2015-2016 Event Calendar

There are no meetings or workshops during July, August and September.

Check back soon for updates on future programs.

Contact: Ann Marie Biskar, Vice-President, Programs

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 03, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Public Library, Community Room

    October 3, 2015

    Season Kick-Off Meeting!


    Best-Selling Author

    Diana Wagman

    Writers (and readers) are sure to enjoy  the inspirational insights, sharp wit     and sage advice expressed by this             very talented writer.  

    "Having spent so much of her own career trying to second-guess the market with screenplays, she urges her students to 'write what you love. People will see how good you are and what you can do.'

    Though her  path to success has been circuitous, Wagman has found her own singular voice and is determined to write the stories she wants to write, on her own terms — weird, likable, or not."--L.A. Times

    “Wagman’s talent for imagery is well served by the subject matter, and the story is perfectly paced, with humorous breaks in the tension. A PEN Center USA Award winner (for Spontaneous), Wagman has crafted an unusual thriller for psychological crime devotees and fans of the peculiar.”–Publishers Weekly

    "Diana Wagman’s fourth novel, “The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets,” is about a Los Angeles divorcée kidnapped by a deranged iguana owner, and it’s Wagman’s best to date — a quick, engaging story, half thriller and half wry domestic drama."--The New York Times

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

      Best-selling author Diana Wagman is the author of five novels and numerous short stories, essays and reviews. Just released in May 2015, her new novel, Life #6, is loosely based on her own life; an adventurous, emotionally complex story about love, and the meaning of life and death. Prior accomplishments,, her novel The Care & Feeding of Exotic Pets, found its place in the Barnes & Noble Discover New Authors selection. Her novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. Ms. Wagman wrote the original screenplay for DELIVERING MILO directed by Nick Castle and starring Bridget Fonda and Albert Finney.

    *A lively Q & A with Diana Wagman will be available for members and guests after the presentation.

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    Contact person: VP Programs, Ann Marie Biskar

    Email: Programs.PSWG@gmail.com

    • Saturday, October 03, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room, Rancho Mirage, CA

    Monthly Writing Challenge 

    This upcoming season, the 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).             


    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.
    October 2015 Object Writing Challenge:
    Music Box -
    The judges will be looking for an entry implementing good story telling techniques using a music box as a keyhole (relevance or connection) to a broader subject. The writing should enable the reader to see the connection in the author's mind.

    *Submit October entry and $5 at the 

    October 3, 2015 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 October's entry at the beginning of the October 3rd 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: click here

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

    • Saturday, November 07, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

    November 7, 2015

    Could YOUR book become a movie?

    An Interview


    "White Oleander" Author

    Janet Fitch

    Author Janet Fitch will be interviewed by Idyllwild favorite and best-selling author, Eduardo Santiago.

    This engaging interview format provides writers a fantastic medium to have all their book-to-movie questions answered. Join this room full of writers (and readers) as we  listen, learn and laugh when Eduardo Santiago asks well-known Author Janet Fitch all the right questions about what to expect on the way to the big screen!

    Janet Fitch is most famously known as the author of the Oprah's Book Club novel White Oleander, which became a film in 2002.

    Ms. Fitch is currently a faculty member in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where she teaches fiction.

    Janet Fitch was born in Los Angeles, a third-generation native, and grew up in a family of voracious readers. As an undergraduate at Reed College, Fitch had decided to become a historian, attracted to its powerful narratives, the scope of events, the colossal personalities, and the potency and breadth of its themes. But when she won a student exchange to Keele University in England, where her passion for Russian history led her, she awoke in the middle of the night on her twenty-first birthday with the revelation she wanted to write fiction.

    Eduardo Santiago was born Cuba and grew up in Los Angeles and Miami. He holds a BFA in Film and Television from California Institute of the Arts and was a 2004 PEN Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow. His novels, Tomorrow They Will Kiss and Midnight Rumba have won numerous awards. Eduardo was the founder and curator for the Idyllwild Author Series for the past five years. He currently hosts writing retreats where he resides in Idyllwild, CA.

    • Saturday, December 05, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

    December 5th

    Award-Winning Author of "First Blood" and New York Times Bestselling Author

    David Morrell

    "Morrell, an absolute master of the thriller, plays by his own rules and leaves you dazzled"--Dean Koontz

    David Morrell is the critically acclaimed author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl). An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing, discusses what he has learned in his more than four decades as an author. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Saturday, December 5, 2015

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

     Noted for his research, he is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School for wilderness survival as well as the G. Gordon Liddy Academy of Corporate Security. He is also an honorary lifetime member of the Special Operations Association and the Association of Intelligence Officers. He has been trained in firearms, hostage negotiation, assuming identities, executive protection, and defensive/offensive driving, among numerous other action skills that he describes in his novels. To research the aerial sequences in The Shimmerhe became a private pilot, the training for which he describes here. In 2010, he was with the first group of authors to be sent on a USO tour to a war zone (Iraq).

    Contact person for this meeting:

    Ann Marie Biskar


    Not yet a member?

    Click here for online application

    • Friday, December 11, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Braille Institute
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    Special Sunday Workshop!

    "The Way of Story" 

    The Craft & Soul of Writing

    presented by

    Screenwriter, Author & Writing Consultant

    Catherine Ann Jones

    On Friday, December 11, 2015  a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind five 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

    • 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:, VP PSWG Programs


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