As we segue to the time of year when PSWG meetings take a break (July – September 30th), let’s take a quick look back and see all the undertakings of our 2014-2015 program season.
With membership funding, dedicated volunteers and good-old-fashioned networking, the Guild brought in some fabulous meeting presenters. Journalist Fariba Nawa, Marketing Expert Sheryl Roush, Screenwriter and Author Catherine Ann Jones kicked-off the season sharing with members their creative insights about the journey to become a successful writer.
Get an agent, self-publish or make it a movie? Writers serious about getting their story out into the world were able to talk to Literary Agent Paul S. Levine and Independent Book Publisher Association Director Angela Bole . A real treat for members happened when well-known movie producer Gary W. Goldstein answered impromptu questions about how-to (and not-to) get a story on the big screen.
Offering new directions for writers, the Guild hosted several interactive workshops focused on creative writing, short story development and poetry works. Additionally, a collaboration with PEN Center U.S.A. allowed Guild members to participate in a fabulous 12-week Pen in the Community personal essay workshop. Other skill-set learning workshops such as social media marketing and public speaking workshops facilitated by top industry professionals were a sell-out!
Members also stretched outside of their comfort zones by being active and volunteering for committees, participating in the PSWG writing contests, the Desert Writers Expo and a fun author book pitch event.
Simultaneously throughout the season, members met in more smaller and personal settings like, critique groups, a screenwriters group and our popular bi-weekly PSWG drop-in session, The Writers Corner.
Most exciting, many members were able to get their books published this season.
So, what’s next? Glad you asked.
Our new PSWG leadership team is excited and ready to run our next seasonal program relay! They’ll be grabbing the baton this summer and reaching out to industry professionals, improving on programs and offering new opportunities for our members to get their stories out into the world.
The upcoming season just may be the best one yet…Stay tuned!