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Special Speaker Events (SSE) presented by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society offer a wealth of educators, nationally-known authorities, industry experts, agents, publishers and famous authors. It is a terrific opportunity to learn about the craft and business of writing from the best voices of the day. While GLAWS sometimes focuses on specific genres, most topics are broad-based and provide valuable information for all writers. (Pictured here is Ray Bradbury addressing a SRO attendance.)

Special Speaker Event Audience at the Greater Los Angles Writers Society GLAWS welcomes writers of all genres of writing and levels of expertise. We also welcome those who support the writing community whether you're an industry professional or fan of writing. Admission at the library is always free. Non-members, please register/check-in at the door to receive a guest badge. RSVP for preferred seating.

Schedule & Location: (Subject to change) Click for details

Special Speaker Events are typically held monthly on the third Saturday ten times a year, unless it is a five-weekend month, in which case it moves back a weekend to the fourth Saturday.

Most SSEs are held at the Palms-Rancho Park Library in the Ray Bradbury Room, second floor of the library. There is ample parking, but it does fill up fast, so come early. Additional on-street parking available. Air conditioned. In addition to the stairs, there is an elevator for the handicapped. We encourage you to come early and patronize the library. Everyone is welcome. Typical agenda »

Previous Special Speakers and other Events: Click for details

A wealth of photos, details, and contact information for past events, speakers and panelists is archived in the Scrapbook Section »

Topic: Location: Time & Notes:

"Query Letters that Sell Agents and Publishers"

Bring Your Work-In-Progress Query Letter For a Live Read and Review by Our Panel

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Saturday 2:30 pm

Your first contact with a literary agent, accquisition editor, or publisher is typically through a query letter, a one-page introduction that can be more difficult for authors to write than a 100,000 word novel. Every word must be carefully crafted to reflect who you are, the topic you devoted maybe a year or more writing, and why the recipient should be motivated to read and love your entire work, then sign a contract to begin a journey on the path to publishing success.

First, this live workshop is a unique opportunity for you to hear what a panel of industry professionals can share on the essential elements of a successful query letter.

Then, if you have a query letter you feel might be ready -- and you want an expert opinion -- you can submit it for a possible live read and review by our esteemed panel. Each will have an opportunity to comment on the query, approve, disapprove, and/or suggest areas for improvement.

Winter Holiday Party
Pot luck buffet, wrapped book exchange, open mike, time to network, and have fun with free entertainment! Flier

Schedule:
2:00– Volunteers setup and decorate

2:30 – Doors open - Attendees arrive
3:00 – Potluck Brunch
3:30 – Announcements / Awards
3:45 – Open Mic Readings
4:45 – Wrapped Book Exchange
5:00 – Clean up, pack out

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Map | Calendar

 

Saturday 2:00 - 5pm
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Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
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Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
"tba"

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Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
"tba"

Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
"tba"

Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
"tba"

Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Map | Calendar

Saturday
2:00 - 5:00 ± pm

This is an invitation for you and your guests to join other GLAWS writers for a fun, festive party of food, books, entertainment, and the opportunity to socialize with other writers.

This is a pot luck lunch and Open Mic read event. You are also encourage to wear casual festive tropical attire!    Flier

"tba"

Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
"tba"

Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
"tba"

Details coming...

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar
Saturday 2:30 pm
Winter Holiday Party
Pot luck buffet, wrapped book exchange, open mike, time to network, and have fun with free entertainment! Flier

Schedule:
2:00– Volunteers setup and decorate

2:30 – Doors open - Attendees arrive
3:00 – Potluck Brunch
3:30 – Announcements / Awards
3:45 – Open Mic Readings
4:45 – Wrapped Book Exchange
5:00 – Clean up, pack out

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Photo|
Map | Calendar

 

Saturday 11am - 2pm
Special Speaker Events Typical Agenda:

2:00 - Doors open to the public - Register & Network with other writers
2:30 - Announcements
3:00 - Featured Speaker or Panel
4:15 - Q&A
4:45 - Meet the Speaker(s)

5:00 - Staff clean up & pack equipment out
5:30 - Library must close
6:00 - Guest of Honor Dinner - Members-only by RSVP


Locations:
Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library , the Ray Bradbury Room Second Floor
Driving directions: If you are coming North on the 405, exit the National Blvd off ramp East to Overland, then turn left/north. If you are coming West on the 10, exit the Overland off ramp, turn right. The library is on the right/east side of the street. There is air conditioning, ample parking, and an elevator to the second floor. Aerial Photo
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Venice - Abbott Kinney Memorial Branch Community Room, First Floor

Driving directions: If you are driving on the 405 San Diego freeway, exit at VENICE Boulevard off ramp north/south. Go WEST on Venice past Lincoln Boulevard. The library is in the center where Venice splits at Washington Way. There is air conditioning and free parking. The lot fills quickly so come early. There is additional parking on adjacent streets. Aerial PhotoPalms-Rancho Park Library Meeting Location for the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

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