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9:00-9:50 am:

Doors Open

Ask-an-Author — ZA Maxfield and Lex Valentine

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 — Linda Carroll Bradd

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: KC Burn

“Get Intimate With Your Characters”

Becoming emotionally involved with characters is one of the main reasons people read. Point of View (POV) and Characterization work together to allow your reader to experience the story as the characters do. Strong characterization makes it easier to maintain consistent and deep POV, and appropriate POV will make it easier to create believable characters in the minds of your readers. The two concepts complement and bolster each other to create characters your readers can readily identify or sympathize with.


KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own—getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does.



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: Lori Perkins

“Fifty Shades of Green: How to Write Smut for Fun & Profit”

Learn how to work your erotic fantasies into sellable smut. Lori has taught this workshop at hoity toity women’s gatherings, senior centers, a farm women’s collective and a bachelorette party (she was the entertainment) and every time, people have told her they were inspired by it. Lori will prove that smut will set you free, and smut will save the world.

Bio: Lori Perkins is the Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books. Prior to that, she was a founding partner and Editorial Director of Ravenous Romance, and has been a literary agent for 25 years. She is also a published author, has been an adjunct professor at N.Y.U.'s Center for Publishing. Riverdale Avenue Books is an innovative hybrid company which published 100 titles in the categories of publishing pop culture, erotic romance, erotica, LGBT, horror, science fiction and fantasy, sports , gaming and mysteries a year. IN 2013, RAB won the Publisher of the Year by from the Bi-Writers Association, Perkins is President of L. Perkins Agency, which has 5 agents on staff and has foreign agents in 11 countries and its own film agent in L.A. Perkins has had 9 books on the NY Times best-seller list including HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE A PORN STAR: A Cautionary Tale by Jenna Jameson, which made the New York Times best-seller list for 7 weeks and THE HUNGER GAMES COMPANION by Lois Gresh. Perkins is the author of FIFTY WRITERS ON FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. She is also the author of four books -THE CHEAPSKATE'S GUIDE TO ENTERTAINMENT; How to Throw Fabulous Parties on a Budget, which was excerpted in Redbook and Family Circle Magazines; THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO GETTING A LITERARY AGENT, which was chosen by as one of the top 100 books on writing; and THE EVERYTHING FAMILY GUIDE TO WASHINGTON D.C. and THE EVERYTHING FAMILY GUIDE TO NEW YORK. She has also written numerous articles on publishing for Writer's Digest and Publisher's Weekly.Perkins has edited twenty erotica anthologies, including HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE, a Zombie Romance anthology, which was published by St. Martin's Press.

2:00 p.m.

Meeting concludes.


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