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    • Saturday, December 13, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

    The Way of Story

    In and Beyond Hollywood 

    presented by 

    Screenwriter, Author & Writing Consultant
    Catherine Ann Jones

    Catherine Ann Jones is in possession of a powerful talent … nothing is more rare in my opinion.” Norman Mailer

    On Saturday, December 13th, renowned screenwriter for the popular television series Touched by an Angel, author and writing coach Catherine Ann Jones will visit the Palm Spring Writers Guild to discuss with our members (and guests!) her integrative approach to writing narrative; offering encouragement, powerful insights and professional tips for writers who are interested in discovering and/or improving their creative skills.

    Catherine Ann Jones, M.A. in Depth Psychology and recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study Shamanism in India, will share her journey of acting on Broadway, writing plays (Calamity Jane, On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek), movies The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and other strategies learned along the way.

    Her first book, The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of Writing, is a staple in many academic institutions, including the New York University writing programs. Catherine's second book, Heal Your Self with Writing won a Nautilus Book Award for 2014.

    Ms. Jones is recognized internationally for her workshop programs presented throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. 

    A few topics Catherine will touch on include:

    • The unexpected synchronicity of writing
    • Finding your writer's voice
    • Character building: more than just an aesthetic imagination
    • Tips on how you can work with (and survive) TV and movie producers
    • Your aspirations as a writer: should it be Hollywood?

    *Catherine will be answering audience questions and networking with attendees after the meeting presentation.

    Be sure to stop in and be a part of this enlightening and motivating presentation for all genres of writers, novice to professional. Q & A to follow presentation.

    More about this presenter:

    Catherine Ann Jones currently resides in Ojai, CA. She holds a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Archetypal Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also taught.

    After playing major roles in over fifty plays, she became disappointed by the lack of good roles for women and wrote a play about Virginia Woolf (On the Edge) and her struggle with madness in a world gone mad, i.e., WWII. The play won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Ten of her plays, including Calamity Jane (both play and musical) and The Women of Cedar Creek, have won multiple awards and are produced both in and out of New York.

    A Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, she has taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Esalen and the Omega Institutes.

    *More information about Catherine Ann Jones can be found on her website: www.wayofstory.com  

    Contact person for this meeting:  

    Ed Lopatin, 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!

     Become a Member

    • Saturday, December 13, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room, Rancho Mirage, CA

    Monthly Writing Challenge 

    This season the Monthly Writing Challenge invites members to explore plot.

    December Challenge: Revenge Plot

    While opinions differ on the number of plots available to writers, the definition remains fairly consistent - plot is a chain of cause-and-effect relationships that create a pattern of unified action and behavior – forcing the reader to ask  “Why?” What is the difference between plot and story?  Strictly speaking, the story is a series of related events that make up the story. 

    The plot includes the motive of the main character to take action or to react. And this motive helps to create meaning or theme, which enables the reader to talk about what the story says about the human condition.  

    All plots stem from conflict and contain the basic dramatic elements that revolve around a problem dealt with in sequence: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. There are two types of plots; physical plot where the story arises from external causes, and character plot where the story arises from character. Each is examined in the challenge.


    The December 2014 Challenge

    The focus is on the act of revenge for a crime committed rather than an examination of character’s motives. The hero should have moral justification for vengeance and the punishment must fit the crime. *The judges will be looking for the crime that terminates the hero’s happiness, the act of revenge itself and confrontation with the perpetrator of the crime. This is a character plot. 

    *Submit December entry and $5 at 

    December 13th, 2014 Monthly Meeting.

    Adventure Plot – focus is on the journey itself rather than the person taking the journey – the event is larger than the character and character is defined by the event. The judges will be looking for the motivation to begin the adventure to a new, strange place, the journey to the brink of danger and returning safely, and all the dramatic elements. This is a physical plot. *Submit November entry and $5 at November 1, 2014 Monthly Meeting.

    **Entry Submission Rules**
    • Must be a member of Palm Springs Writers Guild with current 2014-2015 season status. 
    • Monthly entries must be submitted by hand at the specific monthly meeting. [Example: Submit December's entry at the beginning of the December meeting]

    • Entry of 500 words or less
    • Double space 
    • 12-point Times Roman or Times New Roman  
    • Indented paragraphs 
    • Do not put your name on your entry
    • Place $5.00 cash entry fee in envelope (sorry! no checks).
    • Write your name on the outside of the envelope
    • 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. (Example: November's winning entry will have the author announced and the story read aloud at the December 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. To find out more about our programs and events, click here.

    Questions? Please contact: MonthlyWritingChallenge.PSWG@gmail.com

    While opinions differ on the number of plots available to writers, the definition remains fairly consistent – plot is a chain of cause-and-effect relationships that create a pattern of unified action and behavior – forcing the reader to ask “Why?” What is the difference between plot and story? 

    Strictly speaking, the story is the series of related events that make up the story. 

    The plot of the story, on the other hand, asks why? It includes the motive of the main character to take action or to react. And this motive helps to create meaning or theme, which enables the reader to talk about what the story says about the human condition

    Monthly Writing Challenge 

    This season the Monthly Writing Challenge invites members to explore plot.

    December Challenge: Revenge Plot

    While opinions differ on the number of plots available to writers, the definition remains fairly consistent - plot is a chain of cause-and-effect relationships that create a pattern of unified action and behavior – forcing the reader to ask  “Why?” What is the difference between plot and story?  Strictly speaking, the story is a series of related events that make up the story. 

    The plot includes the motive of the main character to take action or to react. And this motive helps to create meaning or theme, which enables the reader to talk about what the story says about the human condition.  

    All plots stem from conflict and contain the basic dramatic elements that revolve around a problem dealt with in sequence: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. There are two types of plots; physical plot where the story arises from external causes, and character plot where the story arises from character. Each is examined in the challenge.


    The December 2014 Challenge

     Revenge Plot

    The focus is on the journey itself rather than the person taking the journey – the event is larger than the character and character is defined by the event. The judges will be looking for the motivation to begin the adventure to a new, strange place, the journey to the brink of danger and returning safely, and all the dramatic elements. This is a physical plot.

    *Submit December entry and $5 at 

    December 13th, 2014 Monthly Meeting.

    Adventure Plot – focus is on the journey itself rather than the person taking the journey – the event is larger than the character and character is defined by the event. The judges will be looking for the motivation to begin the adventure to a new, strange place, the journey to the brink of danger and returning safely, and all the dramatic elements. This is a physical plot. *Submit November entry and $5 at November 1, 2014 Monthly Meeting.

    **Entry Submission Rules**
    • Must be a member of Palm Springs Writers Guild with current status. 

    • Monthly entries must be submitted by hand at the specific monthly meeting. [Example: Submit October’s entry at the beginning of the October meeting]

    • Entry of 500 words or less
    • Double space 
    • 12-point Times Roman or Times New Roman  
    • Indented paragraphs 
    • Do not put your name on your entry
    • Place $5.00 cash entry fee in envelope (sorry! no checks).
    • Write your name on the outside of the envelope
    • 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. (Example: November's winning entry will have the author announced and the story read aloud at the December 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. To find out more about our programs and events, click here.

    Questions? Please contact: MonthlyWritingChallenge.PSWG@gmail.com

     
    • Sunday, December 14, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • This event has sold out
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Sold Out!

    Special Sunday Workshop!

    "The Way of Story" 

    The Craft & Soul of Writing

    presented by

    Screenwriter, Author & Writing Consultant

    Catherine Ann Jones

    On Sunday, December 14, 2014  a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind three hour writing workshop will offer paid attendees an opportunity to learn how to integrate solid craft with the intangible inner dimensions of writing.

    The internationally recognized  Way of Story workshop offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with experiential inner discovery.  

    We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads. Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.” -Catherine Ann Jones (NY Times)

    The Way of Story is a perfect workshop for any writer, novice to professional who is interested reaching a higher level of their craft.  All narrative forms of writing including plays, screenplays, stories, novels, non-fiction and memoir are encouraged to attend. This workshop will be smaller sized, offering attendees the opportunity to work closely with Catherine for better focus and clarity.

    Reviews from past attendees:

    “At last, a working, professional writer who teaches writing!”
    – Joe S., San Francisco

    “Your structure gave my story wings. I’ve never been so clear on what I want to write.”
    - Linda L, Ann Arbor, MI

    “A spiritual experience as well as practical.”
    – Gard J., Nevada

    Information about Catherine and her work is available at:  www.wayofstory.com


    This workshop has sold out.

    • 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:

    Ed Lopatin, 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.

     Become a Member

    • Thursday, January 01, 2015
    • 8:00 AM
    • Monday, March 09, 2015
    • 11:59 PM
    • Deadline March 9, 2015. $1,000 in cash prizes! Celebrity judge!Winning story to be published in Palm Springs Life Magazine.
    Registration is closed
    2015
    ANNUAL SHORT STORY CONTEST


    $1,000 in total prize monies!
    First place entry to be published in 
    Palm Springs Life magazine!!

       Celebrity Judge: Maggie Downs, M.F.A.

    Submissions accepted beginning January 1, 2015

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS MARCH 9, 2015

    Contest is open to current PSWG Members only. 
    Not a member? Become a member!
    Membership fee must be received prior to submission.

            Entry Fee: $25.00 (Additional entries $20.00 each)

    Entry Rules:
    If you fail to comply with the rules you will be disqualified. Disqualified applicants and non- winners are not reimbursed application fees.

     All members must login to enable registration and complete the short story online application.

    1. Each submission must be accompanied by a contest entry form.

    2. Online Submission only! Submit stories as  Worddocument(s). Any other file format will be disqualified.

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

    4. Word Count: 3,500 word maximum including title.

    5. Must appear on each page:      
    • 1. Title of story        
    • 2. Page number        
    • 3. Word count of manuscript
    6. Author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.

    7. Short Story manuscript submissions must be an original, unpublished (print or electronic) work of fiction and an unposted, non-previous prize winner.

    8. Entry fee payments via PayPal or Guest of PayPal must be paid at time of Registration/Application. Check payments will be accepted. Mail checks to PO Box 947, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Checks must be received prior to competition deadline.

    At contest conclusion, manuscripts will be deleted. Critique of your work will not be provided.

    Online submission details:
    • To enable registration, please be sure you have successfully logged in with your email and password.
    Step 1: Click "Register" button, submit online application and follow prompts for payment.

    Step 2: After successfully completing application & payment, an automatic email will be sent with further electronic (email) instructions for story submission.
     

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

    Prize List:
    • 1st Place: $500 cash & publication of winning story in Palm Springs Life Magazine. Winning story read aloud at PSWG Membership Awards in May 2015.
    • 2nd Place: $300 cash & winning certificate.
    • 3rd Place: $200 cash & winning certificate.
    For questions regarding this contest, please email Kathy Bjork  ANNUALSHORTSTORYCONTEST.PSWG@gmail.com
    • Saturday, January 03, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room, Highway 111, Rancho Mirage CA

    How To Speak Like a Pro:

    For Writers

    presented by 

    Speak And Market Like a Pro™Expert

    Sheryl Roush

    Do you get nervous speaking in front strangers? 
    Do you avoid promoting your work in person?
    Wondering why your book isn't selling?
     
    If you want to motivate people to buy your books, even if you’re not keen on self-promotion, you need to gain the confidence and skill sets to effectively communicate your message.

    Learn from a 17-time author, internationally rated speaker and top speaking coach!

    Sheryl Roush is CEO of Sparkle Presentations, Inc, based in San Diego, with global reach. 

    Once painfully shy, she overcame that to become a professional speaker for over 25 years, she has presented over 3,000 presentations in ten countries. Sheryl has opened on stages for Marie Osmond, closed for Geena Davis, presented on programs alongside Olivia Newton-John and Suze Orman.

    Sheryl Roush is a top-rated international trainer with over 30 years of experience in the communication business: in person, in public and in print. Additionally, she is honored by both the Los Angeles and San Diego Chapters of the National Speakers Association as Member of the Year; LA’s Golden Microphone; plus the Presidential Citation from Toastmasters International for enhancing global communication and leadership. Sheryl was the youngest female and 12th overall to earn the elite Accredited Speaker designation for outstanding professionalism, from over 4.4 million members in 130 countries, ranked in six categories. To date, there are only 66 who have earned the title.

    Be sure to take notes at this meeting when Sheryl stops by and brings you a power surge of confidence so you can introduce your writing to the world!

    A few highlights of her presentation will include:

    • Discovery tips to build your confidence in communicating
    • Skills to help easily organize your thoughts
    • Relax! Turn that sweat into SPARKLE!
    • Fast ways to capture audience attention
    • Visual Aids: Why they work & How to work them
    • Delivery Skills: What, Where & How
    • The Dynamite Closer: Bring it to action!
    Mark your calendar and bring a friend, this is one meeting that everyone will be talking about!


    More about this presenter:

    As a 17-time published author both books entered into contests have won their respective titles:
    Heart of a Military Woman, San Diego Book Awards, 2009 Best Inspirational Book; and Heart of a Toastmaster, International Book Awards, 2014 Best Anthology. Heart of a Woman has been published in Spanish, and in Mexico. Solid Gold Newsletter Design is a course book for the University of Ottawa for graphic communications and marketing classes.

    Sheryl has been the speaking and media coach for the San Diego Charger Girl dance and cheer squad for 15 years, boosting confidence for TV and radio interviews. She also coaches Southwest Airlines and Deepak Chopra’s lecture team

    Sheryl's clients include: Cabazon Outlets, California Desert Association of Realtors in Palm Springs, Hemet Unified School District, Intuit’s executive sales team, National Association of Quick Printers; Publishers and Writers-San Diego; San Diego Zoo and Safari Park; Singapore Press; Sony; South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar; UCLA; Women in Publishing Society-Hong Kong.


    Contact person for this meeting:  

    Ed Lopatin, 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

    • Sunday, January 04, 2015
    • 12:00 AM
    • Sunday, March 08, 2015
    • 12:00 AM
    • No Entry Fee! Cash & Prize Awards! Celebrity Judge! Contest for members only.
    Registration is closed

    2015 Poetry Contest 

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


    No entry fee!

    Cash Prize Awards!

    Celebrity Judge: Australian Poet Bronwyn Lea

    Deadline is March 8, 2015

    The judges will be looking for the following:

    • The poem should have creative use of imagery, good word choices and line breaks.
    • The poem should reflect a natural flow of words that are clear and relevant.
    • The poem should evoke a feeling in the listener.

    Entry Rules:

    1. Participants must be PSWG members in current status.

    2. Number of entries allowed per member: one

    3. Submit poem of any form (rhymed or free verse) 

    4. Length: Maximum 30 lines.

    5. Format: New Times Roman 12 pt.

    6. Title of poem must be included in header

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

    Online Registration ONLY: Members must login and fill out an online registration form. Once you have successfully completed online registration, an automatic email will be sent to you with FURTHER instructions for entry submission. 

    Click here to fill out Poetry Contest registration form.

    Prize Awards: Winners announced and prizes awarded at May Awards Event.

    First Prize: $75.00 cash & 1yr subscription to Poets & Writers Magazine. Poem will be read aloud to audience. Certificate awarded.

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

    If you are not yet a member and are interested in participating in this contest, please fill out a Membership Application. Membership fees must be received prior to submission of contest entry.




    Submit only one original poem of any form (rhymed or free verse)
    length (up to 30 lines).
    font and size New Times Roman 12 pt.
    • Saturday, January 17, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • College of the Desert Classroom #1 First Floor,Westfield Mall, Palm Desert 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert CA 92260
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    Full day workshop!

    The Art of the Short Story

    Made to order...
    Small capacity, intensive, interactive and useful.

    presented by
    USC Professor Emeritus of
     English Literature & Creative Writing  
    Duff Brenna

    Is your story worthy of publication? Interested in improving your chances for contest writing? 
    Enjoy the creative art of short story writing?

    This workshop is a great opportunity to fine tune your skills and help improve your success as a writer. Duff Brenna's experience as a professor, a writer and his artistic insight guarantees to make this a truly special workshop for attendees.


    Duff Brenna is a freelance writer and Professor Emeritus of English literature and creative writing at California State University, San Marcos. 
    Duff Brenna has taught writing for over thirty years and has is the editor of the magazine Serving House. 

    ...so why explore the art of short story writing?
    • Trending: in our fast-paced society there is a shift to fast easy reading.
    • Expand to new options for publication
    •  Income sourcing: many writing contests are open to you for awards or cash prizes.
    • Platform Growth: contest wins & publications strengthen your resume as a writer.
    • Freedom: avoid  getting “tied down” as in novel writing.

    Here are a few items this workshop will cover:

    • Understand and Avoid pitfalls:Read and analyze examples of quality writing and writing that needs improvement. 

    • Learn by doing: Classroom practice, review, discussion

    • Critical Elements of a Story: setting; character development, narrative voice, the story arc, plot and structure, dialogue, and word choice and description

    Click on the link for a full outline of this workshop:

    Duff Brenna Itinerary (1).pdf


    More about this presenter:

    In an interview conducted by Derek Alger, Brenna explains why the connections between art and literature and writing resonate so deeply for him:

    I learned early on that the only thing I could believe in is art, in whatever form it might take. But especially in the form of great literature. Art is the way to go in past the barriers of custom and culture and a way to get control of your afflicted past. Art is very often a way to find meaning for the pain that all human beings suffer. Art is also a way to renew your spirit and connect to others. I try to create art every time I sit down to write.

    Duff Brenna is the author of nine books, including The Book of Mamie, which won the AWP Award for Best Novel; The Holy Book of the Beard, named “an underground classic” by The New York Times; Too Cool, a New York Times Noteworthy Book; The Altar of the Body, given the Editors Prize Favorite Book of the Year Award (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) and a San Diego Writers Association Award for Best Novel 2002. 

    He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award, Milwaukee Magazine’s Best Short Story of the Year Award, and a Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention. His book Minnesota Memoirs was awarded Best Short Story Collection at the 2013 Next Generation Indie Awards in New York City. His memoir, Murdering the Mom, was a Finalist for Best Non-Fiction at the same Independent Publishers Awards. Duff’s work has been translated into six languages

     Registration Payment  Details

    • Members: $55.00          
    • Non-Members: $65.00
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat. 
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • Attendees must register online regardless of payment type. 
    • Online payment is available and is immediate.
    • Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • 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.
    • 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:

    Ed Lopatin, VP PSWG Programs

    PROGRAMS.PSWG@GMAIL.COM

    If you would like to become a member of the Palm Springs Writers Guild – Click on: Become a Member

    Is your story good enough to send to a publisher or editor?Are you sure?
    Is your story good enough for publication?
    Are you sure?
    • Saturday, February 07, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

    Navigating the Publishing Maze

    Survival Tips for Authors

    presented by 

    IBPA Executive Director Angela Boles

    Have you finished writing that book and now are uncertain about how to get it published? 

    Do you know how to evaluate and compare self-publishing companies?

    Whose advice you can trust?

    Say hello to Angela Boles, Executive Director of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). 

    Also the Treasurer for the International Digital Publishing Forum, additionally she's a member of the  Board of Directors for the International Digital Publishing Forum, and is the past Deputy Executive Director for the Book Industry Study Group, the organization that is the leading standards and research body for the U.S. Publishing industry.

    PSWG Members, if you've got questions...Angela's got answers! 

    • Find out about the emerging publishing trends to minimize out of pocket expenses and make the most money possible with a book.
    • Discover the options of book editors, book shepherds, literary agents, public relations consultants to launch your book into the world.
    • Why doing the research will help you make prudent and savvy business decisions
    •  Marketing plans: being realistic and ethical to  promotes your image in the literary world  community
    • Using writing conferences, classes, and consultants that will provide you the best information, skills, and support possible

    The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is a not-for-profit membership organization serving and leading the indie publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With nearly 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. Membership is available to everyone, including independent publishers self-published authors, and small and mid-sized publishers.

    For more information about the Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA), go to www.ibpa-online.org


    Contact person for this meeting:  

    Ed Lopatin, 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!

     Become a Member

     
    • Saturday, February 21, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • College of the Desert Classroom #1 First Floor,Westfield Mall, Palm Desert 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert CA 92260
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    POETRY WORKSHOP

     Reversing Spells, Secrets Spilled, and The Line’s Surprise

    presented by

    CSU San Bernadino Professor of English

    Julie Paegle

    Here is a fabulous interactive workshop for you to explore and hone your poetry writing skills

    As suggested by the term “verse,” the spirit of poetry dwells in the unexpected twist, in the startling turn, in the ordinary made fresh, in all the surprise that arises when we see our world with new eyes.

    Julie Paegle directs the M.F.A. in Creative Writing at California State University San Bernardino, where she is Professor of English. Paegle has served on numerous editorial and review boards, including for the PEN WEST fellowship. Paegle holds two bachelors’ degrees (in Environmental Earth Science and in English), and two terminal degrees (an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature). She has served as a Poet in the Schools and teaching Alaskan indigenous tribes in Upward Bound.

    Great way for members to polish their entries for the PSWG Poetry Contest!

    Starting the workshop, Paegle will discuss and provide handouts with some of contemporary poetry's most exciting ideas about how poetry twists and turns thought its lines, including poetics from James Longenbach's The Art of the Poetic Line and Dean Young's The Art of Recklessness.

    Additional workshop topics & exercises:

    • Review of the fundamental structural unit of verse poetry: the poetic line.
    • Exploration of different approaches to lineation (from haiku, to sonnet, to free-verse) and to poetic composition (from collaborative poems to individual craft).
    • Writing exercises including drafting and sharing several poems of astonishment, of amazement, of secrets revealed and self shared.
    • Enjoy different modes of poetic composition, from group poetry, to anonymously paired poems in which we swap secrets (real and invented) to drafts of our own poetry.
    • Be invited to share their poems with the group at large.
    • Take-home skill set series of prompts for further poetic exploration


    Regardless of whether participants go on to publish or submit their work into contests, this workshop will get you in touch with your inner poet, and with your wells of inspiration and feeling. It will also help you with your writing as a way to focus your attention on all the surprise and freshness in the world we so often overlook in our daily lives.


    This workshop is is designed for practiced poets and folks afraid of poetry in mind. So, whether you are looking to expand your existing poetry practice or unsure whether you even "fit" with poetry, this workshop has something for you.

    Reviews:

    Paegle is incredibly knowledgeable…she has insight into the craft of poetry that is beyond measure.

    Paegle is consistently warm and encouraging, while maintaining a high level of intellectuality and rigor.”

    I can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I am with her as a workshop leader. She manages her time very well. She gives clear-cut, exacting explanations...I am a person who never thought they could write poems. She managed to do just that: teach me!

    Paegle is brilliant, compassionate, wise, kind, and an irreplaceable treasure…the best of the best.”

    Payment & Registration Details

    • Members: $30.00    
    • Non-Members: $45.00
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat. 
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • Online payment is available and is immediate.
    • Water & light snack included.
    • Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • 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.
    • 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:

    Ed Lopatin, VP PSWG Programs

    PROGRAMS.PSWG@GMAIL.COM

    *Interested in becoming a member of PSWG? Please fill out an online membership application.

    Become a member


    More about Julie Paegle:

    Julie Paegle is the author of two books of poetry, Torch Song Tango Choir and Twelve Clocks (University of Arizona Press). She has published in dozens of journals and anthologies, including The Giant Book of Poetry, Poetry Daily, Love Rise Up: Poems of Social Resistance, No Place for a Puritan: Literature of California’s Deserts, Alpinist, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.

    Julie Paegle's work has been recognized in the International Latino Book Awards (Best Poetry in English); in Poets & Writers (for one of the best debut poetry collections of 2010); and won recognition in the Utah Book Awards and the Utah Arts Council awards.

    Julie Paegle will work with you on:

    • The fundamental structural unit of verse poetry: the poetic line. 
    • Exploration of different approaches to lineation (from haiku, to sonnet, to free-verse) and to poetic composition (from collaborative poems to individual craft). 
    • Writing exercises including drafting and sharing several poems of astonishment, of amazement, of secrets revealed and self shared. 
    • Skill set series of prompts for further poetic exploration.
    • Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    • Rancho Mirage Library Community Room

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Local authors selling books

    Readers networking with authors

    Rancho Mirage Library

    Check back soon for details


    • Thursday, March 12, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • College of the Desert at Westfield Mall Highway 111, between Monterey and Town Center Classroom #1
    • 23

    Weekday Workshop!

    Social Media for Writers

    Promote Yourself and Your Books

    Presented by

    Chief Executive Officer, FGC Creative

    Stephanie Greene

    There is more to social media than finding new friends. Social media is a platform for promoting yourself and your books. By honing social media skills, writers can effectively drive consumer traffic to increase book sales.

    Stephanie Green, is the owner and CEO of the award winning FG Creative, Inc., and heads up strategic marketing planning, account management, public relations-crisis management and media planning & placement for all clients. 


    With over 60 awards garnered in the last 10 years, and ten Full-time employees, FG Creative is recognized in the industry for its stellar base of accomplishments in marketing and public awareness campaigns throughout Southern California.

    Attention Writers! Take advantage of this fabulous workshop presented by one of the top marketing agencies in Southern California.

    Some of the highlights of this workshop include:

    • Navigating the Top Five: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, You-Tube and Linked-In 
    • Social Media for Writers: Discover the Highest & Best Use for Promotion & Book Sales
    • Time Management: Using Social Media Efficiently
    • Insights on how to bring attention to your site and to your product
    • Tips to turn consumer interest into book sales
    Stephanie Green's impressive work experience spans over 30 years in a variety of industries, including tourism, city marketing, Native American Casinos, attractions & entertainment, residential real estate, shopping centers, medical, retail and packaged goods. She spent over 10 years managing and marketing shopping centers, and earned the coveted Certified Marketing Director designation for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

    FG Creative (FGC) is a 100% woman-owned, California Certified Small Business that offers Full-service marketing, advertising and public relations, along with related efforts in web design and online marketing, Graphic design, broadcast services and media services.

    To learn more about Stephanie Greene and FGC Creative, go to: www.FGCCreative.com

    This workshop will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm at the Westfield Mall, Palm Desert in the College of the Desert Room #1.



    Payment & Registration Details

    • Members: $30.00    
    • Non-Members: $45.00
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat. 
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • Online payment is available and is immediate.
    • Water & light snack included.
    • Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • 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.
    • 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:

    Ed Lopatin, 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



    Payment & Registration Details

    • Members: $30.00    
    • Non-Members: $45.00
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat. 
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • Online payment is available and is immediate.
    • Water & light snack included.
    • Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • 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.
    • 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:

    Ed Lopatin, 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.

     
    • Saturday, March 14, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

    Conquering Hollywood:

    The Screenwriters Blueprint 

    for Career Success

    presented by

    Hollywood Film Producer Gary Goldstein

    There are over 1,094 books on Amazon that show you “how to write a screenplay”… but next-to-nothing on how to break into Hollywood, sell your script, and build a successful writing career.  Until now.

    Gary W. Goldstein is an author, speaker, consultant and Hollywood film producer, best known for producing blockbusters Pretty Woman (Richard Gere & Julia Roberts), Under Siege (Steven Seagal & Tommy Lee Jones) and The Mothman Prophecies (Richard Gere & Laura Linney), generating over a billion dollars in worldwide revenue.

    Embracing the same creative strategies that drive his success in Hollywood, Gary produces not only films, but businesses – a broker of brilliant people and inspired ideas, discoverer of the golden threads that connect projects, people, solutions and success – building quickly to outsized business box office. His passion and gift is helping entrepreneurs and business owners change context and elevate dialogue, thereby creating a new story to drive greater success in business… and in life.

    His dynamite new book "Conquering Hollywood: The Screenwriters Blueprint for Career Success" is a successfully funded Kickstarter project, that serves as a road map for transforming talent as a writer into a successful career as a Hollywood screenwriter.

    PSWG Members will want to pay close attention at this meeting when Gary discusses his book and answers questions about proven career-making strategies, planning and advice for aspiring (and established) screenplay writers.

    Over the last two decades Gary has nurtured, mentored and launched some of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters. 


    Q & A will follow presentation. 

    More information about this presenter:

    Gary W. Goldstein has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits, generating well over a billion dollars in worldwide revenue, receiving multiple Academy Award nominations, People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and various other awards.
    Gary Goldstein Facebook

    Garry Goldstein Website


    Contact person for this meeting:  

    Ed Lopatin, 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!

     Become a Member

    • Saturday, April 04, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

    The Humorous Adventures

    of an

    Everyday Guy

    presented by

    Popular Humorist & Author

    Ernie Whitham

    Humor can help define a story and its characters. To better resonate with an audience, writers include humor in their memoirs, scripts, screenplays, essays, blogs, lifestyle publications and of course, public speaking.

    So...how does one write funny right?

    Welcome to Ernie's World!

    Ernie Whitham has won numerous awards including first place for humor writing and first place for screenwriting at the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference. 

    He is a member of the Santa Barbara Humor Society, Screenwriter's Association of Santa Barbara, and Toastmasters International. He is an accomplished photographer with a degree from Brooks Institute of Photography  

    Ernie's presentation will include the elements to make your writing funny AND publishable, whether it’s for your novel, screenplay or humorous anecdotes.

    Laughs guaranteed during this meeting when Ernie Whitham stops by and offers some valuable techniques that will make anything funny!

     The diversity and good clean fun of Ernie Witham’s humor makes him one of my favorite contributing writers to our Chicken Soup books.” - Jack Canfield , Co-Author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

    "Ernie Witham is Erma Bombeck With Five O'Clock Shadow.- Chryss Yost, Santa Barbara Independent

    This will be fun and enlightening presentation for all writers, any level and any genre.

    Topic items will include:

    • Honing observational skills 
    • Using the element of surprise
    • The funny thing about the truth
    • Visualization and your writing
    • Exaggeration required
    A lively Q & A will follow this presentation.

    Ernie Witham is not afraid to poke a little fun at himself, an Everyman with a wonderfully quirky sense of humor. He takes us many unexpected directions. And it's always funny.”  Grace Rachow undefined Writer and Publisher of the Community of Voices Anthologies

    More about Ernie Whitham:

    Ernie Witham writes a humor column called "Ernie's World" for the Montecito Journal in Montecito, California. His column is syndicated through the Senior Wire News Service. He has also been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Barbara News-Press, various magazines, and more than two dozen anthologies including Chicken Soup of the Soul 101 Best Stories, the Wisdom of Dads, and Not Your Mother’s Book on Travel.

    He also leads humor workshops at several writers' conferences, and has recently published his second book, A Year in the Life of a “Working” Author: A Memoir to the Best of the Recollections of Ernie Witham, a follow-up to Ernie’s World, the Book, a collection of his favorite columns.

    More information about Ernie Witham can be found at:  www.erniesworld.com


    Contact person for this meeting:  

    Ed Lopatin, 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 02, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

    Awards & Accolades!


    Check back soon for details...



    Contact person for this meeting:  

    Ed Lopatin, 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 06, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

     "A Caregiver's Journey" 

    presented by 

    Award-Winning Author & Celebrated Speaker 

     Karen Twichell

    Check back soon for more details!


    Contact person for this meeting:  

    Ed Lopatin, 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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