The Independent Writers of Southern California  (IWOSC)
September Panel Meeting and Program:
 
"WRITING CAPTIVATING MEMOIRS: Tips and Tools"
 
Monday, September 28
7:30pm  (to 9:15; networking follows the program)
Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland Blvd. (at Culver -- free parking; enter on Culver),
Culver City, CA
FREE for IWOSC Members;  $15 per person for non-members
 
"Writing Captivating Memoirs"
Thinking about writing the stories of your life? Wondering where to start?  Or have you started but feel unclear about how to organize your writing?  Looking for ideas to make your tales a better read?  Are you a published author looking for help writing in memoir form?
We will discuss techniques that help enliven and enrich books of memoir, and tools to sharpen your writing and organization skills. We’ll help you move to the next level of your work.
We will discuss:
·         Tips on writing a memoir that even folks who are not your mother, or your kids, will savor
·         Detail derail:  how much is too much, too little?
·         Themes and Structure:  considering a variety of ways to hook your stories together to draw readers in
·         Dialog:  adding life and spice to your stories
·         Character:  ways to give dimension to the people in your life, by showing, not telling your reader about them
·         Marketing
·         Objective criticism
·         Mistakes and windfalls
·         And more!
 
Our stellar panel will include:
INA HILLEBRANDT is a writer, speaker, writing coach, and editor/publisher specializing in memoir. She also works with fiction, to help both new and published authors create books of their life stories  ̶  or flights of fancy ̶ with flair, and fun. Her work includes taking the written word onstage, and she is involved in developing film and TV projects, her own and students’. Ina’s experience includes 20+ years as a creative and communications consultant for Fortune 500 companies, and 15+ years writing/coaching clients and members of the public from a variety of countries and backgrounds. Books Ina’s written include "How to Write Your Memoirs...Fun Prompts to Make Writing...and Reading …Your Life Stories a Pleasure!" The follow-up to “How To Write Your Memoirs,” the Toolbox Edition, will be out by spring 2016. Her first book, “Pawprints,” the book of close encounters of the furry kind, became an Amazon.com best seller, led to the Pawprints Literacy Plus™ program, and a curriculum guide for educators, “Pawprints  ̶ The Student Prints,”  revised and reissued December 2012. A new edition is on the way, in eBook and print form, along with two other works in progress. Books Ina has helped others develop and publish include the “Stories From The Heart” series, the second volume dubbed a top seller by Amazon.com; “Wine, Women, Whispers” by Alon Mintz; “Of Politics, Ladies and Bagels” by Gene Zahn; and other books of memoir and poetry.  http://InaTheMemoirCoach.com
 
KATE ZENTALL  Writer and editor of books and magazines in New York and Los Angeles for 25+ years. Senior editor at Buzz magazine, where she also wrote two weekly columns for Buzz Weekly; before that she wrote articles, reviews, profiles, and blurbs for Los Angeles, Westways, Bon Appetit, and other magazines. Became editorial director at DisneyOnline, then joined FamilyFun.com, online presence of the successful Disney-owned magazine, as writer/producer; segued to Reunion[now MyLife].com as marketing communications manager, after which she created blogs and shopping guides for SHOP.com and did copywriting for eHarmony and other websites. Currently editing, shepherding, and rewriting personal memoirs, fiction, and trade nonfiction, as well as coaching professionals and students with personal statements.
PAOLINA MILANA is the author of “The S Word,” a memoir about secrets...those a young girl coming of age in the middle of crazy does her best to keep  ̶  secrets about her mama's schizophrenia; secrets about her sexual awakening; secrets about her seduction that turns to rape; secrets about being the good Sicilian Catholic girl  ̶  so many secrets that silence and nearly suffocate her, until she finds the strength to save herself and to realize her own self-worth. A former journalist for a major daily newspaper in Illinois, Paolina was born and raised in Chicago, and has made her living as a storyteller in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. She is currently Chief Communications Officer for St. Baldrick's Foundation, the number one private funder of childhood cancer research. She currently lives on the edge of the Angeles National Forest in California, and she blogs at PaolinaMilana.com and welcomes the opportunity to share her stories with interested audiences.
BRETT PAESEL is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, “Mommies Who Drink: Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom.” Her humorous essays have appeared in several collections including “Toddler,” “Behind the Bedroom Door,” “Lights, Action, Travel,” and “Afterbirth.” She has been a contributing editor to three national magazines: Violet, Wondertime, and Parents. Her pieces have also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles, and Salon.com. In Hollywood, Brett has developed television shows for HBO, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, WB, Nick at Nite, and Lifetime. Before she became a writer, she was an actress who appeared most notably in the critically acclaimed sketch show, “Mr. Show with Bob and David” on HBO.
BARRY FOX is an author, ghostwriter and editor of 60-plus memoirs and books in other genres, including New York Times bestsellers. One of his early memoirs, “Diana & Dodi: A Love Story,” described the world-famous romance from Dodi Fayed’s butler’s point of view. Barry’s other memoirs include looks at the lives of the President of Toys ‘R Us, the Chairman of a U.S. steel company, and an Italian physician who had some amazing  ̶  and frightening  ̶  adventures while tending to the injured and ill in Nigeria. (www.BarryFox.us)
 
WHEN: Monday, September 28, 2015 -- 7:30-9:15 p.m. (networking follows)
 
LOCATION: Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City 90230 (corner of Culver Boulevard. Parking entrance on Culver)  Map of location. Free parking! Enter on Culver.
 
ADMISSION: IWOSC members - free; General public - $15
 
E-MAIL RESERVATIONS REQUIRED — Reservations by email only. Email [email protected] to make your reservation for this event. Please write "IWOSC Reservation Sept. 28" in the subject line. You will receive a confirming email from IWOSC, and your name will be on a list at check-in. For proof of your reservation, bring a printout of your email or show a smartphone version of your "sent" email or confirmation. Please arrive by 7:15 p.m. to be seated. Doors open to everyone at 7:15 and people will be admitted as space permits. Walk-ins permitted, if there is space. Information: (310) 773-8075.
 
Please note: The reservation deadline, space permitting, is 5:00 p.m. Sunday, the day before the meeting.  If you reserve and cannot attend, please email the office to let us know, [email protected].
 
IWOSC, the Independent Writers of Southern California, is a nonprofit association providing support, tools, and resources to help self-employed professional writers in Southern California since 1982. Please visit us at www.IWOSC.org and on facebook.