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    JUNE 3 Meeting
    6:30 to 8 pm
    Goebel Adult Center
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    The Magic of Revision“To write is human, to edit is divine.”—Stephen King

    Former New York Editor Emily Heckman, who has worked with Stephen King, will discuss the process that really makes your draft into a manuscript.

    The June 3 meeting of IWOSC/SPAWN Ventura County will host editor Emily Heckman who will speak on the art and craft of revisions – a skill set every writers needs. Over her twenty plus years working at Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Random House, and Grove presses, Heckman developed the tools to help a writer polish their manuscripts into finished books.

    The meeting takes place June 3 at the Goebel Adult Center in Thousand Oaks and begins at 6:30 pm. Sponsoring nonprofits at the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) and the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN), a national literary organization.
    About the session:

    Laying down a draft of a novel or a work of nonfiction is no joke: it’s what turns a dreamer into an actual writer. But turning a draft into a first-rate manuscript is what makes a writer and an author.
    The only way to get there is by whole-heartedly engaging in the process of revision—that magical, indescribable, gut-wrenchingly honest, and 100% necessary aspect of writing—preferably with a skilled editor, if possible.
    Revising your work takes guts because it’s about learning to detach from your work and looking at it through an objective lens.   It means learning to let go of what you think a story ought to be and instead, working to make a story what it wants to be.
    In this session, long-time book editor (and writer) Emily Heckman will discuss the art of revision and how it’s the only way to improve your story and improve your skill as a writer.

    The meeting is open to the public. A fee of $5 is charged for non-SPAWN members. People are asked to RSVP in advance so the correct number of chairs can be set. The meeting will be held on June 3, 2019, at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E Janss Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Refreshments available so plan to stay and meet other area writers.

    About our speaker:

    Emily Heckman worked as an acquisitions editor in NYC for twenty years before launching her freelance career as an editor and writer.  She’s worked with greats such as Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Ann Rule, and Jeffery Deaver.  Nothing gives her more pleasure than launching a new writer into the challenging, fickle world of the published author.

    For more information about Emily visit:

    Please RSVP for the meeting by clicking here.
    IWOSC/SPAWN Writers’ Meeting is a joint gathering for writers, authors and book lovers presented by the Independent Writers of Southern Californa (IWOSC) and the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN) a national literary nonprofit based in Ojai, CA.

    Meeting information

    IWOSC/SPAWN Writers’ Meeting
    June 3, 2019
    6:30 to 8 pm

    Goebel Senior Adult Center
    1385 E Janss Rd
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
    The fee is $5 at the door. Refreshments available so plan to stay and meet other area writers.

    IWOSC and SPAWN are California nonprofits. Learn more about each organization  or

    Sign up to learn more about the monthly meetings


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