Wed, Nov 7: Co-authorship: Avoiding the Creative, Legal, and Personal Pitfalls of Co-authorship

Think you have a book in you, but don’t want to write alone? Come explore the idea of co-authorship. Join AWC-SB for Co-authorship: Avoiding the Creative, Legal, and Personal Pitfalls of Co-authorship Wednesday, November 7, 5:30- 7:30 pm at Antioch University Community Hall, 602 Anacapa Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Admission for AWC-SB members is free, $20 for nonmembers.

This panel of successful authorities in the publishing field will discuss what they learned and give their advice for aspiring co-authors.


  • Marla Mller, Author and Book Marketing Expert
  • Marylove Thralls, Co-Author and Ghost Writer
  • Joan Calder, Children’s Book Author
  • Saji Gunawardane, Attorney

Moderator:  Lois Phillips, PhD, Co-Author

Joan Calder, Author of Airplanes in the Garden: Monarch Butterflies Take Flight partnered with an illustrator and a book designer for her award-winning children’s book. She is a horticulturist and garden designer who manages the greenhouse for Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB and teaches garden design classes for SBCC Adult Ed.

Marla Mller, Author, Freelancer, Teacher, and Founder of Marketing The Muse. Marla was Assistant Director of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, 2005-2008. She moderated many literary agent panels, and teaches Marketing the Muse workshops at the Southern California Writers Conference and ‘with’ authored two ‘Indie’ press books.

Lois Phillips, PhD is the co-author, with Anita Perez Ferguson, of Women Seen and Heard: Lessons Learned from Successful Speakers. Lois has a special interest in advancing women’s careers, companies, and Board leadership. She has produced conferences on women’s leadership, produced and moderated two television programs about women’s changing roles, and has years of conference presentations to complement her academic research.

Marylove Thralls, Writer, Public Relations Professional, and co-author of The Empty Desk Survival Guide with Barbara Bannon and Arlene Chemers also has experience grant writing, ghost writing, writing feature and journal articles. Marylove is currently a public relations consultant and adjunct professor of marketing communications at SBCC.

Saji Gunawardane, Attorney at Law, represents individuals and corporations in business and contract matters (formations, disputes) intellectual property (best practices, wordmarking and trademarking, disputes), employment law and regulatory compliance. He serves on various State Bar and local boards such as the Anti-Defamation League and Legal Aid Foundation.

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