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9:00-9:50 am:

Doors Open

Ask-an-Author —Skylar Kade & Jewel Quinlan
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 MonthLinda Carroll-Bradd & Skylar Kade
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: Shannan Albright

“Foray into Worldbuilding”

Shannan Albright takes you on an interactive journey of worldbuilding. For both plotters and pansters, worldbuilding can be simple, or as complicated as you wish. For writing in all genres from elaborate sci-fi sagas to sweet hometown contemporaries, you will find worldbuilding as integral as GMC and Character Sheets.

Shannan will show you the steps to take and the pitfalls to avoid when plotting your world. Concentrating on the basics needed to make your work spring to life.

 Along the way, you may find you enjoy the journey after all.


Shannan Albright has been called one of a kind, who walks to her own set of drums. She describes herself as a late bloomer who found acceptance late in life.

Growing up she was the dreamer in her family, something not always thought of as a positive thing. As a child she would draw and build stories around her pictures, so writing was a natural extension for her. Recently a family member told her that from now on she would encourage those dreamers she knew. Stating with hard work and focus dreams can come true. Shannan Albright is proof that dreaming can be a positive thing.

When not writing she spends her time between oil painting and reading these days. She loves writing paranormal, urban fantasy, historical and fantasy romances because of the world building and rich characters she finds. She loves dark, edgy heroes and heroines overcoming impossible odds internal and external.

She is a "hopeful" Romantic who believes a healthy relationship is built upon respect. For her, a strong partnership is the key to a happy ever after.

Shannan Albright went to college torn between becoming a teacher or clinical psychiatrist. In the end, life held other plans for her. A professional dancer in ballroom and jazz, she also wrote and took odd jobs as a free-lance illustrator. To name a few of her endeavors. 

You can find her at

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 - Saranna DeWylde signing her memoir Sweet Hell on Fire: A Memoir of the Prison I Worked in and the Prison I Lived in

12:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.

Afternoon Speaker: Saranna DeWylde

“How to Craft Compelling Villains (Based on real life experience with serial killers, cannibals, and sex offenders)”

Villains seems to be a common theme among workshops that many industry professionals have in their arsenal. So what makes mine special?


I am a romance writer, but I’m a former corrections officer and I worked with the baddest of the bad day to day. The prison is where they lived, so you could say I was in their home every day. I observed their behaviors and interactions with other predators and those they saw as prey. So come learn what makes a villain and villain, why we need to give them voice and how to do it in such a way that makes the reader root for them just enough to keep turning the pages. 


Saranna DeWylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she's published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, "Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it." So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.

You can find her at

1:45 p.m.

Meeting Concludes


Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday, May 10, 2014

Morning Speaker: Jacqueline Diamond – “Your Writing Career: Mistakes to Avoid”

Afternoon Speaker: Dr. Leeshawn Cradoc-Moore – “To Be Announced”

April Online Class: “Social Media for the Confused and Terrified” with Elena Dillon
April 14 – May 11, 2014

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