What we're about

Featured in CBS LOS ANGELES as a BEST RESOURCE FOR WRITERS, between our three related groups, Poets and Dreamers thrives as a multi-faceted network of 1500+ professional and creative writers who gather throughout Southern California. Our vibrant, active circle represents established and aspiring authors of commercial fiction, non-fiction, memoir, romance, crime and legal fiction, short fiction, screenplays, literary fiction, historical fiction, professional communications, poetry, and more. Within the many specialized circles that meet, our in-depth discussions inspire a brilliant exchange of literary insights, and ultimately, the fruition of our dreams as writers.

Poets and Dreamers Literary and Fine Arts Journal (http://www.poetsanddreamers.com)

Best Resource for Writers - CBS Los Angeles (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-resources-for-aspiring-writers-in-oc/)

Our Process:

-Our writers gather weekly or bi-weekly as professional, cohesive groups to collaborate on the craft.

-We encourage wise creative experimentation while drawing on the collective genius of our literary masters.

-We devote a generous amount of time to in-depth exploration of each writer's work.

-Viable works-in-progress and a commitment to interact positively/professionally are crucial.

-Our main goal: to support thriving groups that work together wisely, positively and productively through the process of completion, revision and publication.

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Our Status:

We look forward to working with you as you establish and meet your goals as a writer.
Important elements you should bring to the group:

-Writing background and/or an intense desire to create great works
-Viable work(s)-in-progress
-Commitment to interact positively and exchange critiques in a professional format.

If you would like to take part as a crucial contributor to this intensive, collaborative experience, join our creative circle today and work with us!

Please also consider joining us at our two additional sites:

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Anne Tammel

Owner of Poets and Dreamers: Authors and Writers of Southern California

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Upcoming events (5+)

Saddleback Writers Guild

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The Saddleback Writers Guild meets weekly on Monday evenings near Mission Viejo Mall). We critique genres ranging from historical fiction, mystery/suspense, satire, fantasy, etc. About our Group: This circle has been designed for committed writers who are dedicated to collaborating through the process of novel revision and publication. Our main goal is to work together wisely, positively and productively. Our supportive circle and in-depth discussions inspire an exchange of creative insights, and ultimately, our success as authors. Our Process: -We gather weekly as a serious, cohesive group to collaborate on the craft of fiction. -Focusing on the construct of the novel, we limit critiques to broad-level concerns, i.e., character and plot development, structure, action, conflict, setting, tension, suspense and point of view. We do not exchange sentence-level critiques or line-edit for grammar and mechanics. -Our main goal: to work together through the process of completion, revision and publication. Our Status: This group, which welcomes dedicated writers willing to interact positively and exchange critiques in a professional format, is currently full. We do maintain a waiting list, however. If you are interested in being placed on our waiting list, please email Mel at InOtherWords AT msn DOT com ([masked]). A short list of published works by SWG authors follows: Matilda's Story Published August, 1997 by Jacquelyn Hanson (http://www.jandjbooksales.com/jacki.html) Matilda's Story is a biographical novel based on the life of Matilda Randolph, a courageous pioneer woman whose colorful life led her from Illinois to Kansas, then across the California Trail in a covered wagon to California. Matilda lived through a very turbulent period in American History. Matilda's Story is the history of the time as seen through the eyes of one young woman as she struggled to survive over odds that seem almost overwhelming to people of today. The book has been well researched, and fictional episodes are based on contemporary writings. Readers who enjoy authentic, first hand accounts of pioneer days will appreciate Matilda's Story. We look forward to hearing from you! Mel

VickiAbelson's WomenWhoWrite: BurtYoung/AlexJules/CocoDolenz/ChristineBlackburn

Contact me for LA location womenwhowrite@att.net

Yo Paulie! There’ll be an Academy Award nominee in the house. Burt Young, iconic actor, author and painter. Aside from being in the first six Rocky movies, his incredible and memorable film turns include: Chinatown, The Gambler, Once Upon A Time In America, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Back to School, more titles than I can count, let alone name, plus another 9, count them 9, in the can. This man is not slowing down. And boy does he have stories. He was in the Actor’s Studio with Jane Fonda and Marilyn Monroe, and dated one of them. More to be revealed. Alex Jules (with whom I have 2 degrees all over the place), tours with Badfinger's Joey Molland, and with beloved Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz, to name but a few, will be playing his own stupendous tunes (and man is this guy funny) from his new, just dropped CD, Topiary, and, accompanying Gemma Dolenz (AKA Coco), who've I've been trying to get to the living room almost as long as it took me get her beforementioned brother. Thrilled the time has come to this day. Plus, the gorgeous and funny, Christine Blackburn, reading a slice of her life as flight attendant from her memoir, PIT To LAX My Story Worthy Life. Fun will be had.* * Talent subject to availability POTLUCK BRUNCH - please bring something yummy to share… anything which makes you happy! More info and evite @[masked] / #MeetupAmerica $20* Reserve your seat when you purchase your ticket on PayPal. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ZT9G5ZSHY697Y Seats are only held with a paid ticket. Limited seating. HURRY! * Ticket sales are final, but you may transfer your ticket to another woman for this event if you are unable to attend. Unused tickets will be used for scholarships. You can access the Paypal link here or via the evites. RSVP #'s on this Meetup do not reflect those that have responded via the evite. Please purchase your ticket as soon as possible if you'd like to join us.

Creative Writing Workshop

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About our Circle: This small creative circle has been designed for writers of all genres. We like to encourage a supportive group of serious, committed writers who are willing to invest in themselves and in their work while creating success in their lives. For this reason, we are seeking regular attendees who contribute on an ongoing basis. During the meeting, we read our works aloud and share gracious insights. Our supportive circle and in-depth discussions inspire an inspiring exchange of creative writing ideas, and ultimately, the fruition of our dreams. Our Process: -We gather bi-weekly as a respectful, cohesive group to collaborate on our works. -Bring ten printed copies of about a thousand (1,000) words of your chosen genre; this will allow a generous amount of time to in-depth exploration of each writer's work. -Focusing on creative works, we limit critiques to broad-level concerns, i.e., character and plot development, structure, action, conflict, setting, tension, suspense and point of view. We do not exchange sentence-level critiques or line-edit for grammar and mechanics. -A work-in-progress and commitment to attend are crucial. -Our main goal: to work together wisely, positively and productively as we each follow our dreams as writers. Our Status: Let's follow our artistic integrity and remain true to ourselves: Come and start here. Take the first step and never give up. Our sharing and feedback propel one another to continue on our paths. This group is about each of us fulfilling our dreams and helping one another along the way. We need each other in this field for support and encouragement. This group welcomes serious, committed writers who are willing to interact positively and exchange critiques in a professional format. If you'd like to take part as a crucial contributor to this ongoing creative circle, please sign up then come out and join us! Also, if you have suggestions for alternative meeting spots and/or questions, please message me and I will respond right away. I look forward to working with you! Elisabetta

Saddleback Writers Guild

Needs a location

The Saddleback Writers Guild meets weekly on Monday evenings near Mission Viejo Mall). We critique genres ranging from historical fiction, mystery/suspense, satire, fantasy, etc. About our Group: This circle has been designed for committed writers who are dedicated to collaborating through the process of novel revision and publication. Our main goal is to work together wisely, positively and productively. Our supportive circle and in-depth discussions inspire an exchange of creative insights, and ultimately, our success as authors. Our Process: -We gather weekly as a serious, cohesive group to collaborate on the craft of fiction. -Focusing on the construct of the novel, we limit critiques to broad-level concerns, i.e., character and plot development, structure, action, conflict, setting, tension, suspense and point of view. We do not exchange sentence-level critiques or line-edit for grammar and mechanics. -Our main goal: to work together through the process of completion, revision and publication. Our Status: This group, which welcomes dedicated writers willing to interact positively and exchange critiques in a professional format, is currently full. We do maintain a waiting list, however. If you are interested in being placed on our waiting list, please email Mel at InOtherWords AT msn DOT com ([masked]). A short list of published works by SWG authors follows: Matilda's Story Published August, 1997 by Jacquelyn Hanson (http://www.jandjbooksales.com/jacki.html) Matilda's Story is a biographical novel based on the life of Matilda Randolph, a courageous pioneer woman whose colorful life led her from Illinois to Kansas, then across the California Trail in a covered wagon to California. Matilda lived through a very turbulent period in American History. Matilda's Story is the history of the time as seen through the eyes of one young woman as she struggled to survive over odds that seem almost overwhelming to people of today. The book has been well researched, and fictional episodes are based on contemporary writings. Readers who enjoy authentic, first hand accounts of pioneer days will appreciate Matilda's Story. We look forward to hearing from you! Mel

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