Thanks to all the authors, Sponsors and Volunteers who made Desert Writers Expo 2020 a success!

Board of DirectorsMarly Bergerud

Matthew Lancellotti
Executive VP

Kathy Weyer
VP Contests
VP Critique Groups
Acting Treasurer

Mark E. Anderson
VP Membership


Candace Fagan

Diane Kline
VP Education & Training

VP Programs

Carol Lansen
VP Communications

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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.

Writing Poetry with Allen Plone
Friday, April 10, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Emphasis on the craft or writing poetry, including poetic diction, metaphor, simile, meter and rhythm. The different poetic forms are shown and discussed; lyric, prose, sonnet and ekphrastic are emphasized. For prose writers, the class investigates how poetic diction and metaphor can spark your writing, making it come alive in a heart-to-heart connection with your reader. Read more.

Architecting a Writing Career to Love with Steven Randel
Friday, April 17, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

This course helps writers construct their articles and books around their passion, which in turn allows their audience to experience their enthusiasm. By relating these concepts to building a house, the course gives you a tangible comparison. For example, passion is the foundation on which you build all else, but the foundation alone does not complete the house. You must build more atop the foundation to achieve a habitable building. There are three more pillars to consider. Read more.

Member Highlights

New Member Peter Walsh has published his fourth book, The Velvet Abbey.
A contemporary dreams-come-true romance set in an Old English Estate in London. An American becomes British 'landed-gentry.'

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.

Member Highlights

Jim Prock has published The Art of Chicanery.

Lynn DeTurk 
is Nominated for "PUSHCART"


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. 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.

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