren Lewis' credits
as screen writer include Black Rain (Paramount) and The
Thirteenth Warrior (Touchstone). He has worked on assignments
for most of the major studios including Sony, Warner Brothers and
Fox; writing over twenty-five original or commissioned screenplays
and numberous re-writes. His recent scripts include the Tale of
the Bloodstone Riders, a western set in post civil war Texas.
Warren previously worked on over 100 commercials
and 15 feature films in various production capacities. The latter
brought him to Los Angeles where he earned credits as first assistant
director on films directed by, among others, Penelope Shpeeris
and John McTiernan. He was working as a first assistant director
on a movie of the week when he sold his first script.
He also teaches classes on subjects
including: The Lives of Your Characters, The Art, Craft, and
Business of Writing, and Telling Your Story: Screeplay Form and
to June 2007, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society meetings
featured discussion subjects under the guidance and inspiration
of Dave Cunningham.
Dave is the former president of the California
Writers Club (nation's oldest professional writers organization).
He is a writer, speech and media coach, and winner of six national
and regional writing awards.
He is a published author (two novels, two
anthologies). He has interviewed four U.S. Presidents (Bush, Clinton,
Carter and Nixon) and thousands of newsmakers, politicians, entertainers
and sports stars as journalist and editor. In international corporate
marketing/creative services, directed external communications,
PR projects, promo strategies and special events, edited magazines
and wrote press releases, executive speeches, video scripts, website
copy and more.
Dave is formerly a daily newspaper sports
editor, columnist and beat reporter, now a Baseball Hall of Fame
voter. Covered World Series, Olympic Games, Super Bowls and Rose
Bowls. Wrote columns on baseball, football, tennis, skiing, radio-TV
and general commentary. Covered numerous news beats, including
government, crime, schools and entertainment (movies, theater,
concerts, books). Former chairman, Baseball Writers Association
of America, Los Angeles/Anaheim branch. Professional film and TV
actor; won theater awards for Best Director and Best Actor. Board
of Directors, Irvine Community Theater.
We are all richer for his encourangement
and monthly words of wisdom.