First-Draft Incubator – Sample Topics & Guest Speaker Schedule

First Draft Incubator - Support Group for WritersAdditional Sample topics for the Insight Meetings*:

Strategies to overcome writing resistance
Daily creativity ideas
How to write better dialogue and internal dialogue
How to write better descriptions
Understanding the publishing industry
Preventing First-Draft Syndrome
How to pick POV for your book

Possible upcoming speakers may include:
Authors and Writing Coaches
Literary Agents

*These are not guaranteed topics nor are guaranteed speakers.


Scheduled Insight Meeting Topic and Guest Speakers

Date Speaker Topic Pic Bio
All FDI Insight Meetings Take place on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. PST to 7:30 p.m. PST and are via online video conference (using
03/28/16 Resa Alboher Building up Credits and Credibility before you Publish your Book Resa Alboher Resa Alboher is one of the founding editors of St. Petersburg Review. She is also a Springhouse Journal editorial board member, a scout for the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, a WriteByNight book coach/manuscript consultant. She’s a writer across genre whose publications include Roads & Kingdoms, Cosmonauts Avenue, Scapegoat Review, Black Heart Magazine, Rewire Me, Mango Salute, Have an NYC 2, Maintenant 5, and Radar Productions. She has books of fiction, essays and poems in the works and a few screenplays hidden in the wings. She’s a passionate, energetic, kind and patient writing teacher and a long time traveller with perpetual culture shock who lived twenty years in Russia where she worked with the legendary Summer Literary Seminars St. Petersburg and taught American Writing at the Humanities University in Moscow. She is now in a kind of equivalent culture shock (but also a kind of cultural excitement) living back here in her native Los Angeles after so many years wandering the globe and discovering the vibrancy of LA anew.
04/25/16 Anthony Donahoe New Ways in to Character Development Anthony Donahoe Anthony Donahoe has practiced psychotherapy for over twenty years with an arts healing focus. Previous to this he was active in Boston theatre as an actor, director and playwright. He has recently finished a second draft of a memoir on meeting his donor children. The first chapter/essay was published in the New York and London Times in 2007 and was listed in the 2008 Best American Essays by series editor Robert Atwan as one of The Notable Essays of 2007.
05/23/16 TBA TBA