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If you're a writer or reader, want to learn the craft of writing or support literary development in the Coachella Valley, the Guild is for you!


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We meet monthly at the beautiful Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory


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This is a list of topics we have covered in our meetings, workshops and events:

How do I become a better writer?

How do I market my book?

How do I make money selling books?

How do I develop characters for my story?

How do I develop a plot for my story?

Where can I meet other others?

Are there critique groups in Palm Springs?

What is the best way to find an Agent?

How do I get published?

How do I self-publish?

How do I get my book printed?

How do I convert my book to an ebook?

Where do I find a writers group?

How do I prepare my manuscript?

Where can I learn about the craft of writing?


How do I write a query letter?

What is voice?

How do I get my short story published?

Where do I get help publishing my memoir?

How do I become a New York Times Bestseller?

Where can I sell my book in the Coachella Valley?

Where can I find local writing contests?

How do I get my book into a library?

How do I begin writing?

How do I overcome writer’s block?

How do I market my book?

Where can I learn about writing poetry?

How do authors use social media?

How do I write dialogue?

How do I get book reviews?



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Fellowship in a Community of Writers of All Ages!

Critique Groups
Critique Groups are touted by many members to be the best benefit of membership.

The guiding principle of the group is to critique, not criticize. We are here to help, not tear down. We are here not to change your unique writing style, but to help you strengthen it. Read more...

Contests
The Palm Springs Writers Guild offers several types of contests throughout the program season. Most contest winners will receive a prize of some denomination. For experienced writers, this may also be an opportunity for creative challenge by writing outside of his/her genre. Read more...

Marketing
As a member, you have the opportunity to advertise your book in the Member Books section and to list your achievements in the Member Highlights section of the website. Read more...


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2018-2019 Season Events

9/8/18
September Meeting - "The Power of Place" Presenter Ruth Nolan, Professor of English and Creative Writing, College of the Desert

9/9/18
Workshop: "THE POWER OF PLACE: Using Setting to Bring Your Stories/Poems to Life" with Ruth Nolan, Professor of English and Creative Writing, College of the Desert

10/1/18
October Monthly Fiction Contest: Obstruction

10/6/18
October Meeting - "How I Ran Away to the French Riviera and Wrote a NY Times Bestseller" Presenter Andrew Kaplan, Best-selling author

10/8/18
Workshop: "Part 1: Seven Elements That Can Turn Your Book into a New York Times Bestseller Part 2: How to Create Instantly Compelling Characters" with Andrew Kaplan, Best-selling author

11/1/18
November Monthly Fiction Contest: Fired!

11/1/18
Memoir Contest for the 2018/2019 Season. Member Only. Deadline is noon on December 1, 2018.

11/3/18
November Meeting - "Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction" Presenter Elizabeth Sims, Award-winning author

11/4/18
Workshop: "Short Story Writing for Publication" with Elizabeth Sims, Award-winning author

11/9/18
Edit for Success Part 1: Micro Edits

12/1/18
December Monthly Fiction Contest: First Snow

12/1/18
December Meeting - “What is Voice?" Presenter Malaga Baldi, Independent Agent and owner of the Baldi Agency

12/2/18
Workshop: “No More Tears! Query Letter Writing" with Malaga Baldi, Independent Agent and owner of Baldi Agency

12/7/18
Edit for Success Part 2: Macro Edits


1/1/19
January Monthly Fiction Contest: Yellow

1/5/19
January Meeting - “I’ve Written The End – Pass Me the Maalox” – Preparing Your Manuscript for Publication" Presenter Lynn Price, Publisher, Behler Publications

1/7/19
Workshop: “Publishing Options - Making the Right Decision" with Lynn Price, Publisher, Behler Publications

1/15/19
Poetry Contest - January 2019

2/1/19
February Monthly Fiction Contest: Heartburn

2/9/19
February Meeting - “Topic TBD" Presenter Gary Fisketjon, Knopf Vice President and Editor at Large

2/10/19
Workshop: “Topic TBD" with Gary Fisketjon, Knopf Vice President and Editor at Large

3/1/19
March Monthly Fiction Contest: Pluck

3/2/19
March Meeting - “What’s YA Anyway" Presenter John Smelcer

3/3/19
Workshop: “Zen and The Writing Life” with John Smelcer

3/15/19
2019 Annual Short Story Contest. Member Only. Deadline is noon on April 15, 2019.

4/1/19
April Monthly Fiction Contest: Serendipity

6/1/19
June Meeting - “Seven Secrets of Successfully Selling Books" Presenter Brian Jud, President, Premium Book Company

6/2/19
Workshop: “The Buck Starts Here: How to Write and Sell Books in Large Quantities" with Brian Jud



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Additional Benefits

Private Member Website Directory with Profile Page

Email Blast Reminders for Contests, Meetings & Events

Volunteer Opportunities

Networking Opportunities

Website Advertisement for Professional Writing Services (additional fee)



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