Event Calendar

Contact:  Jim McFarlin
President.PSWG@gmail.com
(760) 851-5411

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, April 26, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mission Hills Country Club, 55th Grill Room, Rancho Mirage
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    Mark Your Calendar for: 
    Selling Your Work Via Social Media

    Make it a point to participate in this workshop and gain valuable strategies to build YOUR audience!

     With rare exception, today’s author is required to do the lion’s share of book marketing. This is true whether the book is fiction or non-fiction, and whether it is published independently or traditionally.

    Fortunately, entirely new markets have opened up with the advent of the Internet and Social Media. Authors can now enjoy sales on distant continents without setting foot outside their homes. However, authors also risk burnout, and the depletion of precious energy and time that could otherwise be applied to that next novel.

    Before her book was ready to publish, Lynne developed a far-reaching online presence, or platform. She learned to distinguish between effective strategies and compelling but pointless time-wasters. As a result, she has enjoyed strong sales, media opportunities, speaking and teaching engagements including a national webinar, and partnership with a global corporation.

    In this content-rich presentation, Lynne will expand on her successful Guild presentation of November 2012, in which she shared her strategies for using social media to create an online presence. Attendees will learn:

    • Which of the popular social media networks are most effective
    • How to utilize preferred networks
    • Tips for multiplying online and networking efforts
    • Successful blogging strategies
    • How to avoid burnout, pitfalls, scams and time-wasters
    • Bonus: Tips for using Amazon.com to increase sales

    Sign up here TODAY to be part of Lynne’s audience. These seats will go FAST!

    About Lynne:

    After almost three decades in corporate America, Lynne Morgan Spreen embarked on a new career, that of professional writer. 

    Her column, The Personnel Office, appeared weekly in The Riverside Business Journal, and she also contributed to The Desert Woman and Palm Desert Magazine. In July 2012, she published her first novel, the award-winning Dakota Blues.  

    Her blog, AnyShinyThing.com, has over three thousand subscribers, and her Internet platform has resulted in strong sales and numerous business opportunities. Her next book, Boomer Love – Stories of Midlife and Beyond, will be published in Spring 2014.


    Workshop will be held at: 

    Mission Hills Country Club,

    "Fifty-Fifth Room"

    34-6000 Mission Hills Road,

    Rancho Mirage, CA

    Click here for map.


    Payment & Registration Details

    • Members: $30.00           Non-Members: $45.00
    • Coffee/Tea & Pastries Included.
    • Pre-Payment w/ Registration is required to confirm your seat. 
    • Online payment is available and is immediate.
    • Payment by check: PSWG, P.O. BOX 947, Rancho Mirage, CA 92247. Include contact information and Workshop Title on all checks. Checks may take 7-14 days to process.
    • Member discount for workshops only. Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • PSWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #43-2093738.
    • Cancellation Policy requires a 72 hour prior notice for full refund less credit card fees.

       Contact person for this workshop:
      Sunny Simon, VP, PSWG Programs, PROGRAMS.PSWG@GMAIL.COM

    If you would like to become a member of the
     Palm Springs Writers Guild:
    Please fill out our online membership application.
    Click on: Become a Member

       
    • Saturday, May 03, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library Community Room, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

    DAY OF NEW WORKS

    Come celebrate the success of our members' writing on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Rancho Mirage Library Community Room.

    PSWG members who submitted original short stories were judged by a panel of three independent judges who evaluated each of the stories in six categories: character, plot, setting, narrative voice, dialogue and mechanics.

    The judges' scores were totaled and the stories ranked by total points received.

    Three grand prize winners for First, Second and Third Place will receive their cash prize. The First Place prize winner will have his/her story read aloud. Copies of the top three manuscripts will be available at the end of the event.

    An array of refreshments, the flashing lights of the paparazzi and more kudos will be served at the conclusion of the program.



    • Saturday, May 17, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mission Hills Country Club, 55th Grill Room, Rancho Mirage
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    Everything a New Author Needs to Know About Writing and Publishing a Book! 

    presented by

    Author & Public Speaker Edward Lopatin.

    “There is a book in my head, but I don’t know how to get it out!”

    This fabulous workshop is for new writers who have yet to be published.  


    Where there is a dream, the dreamer will find a way. Three years ago, Ed dreamed of becoming a paid professional speaker and a published author.  With his 'book in his head' Ed set out to accomplish his dream. And we're proud to report he has self-published two self-help books, “Manage Your Chronic Illness”, and “How to Survive Your Promotion.”  Ed is currently completing his third book, “How to Survive Your Vacation”.

    In this friendly and informative workshop, you will help you discover:

    • Why you should consider writing. 
    • What you can write about. 
    • The advantages and costs of publishing
    • How you can get your work published.  
    • How you can find success in today’s ever-changing publishing environment.

    If you are new to writing, are in the beginning stages of publishing, or would like some starting guidelines, this is the workshop for you! 

    Seating is limited!
    Payment Registration is required.

    More about this presenter:

    Ed Lopatin has a Masters in Public Administration and spent most of his professional career as an executive with San Francisco City government, and retired as the City’s Juvenile Probation Department Director of Finance and Administration.

    Arriving in Palm Springs eleven years ago, Ed immediately became involved in many local community organizations.  He is involved in the Toastmaster program, where he served as a regional Toastmaster Area Governor and Division Governor.

    When he told one of his Toastmaster mentors that he wanted to become a paid professional speaker and an author, his mentor advised him to write a couple of books first, so that he could demonstrate he had something important to say, was focused and well organized.  

    Following the advice of his Toastmaster mentor, Ed did everything he could to learn how to get his thoughts on paper, and to publish a book.  He joined the Palm Springs Writer’s Guild, attended numerous workshops for writers and speakers, and hired literary consultants to assist him. The rest is history.


    Workshop will be held at: 

    Mission Hills Country Club,

    "Fifty-Fifth Room"

    34-6000 Mission Hills Road,

    Rancho Mirage, CA

    Click here for map.


    Payment & Registration Details

    • Members: $30.00          
    •  Non-Members: $45.00
    • Coffee/Tea & Pastries Included.
    • Pre-Payment w/ Registration is required to confirm your seat. 
    • Online payment is available and is immediate.
    • Payment by check: PSWG, P.O. BOX 947, Rancho Mirage, CA 92247. Include contact information and Workshop Title on all checks. Checks may take 7-14 days to process.
    • Member discount for workshops only. Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • PSWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #43-2093738.
    • Cancellation Policy requires a 72 hour prior notice for full refund less credit card fees.

       Contact person for this workshop:
      Sunny Simon, VP, PSWG Programs, PROGRAMS.PSWG@GMAIL.COM

    If you would like to become a member of the
     Palm Springs Writers Guild –
    Please fill out our online membership application.
    Click on: Become a Member

       
    • Saturday, June 07, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library Community Room, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
    The Top Ten Rules of Writing
    Presented by best selling author: 
    Robert Masello

    Whether you're writing a novel or non-fiction, a memoir or a screen play there are certain rules that every professional writer knows - and most of them keep secret. Robert Masello (bestselling author of the perennial, "Robert's Rules of Writing," among many other books) offers up ten of these rules, designed to help you find your own voice (start by burning your thesaurus), protect the power of your material or story, and keep you working even when the going gets rough.

    His lessons are often unconventional and counter-intuitive, but they're always thought provoking, motivating and fun!

    Attend this meeting and expect to get a jump start on whatever you might be writing!

    About our speaker:

    Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the bestselling author of many books, most recently the historical thriller entitled The Romanov Cross, published by Bantam/Random House (2013).  The book has received starred reviews.

    Previous novels include Vigil  (a USA Today bestseller) and its sequel Bestiary, The Medusa Amulet, published in 2011 and Blood and Ice, published in nine languages and in an audio version.  His nonfiction book, Robert’s Rules of Writing: 101 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know, was selected as a Back-to-School Essential by Barnes and Noble, and it has since been adopted in many high school and college classrooms.  

      As a journalist, Robert Masello has contributed countless articles, essays and profiles to such publications as New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, The Washington Post, Town and Country, Travel & Leisure, TV Guide, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Elle, People, Parade, and The Wilson Quarterly.  For six years, he wrote the immensely popular “His” column in Mademoiselle Magazine, and occasionally moonlighted as “Jake” in Glamour As a putative authority on love and romance, he often appeared on TV and radio, including the “Today Show” on NBC, “Good Morning, America” on ABC, and many other nationally-syndicated programs.  

    More about Masello at http://www.robertmasello.com

    Contact person for this meeting:  

    Sunny Simon, VP, PSWG Programs,
    PROGRAMS.PSWG@GMAIL.COM


    If you would like to
    become a member of the
     Palm Springs Writers Guild
    Please fill out our
    online membership application
    click on Become a Member

 
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