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GLAWS Annual Holiday Party
December 2009
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Los Angeles Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention 2009
November 2009
GLAWS at Loscon 2009 [photo above] In the GLAWS booth at Loscon 36 (L>R) Sarah Beach, Elaine Mura, Yvonne Pascal, and Judith Swanson. [photo upper right] GLAWS President Tony N. Todaro welcomes new members John Innis and Andrew Dolan Jr. attired for the costume ball. [photo right] Author Frank Zanca with Event Co-Chair Ace Hall. [below] One of the 14 GLAWS-sponsored Loscon writer panels with author/members Tony N Todaro with new members
Ace and Frank atr Loscon

Writers Panel GLAWS Loscon 2009 (L>R) Stephen Fisch, Ace Antonio Hall, Deborah Pratt, and author James C. Glass.

(more photos coming...)

Why Manuscripts Arrive D.O.A. at Agents and Publishers
November 2009
Agents Panel at GLAWS An esteemed panel of literary agents spoke to a "standing-room only" crowd of almost 80 writers and authors on this important subject. The panel included (L>R) Denise Dumars of the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency, Jamie Weiss Chilton of the Andrea Brown Literary, Natalie M. Fischer of the Dijkstra Agency, and Marci Baun, editor-in-chief of Wild Child Publishing. Each discussed what they look for -- and hope for -- and some of the things they receive that fail or make the grade as a potential book and client. [ More »»
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The New Paradigms for Writing and Selling to Hollywood
October 2009

An esteemed list of Hollywood writers, producers and industry professionals spoke to more than 80 authors and writers, discussing ways to get your foot and your manuscript in the door of television and motion picture executives. Pictured (from left) Russ Woody, Neil Citrin GLAWS Vice-president, Dan Watanabe, Tony N. Todaro GLAWS President, Deborah Pratt, and seated Ace Hall GLAWS Moderator/Event Chair and Michael Steven Gregory. [ More »»

Writing for the Young Adult Market
September 2009
Ashley and Carolyn Grayson at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society Sept 2009

Three veteran authors with over 30 books published and one new author with a hot new book were joined by top literary agents for a spirited discussion on Writing for the Young Adult Market. Pictured (left to right) are Kaleb Nation, Mary Hershey, Valerie Hobbs, R.L La Fevers with Ashley and Carolyn Grayson (photo right). [ More »»

Annual Summer Party / Pot Luck
August 2009
GLAWS Summer Party 2009
A standing-room only crowd of authors, writers and their guests participated at the annual Summer Party held at the Venice Abbott-Kinney Library. [ Slide Show »

David Morrell
July 2009
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David Morrell signs books at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

David Morrell, New York Times Best-selling author of over 30 novels including First Blood, appeared in person and spoke about the craft of writing based on his book, "The Successful Novelist". Mr. Morrell also autographed his latest novel, "The Shimmer" and his many other books for an enthusiastic crowd of members and attendees. In a ceremony beforehand, GLAWS donated signed copies of his books to the Palms-Rancho Park Library. [ More »»

HOOKED! How To Pique an Agent's Interest
June 2009
Marla Miller speaks at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

Marla Miller, creator of "Marketing the Muse", an industry veteran and published author spoke at GLAWS on how to write an effect query letter to an agent or publisher. She also took members from the audience and did a spot critique on some of their letters. This was a terrific event that should help more authors get an agent or publisher, let alone better define their work. Learn more about Ms. Miller at »

Barnes & Noble / GLAWS Book Fest at the Grove
June Special Event 2009
Tony Todaro at Barnes and Noble with the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
Audience at the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietyPictured (L>R) are Virginia Green and Gillian Lee Hutshing who chaired the event with Tony N. Todaro, GLAWS president, and Jon Directo, B&N CRM.

The Barnes & Noble / GLAWS Book Fair was held at the Grove in Los Angeles, the largest bookstore on the west coast. On June 13th and 14th 2009, GLAWS presented almost twenty authors at the third floor author's stage. (We are currently compiling additional photos of all the authors and will have a special expanded page to celebrate and document this terrific event soon.)

The Business of Writing 2.0
May 2009
AudienceSteven Fisch, entertainment industry attorney at a major studio, and Joan Resnick, a veteran CPA with entertainment and author clients held an informative update on issues important to authors including copyrights, contracts, and other important issues that affect every writer and impact everyone in business today.

It's MURDER, They Wrote
April  2009
Murder Mystery Panel at GLAWS

Murder Mystery writers Penny Nickelbury, Jack Maeby, Joan Del Monte, and Gary Phillips explored the shadowy world of writing a successful murder mystery, and how to keep your story and characters fresh for your next best-seller. We also had a guest appearance by Dave Cunningham and Jamshid Hossini, who just released "Travel Within: The 7 Steps to Wisdom and Inner Peace", and spoke about their new collaboration.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2009
April 2009  Special Event
GLAW Booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
GLAW Booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of BooksPictured above are Joan Del Monte, Dr Boyd Cooper, Dr. Brandi Roth and Nora Novak. Photos by Judy Weiskopf and Ginger Van Hook.

GLAWS had its biggest success ever at the 2009 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. At times, attendees were four deep trying to get into the booth, either to meet authors and buy their books, or learn more about the organization. As we have many photos from this event, we are preparing a special additional scrapbook page with highlights -- coming soon.

Writers In Collaboration
March 2009
Writers In Collaboration Panel at GLAWS

The novel writing teams of Aaron Mason & Doug Warr, Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin, and the screenplay writing team of Denise Dumars and Francisco Arcaute explored the process of writing in collaboration with a partner. They also discussed their methodology, experiences, as well as the trials, tribulations and rewards. [ Full details »

Special Appearance and Dedication by Ray Bradbury
February 2009
Ray Bradbury appears at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

GLAWS partners with Palms-Rancho Park Library to honor Ray Bradbury - A standing-room only crowd of fans and writers attended the February 21st dedication of the Ray Bradbury Meeting Room and Terrace at the Palms-Rancho Park Library. Bradbury grew up using the library and attributes his success to the library, where he wrote the first draft of his first novel on a rented typewriter. Mr. Bradbury spoke to the audience for over an hour and signed copies of his latest book, "We'll Always Have Paris".

Ray Bradbury receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietyIn addition to awards presented by the CIty and Library of Los Angeles, The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society presented Ray Bradbury with a Lifetime Achievement Award "In recognition for his contributions to American Literature and his boundless love and compassion to inspire writers of all disciplines."

In the official photo above, Mr. Bradbury is flanked by (top left) Jay Greenstein, Senior Field Deputy, Council District 5 of Los Angeles; William Allen, President of the Los Angeles High Alumni Association; Richard Harmetz, Westside Neighborhood Council; Maggie Johnson, Senior Librarian, Palms-Rancho Library; John Weiskopf, Events Chair of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS); Neil Citrin, Vice-president of GLAWS; Tony N. Todaro, President of GLAWS; James Greenwood, President of the Friends of the Palms-Rancho Park Library; and (kneeling) "Ace" Antonio Hall and Sherry Gideons-Martin, GLAWS members.

Ray Bradbury speaks at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

How to Turn Your Novel into A Great Screenplay
January 2009
Eric Swelstad appears at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

Eric Swelstad speaks at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

Eric Swelstad, Chair of the Media Arts Department at Los Angeles Valley College appeared at our January GLAWS Special Speaker Event. He used a terrific video presentation to overview the paths to writing a good screenplay from your novel and how to avoid the pitfalls.

He also shared information and answered questions on all the programs at LAVC for writers. Learn more about LAVC programs »

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Why Manuscripts Arrive DOA at Agents and Publishers

New Paradigms for Writing and Selling to Hollywood

Writing for the Young Adult Market

GLAWS Summer Party

David Morrell - The Successful Novelist

How to Pique an Agent's Interest

Barnes & Noble / GLAWS Book Fest
at the Grove, L.A.

The Business of Writing 2.0

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

It's MURDER They Wrote!

Writers in Collaboration

Ray Bradbury
Special Appearance

How to Turn Your Novel into A Screenplay




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