WOAm very excited to have a fresh, new year. Aren’t you? We had a nice, motivated group at the January hangout. Did you miss the meeting? Read the January meeting recap and watch the video.

Whether or not you live in LA, join the Write On Online Facebook Group for writers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. Chime in on the threads, share your links, and more. Plus, keep an eye on the Write On Online Facebook Page for my spontaneous videos.

Also new this year: my #GoalChat Twitter Chat. I will be holding “office hours” every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern on Twitter to answer your questions on goal-setting and productivity, as well as help you set goals and put yourself in a position for success. Follow the #GoalChat hashtag,  @GoalChat, and @WriteOnOnlineLearn more about #GoalChat and read the recap from the 1/14 #GoalChat.

Remember, post your January Goals on Write On Online and weekly goals on Facebook (a new goal thread starts every Monday) to be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions.

Also, share your 2017 Accomplishments & 2018 Goals.

Upcoming Events

January 19: LA peeps, join me for a Goal-Setting Lunch N Learn at LAX Coworking. Starts at 11:30am at LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. Not in LA? No problem. LAX Coworking will be live streaming the event. Watch it here.

January 23: Social Media Club LA Mixer at STK at The W in Westwood from 6pm to 9pm. Get tickets.

January 29: IWOSC presents a panel on Travel and Food Writing with Chris Erskine of the LA Times, along with author Michael Cervin and freelance journalist Bekah Wright. 7:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City. Free to IWOSC members; $15 nonmembers. Go to IWOSC.org for info.

February 7: February LA Hangout at C&M Coffee and Milk Westwood Gateway, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd, in Westwood from 1-3pm. C&M will validate parking in the building. RSVP on Facebook.


Join #GoalChat every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Go to Tweetchat.com and follow the hashtag.

On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, writers are welcome to come to the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club to write from 6:30 to 10pm. The club, at 1210 4th St, asks for a $3 donation. RSVP to MAnnapav@aol.com.

Events & Submissions

Want to know where to submit your fiction this winter? See Art Klepchukov’s latest Writer Unboxed contest roundup.

Send in Your Sci Fi. The Light Bringer Project & Sci-Fest L.A. invite YOU to submit your original short science fiction stories to their science fiction competitions! The winners will receive cash prizes and all finalists’ stories will be read on stage by celebrity guests at LitFest Pasadena on May 19-20, 2018. It is free to submit. Get details, deadlines, and guidelines.

The Epoch Times is inviting submissions of short (500-1,000 words), nonfiction articles that highlight any of the following themes: compassion, redemption, triumph of the human spirit, and life’s surprises. There is no entrance fee. Get more information.

The Tahoma Literary Review is accepting narrative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry submissions. Full guidelines are here. They currently pay between $30 and $100.


Need blogging inspiration? Check out my book: Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your BlogWhether you are starting or relaunching your blog, it will walk you through the process.

Author & Expert Q&As on Write On Online. Do you have a new book or an upcoming book release? Do you have an entrepreneurial, marketing, or creative specialty to share? Are you interested in being featured on Write On Online? For consideration email deckerling@gmail.com with your website link and a short bio. Thanks!

Check out the Guided Goals Podcast on Write On’s companion site GuidedGoals.com. The podcast is a series of expert interviews, designed to help people pursue their passion projects. Each episode wraps with action items (recommended goals), so listeners can take what they heard, and move forward right away. Watch on YouTube, listen, and subscribe on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher

Do your kids love to write? Want to encourage them to hone and expand their writing skills? Check out Purple Pencil Adventures: Writing Prompts for Kids of All Ages.  Although it’s geared towards kids, there are plenty of prompts adults can use to exercise those writing muscles! Write on!

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Writers, please email me if you have a 2-3 line news item or event and/or if you are are interested in contributing a Write On! Review or Expert Column. Write On!



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