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9:00-9:50 am:

Doors Open

Ask-an-AuthorTara Lain& Linda O. Johnston
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 O. Johnston & Shannon Donnelly
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: Kitty Bucholtz

“Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing”

Are you ready to self-publish your fiction or nonfiction book as an ebook and/or in print? Would you like some tips and tricks to make your book look as professional as New York-published books?

Bring your questions and Kitty will help you get your book ready to self-publish. She’ll talk about making production schedules, annuals budgets, checklists and timelines for editing, creating a house style guide, and more.

If you’re ready to publish your book, come get some guidance and encouragement. You can do this!

Kitty Bucholtz decided to combine her undergraduate degree in business, her years of experience in accounting and finance, and her graduate degree in creative writing to become a writer-turned-independent-publisher. Her first novel, Little Miss Lovesick, was released in 2011 as an ebook and 2012 in print. Unexpected Superhero came out in 2013, with its sequel, Superhero in the Making, a 2014 release.

Kitty has also written magazine articles, devotionals, and worked as a magazine editor. She has taught at writers conferences around the country and online, and teaches “Going the Distance,” a class on time and project management for writers, every January.

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 -Vicki Crum, Kitty Bucholtz, Jennifer Dornbush & Susan Squires

12:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.

Afternoon Speaker: Jennifer Dornbush, Forensic Speak author, screenwriter, and forensic expert

Writing the Killer Romantic Suspense”

Love a good mystery? Always wanted to write a romantic suspense? 
Romance and mysteries novels are staples in our reader's diets. So why not combine them and double your success?! Jennifer Dornbush will show you how to craft a great romantic suspense with tips straight from Hollywood storytellers who create those nail-biting twists and turns we see on TV crime shows every week. Learn how to infuse your romance with the edginess of a crime drama!  
In this workshop we'll talk about:

  • The anatomy of the crime genre and how to marry it to a romance
  • The top crime story types & which one’s best for you
  • 3 things you need to create a captivating crime
  • 8 essential ingredients for your killer romantic suspense
  • Key characters that must appear in every crime story
  • Secret story tropes that the Hollywood writers use to amp up suspense

The television or movie screen is the closest most people will ever come to witnessing the forensic world. But Jennifer Dornbush actually lived it. As a daughter of a medical examiner, whose office was in her home, she investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 10 years old. Since that first case she has had decades of on-sight experience in death investigation and 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy.

Jennifer now uses these experiences to pen crime fiction for film and TV. Several of her crime scripts have placed in on the short list of the Fox/Blacklist TV Program, Nichols, Austin, American Zoetrope, and NBC’s Writers on the Verge. Her half-hour comedy, Home Bodies, received a Humanitas’ New Voices Award.

She is currently working with Hallmark on a crime drama project and plans to delve into mystery novel writing this fall.
Wanting to share her love of forensics with other storytellers, she scribed Forensic Speak: How To Write Realistic Crime Dramas, published by Michael Wiese Productions, hailed as a north star tocreating authentic crime dramas.
She regularly leads seminars on forensics and fiction for The Writers Store, Great American Pitchfest, Crime Writers Weekend, Sisters in Crime, Act One, Scriptwriters Network, Romance Writers of America, World Story Conference, and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her Forensic Speak Newsletter provides writers with current forensic tips and developments.

Jennifer has worked on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Clear History; Paramount’s The Dictator; ABC’s Mixology; and Fox’s Let’s Be Cops. She also enjoys teaching screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University and Act One.
Facebook:Forensic Speak
Forensic Speak Newsletter:
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Crime shows rule the airwaves and there is a crime drama for every personality and every writer. Born out of her experiences growing up around death investigation, award-winning film and TV writer Jennifer Dornbush unlocks the secrets of forensic science and gives writers direct access to hundreds of ways to make their crime writing more authentic.

1:45 p.m.

Meeting Concludes


Next month’s meeting will not be on our usual second Saturday. Come to our Annual Birthday Bash on Saturday, October 18, 2014

Morning Speaker: Rachel Kenley –“Writing for the Long Haul”
Afternoon Speaker: Jade Lee –“Putting the Vision in Revision:The Act and Art of Editing”

September Online Class: “Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing” with Kitty Bucholtz
September 15 – October 12, 2014

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