2016-2017 Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 29, 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort, 41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA
    Registration is closed

    OCTOBER 29, 2016

    Fundraiser Luncheon to benefit The Palm Springs Writers Guild

    Exclusive Personal Appearance

    VINCE FLYNN'S "Order To Kill"


    NY Times Best-Selling Author

    Kyle Mills

    A writing assignment was bestowed to NY Times Bestselling Author Kyle Mills.
    The assignment went beyond ghost writing.
    Beyond writing a novel.
    The assignment?
     Continue history's most iconic political thriller:
    Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp Series

    On Saturday, October 29th at 11:30, New York Times bestselling author, Kyle Mills, makes an exclusive visit to the desert and will discuss what it really takes to write a successful political thriller.

    Highlights of his discussion will include the challenges of accepting the intense Mitch Rapp series, insights about author Vince Flynn, the strategy of developing  recognized characters in a series, the exhaustive research details and what fans can expect from Mitch Rapp in the future.

    Paid attendees receive a copy of Vince Flynn's "Order to Kill" by Kyle Mills. (Release date Oct. 11, 2016)

    Die-hard fan of the Mitch Rapp series? Attend and enjoy the camaraderie!

    Attention Writers! A fabulous opportunity to network with an industry professional. Your questions about writing and publishing will be entertained.

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
    Omni Rancho Las Palmas Hotel
    41000 Bob Hope Drive
    Rancho Mirage, CA

    Proceeds from this event to benefit The Palm Springs Writers Guild.

    Ticket price includes:

    • Admission to the event
    • Two Course Luncheon Menu: iced tea, entree salad, fresh baked rolls & butter, dessert, coffee / tea.
    • Copy of Vince Flynn's "Order to Kill" by Kyle Mills
    • Q & A with Kyle Mills
    • Networking with writers and readers
    • *Silent Auction opportunity. Benefits to PSWG.
    Separate cash bar for wine / alcoholic beverages will be available.

    Registration Details:

    • Individual Ticket: $100.00
    • Reserved Table for Ten: $1,000.00
    • Online Payment Registration required. PayPal or Credit Card payments only.
    • Sorry! No Door Sales.
    •  Casual Business Attire.
    • Tickets are non-refundable.

    Contact person for this event: Jacqueline Bachar: PROGRAMS.PSWG@GMAIL.COM

    This event is sponsored by:


    The Palm Springs Writers Guild is a 501(c)(3) not for profit public benefit organization established in the state of California.
    Tax ID #43-2093738

    • Saturday, November 05, 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho MirageLibrary Community Room, Rancho Mirage, CA

    November Meeting

        "Legal Issues for Artists"


        Founder of Greg Victoroff & Associates

        Los Angeles, California.

        Attorney GREG VICTOROFF

      Since 1979, Attorney Greg Victoroff has handled intellectual property and business litigation matters, trials and appeals in state and federal courts, copyright, trademark, and intellectual property contracts and insurance issues in the film, fine art, written word, music industries, and many others. This presentation will cover  important topics such as:

    • Copyrights: their creation and formalities including registration, derivative works, and fair use of copyrighted material.
    • Cover infringement and protection of digital assets.
    • Defining plagiarism.
    • California Lawyers for the Arts - how they can help you in your creative works.  

    Saturday, November 5, 2016 

       2:00pm -4:00pm

        Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

    More about this presenter: An expert in so many areas, Greg Victoroff has received numerous awards, including being named 2014, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property by American Lawyer Media. Mr. Victoroff is the past President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers and a founding member of its Committee for the Arts.

    Mr Victoroff frequently lectures on intellectual property law matters for Bar Associations, law schools, art and music schools across the country, some of which are the Art Institute of California – Hollywood, The University of The Arts, Honolulu Academy of Art Center, Claremont College, California.Institute of the Arts, Screen Actors Guild, The Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair and Art Expo New York.

    As well as authoring a myriad of articles on copyright and entertainment law, he is the editor and co-author of “The Visual Artists Business and Legal Guide” (Prentice Hall 1995) and the “Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines” (GAG 2001-2010) and Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal. His entertainment law interviews have appeared in many publications such as USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Art and Business News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, People, Los Angeles Lawyer and Keyboard Player magazines.

    Mr. Victoroff received a B.A. in Theatre and teaching credential from Beloit College in 1976 and received his J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1979. In 1978 he transferred from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to the UCLA School of Law to study copyright and entertainment law with the late Melville Nimmer, and art law with Monroe Price.

    Beyond his legal career, Mr. Victoroff  is a musician and has backed artists such as Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, Bobby McFerrin, Journey, Jefferson Starship and Graham Nash, Ernie Watts and Barbie Benton. He currently performs with the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra and his own jazz ensemble.






    • Saturday, December 10, 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Rancho Mirage Library Community Room, Rancho Mirage CA

    DECEMBER 10, 2016


    The 4 Pillars  of

    Professional Self-Publishing


    President of Author Imprints

    David Wogahn

    Do you know the most common mistakes made by indie publishers?

    Are you protecting your writing investments: money, time and intellectual property?

    On Saturday, December 10, 2016 David Wogahn will give a highly informative, fun and friendly presentation on the four publishing pillars available to authors: Business, Platform, Research, Distribution.

    Find out what you need for protecting and enhancing your brand as an author for long-term success; including planning, costs, options, resources, specific vendors -- and more.

    David will also tap in to metadata; the foundation of information about you and your books. Find out why this information is turning out to be the secret ingredient in marketing and selling your books online.

    Wait --there’s still more! Timelines are the roof over the four pillars. David’s discussion taps on the importance of timing for ARCs, blurbs, a foreword, an index, book registration and pre-order setup.

    Publishing information relevent for everyone: the already self-published, those considering it, those traditionally published, even those that provide writing services. This meeting is guaranteed to give you a greater understanding of the interconnections of the publishing process and what YOU need to do to be a “professional self-publisher.”

    Saturday, December 10, 2016

    2:00pm – 4:00pm

    Rancho Mirage Library, Community Room

    About the presenter: DAVID WOGAHN is president of Author Imprints, an award-winning publishing services company that has launched over 100 book imprints, and managed the successful publication of more than 250 books. David is the author of Register Your Book: The Essential Guide to ISBNs, Barcodes, Copyright and LCCNs, LinkedIn’s Lynda.com course Distributing and Marketing eBooks, and is a speaker for the Independent Book Publisher Association’s (IBPA) Publishing University.

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    • Monday, December 12, 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Conference Room, 41000 Bob Hope Drive,Rancho Mirage


    MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016

    Maximize Your Book's Potential for Success!

    Publishing Consultant
    David Wogahn

    Building on the prior "4 Pillars of Self-Publishing" PSWG Meeting presentation, publishing consultant and founder of Author Imprints, David Wogahn facilitates this full day workshop.

    Attendees will  delve into the “how” as it relates to the importance of research and options for distribution. Business, platform and timelines will be discussed, but now as part of your  research and book distribution.

    David's overall objective of this interactive workshop is for attendees is to be effectively self-sufficient. You will learn where to turn for help and be clear on what tasks need to be completed for your publishing success!

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    9:00am - 4:00pm

    Larkspur Conference Room
    Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Rancho Mirage   

    A few outlined topics Workshop Attendees will explore:

    • E-Books
    •   Record keeping for authors: tools and resources.
    •   Ways to optimizing your presence on Amazon
    • Creative tips and resources to improve your metadata for book sales
    •  Explore other publishing tools and important resources
    •  *Each attendee receives a workbook which they can use to record their publishing details, and refer back to during the publishing process.   

    And so much more!

    PSWG interactive Writers’ Workshops offer paid attendees the opportunity to learn and participate in a friendly learning environment, network with an industry professional and meet fellow writers.

    About this workshop facilitator: DAVID WOGAHN is president of Author Imprints, an award-winning publishing services company that has launched over 100 book imprints, and managed the successful publication of more than 250 books. David is the author of Register Your Book: The Essential Guide to ISBNs, Barcodes, Copyright and LCCNs, LinkedIn’s Lynda.com course Distributing and Marketing eBooks, and is a speaker for the Independent Book Publisher Association’s (IBPA) Publishing University.

    Click here to register for this workshop

    Registration Details:

    • PSWG Members: $40.00
    • Non-Members: $60.00
    • Water, mints, writing pad w/ pen & workbook snack included in workshop fee.
    • Sorry! No Door Sales.
    • Payment in Full is confirmation of seating.
    • Online payment via PayPal or credit card only.
    • 72-hour cancellation policy less credit card fees.
    • Free Self-Parking or Valet Parking Options
    • The workshop will offer two interim breaks and a lunch break. 
    • Onsite Hotel lunch cafe option is NOT included in workshop fee.
    • Click here to register for this workshop 

    *Event Contact: Jacqueline Bachar: PROGRAMS.PSWG@GMAIL.COM


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