The Return of GLAWS

The Return of GLAWS

Well, GLAWS never really went away, but it has been struggling since it’s president and cofounder, Tony Todaro, had a stroke and later passed away in December.  Tony was a one-man show.  His passion was writing and helping other writers achieve success.  He ran both the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society and West Coast Writers Conference.  They were two separate legal entities, although may of us thought of them as one. 

I was Tony’s vice president for a couple of years.  Then when Covid hit and he was struggling to keep GLAWS and WCWC going without live meetings, he required more from his vice president than I was able to do.  In order to do everything to help him, I would have had to give up my writing time, which would have been counterproductive to the reason I joined GLAWS in the first place.  I had to step down, but fortunately, we had Nic Nelson of Wordsmith Writing Coaches to take over the position. 

Our meeting on January 27th was held at the Venice Public Library, a venue we will be using regularly in future months.  This meeting’s purpose was to discuss with the members what they wanted to see more of from GLAWS and anything they wanted less of.

The meeting was lightly attended.

But several of the core members were there, including myself.  I am still on the Board of Advisors.  Neil Vincent Young and Neil Citrin hosted the meeting.

We refer to them as Neil the Elder and Neil the Younger.  Marco Subias (standing) and Chrom Oxide (seated) were also in attendance.

As was the GLAWS secretary, Judith Rushlow (far right).

As February is Black History Month, the Venice Library is already booked with related events.  Our next meeting will be on March 16th, which will be a memorial for Tony Todaro.



202nd blog completed.

First Steampunk novel:  76,313 words.  <– Past 76,000.  Goal:  80,000.

Second Steampunk novel: 783 words. 

Second Steampunk screenplay:  157 pages.

First Steampunk screenplay:  Need to update with notes from the novelization.

Third Steampunk screenplay:  38 pages.

Next week we’ll be at Gallifrey One!

2 Comments on “The Return of GLAWS

  1. Please send me meeting notices. I am (was?) a GLAWS member and I never knew of the Feb meeting or that the Venice Library has now replaced the Rancho Park library as the meeting place.
    In fact, our whole writing group would probably like to know. This is the group formerly led by Katherine Friedman and now led by Diana Mathur.

    • Hi Ann,
      Yes, we are meeting once again, now at the Venice Library. Usually, it will be the third Saturday of the month. There isn’t a notice up yet, but I will post it here when it comes out.

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