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9:00-9:50 am:

Doors Open

Ask-an-Author — Deb Mullins and Beth Yarnall

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 — Deb Mullins and Beth Yarnall

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: Sakada

“Activate Your Writing Superpowers”

Many people were taught to write in a very limited way: To get an idea and write it down. So writing becomes a mere recording tool. But when you activate you writing, writing becomes a super power! Your writing process becomes easier and more free-flowing. This opened-up process allows you to explore as you write—finding your deepest stories, most imaginative ideas, and most authentic writing voice. In the end, your unique energy and style is embedded into your writing. When you activate your writing super powers, you can truly step up and into your visionary- ness as a writer and author.


Sakada's mission, in her coaching, teaching, and speaking, is to activate the writing super powers of as many people as possible. As one of her clients so simply stated: "I found a writing voice I did not think I was capable of–I am amazed."

Through the Visionary Author program, Write Your Book, and Genius Work Writing, she has worked with private clients for over seven years. Behind this, Sakada's teaching experience was wide-ranging: From skid- row workships to university classrooms, where she taught full-time, both in undergraduate and graduate programs. Her MFA in Creative Writing is from Antioch University and her B.A. from the University of Michigan is in Journalism. Sakada is the author of Write Your Book: Establish Your Expertise & Market Your Business and Into a Long Curl. Her forthcoming books are The Poetics of Energy and Spiritual C.

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: Rachel Brooks

“How to Query Smarter, Not Harder”

Confused or overwhelmed about writing your query letter? Learn how to query smarter, not harder, in this step-by-step session which deconstructs queries from subject line to closing, and everything important in between. Also find out detailed do’s and don’ts to take some of the mystery (and hopefully frustration!) out of query crafting. Time permitting, a brief rundown of synopsis basics will also be covered.


Before joining the L. Perkins Agency, Rachel worked as an agent apprentice to mentor Louise Fury. In addition to her industry training, Rachel has a business degree and also graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English from Texas A&M University-CC.

She is excited about representing young adult fiction, as well as adult romance. In YA, she's looking for authentic voices and memorable characters. In romance, whether contemporary or historical, sweet or spicy, she loves swoon-worthy heroes and determined heroines.

She loves both print and ebooks and has a soft spot for marketing savvy writers.

2:00 p.m.

Meeting concludes.


Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday, June 13, 2015

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