Event Calendar

Contact: Ed Lopatin, Vice-President, Programs

Upcoming events

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

    Popular Humorist & Author

    Ernie Witham

    presents

    The Humorous Adventures

    of an

    Everyday Guy

    Humor can help define a story and its characters. It allows characters and stories to resonate with an audience.  You'll need to include humor in memoirs, scripts, screenplays, essays, blogs, lifestyle publications and of course, public speaking.

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


    Welcome to Ernie's World!

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

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

    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.

    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

    Laughs guaranteed when Ernie Witham stops by and gives you valuable insights to help you write funny!

    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.

    Saturday, April 4, 2015
    2:00pm - 4:00 PM
    Rancho Mirage Public Library, Community Room



    More about this presenter:
    Ernie Witham is the humor workshop leader at the prestigious week long Santa Barbara Writers Conference and has led other workshops in Cape Cod, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Springfield IL. He lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and has a large family, many of whom appear in his humor stories. He likes writing "location humor" where he goes to a place or event to find a story.

    Ernie Witham 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.

     “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

    Mr. Witham is also a past member of the Santa Barbara Humor Society, The Screenwriter's Association of Santa Barbara, Toastmasters International, Ernie Whitham brings his vast  knowledge of popular humor to encourage writers to write funny.  He is an accomplished photographer with a degree from Brooks Institute of Photography.Even 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, April 04, 2015
    • 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.

    APRIL CHALLENGE: Forbidden Love (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 APRIL 2015 Challenge

    Forbidden Love (Plot)

    Any love that goes against the conventions of society. The lovers ignore social convention and pursue their hearts, usually with disastrous results.

    *The judges will be looking at the relationship in social context (what taboos are broken), the realities of the doomed relationship and the end point of the relationship – usually by death, force or desertion.

    This is a character plot. 


    *Submit April entry and $5 at the 

    APRIL 4, 2015 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 April's entry at the beginning of the April 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. *THE APRIL CHALLENGE WILL BE READ AT THE JUNE 6TH 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

    • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Pick up location: Sam’s Club parking lot (north parking lot by gas station), 34220 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA. Drive
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     Bus Trip!



    Network with people in the business of books.
    Observe marketing tools and techniques.
    Enjoy the fun!

    The Festival of Books is a two-day celebration of music,comedy, photography, film, art, food – and of course, books.The Festival began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The event attracts approximately 150,000 people each year to the indoor conversations (tickets at $1 each are required), to the outdoor exhibits of booksellers, publishers, and literacy organizations, and to the multiple outdoor stages for live music, poetry readings, chef demos, and more.

    Find out more about the festival: www.latfob.com

    Take this opportunity to enjoy this wonderful festival without the hassle and worry of driving and parking!

    Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 7:00 a.m. A luxury bus will pick-up passengers at Sam’s Club parking lot (north parking lot by gas station), 34220 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA. Expect the drive of approximately 3hrs to USC campus for festival drop-off.

    PSWG is offering the bus-trip only. Participating in festival activities is at the at the discretion of the individual. PSWG will not be escorting, directing or making reservations for festival activities and/or speakers. 

    Find out more about the festival: www.latfob.com

    Passengers will return to the bus for the 4:00pm departure from the festival and driven back to Sam’s Club parking lot by approximately 7:00 pm. 

    *Actual hours of Festival are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Click here for online registration 

     Payment & Registration Details

    • PSWG Members: $40.00    
    • Guests & Non-members: $40.00
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat. 
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • Registration for this event closes 4/13/15.

    PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 45 reservations is required for this trip. PSWG reserves the right to cancel the bus trip if this minimum is not met.


    Contact person for this event is:

    Marge Dodge: margedodge1@aol.com



    Sam’s Club parking lot (north parking lot by gas station), 34220 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA. Drive 


    • Saturday, May 02, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Announcing scholarship recipients, Contest Winners, Volunteer Appreciation and Pitch your book! Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA
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    Awards & Accolades
        Together we acknowledge the achievements of our members while celebrating the craft of writing.

     2:00pm -4:00pm

    Saturday, May 2, 2015

    Rancho Library Community Room

    Barbara Seranella Scholarship Awards

    PSWG Volunteer Appreciation

    Poetry Contest Award & Reading

    Annual Short Story Contest Award & Reading      
                
      *Pitch Your Book! Presentation


    *Event Emcee: Eduardo Santiago
    .

    Mr. Santiago teaches creative writing for UCLA Extension and is the founder and curator of the Idyllwild Authors Series. In addition he is the facilitator for the popular book-start intensive  "Idyllwild Writing Retreat".

     Eduardo Santiago was born in Cuba and grew up in Los Angeles and Miami. He holds a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.

    He is a two-time PEN Emerging Voices Fellow (2004 and 2010). His first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss (Little Brown and Co.), took Best Historical Novel and Best First Book honors at the International Latino Book Awards and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. His second novel, Midnight Rumba , was published in 2012. His shorter works of fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The AdvocateOut Traveler, One For The Table, The Platte  

    *Special Guest Reader: Darci Daniels

    A favorite guest of the Palm Springs Writers Guild, Darci Daniels is a spectacularly talented artist with a glamorous vocal versatility. Her relaxed, easy style will capture your immediate attention and  have you  listening from start to finish.  

    A concert artist, Darci has been the opening act for many top names, her favorite being Mel Torme.  Darci is an award winning stage actress for her portrayal as the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella for the Coronado Playhouse.  She has also received critical acclaim for her roles as Eliza Doolittle for Regional Theater and Polly Peachum for the Desert Opera Guild.  

    Darci Daniels has her own star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame and recently appeared in The Purple Room in Palm Springs. Darci has been a main showroom act for many years, including at the House of Blues, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

    *Pitch your book! Presentation:
    Are you a published PSWG Member?
    Like a chance to pitch your book? 
    Here's a fun opportunity for you to go to the microphone and pitch your book to members and guests.
    The catch? You only have sixty-seconds.
     This lively and fun presentation is a great way for authors to hone their skills of promotion. Of course, always fun to be in the audience!
      Limited to 20 time slots.
    For more info click here!
     
    Online registration form click here

    Barbara Seranella Scholarship Awards:
    The true meaning of writers helping writers.        Be inspired when the scholarships recipients names are announced to the audience.

    Contact person for this meeting:  

    Diana Miller-Castells

    President.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

    You've written, published, and distributed your book...

     TIME TO PROMOTE IT!

    presented by

    Award-Winning Author & Motivational Speaker 

     Karen L. Twichell

    Eager to get on the promotional speaking circuit? Ready to perform radio and television interviews? Excited about being the center of attention during book signings? Wincing at the mere thought of public promotion?

    Promotion events can be a challenge for anyone. However, remembering what Sheryl Roush showed us in her presentation in January, Speak and Market Like a Pro®, learning to speak in front of audiences is certainly an effective way to sell books. 

    How about we learn a few more?

    Whether you are eager to do speaking gigs or need to find other practical ways to promote your book, this presentation will help any writer, novice to professional, interested in learning effective ways to promote books and related materials.  

    Saturday, June 6, 2015
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Rancho Mirage Public Library, Community Room

    Karen's solid approach and easy to understand presentation will give you important pointers such as:
    • Defining your audience
    • Promotion that you can do in your PJs
    • Informing those interested in the subject of your book
    • Fiction vs. Non-fiction promotion
    • Help from your colleagues
    • Promotional Materials
    • The advantages of speaking up
    Q & A will be moderated following her presentation.

    More about Karen Twichell:
    Award Winning Author of "A Care Giver's Journey" and Toastmaster's International Accredited speaker, Karen Twichell, has been speaking on the topic of family care-giving across the nation for fifteen years.

    Using techniques such as humor and stories of her own personal experience as the caregiver of many family members with cancer and Parkinson's Disease, Karen's main platform is to convey practical guidance and show family members how to make the job of being a caregiver easier and less stressful.

    As an effective public speaker, Karen presents dynamic, energetic talks to both family caregivers and medical teams who support family caregivers helping them to work together.

    Karen is one of 16 women in the world to have earned the Toastmasters International elite Accredited Speaker designation for outstanding professionalism, from over 4.4 million members in 130 countries. To date, there are only 66 who have earned this title.




    www.palmspringswritersguild.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


    Not everyone is eager to get on the speaking circuit, to do radio and television interviews, to speak at book signings.  As Sheryl Roush showed us in her presentation in January, “Speak and Market Like a Pro®”, learning to speak in front of audiences is a sure way to sell books.  But it’s only one of the ways.  Whether you want to do the speaking gigs or you are looking for other means of promotion, you’ll want to join Karen L. Twichell as she addresses the following:

    • ·       Defining your audience
    • ·       Promotion that you can do in your PJs
    • ·       Informing those interested in the subject of your book
    • ·       Fiction vs. Non-fiction promotion
    • ·       Help from your colleagues
    • ·       Promotional materials and Covers – You vs I
    • ·       The advantages of speaking up

    Author and Speaker, Karen L. Twichell, has been speaking on the topic of family caregiving across the nation for fifteen years.  Karen is one of 16 women in the world to have earned the Toastmasters International elite Accredited Speaker designation for outstanding professionalism, from over 4.4 million members in 130 countries.  To date, there are only 66 who have earned this title.

    • 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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