Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance: A WNBA-LA Round Table Webinar – June 24 at 7pm PST

WNBA-LA invites you to take part in a round table conversation on an essential topic: Work-Life Balance.

Are you taking care of yourself?

And how are you managing to juggle work and personal responsibilities, when you are constantly sidelined by challenges, such as mandatory isolation and economic disruption?

Authors Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley and Jen Jones Donatelli join moderator Debra Eckerling to share their stories and tips for achieving balance. After the panel, we welcome attendees to ask questions, as well as share their experiences and advice.

About the Panelists:

Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley is the author of “The Gift of Crisis,” a memoir that chronicles her story of identifying the underlying purpose of the ongoing financial crisis and the meditation practice, which helped to overcome the crisis. Learn more at

Jen Jones Donatelli is a full-time freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications such as REDBOOK, Los Angeles Confidential, Variety, Robb Report, Thrillist, Budget Travel, Playboy, and many more. To date, she has authored more than 75 books on a work-for-hire basis for Capstone Press and Enslow Publishing. She is also editor-in-chief of Edible Cleveland magazine.

***This event is FREE for members and $10 for non-members*** –  GET TICKETS HERE

WNBA-LA Stands Together Against Racism

Words are powerful, but there are no words powerful enough to describe the amount of hurt, fear, and anger we as a community feel about the deaths of Breona Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. These are just a few of the names in the last few weeks, but we hold in our hearts the names of many other black men and women who have unjustly had their lives taken.

What we are seeing right now, is a time in history where we are forced to confront the very systems that many of us as non black women have benefited from. Systems that we’ve let idly pass us by. This cannot be a time of inactivity, change must start from within ourselves, our homes and our communities so we can better support one another and disassemble unconscious bias stereotypes that have plagued our society for too long. As we and our fellow Angelenos protest, demand reform, donate and write to our legislators and leaders in our community, we stand in solidarity with black communities and other marginalized communities in their fight for equality.

They say as goes California so goes the rest of the nation. And here at WNBA-LA, we will do our best to create real and effective change within the Los Angeles community. We are committed to amplifying the voices of marginalized communities and furthering the conversation in a meaningful way.

It’s in WNBA’s DNA to support people dismissed by those in power. In the coming weeks, we will be launching initiatives to help us achieve our goals of inclusivity. If you have any ideas about how we can improve upon the diversity of our programming, please do not hesitate to contact us. We aren’t perfect, but we are committed to learning and taking action in all the ways that we can.

Webinar- How To Edit

If you’ve missed out on the first two webinars in our May “Invest in Your Writing Skills” webinars, you are in luck because there are more to come!  Join us for a virtual opportunity to learn “How to Edit” your work with tips and tricks of the trade shared by Zoe Quinton.

The topics for Wednesday’s (5/20 @7pm) webinar include how to self-edit your manuscript before either hiring an independent editor, querying your manuscript, or self-publishing. That will include such things to look out for as head hopping and other issues with point of view, relying too heavily on adverbs and dialogue tags, over- and underuse of exposition, and how to watch for signs of these and other problems when editing your own work.

Zoe Quinton is a literary strategist, helping authors and companies tell their stories more effectively through editing, consulting, and copywriting.  She lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where she is raising two small humans and enjoys trail running, drinking too much coffee, and growing all the plants. Visit Zoe on Facebook and Instagram for more info!


Webinar- What Publishing Track is Right for You?

Our first webinar “Write That Memoir!” was a success!  If you missed out, don’t worry as WNBA-LA has more amazing programming as part of the “Invest in Your Writing Skills” series during the month of May.  Next on the schedule will be “What Publishing Track is Right for You?” (5/13 @ 7pm).  Remember, all upcoming webinars will be free for WNBA-LA members and $10 for nonmembers.  Join now to save money and “Invest in Your Writing Skills”.

Natalie Obando will be leading us in a journey to discover which publishing format will best meet the needs of your writing.

Traditional Publishing, Indie Publishing, Self-Publishing—Which makes the most sense for you?

What are the major differences for traditionally published, indie published and self-published books? Where will you make the most money? What are the pros and cons for each?

After working with hundreds of authors across all publishing mediums, Natalie has taken note as to what each publishing medium provides. This workshop will dive into each publishing option and highlight what each takes to be a successful author using any of them.

More About Natalie:

Natalie Obando is the founder of Do Good Public Relations and the author of How to Get Publicity for Your Book. Her decade’s long passion for pitching and writing has most recently led her to option her own pilot for a television series and attain representation for her writing.

She has been a panelist and speaker at some of the most well-regarded literary conferences in the industry and also a judge for several book awards. Natalie is the immediate past president of the Women’s National Book Association’s Los Angeles chapter and now serves as the organization’s national vice president. She is the founder and co-host of the podcast, Women of Color Writers.

Natalie is passionate about writing, the literary landscape, media and making a difference by amplifying marginalized voices through writing.

Webinar: Write That Memoir!

WNBA-LA is excited to announce a series of weekly webinars during the month of May, and first up is “Write That Memoir” (Wednesday 5/6 @ 1pm). Wonderful authors Huda Al-Marashi and Ayser Salman will be hosting the virtual event and sharing tips for writing a memoir including how to collect memories to get started, being authentic, finding your theme, writing about family and why memoirs are important.

The webinar is free for WNBA-Members and $10.00 for non-members (TIP: Become a member and join us for all the May webinars for no additional charge!).  To sign up for the event, please RSVP and purchase tickets through the Facebook event.

Huda Al-Marashi is the author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story, a memoir the Washington Post called “a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey to love.” Her other writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, the LA Times, al Jazeera, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. First Comes Marriage was long listed for the Chautauqua Prize and a finalist for the Southern California Independent Booksellers’ Award.

Ayser Salman was born in Iraq back before it became a curiosity and moved to the United States when she was a toddler. Her family moved around a lot those first few years, including spending five years abroad in Saudi Arabia when she was 10. This nomadic childhood made her constantly feel like a fish out of water, but it also shaped her interest in storytelling – the desire to learn about other people and what made them tick, as well as sharing her own experiences. She is a writer and producer/editor for companies like Universal Pictures, Miramax Films, Disney, FX and Lantern Entertainment. Ayser lives in Los Angeles, California.