Night Life for LA Writers

Los Angeles — An Amazing City for Writers

Are you a writer? A wanna-be writer? A screenwriter? A wanna-be screenwriter? Do you live in the LA area? Then check out Meetup.com, Eventbrite.com, Jeff Gund’s infolist.com or any other site that tells you what’s going on around town for writers.  Here’s a look at what this writer did over the past week:Magical Under the Moon. Inside the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City a meeting of the Book Publicists of Southern California is in Progress.  Photo: Sylvia Cary

Magical Under the Moon — The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Inside, a meeting of the Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC) is in progress.

Inside, a panel discusses "How to Avoid PR Misteaks" for a group of book publicists. The organization was started 37 years ago by publicist Irwin Zucker, standing (right), still going stonge.

A BPSC panel discusses “How to Avoid PR Misteaks” for a group of book publicists. The organization was started 37 years ago by publicist Irwin Zucker (standing, right). The group meets monthly. (www.bookpublicists.org)

Even driving out of the Sportsman's Lodge looks magical at night.

Driving out of the Sportsman’s Lodge looks magical at night.

The next night, it was "Stories Under the Stars" in the Encino backyard of writer Lila Silvern.

The next night, it was “Stories Under the Stars” (with a musical intro) in a Sherman Oaks back yard. The weather was perfect and so still that every word was heard.

And there was food under the stars.

And there was food under the stars…

And more food under the stars...

…and more food under the stars.

And stories of course. Here, writer Lila Silvern reads a humorous short story from her upcoming book of stories called "Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen."

Here, writer Lila Silvern reads a humorous short story from her upcoming book of stories called Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen.

Another night it was on to the colorful digs of Office Slice, an energized center which hosts special events, panels and workshops.

A totally different venue: The colorful digs of Office Slice, an energized center in Sherman Oaks which hosts many writer-related events, panels, seminars and workshops. Above, Managing Director Judy Santos (standing, in white) introduces a publishing panel. (www.officeslice.com)

Above, another Office Slice presentation, this one on the art of using more images in blogging. Circe Denyer and Linnaea Mallette offered plenty of tips.

Another Office Slice presentation, this one on blogging, and specifically the art of using images in blogging. Circe Denyer and Linnaea Mallette offered plenty of great tips.

Called "The Table," this industry group for writers, screenwriters, actors, directors, producers, and everyone else in show biz has been meeting every Thursday night for 20 years. Now meets at Marie Callender's in Sherman Oaks.

Above: “The Table.”  This industry group for writers, screenwriters, actors, directors, producers, and anyone else connected to show biz has been meeting every Thursday night for 20 years. There are now “Table” groups popping up in major cities across the country. The LA group meets at Marie Callender’s in Sherman Oaks. (Their new website is still under construction but Google for stories and information).
Free Drop-in Writers Group at Crown Books in Woodland Hills, a daytime event. The group is sponsored by Independent Writers of Southern California. They have monthly panels and monthly Saturday seminars.

A free monthly drop-in Writing Group at Crown Books in Woodland Hills, a daytime event — but there are nighttime groups going on somewhere. This one is sponsored by Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) which also has monthly panels and seminars. (www.iwosc.org)

The Scriptwriters Network, which has been around for over 25 years, presents panels and speakers at least twice a month. Check them out at www.scriptwritersnetwork.org.

The Scriptwriters Network has been around for over 25 years. The organnizaton presents panels and speakers at least twice a month, as well as networking mixers and special events. Check them out at http://www.scriptwritersnetwork.org.

Toastmasters for Writers (known as TM4Writers), possibly the only club for writers around. There are several hundred Toastmasters  groups in the LA area, on all subjects -- but you can go to anyone of them. Go to toastmastersinternational.org to find other clubs or http://748804.toastmastersclubs.org/ for the writers' TM (two Saturdays a month, 9:30 - 11:30 am.  Splendid training for pitching and marketing your writing

Toastmasters for Writers (known as TM4Writers), possibly the only TM club for writers in LA — although there are several hundred Toastmasters groups in the LA area focusing on all kinds of subjects — but you can attend any of them. Go to http://toastmastersinternational.org to find other clubs or http://748804.toastmastersclubs.org/ for TM4Writers (two Saturdays a month, 9:30-11:30 am. Splendid training for pitching and marketing your writing.

And then finally…

Starbucks is always busy late into the night with writers sitting behind laptops, inspired by all the writer events they've been attending all week.Starbucks is always busy late into the night with writers sitting behind laptops, inspired by all the writer events they’ve been attending all week.

(All photos in this post by Sylvia Cary)

(c) The Therapist Writer Blog, Sylvia Cary, LMFT, author of The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published

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2 responses to “Night Life for LA Writers

  1. I really loved this post and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me; I’ve finished my book and I really need a ‘life’ in my own neighborhood. Thank you! Sylvia

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