see home page for the upcoming 2020 lineup



January - Judy Reeves - "Tell Me A Story: Using Fiction Techniques to Craft Compelling Memoir or Nonfiction"

February - Nancy Lynée Woo - "Surprise the Line: Poetry for All Writers"

March - Susie Schaefer - "Finish Your Book: Everything You Need to Know About Self-Publishing”

May - Maddie Margarita - “How to Handle Media Interviews and Book Readings"

June - Kali Wallace - "Writing Effective Description and Atmosphere"

July - Joan Gelfand - "You Can Be A Winning Writer: The 4 C's Approach to Author Sucess"

August - Kim Dwinell - "Creating the Graphic Novel"

September - Cherie Kephart - "Soul Therapy: The Spirit of Writing"




January - Tom Jordan - “Writing Out Loud: Turning Your Work into an Audiobook”
February - Janet Simcic - “Turning My Travel into Fiction”
March - Gwendolyn Womack - “Intuitive Writing: Strengthening Your Sixth Sense At The Keyboard”
April - Greta Boris - “Choosing Your Characters’ Personality Types”
May - Anne Cleeland - “Have You Found Nemo? Turn Your 1st Draft Into An Engaging & Cohesive Page-Turner”
June - Ara Grigorian - “Story Beats: Your Story’s Heartbeat”
July - Sarah Dupree (Personal Brand Photographer), J.L. Hendricks (USA 
Today Bestselling Author),
                Jynafer Yanez (Marketing Consultant), - “How To Build A Brand And Market Your Work”
August - Glen Erik Hamilton - “First Class Ticket: Your Setting Is Your Hook”
September - Matt Pallamary - “Guerrilla Marketing”
October - Nancy Cole Silverman - “Concept To 1st Draft In 6 Months: Guide To Expediting The Writer’s Process”
November - Christopher Lentz - “Location, Location, Location: Using Iconic Historical Places In Fiction”
California Writers Club, Orange County Branch was founded in 2001 and has hosted nearly 200 speakers since then. Here are some of the others who have presented to our writers:
  ■ Susan Straight
  ■ D. P. Lyle
  ■ Lisa Napoli
  ■ Carolyn See
  ■ Andrew Tonkovich
  ■ Nick Cole
  ■ Denise Hamilton
  ■ J. Ryan Stradal
  ■ Martin J. Smith
  ■ David Putnam
  ■ Diane Vallere
  ■ Claudie Suzanne
  ■ Christopher Lynch
  ■ Laurie Stevens
  ■ Mike Foley
  ■ Jill Amadio
  ■ Lee Ann Krusemark
  ■ Helen Sedwick
  ■ Katie Mayberry
  ■ Larry and Lorna Collins
  ■ Amy Friedman
  ■ David Congalton
  ■ Alison Singh Gee
  ■ Nancy Spiller
  ■ ...and many more



20 Years of Program History


Katie Mayberry

Christina Hoag 

D. P. Lyle, M.D.

Carolyn See 

J. Ryan Stradal

"Kitchens of the Great Midwest"