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February Monthly Meeting

Chris Vogler will present
 Memo from the Story Department: Some tips from 25 years in Hollywood


Chris Vogler will present
The Writer's Journey -- And BEYOND!

Board of DirectorsMarly Bergerud

Matthew Lancellotti
Executive VP

Kathy Weyer
VP Contests
VP Critique Groups

Mark E. Anderson
VP Membership


Candace Fagan

Diane Kline
VP Education & Training

VP Programs

Carol Lansen
VP Communications

Click here for Board of Directors Job Descriptions.


Creating Compelling Characters
Friday, January 24, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In this interactive workshop, writers will unearth their character’s goals, motivations, and conflicts (GMC). Read more...

Technical Writing
Friday, February 14, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., immediate past president of the PSWG, is a technical writer with over 250 publications. He has also taught writing at the university level and continues to write technical documents about complex subjects.

If your writing includes history, travel, instructions, directions, even documentary, this is a must Writing Lab.  Read more.

Desert Writer Expo
Saturday, February 15, 2020
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation has generously offered a gathering place for readers like you to meet these talented and creative local authors... in person! Read more.

What Novelists Can Learn From Screenwriters
Friday, March 20, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Well-written screenplays contain concise, innovative writing that reveals character through dialogue and action, grounds the viewer in a particular setting, and moves the story forward with dynamic scenes. Read more.

Member Highlights

Nancy Blaha 
My novel 'Finding James' received notable award from Shelf Unbound. 

Michael Goddart 
In September Simran Singh interviewed me on Voice America’s 11:11 Talk Radio and recently George Noory interviewed me on Coast to Coast AM, one of the top ten radio shows in America. Further, In Search of Lost Lives was named a winner of the National Indie Excellence Award, the Living Now Book Award and the American Book Fest Best Book Award. Also, the international Yoga Magazine published my article Becoming Truly Alive.

Allen Plone 2 Poems in April 2019 Edition (#90). Carnival on Camac Street and Philadelphia and To Be Like Others.

Michael Goddart
just learned that In Search of Lost Lives, his most recent book, is a winner of the BODY MIND SPIRIT BOOK AWARD. The book’s cover has been updated to reflect the seal for the award. He was featured in EVOLVE! for "Revelations About Reincarnation and Reality." Click here to read article.

Judith Butler just got back from Salinas where she was one of the writing coaches in the  young authors program at the Steinbeck Museum.
Steinbeck was very influential in her journey as a writer and she jumped at the chance to be involved in this annual program that gives young writers an  opportunity to work with the program authors to hone their craft. Judith is currently working on finishing up two book projects “Sacred Journeys a
bout  her house.

Jim Prock has published The Art of Chicanery.

Lynn DeTurk 
is Nominated for "PUSHCART"

Member Highlights


Kristin Johnson
Kristin Johnson's nonfiction book AIN'T "U" GOT NO MANNERS, called by Patrick Evans of CBSTV-2 "The Bible for Social Media," won the Nonfiction Authors Association Bronze 2018 Nonfiction Book Award in the category of Computers and Technology. https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/book-award-winner-aint-u-got-no-manners/. Ms. Johnson recommends this prestigious contest to fellow PSWG writers. She also recently guested on a podcast, Join Up Dots.

Laura Dobbins and Lucinda Sue Crosby proudly announce their newest book, "Why Does Pookie Love Her Terrier Life?" This rhyming/illustrated story, released in February of 2018, is Book 2 of the award winning Silly Puppy Series and is recommended for ages 3-8.
When you give reading, you give the world! (tm)

Why does Pookie Love Her Terrier Life?: Book Two: "Silly" Puppy Series for Ages 4 to 8 years old

Dr, Judi Hollis
recently presented on "How Recovery in OA is Different From Recovery in AA" at the Betty Ford Center Awareness Hour. The free presentation is available online at: 

Barbara B. Appelbaum
proudly announces the publishing of her newest book, Be Your Own Superhero: A Road Map to Resilience when Faced with Chronic Dis-ease. In this empowering book, she reveals simple strategies that will enhance your capacity to create a meaningful and purposeful life, even if you suffer from chronic disease or chronic stress. It is available for sale on Amazon.

Patty Farmer
is very excited to report that her latest book--Playboy Laughs--has won a Silver IPPY Award for popular culture. Publisher: Beaufort Books, available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and book stores everywhere.

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