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Contact: Ed Lopatin, Vice-President, Programs

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 11, 2014
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room, Rancho Mirage, CA

    Monthly Writing Challenge 

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

    October Challenge: A Quest 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 October 2014 Challenge

     Quest Plot  

    Write about a search for a person, place or thing, tangible or intangible. The judges will be looking for a motivating incident for the quest, how the character is shaped by the quest, whether a success of failure, and all the dramatic elements. This is a character plot.

    **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: October's winning entry will have the author announced and the story read aloud at the November Monthly Meeting)
    Entries are judged by a panel of professional industry professionals. Judges do not participate in the contest.

    *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

    • Saturday, October 11, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

    Writing and Speaking the Truth

    A Journalist’s Experience 

    presented by

    Fariba Nawa

     An internationally acclaimed journalist, author, speaker, and foreign policy consultant speaks about her journey

    Any writer with a story to be told will be forever motivated by the spirit and courage of Fariba Nawa.

    Living in one of the world's most volatile locations, she employed her knowledge and personal connections while living in Afghanistan to research and report on the daily life, secrets, and atrocities suffered in this war torn region.

    Determination and the skill set to have the dramatic truth reach an audience has now made Fariba Nawa an internationally recognized and acclaimed Afghan-American journalist, author, and speaker.

    Her first book Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan, is a mix of memoir and reportage about the drug trade in Afghanistan. The book was a finalist for the 2012 PEN USA award for research nonfiction.

    Fariba Nawa lived and reported from Afghanistan from 2002 to 2007, witnessing the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and al Qaeda. She has also reported from Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, and Germany. 

    She is currently teaching journalism at San Francisco State University, writing her second book, and is in search of full-time journalism or aid work outside the United States. She is fluent in Farsi/Dari, conversant in Arabic and understands Urdu.

    A few topics this extraordinary presenter will discuss with audience writers:

    • How her platform as a journalist led her to become a published author and enabled her to speak to audiences all over the world
    • The struggles to write about her knowledge of Afghanistan and the dangers of her work
    • Many facets of journalistic writing; the life of women and children Afghanistan; the impacts of and life during the Opium War 
    • The perspective of women in Dubai: beyond the glitz and gold 
    •  The importance of writing / public speaking to reach an audience and help others

    More about this author:

    Nawa’s public speaking experience began as a member of Logan High School’s Forensics team in Union City, California. As a sophomore and junior, she competed weekly in speaking tournaments in the San Francisco Bay Area. The exposure spurred her speaking career, and Nawa has been talking in front of audiences for the last 15 years, focusing on Islamic societies, women’s rights and immigrant life in the U.S. 

    Audiences have hailed her TEDx talk “An exile finds home” as moving and powerful. Major television programs including NBC, CBS, Al Jazeera, FOX and MTV have invited her to share her opinions and analyses on their news programs. She’s open to discussing and giving speeches about a variety of topics, which she has lived through or covered as a reporter. She even has a comedy skit.

    Fariba Nawa's work has appeared in The Atlantic, Sunday Times of London, Foreign Affairs, Daily Beast, Newsday, Mother Jones, The Village Voice, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle and numerous other publications. 

    Nawa’s journalism awards include the Overseas Press Club Scholarship, One World Media Award and Project Censored.

    She also reports for radio, including National Public Radio (NPR). She is the author of the groundbreaking report Afghanistan, Inc., (CorpWatch, May 2006 ) and a contributing writer in the anthology Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands (Harvard University Press, May 2012). 

    Her essays have also been published in two other books, March to War and Women for Afghan Women.

    A frequent speaker on Middle East and South/Central Asian issues, she has participated in talks at the World Affairs Council, Commonwealth Club, major universities, and has been interviewed by prominent television and radio networks.


    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, October 18, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Villa Portofino Gated Community Club House, 4001 Via Portofino, Palm Desert CA
    • 42

    The Power of 

    Professional Communication Skills 

    for Writers

    presented by 

    Cindy "The Creative Fireball" Carpenter

    She's here!...

    Whether you have just published a book or are still writing one, soon you will need to promote your written work and yourself.  Promoting yourself may require you to speak to live audiences about your book and  related topics.

    You may also be asked to appear on radio shows, attend book-signings, and meet with all kinds of people interested in your book. 

    If you are serious about taking the business of your book to the next level... this is the workshop for you!

    In this 3-hour interactive workshop being held at Villa Portofino Club House in Palm Desert, participants will be introduced to the following:

    • The importance of eye contact and body language to supplement your message
    • Techniques to focus your message to your target audience
    • Why humor is critical in your dialogue      
    • Lose the notes and remember the message
    • Find out what phrases make you look unprepared and unprofessional...and how to avoid them   
    • Think Fast! How to address the spontaneity of your audience
    • Tips on how to be the professional that you want others to see you as

    Be prepared to learn, laugh, and come away with actionable strategies you can implement immediately! *Small group exercises and individual participation will be part of this interactive workshop.

    More about this presenter:

    Cindy Carpenter is Past Director of the Toastmaster District 12 (Riverside, San Bernardino, and parts of Los Angeles counties) Speaker’s Bureau. In August 2014 as representative of District 12, she participated Toastmaster's International Speech Contest at the Toastmaster International Convention in Malaysia in August 2014. Cindy place 3rd out of 300 participants. 

    Cindy is also a successful business entrepreneur, college instructor and professional speaker. Most notably, she is known as a powerful workshop leader specializing in verbal communications.

    Past reviews for Cindy Carpenter:

    Rosalyn Carter
    Past District Governor: Cindy is detail oriented with a clear vision of her strategic business plans. She empowers others who join her on many projects because she has proven her success in leadership, communication and project development. Cindy is a creative fireball with skills in marketing, sales and social media promotions. She captures your attention to get involved...She is a masterful speaker and business powerhouse.

    Simone Sawyer-McFarland CEO, Synergie Associates, Public Speaker, Economic Development Marketing and Business Development Consultant, and Coach: Cindy is an amazing woman. Her zest for life is contagious. She is a person that truly wants to see people succeed and doesn't mind helping them achieve this goal. Cindy has experience, knowledge and the ability to synthesize complex information so that you have no option but to learn it! Everyone will benefit from her classes and workshops.

    John Rollow, A.I.A.e
    Communication Architect | Brand Strategist | Speaker | Author | Network Marketing Professional: 
    Cindy is an exciting and inspiring public speaker and community leader. She is a coach and marketing consultant who consistently helps business people expand their dreams and achieve new heights in their businesses and in their lives.


    Payment & Registration Details

    SEATS ARE LIMITED!

    • Members: $35.00         
    • Non-Members: $45.00
    • Coffee/Tea/Water & a light snack included.
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat. 
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • 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 a full refund less credit card fees. 
    • This workshop will be held at:Villa Porto Fino Club House: Palm Desert,CA . *Directions will be sent with paid registration.


    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

    • Saturday, November 01, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library Community Room, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
    Four Ways Authors Make Money
     From Publishing 
     Fingers on Your Keyboard 
    to 
    Dollars in Your Bank Account 
    presented by

    Get the facts!
    Important legal principals & processes 
    all writers should be aware of while on 
    the journey into publication.

    The nuts and bolts of the business of writing are as essential to a writer’s success as the writer’s work itself. 

    How does a writer get an agent and an attorney? 

    How does the writer’s work get sold, and how is the writer compensated? 

    What will the agent and the lawyer do for the writer? How are they compensated? How do writers work together? 

    Mr. Levine's presentation will cover: 

    • The principles of copyright law as the underpinnings of all writing. 
    • What agents do and what lawyers do, how their functions sometimes overlap and how they differ; 
    • The process of obtaining an agent and a lawyer, when and why an agent is - or may not  - be necessary; 
    • How agents and lawyers are compensated by their clients; 
    • The content of a typical collaboration agreement and three reasons why one is an absolute necessity; 
    • A detailed of a typical publishing agreement--royalties, advances, rights granted and rights withheld, etc.; 
    • The editing process: what happens if the publisher rejects the manuscript, the publisher’s ultimate acceptance of the manuscript, actual publication after acceptance, and promotion and publicity. 

    Make it your business to learn the business of writing! This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who is currently writing or considering writing for publication. 

    Question and Answer forum will be available at the end of this presentation.

    About this presenter:

    Attorney Paul S. Levine wears two hats–he is a lawyer and a literary agent. Mr. Levine has practiced entertainment law for over 30 years, specializing in the representation of writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, musicians, artists, authors, photographers, galleries, publishers, developers, production companies and theater companies in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive multimedia, live stage, recorded music, concerts, the visual arts, publishing, and advertising. Since starting his literary agency, Mr. Levine has sold over 100 adult, young adult, and children’s fiction and non-fiction books to at least 50 different publishers and has had many books developed as movies-for-television and feature films.


    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, 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 & Writing Consultant
    Catherine Ann Jones

    On Saturday, December 13th, renowned screenwriter, 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 is in possession of a powerful talent … nothing is more rare in my opinion.” Norman Mailer

    Catherine's 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. 

    Her second book, Heal Your Self with Writing won a Nautilus Book Award for 2014. 



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

    A few topics Catherine will touch on include:

    Voice of character and how to convey it
    • The unexpected synchronicity of writing
    • The resource of memory
    • The writer's voice
    • Character building: more than aesthetic imagination
    • Tips on working (and surviving) with TV and movie producers
    • Asperations of a writer: should it be Hollywood? 


    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.

    Her films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel.

    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.

    For blog, online courses, workshops, and consultant services please visit www.wayofstory.com

    You can also follow Catherine at http://www.facebook.com/WayofStory


    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, January 03, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

    Introduce Your Writing 

    with Confidence 

    presented by 

    Marketing Professional

    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?
     
    Admittedly, many writers are not keen on self-promotion, but if you want to motivate people to buy your books, you need to gain the confidence and skill set to effectively communicate your message. 

    Say hello to Sheryl Roush!

    Sheryl Roush is known for her extraordinary high-energy presentations. She has motivated audiences around the world, rekindling hope, attitude and improved communication.

    Sheryl is a nine-time author and a top rated international trainer with over 30 years of experience in the communication business. Her many corporate clients include IBM, Verizon Wireless, The San Diego Zoo, Kaiser Permanente, and Ernst and Young.

    Be sure to take notes at this meeting when Sheryl stops by and brings you a power surge of confidence to effectively 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:

    Sheryl Roush is only the fifth woman, in 93 countries, to earn the Toastmaster elite Accredited Speaker honor for professional platform presentation style. She is an active member of the National Speakers Association and was selected “Member of the Year” by colleagues for her stellar contributions to the speaking and training industry. 

    As business leader, entrepreneur and founder of Sparkle Presentations, her 35 years of diverse experience and expertise blends skills for communicating: in person (interpersonal, teams, leadership, interviewing) in public (speaking, training, sales presentations, media interviews, social media), and in print (sales and marketing, graphic design and advertising).

    Clients bring Sheryl on-site to address staff in their workplace, as well as to speak at association meetings, as the conference keynote speaker and breakout sessions, seminars, emcee kick-off events, launch fundraisers and to facilitate 1/2 day to 3 day retreats.

    For more background information visit http://sherylroush.com/about/


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

    MARCH MEETING 

    presented by

    Popular Humorist & Writer Ernie Whitman

    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

     
    • Saturday, April 04, 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, June 06, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA

    June Meeting "Caregivers Journey" 

    presented by Author Karen Twitchell

    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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