Honoring service to mankind, mentoring, and excellence in the arts.

Coming in September:


The Art of Book and Theatre Reviews

Hosted by Digby Diehl~

Monday, September 24
7:30 to 9 p.m.

A top-notch panel of book and theater reviewers, moderated
by Digby Diehl demystifies the steps
involved in critiquing a work
of literature or
theater: what they look for, what matters and what
qualities make literature and theater resonate with the public. In addition,
who is it that decides what
books are reviewed and what plays are seen?

DIGBY DIEHL is one of the most trusted and successful literary
collaborators  in America.  He has written,
co-written, rewritten,
researched, and edited more
than three dozen books. His book credits
entertainment autobiographies "Million Dollar Mermaid," the
New York Times bestseller of actress
Esther Williams and "Angel on My
Shoulder," a Los
Angeles Times #1 bestseller of singer Natalie Cole. He
penned the novel "Soapsuds" with actress Finola Hughes.  Digby recently
moderated  the Mariette Hartley
and Sandra Tsing Loh conversations for
IWOSC. He is a
widely respected book reviewer who was the founding
editor of the original Los Angeles Times Book Review, hosted the MSNBC
Book Club, and was the first online
book reviewer for Prodigy.  Over his
career, he’s been a literary and entertainment critic
for numerous broadcast outlets.

The panel:

ERIKA SCHICKEL is a writer and mom, and, once in a  while, an
actress.  Born and raised in New York City and 
now living in Los Angeles. 
She is the daughter of noted 
film critic and author Richard Schickel.
Erika often reviews books for The Los Angeles Times,  The Chicago Tribune,
and sometimes Bust Magazine. 
She writes feature articles for the LA Times,
LA Weekly, 
and LA City Beat, and, occasionally, opinion pieces for  the LA
Times. Her work has also appeared online at 
HipMama.com, RhinoRecords.com,
and she is a featured "Native Intelligence" contributor on
LAObserved.com. Her forthcoming book "You're Not the  Boss of Me" will be out
in January, 2007.

AMY WILENTZ is the author of The Rainy Season:  Haiti Since Duvalier (1989),
Martyrs' Crossing (2000), 
and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen:
Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger (2006).  She is the winner of the
Whiting Writers Award, the PEN 
Martha Albrand Non-Fiction Award, and the
Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award, and also  a 1990
nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 
Wilentz has written for
The New York Times, The Los 
Angeles Times, Time magazine, The New Republic,
Mother Jones, Harper’s, Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler,  Travel & Leisure, The San
Francisco Chronicle, More, 
The Village Voice, The London Review of Books and
many other publications. She is the former Jerusalem  correspondent of The New
Yorker and a long-time 
contributing editor at The Nation. She teaches in the
Literary Journalism program at the University of  California at Irvine, and lives
in Los Angeles with
her husband and three sons.

DR. JOHN L. MURPHY, a fulltime professor of Humanities at DeVry
University in Long Beach, Calif.
is one of the most prolific book and music
critics to
appear on Amazon.com. He was ranked a "Top 1000"  Amazon
reviewer as of September 2006 and has logged
upwards of 730 reviews.
With a specialty in Irish
literature, folk and rock music, Murphy’s reviews can
also be found in scholarly works such as "The Irish Book Review," " Irish Literary
Supplement," " New
Hibernia Review," and "Speculum: The Journal of Medieval
and Renaissance Literature." On the Internet,
more than three dozen of his
articles and reviews can
be found on "The Blanket," a Belfast-based journal and
at rootsworld.com, a digital magazine of world music.

HOYT HILSMAN is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and
journalist.  Hilsman has also been a
regular theater and television critic for
Variety. Hilsman has written screenplays for a number of studios and
television  networks, including Disney,
Sony, New Line, ABC, NBC and CBS.
His stage plays have
been produced in theaters around the country and
abroad, and have won numerous awards. His television script, "Foggy Bottom,"
based on his childhood in
Washington, was honored at the 2005 Slamdance
Festival. In addition, he is a past President of the Los Angeles Drama
Critics Circle, and a judge of the
PEN West Literary Awards.

While EDWARD ST. JOHN has made a career out of cataloging music
and other information at various
academic institutions such as Smith College,
Marymount University and Loyola Law School, he’s lead a parallel
life as a literary critic. He began
reviewing literary fiction for the Library
Journal in
the mid-80s. Additionally, he’s added Dow Jones, Salem
Press and Magill’s Literary Annual to his repertoire during the ‘90s.

MICHAEL DRESSER is a nationally syndicated talk radio host whose
author-centric programs are heard from
California to New York,
and also abroad. On an average
day, his radio show features eight
authors. He has
utilized  his 25 years of experience and knowledge to
create a media  training and communications program on
his show that
gives writers the ability to bring their
message home with  confidence, clarity
and the
relevance needed to intrigue the  buying public, regardless of subject
 matter. According to Dresser,
"if you sell the sizzle your book sales will skyrocket.
" Visit Michael's  website at

Produced with the Independent Writers of Southern California

DATE:  Monday, September 24

TIME: 7:30 p.m. SHARP to 9:00 p.m. (schmoozing follows
the program)

LOCATION:  Veterans Memorial Building, Yanji-Iksan
Room, 4117 Overland Avenue (corner Culver Blvd. –
parking entrance on Culver), Culver City. Parking free.

COST: IWOSC members - Free; non-members - $15.

RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION: Reservations are required.
Deadline (if space is still available) is noon,
Monday, Sept. 24. Call (877) 799-7483 or e-mail


Special Award


We are very honored to announce the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award
to a woman who has made a difference in the area of personal wellness,
as well as artistic excellence.

Mariette Hartley

(L to R: Gary Young, Mariette Hartley, Digby Diehl)

Mariette was interviewed by Digby Diehl in a evening that was truly enlightening and fun. 

Reaching out and Helping Others with Writing and Actions
We discused her writing, her career,
and what her generosity has given to the community.


Recent Event:

Influencing the Media about the Planet

Writers are poised in a unique position.  We can apply pressure to change public though
and policy.  Within that lies a responsibility and obvious caveats.  We may not be able to
implement the mechanics required to perfect the fuel cell, but we can show how important
it is for our leaders and our people to take even more notice and make the things happen
that immediately need to come into place.

“An Inconvenient Truth” and the Pulitzer Prize winning series “Altered Oceans,”
which ran in the Los Angeles Times recently, and others, have done great work,
but we are called upon to keep the momentum and the pressure going in a positive
direction and with all deliberate speed.

Our panel has been doing just that, and more.  You’ll learn what they have done,
how they have reached their audience, what research was done, how they successfully
reached the interviewees, and more. 

With a little determination, we can all do our part. 

Aside from a riveting evening, this is a call to action.


Past Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:

On Friday, April 29, 2005, the Lifetime Achievement Foundation
proudly presented Mr. Ray Bradbury with its highest award,
at a ceremony at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles.
(left to right) Top row: George Clayton Johnson, Gary Young, Digby Diehl, Signe Olynyk. 
Bottom row: Steven Barnes, Ray Bradbury

The Lifetime Achievement Foundation, founded by Gary Young, presented a Lifetime
Mentoring/Artistic Achievement award to Ray Bradbury. A discussion was moderated
by Digby Diehl, acclaimed writer, founding editor of the LA Times. His 15th book
coming out this June: SOAPSUDS, from Ballantine/Random House). George
Clayton Johnson, author of LOGAN’S RUN and OCEAN’S ELEVEN,
TWILIGHT ZONE, and the prolific, award-winning author, Steven Barnes
shared their insights into Ray’s life and letters and his mentoring influence
on their lives. The audience consisted of TV and film producers, plus writers
from all over the country. Shane Black (LETHAL WEAPON) lent his humor
and insights about Hollywood and the related fields.


The Lifetime Achievement Foundation
 Gary Young, Executive Director
 P.O. Box 8728
 Calabasas, CA 91372-8728