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2015-2016 Elected Board of Directors

                       President                    LaDonna Harrison

             Exec. Vice President              Marissa Willman

                          Treasurer                             Marj Charlier

               Vice President of Programs             Ann Marie Biskar

                VP of Membership                  Roccie Hill

            Recording Secretary                Dallas Ann Erwood

           Corresponding Secretary            Lynne Spreen

             Member at Large (Publicity)         Stephen Bridges

   Member at Large: Marge Dodge

Advisory Committee:
Diana Miller-Castells
Edward J. Lopatin
Marge Dodge


Annual Short Story Contest Winner
1st Place
 "The Foreteller"
G. Gordon Davis
 Palm Springs Life Magazine / July 2015

  The Season of Winning Stories
Roccie Hill Editorial Services
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Community Events

Open Mic at Koffi,
71380 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. Reading held first Sunday of every month @ 1:00pm. More info at Meetup.com
CONNECTION Open Mic at Coachella Valley Art Scene, 68571 Palm Canyon, Cathedral City. Open mic for Musicians, performers, and writers. Held third and fourth Saturday of each month. Click here for more info

Bohemian Cafe, Coachella Valley Art Center, 45140 Towne Street Indio. This is readings by preselected authors. More info at Coachella ValleyArt Center.Org

Idyllwild Author Series, Sundays @ 4:00pm for the month of June. Cafe Aroma, 54750 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549. Entertaining and clever questions make this a great interview format with preselected authors. Click here for details.

Wow! The Palm Springs Writers Guild  is a busy group of writers...

As we segue to the time of year when PSWG meetings take a break (July – September 30th), let’s take a quick look back and see all the undertakings of our 2014-2015 program season.

With membership funding, dedicated volunteers and good-old-fashioned networking, the Guild brought in some fabulous meeting presenters. Journalist Fariba Nawa, Marketing Expert Sheryl Roush, Screenwriter and Author Catherine Ann Jones kicked-off the season sharing with members their creative insights about the journey to become a successful writer.

Get an agent, self-publish or make it a movie? Writers serious about getting their story out into the world were able to talk to Literary Agent Paul S. Levine and Independent  Book Publisher Association Director Angela Bole . A real treat for members happened when well-known movie producer Gary W. Goldstein  answered impromptu questions about how-to (and not-to) get a story on the big screen.

Offering new directions for writers, the Guild hosted several interactive workshops focused on creative writing, short story development and poetry works. Additionally, a collaboration with PEN Center U.S.A. allowed Guild members to participate in a fabulous 12-week Pen in the Community personal essay workshop. Other skill-set learning workshops such as social media marketing and public speaking workshops facilitated by top industry professionals were a sell-out!

Members also stretched outside of their comfort zones by being active and volunteering for committees, participating in the PSWG writing contests, the Desert Writers Expo and a fun author book pitch event.

Simultaneously throughout the season, members met in more smaller and personal settings like, critique groups, a screenwriters group and our popular bi-weekly PSWG drop-in session, The Writers Corner.

Most exciting, many members were able to get their books published this season.

So, what’s next? Glad you asked.

Our new PSWG leadership team is excited and ready to run our next seasonal program relay! They’ll be grabbing the baton this summer and reaching out to industry professionals, improving on programs and offering new opportunities for our members to get their stories out into the world.

The upcoming season just may be the best one yet…Stay tuned!

Kathryn Jordan Editor

L. Cooper Press - Brenda Hill

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