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Writing as a Business in Los Angeles
We are blessed to have a Guest Speaker this session. Dr. Jeanne S. M. Willette is an art historian and art writer in the Los Angeles area. Previously a Professor at Otis College of Art and Design, she retired to write full time. Dr. Willette continues her work as a professional speaker, lecturing at museums and civic and educational organizations. Working as an art critic and scholar, she has published hundreds of articles and catalog essays, and three scholarly books. Dr. Willette has written in many formats and has presented her work in many different arenas, including her website, a project that has published almost 600 articles the last ten years. One of the early podcasters, she has written and recorded over seventy podcasts, even publishing a book of podcasts. In addition, she has written, produced and published over thirty videos, available on YouTube. Currently, she is working on two more scholarly books and has completed a new novel, her third, that will appear as a podcast series. Dr. Willette will speak on “Voices in Writing: Speaking in Tongues.” Most art historians are trained to speak/write in one or two voices, but early in her career, Dr. Willette became interested in the range of voices available to a writer. As a professional writer, she has had the opportunity to write for different medias, for different markets, for different audiences. Her talk will explore the range of possibilities available to the author in today’s world in contemporary writing. Before writing, there is speaking and speaking is a form of writing. Writing is an exercise in tone and, just as one’s tone changes when speaking, so too does writing shift and alter with the audience. For the writer, writing is a performance, a dance with a partner. Therefore, “writing” needs to be understood in relation to “reading” and that author must be sensitive to reading as a physical and mental experience for the audience. Dr. Willette has long been interested in the impact of the internet upon the activities of writing and reading, looking and listening in the 21st century, a century that allows writers to speak in tongues. We hope you can join us! Elsa and Jon

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This group is for anyone interested in earning a living through writing. The goals will be to discuss self-publishing and marketing techniques, as well as cultivating your own effective writing style. My primary interest is non-fiction, but writers in all genres will benefit. All levels of experience are welcome. We will meet on the 4th Saturday of each month. Location will be announced soon

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