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Random Writing Quote:

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”

--Graham Greene

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Date: November 16, 2019

Speaker: Elise Capron

Topic: "The Publishing Business"

Elise Capron

Elise is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In addition to handling her own list, she oversees the daily operations of the SDLA office. She is most interested in well-written narrative non-fiction (particularly trade-friendly history, cultural studies, and science) as well as character-driven literary fiction. 

Elise represents fiction that has unforgettable writing, a distinctive narrative voice, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. 

She aims to work with writers who are getting their work published regularly in literary magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Her insights into the state of the publishing business and the submissions process for your book will be fascinating and valuable.

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Upcoming May 16, 2020:


Speaker: Patricia Smiley

Date: May 16, 2020

Topic: "There's More Than One Way To Write A Novel"

Patricia Smiley

Looking for tips and tricks to create great characters? Need a plan to keep your plot from running away from you? Want to hear what bestselling authors won't tell you? Join us for a bang up July meeting and kick those summertime blues with LA TIMES bestselling author Patricia Smiley