2015-2016 Event Calendar


Contact: Ann Marie Biskar, Vice-President, Programs

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, March 05, 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library Community Room, Rancho Mirage
    March 5th

    How many drafts will it take to finish your book?

    Difficult to answer. Until now. 

    "Finish Your Book in Three Drafts"

    Mark your calendars! This will be one of the most enlightening meetings of the season when Stuart Horwitz,  founder and principal of the incredibly successful Book Architecture, stops by to speak with Guild members. 

    Book Architecture’s clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields.


    "Stuart has so energetically engaged my book that he has made the project more sound, dynamic, and alive. Stuart's method has made me a better writer and led my efforts to have even more depth and resonance than I had imagined.”Reverend Ed Bacon, host of Oprah Radio Soul Series




    Saturday, March 5, 2016

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

    During this meeting presentation Stuart Horwitz will offer insight and discuss the best outlook and direction for each of the three drafts so that you can increase your efficiency, satisfaction, and engagement with both your writing process and your final draft.

    Stuart's proven formula for success suggests writers approach each draft in the right spirit. Follow that with his specific action steps between drafts--and your book gets out into the world!

    More about this presenter: Stuart's first book Blueprint Your Bestseller (Penguin/Perigee), was named one of 2013’s best books about writing by The Writer magazine. His second book, Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula, appeared in 2015, and his third book, Finish Your Book in Three Drafts, will be released just weeks before his appearance at PSWG!

    Stuart is an award-winning essayist and poet, who has taught writing at Grub Street of Boston and Brown University, Rhode Island.  He holds two masters degrees—one in Literary Aesthetics from NYU, which helps him a lot with this work—and one in East Asian Studies from Harvard with a concentration in Medieval Japanese Buddhism.


    *Not yet a member?

    Stop by and see what we are all about!

    Become a member today! Click here.


    • Saturday, March 05, 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room, Rancho Mirage, CA

    The Palm Springs Writers Guild
    Monthly Writing Challenge 

       

    This upcoming season, the PSWG Monthly Writing Challenge invites members to explore “objects” as a keyhole to a broader subject.


    While all entries will be written in prose, a wonderful example for writers to reference is the poem "The Landyard" by former Poet Laurete of the United States, Billy Collins. Mr. Collins uses a lanyard (the object) to explore his relationship with his mother (the broader subject).             
    https://www.youtube.comwatch?v=0EjB7rB3sWc

    Reference via PBS: In “The Lanyard,” Billy Collins has chosen an everyday object he made as a child—a boxy, red-and-white lanyard—to explore a timeless question: Can you ever repay the debt you owe to your parents? His juxtaposition of the mundane and the profound is moving yet funny, as he casts an adult eye on the complexities inherent in the relationship between mother and son.
    MARCH 2016 Object Writing Challenge:
    LOTTERY TICKET-
    The judges will be looking for an entry implementing good story telling techniques using a LOTTERY TICKET as the keyhole (relevance or connection) to a broader subject. The writing should enable the reader to see the connection in the author's mind.
     
    *Submit MARCH entry and $5 at the 

    MARCH 5, 2016 Monthly Meeting.

    **Entry Submission Rules**
    • Must be a member of Palm Springs Writers Guild with current 2015-2016 season status.
    • Monthly entries must be submitted by hand at the specific monthly meeting. [Example: Submit January's entry at the beginning of the January meeting]
    • Entry of 500 words or less
    • Double space 
    • 12-point Times Roman or Times New Roman  
    • Indented paragraphs 
    • Write the story title on your entry
    • Write your name on the outside of the envelope
    • Place $5.00 cash entry fee in envelope (sorry! no checks).
    • The winner will receive a cash prize based on the total number of submitted entries
    • The winning entry may be read at the following scheduled monthly meeting.
    *Be sure to comply to all requirements. As with most professional writing submissions, there is no leeway on the above rules. Your entry will not be returned to you unless you have requested an editorial review.
    The PSWG Monthly Writing Challenge is a benefit of membership available to all members with current status.

    For the complete list of challenges and past challenge winning stories
     click here


    • Monday, March 07, 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • College of The Desert P.A.C.E Classroom, Westfield Mall, Palm Desert
    • 14

    Writer's Workshop: Monday, March 7th

    B. A. M. !

    Crafting Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction

    with the

    Book  Architecture Method

    Do you meticulously script every writing session?
    Pilot your writing solely by feel?
      Looking to write more and procrastinate less?

    Finding your unique approach requires a method rather than a formula. The Book Architecture Method has helped bestselling writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books.

    Accomplished and aspiring writers who participate in this workshop will gain further insights including:
    • How to painlessly create a complex narrative
    • What plotting actually means and why there isnt one narrative arc but several.
    • How to make sure your book has one theme and one theme only.
    • How to separate your work into scenes and use this disassembly to diagnose whats going wrong with your manuscript.
    • The secret to why some narratives feel like they are all coming together at an emotional pay-off while others do not.

    Monday, March 7th

    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    C.O.D. PACE Classroom,

    Westfield Mall, Palm Desert

    This one-of-a-kind 5-hour workshop will be facilitated by Stuart Horwitz, founder and principal of Book Architecture.

    Stuart has spent over fifteen years helping writers become authors, signing with top literary agencies, sealing deals with coveted publishing houses, or forging a successful path through indie publishing. Book Architecture’s clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. http://www.bookarchitecture.com/about/

    "...Stuart has taught me is to consider a reader’s expectations with regard to clarity and consistency of theme. I have faith in his ability to help writers to untangle the gravest snarls and turn their work into clean and accessible artistic endeavors.”-Liza Ward is the author of Outside Valentine (Henry Holt & Co. and Picador).

    This workshop is expected to sell out fast!
    SEATS ARE LIMITED!

    Payment & Registration Details

    • Members: $48.00 
    • Non-Members: $58.00
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat.
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • Bottled water & light snack included in fee.
    • Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • Online payments are 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.
    • Cancellation Policy requires a 72-hour prior notice for full refund less credit card fees.   
    • PSWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #43-2093738.

    Contact  for this workshop:

    PROGRAMS.PSWG@GMAIL.COM

       
       

    www.palmspringwritersguild.org

      



    • Wednesday, March 09, 2016
    • 12:00 AM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

    2016

    POETRY CONTEST

    To honor the genre of poetry, all members (poets and non-poets) are invited to participate.


    No entry fee! Prize Awards!

    Submission entry starts January 1, 2016.

    Deadline is March 9, 2016

    Poems will be judged on the following criteria:

    • The poem contains unique and clear word choices.
    • Line break choices and use of punctuation (or lack thereof) indicate thoughtful purpose.
    • Creative use of poetic devices such as imagery, simile, metaphor, personification, etc.
    • The poem is aesthetically pleasing and evokes an emotion or feeling from the reader.
    Contest Submission Rules:

    1. Only PSWG members in current 2015-2016 Program season status can participate.

    *Not yet a member? Click here!  Membership fee must be received prior to contest deadline.

    2. Number of entry submissions allowed per member: ONE .

    3. Online Submission Only! Your poem submission must be accompanied by an online contest entry form. Poems are submitted as an email attachment in MSWord (.doc or .docx). All other file formats will be disqualified.

    4. Submit original poem of any form or style, rhymed or unrhymed, in meter or free verse. Any subject matter.

    5. Length: Up to 30 lines maximum.

    6. Font Style: Times New Roman.

    7. Font Size: 12 pt.

    8. Title of poem must be included at top of poem.

    9. Author's Name MUST NOT appear on the poem.    

    Online Contest Entry Form:

    Step 1: To enable registration, please be sure you have successfully logged in with your email and password.

    Step 2: Click the Poetry Contest "Register" button, fill out online contest entry form. There is no entry fee for the Poetry Contest.

    Step 3: After your online entry form is processed, an automatic email will be sent to you with further instructions for electronic (email) poem submission.

    Prize Awards:

    First Prize: $75.00 & 1yr subscription to Poets & Writers Magazine. Poem will be read aloud to audience. Certificate awarded. In honor of National Poetry Month, the First Place poem will be read aloud to the audience by the poet at the April 2, 2016 PSWG Meeting.

    Second Prize: $25.00 & 1yr subscription to Poets & Writers Magazine. Certificate awarded.

    Questions? Contact Poetry Contest Chairperson

    Donna Fitzgerald: msfitz1951@gmail.com

    www.palmspringswritersguild.com

    • Wednesday, March 09, 2016
    • 12:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • $1,000 in total cash prizes! Celebrity judge! First place winners to be published!!
    Check out the options!
    ANNUAL

    WRITING CONTEST


    $1,000 in total prize monies!

    1st place winners published!

    Annual Short Story 

    The short stories are judged on plot, setting, character development, use of dialogue, and mechanics. For reference, writers may utilize Judging Criteria Guide.

    Personal Essay

    Like a memoir only shorter, a personal essay is a specific true moment from the author's past that involves reflection of how (the incident, subject, etc.) affected the author. A well crafted  personal essay uses intimate and specific details of the senses to purposefully resonate with the reader. May be inclusive of data research specific to the essay. 

      *Enter submissions starting January 1, 2016*

    Deadline! MARCH 9, 2016

    Contest is open to current PSWG Members only. 

    Not a member? Become a member!

    Membership fee must be received prior to contest submission.


    *Celebrity Judge*

    Maggie Downs, M.F.A.


            Entry Fee: $20.00 

    Additional story or personal essay entries: $15.00 each

    Entry Rules:

     All members must login to enable registration and complete the online contest entry form.

    Contest Entry per category: $20.00 *Contestants may submit entries to both categories.

    Additional entry: $15.00  *Additional entry is limited to one per category.

    1.Submission requires an online contest entry form and subsequent payment.

    2. Online Submission only! Submissions are to be emailed as attachments in MSWordDocument (.doc or .docx). Any other file format will be disqualified.


    3. Format is double-spaced, 12 point, Times Roman or Times New Roman font.

    4. Word Count: Minimum 2,000 word count. Maximum 3,500 word maximum including title.

    5. Must appear on each page:      

    •  Title of submission
    •  Page number        
    •  Word count of submission

    6. Author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the submitted work.

    7. Submissions must be an original, unpublished (print or electronic) written work and an unposted, non-previous prize winner.

    8. Contest Entry Fee payments via PayPal or Guest of PayPal must be paid at time of completing Contest Entry Form. *Check payments will be accepted. Mail checks to PO Box 947, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Checks must be received PRIOR to MARCH 9, 2015.

    Please note: failure to comply with the rules will result in a disqualification. Disqualified applicants and non- winners are not reimbursed application fees.

    At contest conclusion, sumbissions will be deleted. Critique of your work is not provided for this contest.

    How to fill out online registration:

    Step 1: To enable registration, please be sure you have successfully logged in with your email and password.

    Step 2: Click "Register" button, fill out online entry form and follow prompts for payment. Credit card payment is available and is immediate.

    Step 3: After payment is processed, an automatic email will be sent to you with instructions for electronic (email) submission.

    Contest Prize List for Annual Short Story Contest:

    • 1st Place: $250 & publication of winning story in Palm Springs Life Magazine.
    • 2nd Place: $150 & winning certificate.
    • 3rd Place: $100 & winning certificate.

    Contest Prize List for Personal Essay Contest:

    • 1st Place: $250 & publication of winning story in Coachella Review. A literary journal published through the MFA program at UCR.
    • 2nd Place: $150 & winning certificate.
    • 3rd Place: $100 & winning certificate.
    For questions regarding this contest, please email Kathy Bjork  ANNUALSHORTSTORYCONTEST.PSWG@gmail.com
    • Saturday, April 02, 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library Community Room, Rancho Mirage CA

    April 2nd

    "So You’re Writing a Book ...

    What Are Your Publishing Options?"

    presented by

    Owner of LWS Literary Services

    Lynn Wiese Sneyd

    Publishing has changed so much; good because authors now have more options--seemingly every week! Bad because so many options can be overwhelming. Often leaving you faced with a myriad of questions:
    • How long will it take for my book to be published once I submit a completed manuscript?
    •  Will it cost me anything to have my book published?
    •  What will my royalties be?
    •  What editing, book design, and marketing services are provided by the publisher?
    • What distribution channels are available?

    Writers! Be sure to take notes during this meeting when Book Marketing Expert Lynn Wiese Sneyd offers members professional insights and answers to all your questions during this power-packed informative session.

    Mark your calendars for this opportunity to discover  what happens when it's time for your story to leave the nest!

    Saturday, April 2, 2016

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

    LYNN WIESE SNEYD is the owner of LWS Literary Services, an agency specializing in book development, editing, ghostwriting, book proposals, query letters, and book publicity. Prior to starting her agency in 2008, Lynn served as the literary publicist for Russell Public Communications and as the community relations manager for Barnes & Noble Booksellers. An award-winning author and poet, Lynn most recently co-authored The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs, published by the University of Nebraska Press and winner of the Arizona Author Association Book Award, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and Will Roger’s Medallion Book Award. She currently resides in Tucson, AZ. Her website is www.lwsliteraryservices.com.

    www.palmspringswritersguild.org


    • Monday, April 04, 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Westfield Mall, PACE Classroom, Palm Desert, CA
    • 25
    Writer's Workshop: Monday, April 4, 2016

    You wrote it. Now it's time to promote it!

    "How to Market

    Your Masterpiece”

        presented by

       Author, Editor, & Book Marketing Expert

        Lynn Wiese Sneyd

    These days, if you want your book to be noticed and read, you must engage in book marketing. But determining where to begin and what to do can be more daunting than writing the first paragraph. Until now.

    On Monday, April 4, 2016, paid attendees will learn the most effective ways to position and market their books to generate sales.

    Whether you have written non-fiction or fiction, published traditional, hybrid or self-published, you will glean valuable insights about the importance of having a solid strategy to generate sales.

    A few topics this workshop will include:

    • How to custom-design a marketing campaign to fit your schedule and budget.
    • Cover the basics of creating an effective website and media kit.
    •  Investigation into useful marketing activities such as book reviews, interviews, articles, blogs, presentations, and social media marketing.

    Whether you leave with enough know-how to launch your book campaign or complement the efforts of a publicist, you still have time to write that next bestseller!

     Monday, April 4, 2016

        9:00 am - 3:00pm

      Westfield Mall

    PACE Classroom

     Palm Desert, CA


    About the facilitator: Lynn Wiese Sneyd is the owner of LWS Literary Services: www.lwsliteraryservices.com., an agency specializing in book development, editing, ghostwriting, book proposals, query letters, and book publicity. Prior to starting her agency in 2008, Lynn served as the literary publicist for Russell Public Communications and as the community relations manager for Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

    Seats are limited!

    Click here to register today!


    Payment & Registration Details

    • Members: $48.00 
    • Non-Members: $58.00
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat.
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • Bottled water & light snack included in fee.
    • Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • Online payments are 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.
    • Cancellation Policy requires a 72-hour prior notice for full refund less credit card fees.   
    • PSWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #43-2093738.

    Contact  for this workshop:

    PROGRAMS.PSWG@GMAIL.COM

       

    www.palmspringwritersguild.org

     








    • Saturday, May 07, 2016
    • Thursday, June 30, 2016
    • Rancho Mirage Library
      MAY & JUNE

    Stay Tuned!

    Check back soon to see the list of upcoming programs and events.


    • Friday, February 01, 2019
    • Website advertising

    PSWG Advertise Options


    Book A Speaker: This option is for members only. Per year includes website page listing and Facebook listing.

    PSWG Home Page Ad Block:  Per year includes ad block on home page of website. 

    Writing Consultants: Option open to members and non-members. Per year listing on website page.  

    If you would like to advertise with PSWG, please fill out a registration form and follow the prompts for payment. Online payment via PayPal is the preferred payment method. 


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