Louis Medina

Lou Medina, manager of community impact at Kern Community Foundation and contributing writer to many local publications, will serve as guest speaker at the June Writers of Kern meeting.

If you’re a writer living in Kern County, you could be just what the area’s numerous local publications need. An increasing demand for community coverage has created an opportunity for contributing or freelance writers.

Join Writers of Kern at Hodel's on Saturday to hear more about the topic from Lou Medina, manager of community impact at Kern Community Foundation, WOK member and contributing writer to many area publications.

Medina will share tips for writing and submitting contributed pieces to local news publications, including how to work with those publications to become a regular contributing writer. He will discuss the importance of accuracy, writing short, concise pieces, and how to avoid some errors creative writers make when writing journalistically.

A former reporter for The Bakersfield Californian, Medina has established productive relationships with editors at a number of local publications, including The Californian, Bakersfield Life Magazine, the Kern Business Journal, The Tehachapi News, The Bakersfield News Observer and El Popular.

He is also the winner of the 2014 Writers of Kern Fall Writing Contest for his story “Life, Death, and the Modern Day Jalopy.”

Medina serves as manager of community impact at Kern Community Foundation, where he oversees the foundation’s Nonprofit Strengthening Initiative, which includes grant making, community engagement, marketing/communications, donor relations and special events such as Give Big Kern.

Writers of Kern meetings are held the third Saturday of the month at Hodel’s Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Drive, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. and are open to the public. Admission is $15, $10 for members, and includes a buffet breakfast, available from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

— Annis Cassells is a member of the Writers of Kern.

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