Comiccon 2016, San Diego, CA

IMG_1807 -pano hall w transformersAt ComicCon 2016, everyone young and old looks adorable and like they’re having a wonderful time.

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IMG_1731-child stormtrooperIt’s truly a beautiful sight: all ages and races enjoying themselves together with a warm community feeling and an explosion of creativity that remind me of Burning Man (without all the debauchery!)  If only people could feel free to be this creative and friendly all the time it seems to me this could be a much happier, more harmonious world.

One memorable sight was a little tiny stormtrooper with a blond ponytail hanging out of the back of her helmet, holding her mommy’s hand.  Wasn’t fast enough for a picture, but did catch this little guy.

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Now Write! was placed front and center on the freebie table.
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Spike of Spike and Mike’s infamous Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation

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.

Contributors’ Work – Summer Reading

A few mysteries – perfect for beach reading:

The Stardom Affair (Neil Gulliver & Stevie Marriner) StardomAffair-smby Robert S. Levinson (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Five Star Publishing (April 2016)

Neil is summoned to the apartment of actor Roddy Donaldson, leader of the “Diapered Dozen” gang of teenage movie stars, by condo manager Sharon Glenn. Roddy is in bed clinging to life alongside two dead girls, no memory of who they are or how they got there. Evidence points to him as their killer.

At the urging of Roddy’s mother, a prominent casting director, Neil chases after the truth, encountering a motley cast of suspects.

More bodies fall and Neil faces an ugly death before the killer of the two girls is revealed in this fast-paced mystery-thriller by an author who knows Hollywood’s many sins and secrets from the inside out.

A Death in the Family: A Detective Kubu Mysterydeathin the family-sm By Michael Stanley (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Minotaur Books (Oct. 2015)

Set amidst the dark beauty of modern Botswana, A Death in the Family is a thrilling insight into a world of riots, corruption, and greed, as a complex series of murders presents the opera-loving detective with his most challenging case yet. When grief-stricken Kubu defies orders and sets out on the killers’ trail, startling and chilling links emerge, spanning the globe and setting a sequence of shocking events in motion. Will Kubu catch the killers in time?

The Secret History of Las VegasHistory of Las Vegas-sm: A Novel by Chris Abani (Now Write! Fiction contributor)
Penguin Books (Jan. 2014)

Before he can retire, Las Vegas detective Salazar is determined to solve a recent spate of murders. When he encounters a pair of conjoined twins with a container of blood near their car, he’s sure he has apprehended the killers, and enlists the help of Dr. Sunil Singh, a South African transplant who specializes in the study of psychopaths. As Sunil tries to crack the twins, the implications of his research grow darker. Haunted by his betrayal of loved ones back home during apartheid, he seeks solace in the love of Asia, a prostitute with hopes of escaping that life. But Sunil’s own troubled past is fast on his heels in the form of a would-be assassin.

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs:perfect comeback-sm A Novel by Matthew Dicks (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
St. Martins Press (Sept. 2015)

A heartwarming story told with Matthew Dicks’ signature wit, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs is a deceptively simple novel about the ways in which our childhood experiences reverberate through our lives, and the bravery of one woman trying to change her life and finds true understanding of her daughter, and herself, along the way.



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.

Steven Barnes

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

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.

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