May Monthly Meeting

At the May 4, 2019 General Meeting the winner of the Monthly Fiction Contest will be awarded their check and certificate.

Carol Mann will present
Writing, Art & Collaboration.

Ariella Moon will present
Your Author's Voice: The Foundation to Building Your Brand.

PSWG Awards Students Who Are Perfecting the Craft of Writing.

Palm Springs Writers Guild Catalog

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Join the Board of Directors

Interested in becoming a PSWG Assistant/Coordinator on the PSWG Board of Directors?

Now’s the time to apply!

Members are the heart of PSWG's work. And our member volunteers help pump the blood. Because of the contributions of volunteers' time, talent, and expertise, PSWG can lead the industry of writers toward a world where our writers have the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the industry of writers.

Volunteering in this capacity will allow you to:

Give back to the PSWG community by assisting in shaping the future of PSWG and independent writers’.

Share your voice by taking an active role in identifying independent writers’ trends and issues.

Make valuable business and personal connections by working alongside other members in the community of writers. This will help broaden your network and build lasting friendships with other thought leaders.

We're seeking to build an energetic, inclusive, and innovative corps of PSWG volunteers and Assistants/Coordinators on the PSWG Board of Directors. If this is an opportunity that interests you, we hope you'll apply to openings on the following Positions:

Assistant to:

  • President
  • Executive Vice-President
  • Vice-President, Programs
  • Vice-President, Membership
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Vice-President Contests
  • Vice-President Education and Training
  • Vice-President Communications
  • Vice-President Critique Groups

Please submit your name and contact information to Mark Anderson, Vice President of Membership:
and which positions(s) you may be interested in volunteering.

New 2019-2020 Board of Directors Elected 

The following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors: (left to right)

Marly Bergerud, President
Jim Misko, VP Programs
Gordon Davis, VP Critique Groups
Mark E. Anderson, VP Membership
Lynn DeTurk, VP Contests
Steve Schullo, Treasurer
Candace Fagan, Secretary
Carol Lansen, VP Communications

Open positions include:
Executive Vice-President
VP Education and Training 

Click here for Board of Directors Job Descriptions.


May 10, 2019
Transmedia: Storytelling Across Multiple Platforms

With Transmedia, an author creates cross-platform stories, each new, related, and often with interactive content. In this workshop, Ariella Moon helps authors imagine ways they can create a mixed media franchise to expand their author brand, assets, and fan base. Read more...

Author of the Month

Allen Plone

When Plone moved to San Francisco from Philadelphia, aged 19, to continue college, the first place he visited, on that first weekend, was Cannery Row, in Monterey. A voracious reader his whole life and Steinbeck one of his favorite authors, it was his trip to the Holy Land. He walked the streets with Doc, and met all his favorite characters. No mystery why he became a writer. 

Allen makes his living in the film and television production industry as a writer and director. He holds Master’s Degree Comp.Lit/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a PhD. History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Spent 9 years as a college professor, at San Jose State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he taught Philosophy, Literature and Psychology and Creative Writing. He also taught screenwriting at University of Southern California, in their Graduate Writers Program while working as a full-time writer/director.  Allen’s passion is and has always been poetry and children’s stories.  He’s combined the two in five of the children’s books he’s written; they’re all in rhymed couplets. He has published many poems in such journals as: Light Journal of Poetry and Photography, Moon Journal of Poetry, BTS Journal, The Sea Letter Journal, Celidah: A Journal of Poetry and others. He has also published several short stories, including “The Cowboy of My Heart,” which won the Rosebud Best Short Story award.  

A Vegan, Allen is a strong advocate for animals, believing that we need to be compassionate to all living beings. He volunteers at animal shelters and, marrying his belief that the way we build a better society is through showing children the power of compassion through poetry and stories, he spends time reading to them at schools and libraries.   

The Author of the Month has the opportunity to sell their books at the monthly meeting near the exit doors.

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