Wednesday, September 29: Westside LA TweetUp for Networking Professionals in Santa Monica starts at 6pm. Debra Eckerling will be speaking about Connecting on Twitter: Developing Relationships/Networking On and Off-line.

Thursday, September 30: Deadline for the Write On! September Challenge: Short Fiction & Non-Fiction/Essay Query Contest. Prizes from iScript, Write On Track LA, and author Carolyn Howard Johnson. Query Queen Wendy Burt-Thomas will select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from the finalists! For complete prize info and submission guidelines, check the website.

September 30: Journalist and author of 19 books Ruth Gruber turns 99. She is the subject of the new documentary, Ahead of Time, which tells the remarkable story of her early career. She wasn’t just a witness to history, she helped make it. The film is playing through October 3 at Laemmle Theatres. For more information, go to the website.

Friday, October 1: Chicagoans, time for Facets’ second annual Fright School. Facets shows a horror film every Friday and Saturday at midnight. Each film will be introduced by a staff member who will hang around into the wee hours for a Q&A. The session ends on October 30 with the silent version of House of Usher, which will be accompanied by a live, original rock score. For more info, go to http://www.facets.org/pages/nightschool.php.

Monday and Tuesday, October 4 and 5: Jeff Pulver’s 140 Characters Conference in Hollywood. @WriteOnOnline, @ZacSanford, and @TheRealGirls will be doing a Writer Panel on October 5.

Thursday, October 7 through Sunday, October 10: Screenwriting Expo at the LAX Hilton in Los Angeles. Read advice from some of the experts speaking at this year’s Expo, an article about  surviving Screenwriting Conferences by screenwriter/instructor William Martell, and more in the September StoryLink eZine.

October 9: Screenwriter Karaoke will be at the Screenwriting Expo 2010 at the Hilton LAX on as part of the networking festivities. Write On! spoke with creator Merrel Davis during the Great American PitchFest. Watch the video interview for more info. RSVP here.

Save the Date: Wednesday, October 13: The October Write On! Meeting on Blog Talk Radio at 5 pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern. Please send 2-3 line newsletter items to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com by October 11. Post your October Goals on Write On! Online. If you missed the September “Meeting,” listen online.

LA Writing Retreat Continues: Mondays, October 11, 18, and 25: Join writing coach Debra Eckerling, creator of WriteOnOnline.com and WriteOnTrackLA.com, for a Writing Retreat in LA, Monday nights, starting the end of September. This series is perfect for individuals who are preparing for National Novel Writing Month; working on a blog, article, or book; and/or have a project they can’t seem to start … or finish. Details and register here.

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