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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.

PSWG is currently recruiting new Assistants/Coordinators for our Board of Directors based upon the PSWG Bylaws for our fiscal year 2018-2019 (being September 8, 2018 through June 30, 2019). 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, 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 Vice President VPpswg@gmail.com indicating which positions(s) you may be interested in volunteering.

These proposed Assistant/Coordinator positions will be implemented at the September 8, 2018 PSWG General Meeting after such changes to the ByLaws are voted on and approved by 2/3 of our attending membership.

Bootcamps


Ariella Moon 2018 Boot Camps
Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory, from 2pm to 4pm

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

You have one chance to impress an editor, agent, or writing contest judge. Ariella Moon helps writers discover their personal writing patterns, strengths, and challenges. “Micro edits” is not a grammar check. It focuses instead on creating more dynamic sentences and paragraphs. Attendees should bring a printed copy of their first chapter or the first ten pages of their manuscript to receive constructive, personalized help in correcting problems areas. Register here.

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

Prerequisite: Edit for Success Part 1: Micro Edits

In this workshop, attendees bring a printed copy of their first chapter or the first ten pages of their manuscript for hands-on help with scene writing. Ariella Moon examines the elements of great scenes, including the use of hooks, conflict, and character goals and motivation. Writers will test their opening scene(s) and discover how to embed theme, engage the reader and propel the story forward. Register here.

Author of the Month

Kathy Bjork

Kathy is a native Californian, born and raised in Riverside, California. She has fond memories of ‘old’ Palm Springs’ when she came in the 1950‘s with her family to visit her grandparents who lived here in the winter months.

She and her husband moved to the Coachella Valley in 1971 from San Diego and have been here since then. They raised two children and now have four grandchildren.

A teacher for 35 years, Kathy has always loved reading and writing and enjoyed teaching those subjects to her students. Through the years she produced many anthologies of student work that she still treasures.

It wasn’t until she retired that she was able to do any writing herself. Her book, My Mother Is Losing Her memory And I am Losing My Mind, came about first as a blog. Her mother began having memory problems which Kathy wrote about. As her mother progressed through her dementia, the blog soon became a four year journey detailing the many problems and decisions required as her mother’s condition worsened. The resulting book is intended to help others understand more about dementia and assure caregivers that they are not alone in this journey.

Kathy continues to host a blog about dementia and caregiving at kathybjork.com and also writes poetry. She has published one book of her poems and plans to publish another next year. She is currrently teaching a class in poetry at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State University San Bernardino.



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