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: meetup.com/South-Bay-Creative-Writers-Group/
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: Bo@SouthBayHQ.com.
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 (thebookdoctorisin.com); 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.
Sat05Dec201510:30 am - NoonRedondo Beach Main Library
South Bay Local Writers Group: Guest Speaker, "Building Your Online Presence"
Building a credible presence on the web is critical for any author, regardless if they intend to self-publish or pursue the traditional agent/publisher route. For our December meeting, small-business consultant Bo Folsom will discuss what you need to know in order to establish your own author platform on the internet.
Whether you'd like to build your own site(s) or pay to get it done, you should have the basic knowledge needed to make it happen. Learn the essentials in this interactive, informative session. Topics will include:
- Acquiring your domain name(s), such as www.BoFolsom.com or writing.SouthBayHQ.com;
- Selecting a hosting provider (the servers where your code resides);
- Considerations for building your site and/or blog (e.g., WordPress, HTML, etc.);
- The three elements of a quality site (content, functionality, and appearance);
- Search engine optimization (how Google, etc., directs people to you);
- How to make your web site work alongside Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools to coordinate your online presence as an author.
Calling all writers for an opportunity to get together with other writers in a casual setting to help keep you motivated and productive.
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.
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.
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.