2015-2016 Event Calendar

Contact: Ann Marie Biskar, Vice-President, Programs

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • College of the Desert, PACE Classroom, Westfield Mall (lower level),72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert
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    October 21st

    Writer's Workshop
    "13 Ways Poetry Can Enliven, Illuminate, and Improve Your Prose"


    CSU San Bernadino Professor

    Julie Paegle

       Do you have a novel in a drawer that refuses to come out and play? Has one of your short-stories run amok? Is your action screenplay stalled? Your memoir forgotten its “me”?  Your blog plodding?    

    Time to rev your writing engines! In this energetic workshop participants will identify thirteen strategies fundamental to the practice of poetry. Although poetry may not be considered central to most prose genres, these thirteen surefire poetry techniques are guaranteed to enable writers of all persuasions to improve upon their craft.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Noon - 4:00 pm

    COD Pace Classroom, Westfield Mall, Palm Desert    

    Beginning with exemplary poems and performances (some famous, a few soon to be) we will explore surprise, sensory detail, precise diction, metaphor, mystery, music, mood, tone, concision, compression, play, deep image, and how language patterns magically pay attention to the written word.

    We will flex our poetic writing muscles by drafting, collectively and individually, our own poems; by sharing those poems; and then by translating elements of those poems into prose.   

    Whether you are looking to expand your existing poetry practice or unsure of whether you even “fit” with poetry, this workshop has something for you. Both practiced poets and novice writers are  encouraged to attend. 

    Workshop Facilitator: Julie Paegle directs the M.F.A. in Creative Writing at California State University San Bernardino, where she is Professor of English. Paegle has served on numerous editorial and review boards, including for the PEN WEST fellowship. Paegle holds two bachelors’ degrees (in Environmental Earth Science and in English), and two terminal degrees (an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature). She has served as a Poet in the Schools and teaching Alaskan indigenous tribes in Upward Bound. Julie Paegle's work has been recognized in the International Latino Book Awards (Best Poetry in English); in Poets & Writers (for one of the best debut poetry collections of 2010); and won recognition in the Utah Book Awards and the Utah Arts Council awards.

    Reviews: "Paegle is incredibly knowledgeable…she has insight into the craft of poetry that is beyond measure. 

    I can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I am with her as a workshop leader. She manages her time very well. She gives clear-cut, exacting explanations...I am a person who never thought they could write poems. She managed to do just that: teach me!

    Paegle is brilliant, compassionate, wise, kind, and an irreplaceable treasure…the best of the best.”

    Click here to register online!

    Payment & Registration Details

    • Members: $38.00 
    • Non-Members: $48.00
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat.
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • Bottled water & light snack included in fee.
    • Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • Online payments are immediate.
    • Payment by check: PSWG, P.O. BOX 947, Rancho Mirage, CA 92247. Include contact information and Workshop Title on all checks. Checks may take 7-14 days to process.
    • Cancellation Policy requires a 72-hour prior notice for full refund less credit card fees.   
    • PSWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #43-2093738.

    Contact person for this workshop:

    Ann Marie Biskar, VP PSWG Programs


    *Interested in becoming a member of PSWG?

    Click here for online application

    • Saturday, November 07, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room, Rancho Mirage, CA

    The Palm Springs Writers Guild
    Monthly Writing Challenge 


    This upcoming season, the PSWG Monthly Writing Challenge invites members to explore “objects” as a keyhole to a broader subject.

    While all entries will be written in prose, a wonderful example for writers to reference is the poem "The Landyard" by former Poet Laurete of the United States, Billy Collins. Mr. Collins uses a lanyard (the object) to explore his relationship with his mother (the broader subject).             

    Reference via PBS: In “The Lanyard,” Billy Collins has chosen an everyday object he made as a child—a boxy, red-and-white lanyard—to explore a timeless question: Can you ever repay the debt you owe to your parents? His juxtaposition of the mundane and the profound is moving yet funny, as he casts an adult eye on the complexities inherent in the relationship between mother and son.
    NOVEMBER 2015 Object Writing Challenge:
    The judges will be looking for an entry implementing good story telling techniques using JEWELRY as the keyhole (relevance or connection) to a broader subject. The writing should enable the reader to see the connection in the author's mind.
    *Submit NOVEMBER entry and $5 at the 

    NOVEMBER 7, 2015 Monthly Meeting.

    **Entry Submission Rules**
    • Must be a member of Palm Springs Writers Guild with current 2015-2016 season status.
    • Monthly entries must be submitted by hand at the specific monthly meeting. [Example: Submit October's entry at the beginning of the October 3rd meeting]
    • Entry of 500 words or less
    • Double space 
    • 12-point Times Roman or Times New Roman  
    • Indented paragraphs 
    • Write the story title on your entry
    • Write your name on the outside of the envelope
    • Place $5.00 cash entry fee in envelope (sorry! no checks).
    • The winner will receive a cash prize based on the total number of submitted entries
    • The winning entry may be read at the following scheduled monthly meeting.
    *Be sure to comply to all requirements. As with most professional writing submissions, there is no leeway on the above rules. Your entry will not be returned to you unless you have requested an editorial review.
    The PSWG Monthly Writing Challenge is a benefit of membership available to all members with current status.

    * For the complete list of challenges: click here

    Contest Questions? Please contact: MonthlyWritingChallenge.PSWG@gmail.com

    Not yet a member?
    Click here for online application

    • Saturday, November 07, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

    November 7, 2015

    Could YOUR book become a movie?

    An Interview

    "White Oleander" Author

    Janet Fitch
    Author Janet Fitch will be interviewed by Idyllwild favorite and best-selling author, Eduardo Santiago.

    This engaging interview format provides writers a fantastic medium to have all their book-to-movie questions answered. Join this room full of writers (and readers) as we  listen, learn and laugh when Eduardo Santiago asks well-known Author Janet Fitch all the right questions about what to expect on the way to the big screen!
    Janet Fitch is most famously known as the author of the Oprah's Book Club novel White Oleander, which became a film in 2002.

    Ms. Fitch is currently a faculty member in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where she teaches fiction.

    Janet Fitch was born in Los Angeles, a third-generation native, and grew up in a family of voracious readers. As an undergraduate at Reed College, Fitch had decided to become a historian, attracted to its powerful narratives, the scope of events, the colossal personalities, and the potency and breadth of its themes. But when she won a student exchange to Keele University in England, where her passion for Russian history led her, she awoke in the middle of the night on her twenty-first birthday with the revelation she wanted to write fiction.

    Eduardo Santiago was founder and curator for the Idyllwild Author Series for the past five years. In addition to his full-time teaching career, Eduardo Santiago facilitates intensive writer workshops. Always on the go, Eduardo's next collaboration is the upcoming Literary Voyage to Cuba.

    Eduardo Santiago  was born Cuba and grew up in Los Angeles and Miami. He holds a BFA in Film and Television from California Institute of the Arts and was a 2004 PEN Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow. His novels, Tomorrow They Will Kiss and Midnight Rumba have won numerous awards. 

    Contact person for this event:

    Ann Marie Biskar


    Not yet a member? Click here for online application.



    • Saturday, December 05, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

    December 5th

    *Award-Winning Author of "First Blood"

    Meet Renowned & Distinguished Author within the Thriller Genre:

    *N.Y. Times Bestselling Author

    David Morrell

    "Morrell, an absolute master of the thriller, plays by his own rules and leaves you dazzled"--Dean Koontz

    David Morrell is the critically acclaimed author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl). An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing, discusses what he has learned in his more than four decades as an author. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Saturday, December 5, 2015

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

     Noted for his research, he is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School for wilderness survival as well as the G. Gordon Liddy Academy of Corporate Security. He is also an honorary lifetime member of the Special Operations Association and the Association of Intelligence Officers. He has been trained in firearms, hostage negotiation, assuming identities, executive protection, and defensive/offensive driving, among numerous other action skills that he describes in his novels. To research the aerial sequences in The Shimmerhe became a private pilot, the training for which he describes here. In 2010, he was with the first group of authors to be sent on a USO tour to a war zone (Iraq).

    Contact person for this meeting:

    Ann Marie Biskar


    Not yet a member?

    Click here for online application

    • Friday, December 11, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • (PST)
    • Braille Institute of America, 70-251 Ramon Road, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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    December 11th


    "The Way of Story

    The Craft & Soul of Writing

        presented by

        Screenwriter, Author & Writing Consultant

        Catherine Ann Jones

    We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads. Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.” -Catherine Ann Jones

    Back by popular demand! On Friday, December 11, 2015  a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind full day writing workshop will offer paid attendees an opportunity to learn how to integrate solid craft with the intangible inner dimensions of writing.

    The internationally recognized Way of Story workshop offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with experiential inner discovery.  

    Way of Story is a perfect workshop for any writer, novice to professional who is interested reaching a higher level of their craft. All narrative forms of writing including plays, screenplays, stories, novels, non-fiction and memoir are encouraged to attend. 
    This workshop will be limited capacity, offering attendees the opportunity to work closely with Catherine for better focus and clarity. *Boxed lunch is included in the workshop fee.

    Friday, December 11, 2015

        9:00 am - 3:00pm

        Braille Institute of America
    70-251 Ramon Road
    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

    Click here for online

         “At last, a working, professional writer who teaches writing!”
    – Joe S., San Francisco

    “Your structure gave my story wings. I’ve never been so clear on what I want to write.”
    - Linda L, Ann Arbor, MI

    “A spiritual experience as well as practical.”
    – Gard J., Nevada

    CATHERINE ANN JONES is an award-winning author, playwright, & screenwriter whose films include Unlikely Angel, The Christmas Wife, & the popular series, Touched by an Angel, as well as the books, The Way of Story, Heal Your Self with Writing (Nautilus Book Award),and What Story Are You Living? She has served on the writing faculty at The New School University, University of Southern California, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Esalen and Omega Institutes. She works as a writing consultant and teaches in USA, Europe, and Asia as well as offering online courses.

    More information about Catherine and her work is available at:  www.wayofstory.com 

      Payment & Registration Details     

    • Members: $48.00  
    • Non-Members: $58.00
    • *Boxed Lunch catered by Aspen Mills is include.
    • Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat.
    • Sorry! No door sales.
    • Online payment is available and is immediate.
    • Members must login to enable discounted rate.
    • Payment by check: PSWG, P.O. BOX 947, Rancho Mirage, CA 92247. Include contact information and Workshop Title on all checks. Checks may take 7-14 days to process.
    • Cancellation Policy requires a 72-hour prior notice for full refund less credit card fees. 
    • PSWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #43-2093738.

     Contact person for this workshop:
     Ann Marie Biskar


     Become a Member   


    • Friday, January 01, 2016
    • To be determined

    Check back soon!

    While we finalize the details on this exciting season, feel free to check back for more information about upcoming workshops and meeting presenters.

    VP Programs: Ann Marie Biskar


    • Friday, February 01, 2019
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