Saturday, November 26, 2011


Saturday, November 26, 2011

PEN Center USA & Dirty Laundry Lit

A Seasonal Offering Of The Naughtiest Lit South Of Santa's Pole

Saturday, December 3rd
7 p.m.

Little Temple
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles 90029

Join PEN Center USA and Dirty Laundry Lit for an evening of readings by Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Preston Witt, Christopher Ross, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Richard Lee Warren, and Jo Robbins; hosted by Jeff Eyres and live music by DJ Cazel.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Tribute to Spaulding Gray

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Writers' Bloc Presents:

A Tribute to Spalding Gray  
With Nell Casey, Peter Gallagher, David Ulin and others

Tuesday, November 8th
7:30 p.m.

If you had the great good fortune to see Spalding Gray perform his unforgettable monologues, then you fell under his confessional spell, and you subsequently arrived at the logical conclusion that he bared his heart, soul and guts to you. His suicide in 2004 left a gaping hole in our national literary landscape.

In The Journals of Spalding Gray (masterfully edited and explained by Nell Casey), the reader realizes that an enormous opportunity has just been dropped in front of us: the opportunity to see a bit inside the heart and soul of the man who brought us so much. What Spalding Gray didn't deliver to us in his performances, Nell Casey delivers to us now. Check out the excerpt in the New York Times Magazine from October 6, 2011.

Writers Bloc hosts Nell Casey (editor of the bestselling Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression), in conversation with David Ulin, book critic for the Los Angeles Times, and actors, including Peter Gallagher, who will read from the journals.

Tickets, $20. Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters. 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Free parking with validation. To make a reservation, click here.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Steve Jobs: Words of Wisdom

Sunday, October 9, 2011
Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech in 2005...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Call For Writers: Artist Residency

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Artist Residency at the
Annenberg Community Beach House  

The City of Santa Monica, Cultural Affairs Division, seeks applications from writers living in Los Angeles County for a residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. The Artist Residency offers a large private office in the historic Marion Davies Guest House for ten weeks to complete a work in progress.

The Residency begins Monday, January 16, 2012 and concludes Monday, March 26, 2012 for a total of 10 weeks. As an acknowledgment of the public benefit of the Resident to the community, an honorarium of $1500 is offered.  
Application Deadline: Friday, November 4th, 2011 @ 5 p.m. For questions about the Residency, please leave a message for Naomi Okuyama, Cultural Affairs Coordinator at 310-310-0187 or email

Thursday, September 8, 2011

String Theory

Thursday, September 8, 2011

With Special Guest David Poe
At the 
The Ford Amphitheatre
Thursday, September 15th
8:30 p.m.
Purchase Tickets

Experience a truly one-of-a-kind performance as the cutting-edge music and dance ensemble known as String Theory transforms the entire Ford Amphitheatre into a harp-like sonic sculpture. Extending the entire length of the venue, the audience will literally be sitting inside the instrument while enjoying an evening of eclectic music, video installations and dance. 
Singer/songwriter and composer David Poe guests, as String Theory premieres new works ranging from Renaissance to rock and electronica to experimental, accompanied by a series of contemporary dances. They'll also premiere their latest film collaboration with filmmakers Shane and Sean McAllen ("Mission of Monkeys"), performing the score live. Get a taste here

String Theory accompanies their harps with cello, Theremin, violin, saxophone, bass, guitar, keys, saw, accordion, tablas, flute, samples, a myriad of exotic and invented percussion, and vocals. Their music ranges from 15th century Renaissance to rock, electronica and experimental.

The evening will also include a special performance by students in the Education Through Music program which serves disadvantaged youth in the LA area. Audience members are encouraged to bring unwanted cellos, guitars or violins to the event to donate to the organization.

Kick off this intriguing event under the stars by bringing a picnic dinner to enjoy on the grounds before the show.

Don't miss String Theory in this rare public performance. Buy your tickets today!  

* * * * * 
String Theory was founded by instrument designer/builder and composer, Luke Rothschild; choreographer/director, Holly Rothschild; and cellist, composer, Joseph Harvey. They have performed at the 2010 TED conference, The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica, the 2006 Grammy's, for the Opening Festivities of The Walt Disney Concert Hall, and  at The Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Trans Artists

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Trans Artists is an online hub for artist-in-residence opportunities that offers full details about international artist-in-residence programs as well as other places for artists to stay and work elsewhere 'for art's sake'. It operates mainly from the artists' perspective and usually cooperates with a wide range of partners in all world regions, increasingly in more depth with European countries. Trans Artists makes the enormous worldwide residential art labyrinth accessible and usable to the artists through its website, newsletter, research and workshop programs.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

JK Rowling: Words of Wisdom

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

JK Rowling's Harvard commencement speech:

On the fringe benefits of failure, and the power of imagination.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Getting to the Core

Monday, July 4, 2011

The 7th Annual Topanga Film Festival
July 28-31, 2011
Topanga, California

In addition to the slate of films, here's a salon discussion you don't want to miss:

"Getting to the Core" Salon Discussion - Friday, July 30th, 3-4:30 p.m.
Church of Cinema, 269 Old Canyon Blvd., Topanga 90290
Panelists: Karin Gutman, Laura Milner, Joan Schekel, and Dr. Robert M. Bilder
This salon discussion explores the human urge toward story, and how to go about unlocking the stories that need to be told. The panelists will offer various perspectives on the creative process from the very inception of our story ideas through their cultivation and development into a form that can be shared with others. Dr. Bilder, a neuropsychologist and the Director of the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, will describe what is going on in our brains during this creative process.
See full details and buy tickets

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Art of Close Reading

Thursday, June 23, 2011
"Improving as a reader is something you need to do to improve as a writer."
~ Jim Shepard

Award-winning novelist Jim Shepard shares his 5-step process of analyzing work towards the improvement of your own skills and craft as a writer--direct from the 2010 Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

Thank you to Dani Shapiro for her Twitter post!

Friday, June 3, 2011

These Women!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Join the Institute for Cultural Change  
for a once in a lifetime gathering to honor


June 24-26, 2011 - Santa Barbara, CA

Pat Berry, Lyn Cowan, Christine Downing, Nor Hall, Ginette Paris,
Hendrika de Vries, Mary Watkins, and Marion Woodman

You are invited to experience an extraordinary weekend of dialogue, exploration and dynamic conversation with these seminal voices. Their writings and teachings unleashed our imaginations, steeped our lives in symbolic understanding, and guided us in trusting our emerging feelings and knowings. Their life work has shaped and expanded Depth, Archetypal, and Jungian Psychology.

This gathering is designed to be interactive, giving the audience an opportunity to ask questions and share reflections on a few turning points in their own lives that have been meaningful.

Read the brief bios for these amazing women authors, thinkers and cultural shapers of this century. Your sponsorship of any one of these women will permit you to attend the event at no charge.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Creative Efficiency

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Take care when analyzing and editing your creative work... you may cut out its very essence.  As Aristotle once said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Family Matters

Monday, April 11, 2011


Tuesday, April 26th @ 7 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore
Brentwood Country Mart - 225 26th Street
Santa Monica 90402

Join memoir authors Jennifer Lauck (Blackbird, Found), Dinah Lenney (Larger than Life) and Hope Edelman (The Possibility of Everything, Motherless Daughters) as they read from their recent work and discuss the ups and downs, ins, outs, screeching halts and gymnastics involved in writing about family.
Find full details here

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Script Frenzy

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Have you ever wished there were a version of NaNoWriMo dedicated to scriptwriting?
There is! Script Frenzy!

Script Frenzy
is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April--screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, and graphic novels are all welcome. Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages is victorious and awe-inspiring and will receive a handsome Script Frenzy Winner's Certificate and web badge proclaiming this fact.

Even those who fall short of the word goal will be applauded for making a heroic attempt. Really, you have nothing to lose-except that nagging feeling that there's a script inside you that may never get out.

30 days. 100 pages. April. Are you in?

P.S. Your NaNoWriMo user name works over at Script Frenzy.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Two Standout Memoirs - Hot Off the Press!

Saturday, March 5, 2011
The month of March kicked off with a bang: two important memoirs have just been released, both written by special women who I've had the opportunity to get to know over the last year.

Meredith Baxter, most well-known for her popular role as Elyse Keaton on Family Ties, has emerged as a writer with her first book, Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering. Told with insight, wit, and disarming frankness, Untied is the eye-opening and inspiring life of an actress, a woman, and a mother who has come into her own.

Meredith's Book Signings in Los Angeles & San Francisco:

Vroman's Bookstore - Saturday, March 12th, 4pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101

Diesel, A Bookstore - Sunday, March 20th, 3pm
Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica 90402

Books Inc. in the Castro - Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:30 pm
2275 Market Street, San Franciso 94114

Then, in a follow up to her New York Times best-selling memoir Manic, Terri Cheney now shares her experience growing up with bipolar disorder in her new book The Dark Side of Innocence. By diving back into her own troubled childhood, Terri Cheney offers the first truly personal portrayal of this heartrending and controversial illness, which affects more than one million children.

Terri will be reading & signing books in the LA area:

Book Soup Bookstore - Wednesday, March 23rd, 7pm
8818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90069

Barnes & Noble Bookstore - Saturday, April 2nd, 2pm
Westside Pavillion (1st Floor), 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90064 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Memoirs Ink Essay Contest

Friday, February 4, 2011
Memoirs, Ink., is hosting its half-yearly writing contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage others to write about their experiences and to give promising writers money to fund their writing habits. First prize is $1000 and publication at


Memoirs Ink. is looking for previously unpublished personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. The narrative must be written in first person. Other that that, the contest is open to any type, genre or style of stories.

First Prize: $1000. Second Prize: $500. Third Prize: $250. 

Entry fee: $15.

Contest Deadline: February 15, 2011 (Postmark). Late Deadline March 1, 2011 (Requires additional $5) Winners will be announced April 30, 2011. Winners will be published at

Send entries to:
Memoirs Ink Writing Contest
10866 Washington Blvd., Ste. 518,
Culver City, CA 90232

Please limit entries to less than 1500 words.

Please submit entries as follows: Typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font.

Please submit entries with Entry Form. Available here.

Questions? E-mail Jill

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Upcoming Writing Workshops

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

 Kick-off your New Year with a Spirit of Story writing workshop!

Come join us for a *FREE* sample session

Sunday, January 23rd, 2 - 4 p.m.
Held at a private home in Malibu
See full details

Uncover, develop, and write your personal story

Jan 12th - March 2nd (Santa Monica)
8 Wednesday evenings, 7-10 p.m.

  March 8th - April 26th (Woodland Hills)
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
See full details

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