Sunday, January 05, 2014

January Meeting Headlines Jenny Baranick & Sharon Hamilton

OCC/RWA Meeting Reminder

OCC/RWA Chapter Meeting: Saturday, January 11, 2014

Where we meet: Brea Community Center 695 Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821

First-time guests are $10; all visits after that are $20

Doors open @ 9 a.m.

Ask-an-Author:

Jacqueline Diamond & Sue Phillips/Gillian Doyle

Author First Chapter Critique:

Sylvie Fox

Morning Session: Jenny Baranick “Grammar Is in the Air”


This presentation will explain why those in the publishing industry consider proper grammar so crucial, literary agents’ biggest grammar pet peeves, and the most common errors writers make.  It will also bust open some grammar error myths. (We may be more grammatically correct than we think!) Attendees should feel free to come prepared with their grammar questions, and be ready to experience the romantic side of grammar. 
Author Jenny Baranick is an English professor whose students can’t believe she’s actually that into grammar. Upon realizing that proper grammar was becoming an endangered species, raising grammar awareness became Jenny’s raison d'être. By spreading her remarkably user-friendly and hilarious approach to grammar in Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares, she hopes everyone will experience the satisfaction of a properly placed comma, a precisely used semicolon, and a correctly deployed en dash.

Afternoon Session: Sharon Hamilton “What to Love about Writing Military Heroes”



Sharon’s award-winning spicy Navy SEAL stories in the SEAL Brotherhood series, have consistently made best sellers lists and review sites. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love.

Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t go to ground and can walk around in the full light of the sun.

Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.

She lives in Sonoma County, California with her husband, and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing, she’s getting vera vera dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.


Order lunch from the Corner Bakery-Brea http://occrwa.org/lunchorders.html

Online Class: “Going the Distance: Goal Setting and Time Management for Writers” with Kitty Bucholtz January 13 – February 8, 2014 click here for more information.

REMEMBER January 18, 2014 brings our special in-person workshop “Before You Hit Send” with Angela James, Executive Editor of Carina Press. For more information and to register please click here.


Hope to see you on the 11th!