President's Letter
October 2011

James D. McFarlin


Dear Guild Members,

It’s Show Time!

The curtain on the Guild’s 2011-2012 season is going up.  And the spotlights are…on…YOU!

Your Guild leadership troupe was busy this summer choreographing a playlist of award-level programs for you.  Now all we need are the stars.  Yes, that’s you!  So dust off that manuscript, grab your supporting cast from a workshop or critique group, and dance on over to the Palm Springs Writers Guild.  Join us onstage in the opening number to an enchanting Season of enlightenment, fellowship and support. 

The action kicked off October 1 - you all know how good that was - with a fascinating look at the real world of writing from award-winning television writer and producer Gary Kott.  Next you will be swept on a journey into the red-hot topic of e-publishing…pitching your work face to face with literary agents…the secrets of book marketing by nationally recognized writer John Kremer…the humor and priceless insight of best-selling memoirist Wade Rouse. 

And there’s more, including harnessing the power of social networks, but you will have to see for yourself.

ACT II takes you deep into the heart of our craft.  The talented leaders your interactive workshops include award-winning playwright Leon Martell demonstrating how to use drama to craft your characters; best-selling author Sue Ann Jaffarian on mastering the critical relationship between character and plot; and the not-to-be missed Wade Rouse, who leads us on a journey to find our all-important voice.      

Act III places you firmly in the director’s chair.  Whether you participate in a critique or mentoring group, practice your skills in the Guild’s writing challenges or annual Short Story Contest, or launch your work at the spring Desert Writer’s Expo, you will find boundless opportunities to bring your Season’s journey to a rewarding climax.

And be sure to take a tour through the magical realm of the Guild’s informative web site, featuring the latest news on Guild activities, writing reference sources, writer's events, and much more.  The site is truly your complete Show Guide for the Season.            

So here we are…heartbeats soaring, performers in their places.  A packed house waits with hushed anticipation…the orchestra strikes its opening notes.  Lights…curtain!    

Are you ready?  Smile!  Season’s on!


James McFarlin


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