CANCELLED May Meeting: "Cooking Up a Best Seller" with Diana von Welanetz Wentworth

  • Saturday, May 02, 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Rancho Mirage Library Community Room. Presented by the Palm Springs Writers Guild in collaboration with the Rancho Mirage Library.


  • Open to the public. Registration is not needed.


May Meeting 

Presenter: Diana von Welanetz Wentworth

Diana von Welanetz Wentworth is a New York Times bestselling author of 10 award-winning books (including two of the Chicken Soup for the Soul titles). Her entrepreneurial careers include being a television celebrity chef and the Founder of Inside Edge Foundation for Education.

In 1985, at the height of the Cold War, Diana and her late husband Paul von Welanetz were culinary stars and television hosts who were invited to travel into the Soviet Union to be part of a documentary. They were so deeply touched by their fellow travelers, all leaders in human potential, that on their return, they left their culinary career and reinvented their business focus. Thus, began the Inside Edge, a Southern California weekly breakfast forum in three cities where forward-thinking leaders have gathered for 34 years to hear more than 1500 cutting-edge speakers on the topics of psychology, scientific breakthroughs, global issues, success strategies, spiritual awareness and the arts.

At some of those meetings Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen conferred on their concept for the first Chicken Soup for the Soul. Diana soon became their first co-author with the third book in the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook (almost a million copies sold). She later re-partnered to write Chicken Soup to Inspire the Body and Soulwith Canfield, Hansen and Dan Millman.

The film rights to Diana’s romantic memoir, Send Me Someone: A True Story of Love Here and Hereafter (Renaissance Books and St. Martins Press 2001), the poignant story of how her late husband promised to send her a new love, was purchased by the Lifetime Network for development into a movie of the week.

Diana has been speaking internationally for over 40 years and often speaks at writer’s conferences on The Art and Magic of Memoir and Writing and Publishing Your Book in 120 Days.

Diana loves helping clients discover the joy in writing, editing and publishing their personal stories. She will present a storytelling/journal-writing workshop titled Storytelling: The Art and The Magic on May 3rd.

Currently writing on Life, Laughter and Legacy

Founder of The Inside Edge Foundation for Education


Topic: Cooking Up a Best Seller
Diana von Welanetz Wentworth will recount the steps in the journey leading to her success as a writer of New York Times bestsellers, discovering and living the joy of writing.

Event Contact: Channing Hillway

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