How It All Began
After the excitement and camaraderie of NaNoWriMo in 2012 our founder, DeAnna Cameron, went looking for a local writing community. Although there are many stellar writing groups in the area, she couldn’t find one that, in Goldie Locks’ words, fit just right. She did what all entrepreneurial-minded people do and started one. It began as a humble Facebook Group and small group of writers who attended a write-in at Panera Restaurant in Lake Forest and quickly grew to include additional write-ins, critique groups, writing workshops, and even a book fair.
In April 2016, DeAnna passed the baton to founding member Greta Boris, who immediately enlisted the aid of Megan Haskell, who joined as Co-Director in May 2016. In 2020, Barb DeLong joined the team as Community Director, Kristy Tate stepped in as Social Media Director, and DeAnna returned as Managing Director.
Since those first days in 2012, O.C. Writers has grown to more than 1,000 Facebook Group members, many of whom meet up for our weekly write-ins and round-table discussions, and occasional special events and workshops all over the county, all thanks to our volunteer leadership team. To see our updated calendar of events, click here.
Who We Are
DeAnna Cameron, an award-winning author who also publishes under the name D.D. Croix, started her writing career more than 30 years ago as a freelance reporter for the Orange County Register, a job that led to a number of staff writer and editor positions at that newspaper, the Daily Breeze, the Los Angeles Times community papers, Orange Coast Magazine, and other Southern California publications. With the sale of her first novel (The Belly Dancer, published in 2009 by Berkley/Penguin), she turned her attention to fiction and now divides her time between writing and running O.C. Writers and its sister organization, Speculative Collective, an O.C. author reading series and critique groups dedicated to the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.
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Barb DeLong loves contemporary, paranormal, and urban fantasy romance. Her stories have been featured in Romancing the Pages, Secrets of Moonlight Cove, and Love for Christmas anthologies. A transplant from Canada, she enjoys the sunny climate of Southern California with her hubby, and a she’s-not-fat-she’s-fluffy, blue-eyed ragdoll cat.
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USA Today bestselling author Kristy Tate is writing her own happily-ever-after one day (and sentence) at a time.
She’s the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling and award-winning Beyond Series and the Kindle Scout-winning Witch Ways series. She writes mysteries with romance, humorous romance, and lighthearted but speculative young adult fiction.
When she’s not reading, writing, or traveling, she can be found playing games with her family, hiking with her dogs, or watching movies while eating brownies.
She is also a popular public speaker and presents writing workshops for schools, libraries, and fundraisers. References available upon request.
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Casey Dorman was the editor and publisher of Lost Coast Review, a print and online literary review. He has written numerous articles on psychology and neuroscience and is the author of more than ten novels, including the bestselling mysteries, I, Carlos and Murder in Nirvana. He also leads the Roundtable Discussion Group that meets Thursday mornings at Panera in Lake Forest, a group he’s spearheaded since 2016.
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Charmaine Wakefield, AKA Cee Cee, is a UCI graduate who has enjoyed several careers over the years, including reporting for the Saddleback Valley News. She has spent most of her time as a business owner, dance teacher, or elementary school teacher. Writing has always been her ultimate goal, and she is now happily focused on writing. She loves many genres of books, including romance, women’s fiction, historical fiction, contemporary, biographies, and memoirs. She greatly enjoys meeting and getting to know writers, reading, and critiquing any genre or type of work during the Monday O.C. Writers meetings.
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Greta Boris is the author of The 7 Deadly Sins, a series of standalone novels of psychological suspence that expose the dark side of sunny Southern California. Her books have been described as atmospheric, twisty, and un-put-downable.
She’s a popular conference speaker and workshop leader.
You can visit her at http://gretaboris.com. She describes her work (and her life) as an O.C. housewife meets Dante’s Inferno.
Megan Haskell is the award-winning author of The Sanyare Chronicles, a fast-paced dark fantasy adventure featuring a kick-ass heroine, snarky carnivorous pixies, and a quest across nine faerie realms. Sanyare: The Last Descendant (Book 1) received a Readers’ Favorite Bronze Award and was a finalist in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards, and Sanyare: The Rebel Apprentice (Book 3), was named a finalist in the 2018 Book Excellence Awards.
Together, Megan and Greta wrote PUBLISH: Take Charge of Your Author Career, a guide for writers feeling overwhelmed as they contemplate their path to publication. They have both been on staff at the Southern California Writers’ Conference, and enjoy working with writers to help them reach their author goals.
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