Main Group (RB Library)

Typically conducted on the 1st Saturday of each month, the South Bay Local Writers Group meets at the Redondo Beach Main Library from 10:30am to Noon. It is free and open to the public, constrained only by room size.

RSPV requested:

This is an opportunity to get together with like-minded others in a casual setting to maintain motivation and productivity. Explore writing topics that would help further your efforts as an author. Have thoughts on what you’d like addressed during 2016? Feel free to contact the organizer directly:

Past meetings have included both self-published guest authors (Christopher Lynch, Ildy Lee, Stanton Swafford) and traditionally-published authors (Shannon Hammer, Robert Downs, Katharine Blossom Lowrie); editor extraordinaire Stacy Aaronson (; round-table discussions on “Social Media Marketing for Independent Writers” and “Local Authors Share the Real-World Stories of Their Path to Publication”; and presentations on developing an online author platform.

Event Information:

  • Sat

    South Bay Local Writers Group: Guest Speaker, "The Book Doctor"

    10:30 am - NoonRedondo Beach Main Library

    Calling all writers for an opportunity to get together with other writers in a casual setting to help keep you motivated and productive.

    This month's guest speaker will be Stacey Aaronson. Stacey does it all. Really. She is an editor, proofreader, interior formatter, uploading expert. Here is Sandy Stanton's comment in the Acknowledgment page of his debut novel, "China Sea":

    You would not be holding this book in your hands if it were not for Stacey Aaronson. Stacey did the work required to get this novel published in a form that rivals the quality of a conventionally published book. She is an independent author’s best friend."

    Here are links to her website and blog.

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    Explore writing topics you want to learn more about, such as query letters, critiquing of each others works, beta-readers, editing, etc.

    The monthly large-group meetups are a great opportunity for writers who want to share information, get feedback on ideas and writing, and give and receive some support and encouragement.

    Stanton Swafford, the monthly meetup's coordinator, is a Los Angeles native and world traveler, US Navy Veteran, former undercover intelligence officer and jazz musician. He recently completed his debut novel, an espionage thriller, titled China Sea.

Creative Writers Workshop

In addition to the monthly South Bay Local Writers Group meeting, smaller groups focused on supportive critique of members’ work are conducted on all remaining Saturdays, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. These are conducted at a private residence and require their own RSVP from the South Bay Creative Writers Group meet-up site.

Creative Screenwriters Workshop

For screenwriters, a companion workshop has been added on Sunday afternoons (currently 1:30-3:30 pm) for members developing screenplays intended for film or television. The Screenwriters Workshop shares similar core values of its Saturday namesake (supportive feedback and small group setting). These are conducted at a private residence and require their own RSVP from the South Bay Creative Writers Group meet-up site.

Also available, “South Bay Screenwriters” is a separate meet-up (distinct from the South Bay Creative Writers Group) whose members share and provide feedback on each other’s screenplays. The format is similar to the Creative Screenwriters Workshop. Conducted weekly on Wednesdays (7:00-9:30pm) near South Bay Galleria at commercial establishments (such as Carrow’s or Total Wine). Requires a separate RSVP from the South Bay Screenwriters meet-up site.


  1. Diane Liberman Diane Liberman
    May 23, 2016    

    Hello Mr. Folsom,

    Are you having any writers groups in July or August?

    Is there a fee for the South Bay Screenwriters group or the Creative Screenwriter group?

    Thank you.

    • Bo Folsom Bo Folsom
      June 1, 2016    

      Hi Diane,

      Yes, we’ll have our monthly Main Group meetings at the Redondo Beach Main Library on July 2nd and August 6th, but the topics haven’t been posted yet (July 2nd will essentially be “The Author as Small Business”). Weekly writers workshops will continue through the Summer.

      There is no fee for the monthly meetings at the library. The weekly workshops hosted by South Bay Creative Writers Group have a suggested donation of $5/session (less on a monthly or multi-session package plan), while the South Bay Screenwriters group has no fees.

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