June Monthly Meeting
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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:
Please submit your name and contact information to Mark Anderson, Vice President of Membership:
Marly Bergerud, President
Open positions include:
Click here for Board of Directors Job Descriptions.
Stay tuned for upcoming bootcamps. We have a great lineup for the 2019-2020 season!
Author of the Month
Danielle Cook is a writer, mixed media artist, and adventurer. Her favorite adventures include playing Japanese drums with the professional performance group San Francisco Taiko Dojo, exploring the rhythm and art of visual and verbal expression, and hearing the captivating life stories of ordinary people.
Her first published fiction, a short story called Clungs written at age seven, was featured in a community anthology. The story, revealed in a dream, featured a creature that traveled along railroad tracks at night and used its razor-sharp teeth to terrorize children—except for her. Upon reading it, her parents limited her access to spicy foods before bedtime.
After getting her BA at the University of Florida, Danielle worked in various corporations as a consumer products marketing executive, writing press releases, training manuals, advertising copy, trade articles, and proposals. She later built a successful international marketing consulting company for clients seeking to sell products in the U.S. market.
Decades after her Clung story, she self-published a "how-to" book called Building Business (the Seminar & Workshop Way) for service-oriented companies. She sold the book at seminars sponsored by northern California Chambers of Commerce and small business groups.
Most recent non-fiction writing includes publishing and editing a community newspaper, grant writing for a non-profit and writing news articles for East County Magazine, an on-line news magazine.
.When Danielle joined the Palm Springs Writer’s Guild, she knew she’d found her tribe. She is grateful to the Guild for promoting craft development programs that gave her the confidence to try writing fiction. In the past two years, she has won three monthly PSWG short story contests, placed second in PSWG 2018 Annual Short Story Contest and received Honorable Mention in the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story Contest. She is currently working on her first novel. Danielle and husband Howard (also a Guild member) reside in La Quinta where she facilitates the La Quinta Critique Group for the Guild.
In the spirit of the May meeting theme of Writer’s Helping Writers, Danielle will offer self-developed material at her table designed to help other “Newbie’s” and those looking for short story publication opportunities. The materials will be free, but she does ask that if you can to please make a donation (there will be a jar on the table) to the PSWG for student writers’ programs.
The Author of the Month has the opportunity to sell their books at the monthly meeting near the exit doors.