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Random Writing Quote:

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

--F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Date: March 17, 2018

Speaker: Elaine Ash

Topic: "Award winning story and narrative structure"

Elaine Ash

As the former editor-at-large for Beat to a Pulp webzine, Elaine worked directly with writers of all genres to develop stories for publication.

      Today, she works with private clients, helping them shape manuscripts, acquire agents and land publishing deals. She also ghostwrites and edits for industry clients. West Coast Writers Conferences, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime SoCal, the Author Learning Center, and other respected organizations book her to lead workshops, moderate conference panels and speak. From intimate workshops to public podiums, Elaine inspires and energizes people to act upon their creative ideas and WRITE!

      Under the pen name “Anonymous-9,” Elaine’s award-winning, bestselling crime fiction is included in numerous “Best of” lists every year. Her work has been praised by T. Jefferson Parker, Ray Garton, Douglas Lindsay, Robert Randisi and many others. 

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Upcoming April 21, 2018:


Speaker: Angela Bole

Date: April 21, 2018

Topic: "Independent Book Publishing"

Angela Bole

Angela Bole is the CEO of the Independent Book Publisher's Association. 

Prior to becoming IBPA’s new executive director, Angela Bole served as deputy executive director (since 2009) of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG), which “fosters conversation and consensus across all sectors of the book business.” Before that, Bole served for two years as BISG’s associate director and two years as its marketing and communications manager, “furthering the BISG mission of creating a more informed, empowered, and efficient book industry supply chain for physical and digital products.”