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The Write On Online February 2019 Newsletter has member news, events, and more.

Join us for the February LA Meeting on Wednesday, February 6, from 1:30 to 3pm at Caffe Luxxe, 11640 San Vicente, Suite 101, in Brentwood. Hang out, set goals, and catch up with your writer/creative/entrepreneur peeps.  RSVP on Facebook.

Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Lisa Condor Stauber, who won a copy of Making Your First Blockbuster by Paul Dudbridge. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your February GoalsBtw, you can find some awesome ebooks at the lowest prices at my Write On Online MWP Affiliate bookstore.

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, such as Write On! Wednesdays, Meeting and #GoalChat Recaps, and more. Keep an eye on the Write On Online Facebook page for spontaneous live videos and join the Write On Online Facebook Group for community and conversation.

For even more support, join the #GoalChat Twitter chat every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. RSVP for February chats. Want to learn more about Twitter chats? Read the recap of my appearance on Madalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter Chat, and watch our after-chat video.


Need help figuring out what you want and how to get it? Are you having trouble starting or finishing a project? Through my workshops and one-hour coaching sessions, I can put you on the path to achieving your goals. Check out TheDEBMethod.comContact me to get started.

Last month, I launched the first in my 2019 Jewish Bucket List series for the Jewish Journal. Read what happened when I went Israeli Folk Dancing … and be sure to watch the video.

Sandra de Helen was among the local authors honored by the San Diego Public Library. Her book, Desire Returns for a Visit, will remain on display at the downtown branch throughout February, and online until next year. Her essay on aging was part of a production in Portland, Oregon called The Art of Aging. Many Hats Collaboration assembled a piece from essays and included it in a full production with music and a separate play called The Undertaking.  Her full-length play, Blue Roses, was published by Madwomen in the Attic.

Mineral School, an artists residency near Mt. Rainier in Washington state, is taking applications through February 15, 2019. They offer two-week residencies, as well as a fully-funded one-week residency session in September 2019 for parents. They’re also debuting a two-week screenwriting residency this May in conjunction with the Rainier Independent Film Festival. All together, they have 10 fellowships this year. Applications are here. Also, read 2018 resident Donna Miscolta’s blog about her experience.

The Save the Cat!® screenplay competition is open to writers regardless of professional status or experience. Submissions are open through March 15, 2019, and will be judged by a panel of professional “cats” – experienced judges and readers who define winning screenplays through Save the Cat! story methodology. Every single participant will receive meaningful feedback grounded in structure and marketability. Applications must include an original feature film screenplay between 70 and 130 pages. Get details, costs, and early bird deadlines.

Michael Wiese Productions Fans: If you do a Facebook Live stream to talk about your favorite MWP book and post it, they will send any MWP Book to you absolutely FREE. Let the Facebook Live streaming begin! Also, all MWP titles are always 25% off.

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


February 6: The February LA Hangout at Caffe Luxxe, 11640 San Vicente, in Brentwood from 1:30pm – 3pm. Free 90-minute parking in the lot. RSVP on Facebook.

February 9: The D*E*B Method for Goal-Setting at the Brentwood Branch of the LA Public Library, 11820 San Vicente Boulevard. Starts at 2pm. Get details.

February 10: IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) presents a Reads-Its-Own afternoon at Vroman’s Book Store, 695 E. Colorado, Blvd., 2nd floor, in Pasadena, from 2 to 4 pm. Come hear IWOSC authors read from their own work, published or un! No charge.

February 10: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Finding Blogging Topics. Join #GoalChat every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Go to and follow the hashtag. Read the #GoalChat recaps and RSVP for February chats.

February 12: Webinar with HARO (Help a Reporter Out), hosted by IWOSC, at 6pm PT. You must RSVP and pay in advance to participate in this event, so register here. IWOSC members $15; nonmembers $35.

February 14: The LifeStyle women’s forum presents the first of a 3-part series: “Anything Is Possible If… you set realistic goals, make a plan, and follow-through. Learn strategies for success to achieve your goals with Goal Coach and Project Catalyst, Debra Eckerling of The D*E*B Method. The event runs from 8 – 9:30am at the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. Get more information and register.

February 17: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Meditation.

February 21: Join Tom Reid at 9am PT for another in his series of free leadership webinars. This month’s topic is about how a sustained leader must be focused and disciplined. RSVP here.

February 22: Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be keynoting Greater los Angeles Writers Society Genre-LA Creative Writing Conference. She will speak on Inspiration for Procrastinators: My Never-Too-Late Story. In this confidence-building keynote, the multi award-winning author shares her story and tons of tips. Check the website for a complete schedule and early bird rates.

February 22: Michael Wiese Productions and the Joseph Campbell Writer’s Room at Studio School are proud to present the 2019 Livestream Oscar Bash at 2pm PT. Watch for Academy Award predictions and conversations with experts from all over the cinematic universe. RSVP on Facebook.

February 24: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Recommendations & Testimonials.

February 25: IWOSC presents a panel on Health and Wellness Writing at 7:30pm PT at Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City. Experts answer  questions and share advice about this genre, for those writing a book, shopping articles to magazines and ezines, or creating programs for TV/film. Free to IOWSC members; $15 to nonmembers. Details at

March 6: The March LA Hangout at Caffe Luxxe in Brentwood from 1:30pm – 3pm. RSVP on Facebook.

Write On! Members: Let me know if you have a book being released or some awesome news, so we can include it in the next newsletter. Also, check out the Write On Online Facebook Page for regular opportunities to share your books and blogs.


Ready to start or relaunch your blog? Check out my book Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog. And if you read the book, I would love a review. Please and thank you.

Subscribe to Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s How to Do it Frugally Newsletter for great tips, how-to articles, bonuses, and more! Also check out the resources for writers on her website. Plus, submit a review to Carolyn’s newly spruced-up 101 Writers Digest Best Blogs Pick Review site: The New Book Review.

Talking With Authors” is a podcast that features interviews with independent and small-press authors. Tell them about your books here.

Fiction Writing for Children is a 180-page book from award-winning children’s author and ghostwriter Karen Cioffi. You’ll be shown how to write your story, submit your work, establish your online platform, and book-marketing basics. Check it out today!

Writers, pen won’t budge? Read The Morning Nudge! Get your free subscription.


Write On Online’s Facebook page has again been included in The Write Life’s Top Facebook Groups for Writers. Thanks, The Write Life! Check out the entire list.

Want to learn more about me? Check out Madalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter Monthly Talk ShowKristen Tsetsi’s interview on Jane Friedman’s blog, Carrie Dils podcastand Amanda Goldman-Petri’s Market Like a Nerd Podcast on How to Launch Your Blog in 30 Days. Also, read my post on how to develop relationships with other writers on Aerogramme Writer’s Studio. 

For even more writing support, check out BookPod, an online social platform for authors and aspiring authors centered around the world of books and publishing. Interested in joining BookPod? Email Jennifer Brody.

When you combine food with advice, you’re bring love to the table. Check out Ask Al A Also send questions to and check out her Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram for even more food for thought.

Need a transcriber? CLK Transcription can help! CLK employs more than 30 highly trained transcriptionists … and has great rates. Email for more information.

Does your website or blog need a new look?  Does it work the way it’s supposed to on desktops, smartphones, and tablets? Our friend Dennis Wilen can help. Email and tell him Deb sent you! has added a new audiobook component to their offerings. Now, you can get high-quality audiobooks made of your writing!

Orange County Writers, check out Lit Central OC, an online magazine for news, reviews, craft articles and more for writers in the Orange County area.

Like Michael Wiese Productions on Facebook to learn about contests, workshops, special events, and new releases from the number one publisher of film books in the world.

POPS the Club, a nonprofit that creates, trains and supports clubs in high schools for students whose lives have been impacted by incarceration and deportation now serves nine schools in the L.A. area, as well as schools in Pennsylvania, Northern California, and Minnesota. They are always looking for volunteers; writers are especially welcome. If you’re interested, sign up here.

Porsche Charities is a non-profit that offers no-cost group grief counseling to anyone who has lost a working or companion animal. Learn more on their blog.

Shannon Luders-Manuel recently added Sensitivity Reader to her services. If you have black and black/mixed characters and want a sensitivity read, contact for more information.

Write On Online’s Guided Goals Podcast is a series of expert interviews, designed to help people pursue their passion projects. Each episode wraps with action items, so listeners can take what they heard, and move forward right away. We are on hiatus, but you can listen to previous podcasts on Also, watch on YouTube, listen, and subscribe on iTunes, listen on Stitcher, or listen on Google Play.

Need one-on-one coaching to set goals and make a plan for your book, blog, social media, or other passion project? Go to and email me to set up a session. Learn more about The D*E*B Method through my interviews on Depict Media’s Midweek(ish) ShowCatherine Basu’s Fit Fifteen PodcastMadalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter After Chat, and DIY Marketers pre-#BizapaloozaChat.



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