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December Monthly Meeting

Dr. Judith Briles will present
 Avoid Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos that will Sink Your Book.

December Workshop
Dr. Judith Briles will present 
Ninja Book Marketing to Discover the Force within You

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, Membership
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Vice-President Contests
  • 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

Matthew Lancellotti
Executive VP

Gordon Davis
VP Critique Groups

Mark E. Anderson
VP Membership

Steve Schullo

Candace Fagan

Diane Kline
VP Education & Training

Kathy Weyer
VP Contests

Jim Misko
VP Programs

Carol Lansen
VP Communications

Open positions include:

Click here for Board of Directors Job Descriptions.


Memoir: Your Uniquely Personal Story Told Through Your Particular Voice

Friday, December 13, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Memoir is a telling of your story, a uniquely personal story. And like your life, your memoir is seen from your own singular vantage point, told through your own individual voice. Learn to let yourself move fluidly through your story, traveling back into your past, propelling yourself forward through your experiences. Use your true voice to relay the meaning you wish to impart to your readers, but most importantly, discover for yourself the greater meaning behind the reason you want to tell your story. Read more...

Creating Compelling Characters
Friday, January 24, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In this interactive workshop, writers will unearth their character’s goals, motivations, and conflicts (GMC). Read more...

Technical Writing
Friday, February 14, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., immediate past president of the PSWG, is a technical writer with over 250 publications. He has also taught writing at the university level and continues to write technical documents about complex subjects.

If your writing includes history, travel, instructions, directions, even documentary, this is a must Boot Camp.  Read more.

Author of the Month
Peter PiersonPeter Pierson has just released the second edition of the History of Spain.

Updated from the original 1999 publication, The History of Spain examines Spain's long and fascinating history, from the earliest cave dwellers of Altamira to today's current political strife with Catalonia.

• Includes a timeline of significant events, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of Spain's history

• Provides an appendix of Notable People in the History of Spain with brief biographies of those who have made important contributions to the country's history.

• Supports the text with photos and maps

• Features an annotated bibliography with detailed information on further resources for personal research

Peter moved in 2015 to the desert from San Francisco. In 2000 he retired as professor emeritus. His publications include Philip II of Spain (London, Thames & Hudson, 1975), Commander of the Armada (New Haven, Yale, 1989) and History of Spain (Greenwich CT, Greenwood, 1999, 1st edition), articles for the popular MHQ: Quarterly Journal of Military History, chapters in books, encyclopedia entries and book reviews. He also tried an historical novel, set in his era of history, that came so close to publication my agent (now deceased) was ready to break out the champagne. 

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

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