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9:00-9:50 am:

Doors Open

Ask-an-Author — Louisa Bacio and Susan Squires

Do you have a question that a published author can answer? Then plan to come to the meeting a little bit early. Each month one or two published authors host an informal round table discussion group and you are welcome to sit in.

Critique of the Month — Jesse Thurston and ZA Maxfield

Free for OCC Members Attending the Meeting--Monthly Critique Drawings!  Print out your FIRST chapter and bring it to the monthly meeting! Then add your name to the list of critique hopefuls, located at the membership table.

10:00 a.m.

Meeting begins; Announcements

10:30 a.m.

Morning Session: Jess Michaels

“The Great Agent Search”

As the publishing world changes (sometimes from day to day), each author must ask herself/himself if she wants an agent and then figure out how to get one. This workshop will talk about both those issues, covering pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about agents and a bunch of stuff you didn't realize you needed to know.


Jess Michaels has been a full-time writer since 1999 when her husband said, "You're happy when you're writing, why don't you do that." Since then she's published over 50 books with major traditional houses, small presses and has recently made the jump into 100% indie publishing. She also got to turn to her husband and say, "I got this, how about you retire from your corporate job and do what YOU want." in 2010. She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband (who turns out wanted to be her business manager) and two intrusive cats.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

To order a delicious box lunch from the Corner Bakery in Brea, Click here.

12:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.

Afternoon Speaker: Jess Michaels

“Finding and Rediscovering the Joy of Writing”

Is the writing life bringing you down? Been beaten down by publishers or frustrated by your indie career? Maybe you just feel... blue. Well this workshop deals directly with the ways the writing lie can bring us down and eventually suck the pleasure out of writing. More than that, it will give some strategies to fight that feeling and rediscover the pleasures in writing.

2:00 p.m.

Meeting concludes.


Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday, July 11, 2015

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