Drinks with Janna King!

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If you are looking for a fun and relaxing way to network within the book world, then make sure to at the Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge this Friday (11/8).  Join WNBA-LA board members and author Janna King for cocktails, conversation, and networking.

Janna King, author, screenwriter, playwright and director, is a LA local and is ready to meet and greet fans and booklovers over a few drinks.  Make sure to stop by for a not to be missed networking experience.

Visit the facebook event page for more info or stop by the Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge(12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91606) Friday at 7pm.


If you are not yet familiar with the term “NaNoWriMo”, we’re going to change that!  NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) happens once a year in November and is organized by a non-profit writing support group of the same name.  The challenge is to get your creative writing juices flowing by getting in the habit of writing daily.  By the end of November, the goal is to have written at least 50,000 words which equates to a novel.

During NaNoWriMo, the focus is not on the quality of the writing but getting the words on paper.  So, don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed with editing and sentence structure in your writing, but instead write your story little by little each day of the month.


NaNoWriMo offers a supportive community and regional meetups called “write-ins” to help encourage participants along the way.  Can’t make it to a local group or prefer online support?  Don’t worry, WNBA-LA has got you covered.  Join our WNBA-LA Member’s Only facebook group “WNBA-LA Incite to Write”  for motivation, support and like-minded writers.

Also, learn more about the amazing support offered by the Women’s National Book Association-LA Chapter after NaNoWriMo to learn how to take your writing from rough draft to final product with the Incite to Write series kicking off in December.

Not a member of the WNBA-LA chapter?  Join now and get ready for NaNoWriMo, because November is just around the corner!

It’s Tea Time! At Chado Tea Room: Hollywood

Join WNBA-LA at Chado Team Room: Hollywood for our November meeting! We invite authors to provide more detailed insight and thought-provoking aspects of their books. Join us for our semi-annual Literary Team meeting!

Date: November 16, 2019
Time: 2:00-5:00PM
Price: $30 members $35 non-members
Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Suite #209, Hollywood, CA 90028

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LA Lit Crawl

Who needs to bar crawl when you can Lit Crawl?  The 6th Annual LA Lit crawl is coming this weekend, so make sure you are charged up and rested for a “ready” good time!

With multiple venues and pop-up participants, the streets of LA will be transformed into a book lover’s paradise.

Locations include the Central Library, Love Song Bar, China Town Hub, and The Last Bookstore.  Authors and vendors will be in abundance, so make sure to add the LA Lit Crawl to your weekend plans (Sunday 10/6).

Strong Female Leads

Looking to grab the attention of literary agents with your work?  One way to elevate your writing from the rest of the competition is to develop a strong female lead, without falling victim to clichés.

Here are a few quick tips to help create a real, strong female lead:

        1.  Don’t forget that strong does NOT mean perfect.  Even the strongest of all characters have flaws.  No one is perfect, so make sure to develop some personal flaws in your leading lady.
        2.  Character Arcs are important! Develop your character as you do your story.  If you start her off with no room to grow, there is no room to go!
        3.  Be Real. A strong female lead does not mean physical perfection.  Make her realistic so readers are able to connect and believe in her strength.  A physique like Wonder Woman does not equal a strong female lead.
        4.  Avoid Stereotyping. To avoid the cliché trap, identify potential female stereotypes in your writing.  If not, your character will lose her believability.
        5. Give her a reason. What made your character so strong?  How did she overcome her fears to grow into the strong lead in your story?  What keeps her strong?
        6.  Strong does not mean invincible.  A realistic lead will have weaknesses and moments of insecurity and fear.  How she overcomes these barriers helps develop her true strength and character.
        7.  Read novels with strong female characters.   What makes them real?  How do different authors develop their strong female leads into characters that the reader is invested in?  How can you get your readers invested in the success of your own character?