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September Monthly Meeting
Eduardo Santiago will present Where I used to be from - the past in memoir and fiction.

September Workshop
Eduardo Santiago will present Going Deep- Mapping The Author's Journey.

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

Marly Bergerud, President
Matthew Lancellotti, Executive VP
Gordon Davis, VP Critique Groups
Mark E. Anderson, VP Membership
Steve Schullo, Treasurer
Candace Fagan, Secretary
Kathy Weyer,
VP Contests
Jim Misko,
VP Programs

Open positions include:
VP Education and Training

Click here for Board of Directors Job Descriptions.


Edit for Success
Friday, September 27, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

You have one chance to impress an editor, agent, or writing contest judge. Read more...

Diabolical Devices For Creating Page-Turning Fiction
Friday, October 18, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Plot twists, reversals, red herrings, and chapter cliffhangers are just a few devices for keeping your readers up at night swearing, Read more...

Creating Compelling Characters
Friday, January 17, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In this interactive workshop, writers will unearth their character’s goals, motivations, and conflicts (GMC). Read more...

Writing Poetry
Friday, March 10, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Unraveling the mystery of the poem. Emphasis on the craft or writing poetry, including poetic diction, Read more...

Author of the Month
Maryann Ridini SpencerPhoto of Maryann Ridini Spencer by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

Maryann Ridini Spencer writes themes of Aloha …penning award-winning novels and writing and producing critically-acclaimed projects for film & television. She also works as a TV and print food & lifestyle journalist, recipe developer/chef and PR and Marketing Specialist. As president of Ridini Entertainment Corporation, an award-winning Public Relations, Marketing, Multimedia Content Creation, and Video, TV, Film, & Podcast Production Company, she is committed to creating, writing, producing, and promoting content that entertains, inspires, educates, and uplifts.

Maryann is also the creator, writer, producer, and host of the award-winning healthy living cooking series, cookbooks, and blog, Simply Delicious Living with Maryann®. The series is broadcast on PBS-TV station KVCR in Southern California, DirecTV, DishTV, and to a global  audience on Roku (Simply Delicious Living Channel), YouTube, and Maryann's blog.

Maryann is a member of The Jeffrey Foundation's Circle of Love. Founded in 1972, the foundation serves children with special needs and their families.

She also participates in cooking/delivering meals to people/families in need.  Her next novel coming out shortly, The Paradise Table (Santa Rosa Press, 2019), touches upon this theme and a portion of proceeds from the book will help families in need as well as The Jeffrey Foundation.  Maryann's master plan is to create a Foundation as well (She loves to cook and entertain, and would love to coordinate/host events for charity fundraising opportunities).

Read Maryann's complete bio here.

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

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