In addition to hosting this live online meeting, we will also record it and post the link in the next month’s issue of The eQuill newsletter.


May 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EasternOnline (please add yourself to our mailing list to receive the email with the online meeting link:


1:00-1:30 Bonus open forum: all-things-writing Q&A with AWC Executive Director George Weinstein


1:30-1:45 AWC announcements and upcoming events


1:45-2:45 Scott Thomas Outlar (author and poet): Writing poetry

Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He guest-edited the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Western Voices editions of Setu Mag. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Bengali, Dutch, French, Italian, Kurdish, Malayalam, Persian, Serbian, and Spanish.

He has been a weekly contributor for the Dissident Voice newsletter since 2014. His sixth book, Of Sand and Sugar, was released in 2019. His podcast, Songs of Selah, airs weekly on 17Numa Radio and features interviews with contemporary poets, artists, musicians, and health advocates. More about Outlar’s work can be found at


On May 15th, Scott will provide insights about how to break into poetry writing, how to know which work is “good,” the poetry community, having your work published in a variety of outlets.






3:00-4:00 Jorjeana Marie (script writer, actress, comedian): Comedy writing secrets

Jorjeana Marie is a television writer on the forthcoming Disney show Mickey Mouse FunHouse, a nationally touring comedian opening for Richard Lewis, Kathleen Madigan and Louis Anderson and the author of Improv for Writers (Penguin Random House/Ten Speed Press 2019). She is an award-winning voice actress you may have heard on Nickelodeon or Disney and has narrated over 400 audiobooks. She has earned a prestigious Audie, more than a dozen Earphones awards and been named one of the best YA voices for several consecutive years. Publishers Weekly calls her “Pitch Perfect.” Paste Magazine named her one of their favorite narrators and Audiofile Magazine calls her characters “Hilarious!” She is the voice of the New Nancy Drew Diaries and AudioFile says “Jorjeana Marie captures the essence of what makes Nancy Drew such a timeless fictional icon”. As an actress, Jorjeana starred in the pilot “Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling” with Randall Parks and Elliott Gould and can be seen or heard regularly in dozens of national commercials.

Her desire to create work for herself led to becoming an award-winning playwright, creating and performing three one-woman shows in NY and LA: “Ally, MaryJane & Me”, “NY, I Love” and “JoJo and Friends” – a sold-out solo sketch show with animation, puppets and stand-up. With an endorsement from Daisy Rock Guitars, Jorjeana performs ‘micro-songs’ in her act. She has also written on television shows for Dreamworks, Cartoon Network and Netflix. She writes about comedy for Writer’s Digest Magazine and is included in Writer’s Digest Best Of.

While she shares her passion for improv by teaching and speaking at Disney, Google, CBS/Scriptwriter’s Network and Cartoon Network Studios, she is often involved in many charitable organizations as a host and comedienne including: Gilda’s Club, Comedy Cures, Comedy Fights Cancer, Paul Newman’s Double H hole in the Wall and Young Storytellers. She is currently working on her own comedy special (more puppets!), writing her next book and trying to keep crumbs off the countertop.

On May 15, Jorjeana on writing humor and will provide tips on how improv can help with comedy writing, characters, dialogue, and more.