NOW WRITE! WORKSHOP: A Creative Writing “Incubator”

  • crumpled-paperWant to write a book but not sure how to get started?
  • Having trouble completing a novel, story, memoir, or screenplay?
  • Overwhelmed with ideas?
  • Or maybe you’re just feeling stuck?

This workshop is for you!

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Honor and empower the writer in you.

Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson will lead a creative writing “incubator” workshop designed to give you:

  • The kick-start you need for a specific project or just to get you writing in general.
  • Help developing your unique voice and staying motivated as a writer.
  • Deeper understanding of the overall culture purpose of storytelling.
  • A break from the inner critic and a nonjudgmental, idea-inspiring approach to feedback.
  • Thought-provoking creative writing exercises to get your juices really flowing.

The result: you will improve both your craft and your relationship with yourself as a writer.

photo by Renee RobynQuiet the inner critic and get your creative juices flowing.

You will be guided through some of Laurie’s favorite exercises from the Now Write! series to quiet the inner critic, get your creativity flowing and work on key elements of writing.

A safe creative environment will be established through a non-judgmental approach to feedback to avoid premature criticism that tends to stifle good writing.

This interactive Master Class is limited in size, so you receive a maximum amount of individual attention in a workshop environment. Become a better more empowered writer.  Get personal attention on your work and career– insight you will not receive anywhere else!

Workshop Leader: Laurie Lamson

Laurie April 2016Laurie Lamson is a professional writer, filmmaker and editor. Many of the videos of her educational and corporate scripts won multiple awards. She has written several screenwriting projects on assignment and has three of her own scripts in development with producers.

She created the Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror book, was co-editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries books. She was also telecon host for three years for the International Screenwriters’ Association.

Laurie is a lifelong student of creative and dramatic writing whose natural evolution is to help educate and inspire fellow and sister writers. She edited three writing exercises anthologies published by Tarcher/Penguin: Now Write!Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Now Write! Mysteries and Now Write! Screenwriting.

As a screenwriter she has three projects in development with producers. As a filmmaker she directed, co-produced and co-wrote the short romance Eternal Waltz, the award-winning reggae music video “Live and Learn,” the feminine comedy Family Values In The Goddess Years, and a variety of other short projects.

Hosted by West Coast Writers and Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society.

Sunday October 16, 2016
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Early bird Registration
$99 all segments, half day

Week of Event Registration
$149 all segments, half day

Location
DoubleTree by Hilton
Los Angeles – Westside
Hermosa Beach Room
6161 West Centinela Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

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Class size is limited.

Now Write! Panel: Capturing Your Dreams – How to Craft a Bestselling Fantasy Novel

GLAWS Special Speaker panel Sat. Sept 17, 2016

stackcroppedContributors to Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror will discuss craft in a way that goes beyond the usual writers’ panel.  Our panelists will speak candidly about their own writing and share their favorite tools.  Be inspired by Kim Dower’s encouragement to capture material from you dreams, learn Michelle Newman’s secrets on how to effectively ground fantasy in reality and have fun with Derek Taylor Kent’s approach to character development.  We will do one of our guests’ exercises during the event, so bring a notebook, pens will be provided.  Moderated by Now Write! editor, Laurie Lamson.

Kim-DowerKim Dower

(“Steal From Your Dreams With a Twist of Fevered Writing” in Ideas and Inspiration chapter.)

Kim Dower is a poet with three collections: Air Kissing on Mars (2010), Slice of Moon (2014) and Last Train to the Missing Planet came out earlier this year (all published by Red Hen Press.) Her poems have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Eclipse, Rattle, and Barrow Street. She has taught creative writing at Emerson College and teaches Come Dressed as Your Favorite Poem, at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Derek Taylor KentDerek Taylor Kent

(“FUNdamentals of Writing” in Memorable Heroes, Villains and Monsters chapter.)

Derek Taylor Kent is an author, screenwriter, performer and director based in Los Angeles. His award-winning book series Scary School (written under pen-name Derek the Ghost) has become one of the most popular new series for middle-readers ages 7 to 12. His bi-lingual picture book El Perro Con Sombrero came out August 18, 2015 through Holt/Macmillan and was a #1 best-selling new release. His first novel for an adult audience, Kubrick’s Game, is set for release September 26, 2016 through Evolved Publishing.

Other books include the award-winning educational picture book Simon and the Solar System and the magical adventure Rudy and the Beast, both available now. Derek also specializes in writing narrative scripts for Virtual Reality content.

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(“Make It Real” in Scene Construction and Style chapter.)

Michelle Newman is completing her first historical fantasy novel, “Mistaken Knights,” while trying to save the world one kilowatt hour at a time: She moonlights for a company that creates green energy solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.

Schedule

2:00 – Doors open to the public – Register & Network with other writers
2:30 – Announcements
3:00 – Now Write! Panel
4:15 – Q&A
4:45 – Meet the Speaker(s)
5:30 – Library must close
6:00 – Guest of Honor Dinner – Members-only by RSVP.

Location

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Empowering Creative Writing Workshop

with Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson 

Want to write, but not sure how to get started?
Having trouble completing a novel, story, memoir or screenplay?Overwhelmed with ideas?
Just feeling stuck?

Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson is offering a 4-week creative writing summer workshop designed to get you writing with clarity and enjoyment.

Each class begins with Laurie’s Writer’s Yoga including a guided meditation/imagination exercise to get grounded, present and open to your own creative flow.

We’ll discuss the cultural purpose of storytelling and hone in on your own values and perspectives – a big part of developing a unique voice and staying motivated as a writer.

We’ll practice some of Laurie’s favorite writing exercises designed to to quiet the inner critic and get your creative juices flowing while exploring key elements of dramatic writing.

A safe creative environment will be established through a non-judgmental approach to feedback. This way we avoid premature criticism that tends to stifle good writing.

Join The Workshop and Get Empowered as a Writer

Schedule: Monday evenings, July 25 – August 15, 7-9pm

Location: Summer Studios, 2161 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717

Reserve your spot (limited to 8 participants): (310) 325-8801

Cost: $120 for series

Instructor: Laurie Lamson

Laurie April 2016Laurie is a professional writer, filmmaker and editor. She has completed several screenwriting assignments and currently has three of her own scripts in development with producers. Her short film Family Values in the Goddess Years played in festivals from Berlin to San Francisco.

Laurie has a passion for encouraging fellow and sister writers. For three years she was telecon host for the International Screenwriters’ Association. She designed and taught two creative writing series for teen girls. She was also editor of three writing exercise anthologies published by Tarcher/Penguin: Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Now Write! Mysteries and Now Write! Screenwriting.

Learn more about Laurie’s philosophy on writers and writing.

Now Write! at Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Conference

Now Write! contributors have many offerings in the upcoming Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Conference, June 17-19 at Valley College in Van Nuys, California.  (Download the Program Guide.)

The GLAWS Writers’ Conference presents individual tracks for Aspiring, Active, and Accomplished writers (what they call the 3-A’s.) Each offers a progression of educational lectures, panels, interactive workshops and special events, so attendees are immersed in an educational and inspirational environment all weekend.

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Steven Barnes

The Now Write! All-Pro Panel: Incorporating Real Life into Fiction”

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Robert S. Levinson

Saturday, June 18, 4:45PM – Don’t miss this rare opportunity: accomplished contributors to three different Now Write! books come together on one panel to inspire and encourage you with their professional insight and Now Write! exercises that deal with creative brainstorming and ways to incorporate real life into fiction.

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Al Watt

Screenwriter, novelist and writing teacher Al Watt contributed “Trusting Yourself” to Now Write! Screenwriting, bestselling novelist and short story writer Robert S. Levinson contributed “The Truth Is In The Fiction” to Now Write! Mysteries, and NYT bestselling author and TV series writer Steven Barnes contributed “Creativity On Demand” to Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson is pleased to moderate and really looking forward to this one.

Full line up of Now Write! contributors at the conference

Marilyn AtlasFriday, June 17
2:00pm: Learn How To Pitch a Literary Agent or Publisher
This panel includes Now Write! Screenwriting contributor, Marilyn R. Atlas.

Saturday, June 18
11:15am: Develop the Perfect Pitch: No Apologies Necessary
This panel includes Now Write! Screenwriting contributor, Devo Cutler-Rubenstein.

ChristineConradt12:30pm This year the keynote speaker is accomplished screenwriter, producer, director and 2-time Now Write! contributor Christine Conradt.  Her talk, “Planting The Seeds of Success,” scheduled for Saturday, June 18 at,  is guaranteed to be a powerful, inspiring presentation.

Devorah-Cutler-Rubenstein3:30pm Finding and Using Your Unique Voice in Your Writing
Workshop with Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor, Devo Cutler-Rubenstein.
4:45pm Now Write! All Pro Panel with Al Watt, Robert S. Levinson, Steven Barnes and moderator Laurie Lamson.

Sunday, June 19

11:15am  No Agent? No Problem! How to Sell a Script 
Without One
Workshop with Now Write! contributor Christine Conradt.

Scott Rubenstein12:30   Literary Agents and Publishers Annual Business Roundtable
A Panel of Literary Agents, Publishers, and Industry Experts Discuss New Paradigms for Publishing including Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor, Scott Rubinstein.

Special Free Writers’ Event with Barri Evins

All writers are invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Writers’ SocietySaturday, March 19th at 2:30pm in West Los Angeles for a special free workshop with Now Write! Screenwriting contributor / movie producer and renowned consultant Barri Evins.

Barri will be introduced by Now Write! editor, Laurie Lamson.

Laurie also hosted Barri on International Screenwriters’ Association free telecons: Creating A Script That Can Break You Into The Industry and Seven Surefire Secrets To Breaking Into the Film Biz.

Details below:

GLAWS event w Barri Evins 3.19.16