October: A Spooktacular Month

The O.C. Writers Monthly Update

by Megan Haskell

October is a spook-tacular month at O.C. Writers! We’ll help you develop better monsters, craft spectacular villains, and create the heroes who can defeat them. We’ll tackle our fears as writers, how to use fear as a tool for productivity, and build up our own courage in the face of writing adversity. We’re even going to talk about the ghosts among us — the ghost writers, that is!

Contributors include our perennial favorites, Jeffrey J Michaels and Elizabeth Conte, returning greats Diane Rogers and Lisanne Harrington, and a few new voices, including Phillip McCollum and Kimberly Peticolas.

So what spooks you?

Upcoming Events

Fall is a busy time, and the writing community is no exception. We’ve got some fantastic events headed your way!

Aspiring to Author Workshop

Do you have a manuscript ready for publication, but don’t know where to begin? Are you struggling to decide which publishing option is right for you? Greta and Megan have you covered!

In this FREE O.C. Writers workshop, we’ll help you:

  • Discover your publishing personality
  • Understand the pros and cons of each publishing path
  • Identify the steps necessary to launch your project
  • Overcome rejection and criticism

Join us at the Foothill Ranch Library (27002 Cabriole, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610) October 21 from 10:30 am to 12 pm. 

Murdery, Mystery & Mayhem at A Stone’s Throw Winery!

San Juan Capistrano’s newest, oldest winery is featuring local writers! We’ve partnered with Chad and Linda Kearns, owners of A Stone’s Throw Winery, to bring you Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem Sundays every other month. On Sunday, October 29th, from 2-5 pm, multi-award winning author Eric Peterson and five amazing Fictionaires will be reading, Eclectic Blends will be serenading, wine will be flowing, and raffle prizes will be awarded. Come out and support your local author community!

Click here for details.

Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference

Three days of learning, four tracks to explore, and one novel to perfect—yours.

The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference—an intensive, extended weekend
focused solely on the novel—is returning to Southern California this fall! This event is
your opportunity to build a better book from the ground up, from the first sentence to
the marketing plan. Join Writer’s Digest in Pasadena this October 27–29.

Get $25 Off Conference Admission when you sign up for the O.C. Writers Newsletter!!

Next Month

November is just around the corner, and it’s all about the Feast! What fills your writing tank? How do you bring your readers a cornucopia of inspiration and entertainment? Are you a food writer? We want to hear from you. Articles are due October 28th. Click for Submission Guidelines.



Megan Haskell, Author

Legend has it, I was born with a book in my hands. Thirty-ish years later, I’m a stay-at-home-mom who prefers a good story over doing the dishes. Only now, I’m building my own fantasy worlds! I’m the Award-Winning author of the Amazon bestselling series,The Sanyare Chronicles, co-author of Aspiring to Author: A Guide for Your Publishing Career, and Program Director of O.C. Writers. You can find me on my website at www.meganhaskell.comFacebook, and Twitter.

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