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9:00-9:50 am:

Doors Open

Ask-an-Author —KC Burn & Dee Ann Palmer
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 MonthPatricia Thayer & Nancy Farrier
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.

10:25 a.m.

Meeting begins; Announcements

P.A.W. (Classroom B)

10:30 a.m.

Morning Workshop: Jacqueline Diamond

“Your Writing Career: Mistakes to Avoid”

Drawing on thirty years as a published novelist and her experiences in teaching more than 100 writing students, Jackie will provide a range of cautions to help writers at any stage of their journey sidestep the pitfalls. Topics will include writing skills, professional conduct, attitudes, social media and more. 


Jacqueline Diamond  Jacqueline Diamond has sold more than 95 novels, including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, fantasy, mystery and Regency historical romance, to a range of publishers. A two-time finalist for the Rita Award, Jackie received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and is a former reporter and TV columnist for the Associated Press. She also writes the Safe Harbor Medical miniseries for Harlequin American Romance.

You can find her at
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On Twitter at @Jacquediamond

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

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

12:00 p.m.


Booksigning - To Be Announced

12:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.

Afternoon Speaker: Dr. Leeshawn Cradoc-Moore

“Relax and Be Fierce Not Afraid”

So your creative genius has released a wonderful novel? So, now, what do you do? It is time to sell your novel, but your fear of public speaking has you terrified.   What happens if you are in an elevator or sitting next to a publisher at a meeting and you’re overcome with fear?  This workshop will teach you how to quickly shirk the fear, to present yourself strongly and confidently so you can close the deal within minutes.


Leeshawn Cradoc-Moore, PhD. is an award winning inspirational speaker. As an active Toastmaster and area governor for E4 of District 12, she continues to grow as a public speaker while encouraging her clubs to achieve their speaking and leadership goals.  During her leadership, many of the club members have written and sold books and launched successful speaking careers and businesses.  By day she is the Director of Institutional Research at the University of La Verne and a devoted mother to a teenage boy and girl. 

You can find her at

1:45 p.m.

Meeting Concludes


Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday, June 14, 2014

Morning Speaker: Lynne Marshall – “Creating Likeable Characters”

Afternoon Speaker: Jennifer Apodaca – “Writing Tropes”

May Online Class: “Show and Tell” with Shannon Donnelly
May 12 – June 8, 2014

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