Monthly Fiction Contest - January 2018
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Monthly Fiction Contest - February 2018
Poetry Contest - February 2018
Topic: What Editors Know About A Memoir That Sells
What Editors Know about a Memoir that Sells opens the back door into the editor’s office. We identify the elements editors seek in memoirs to buy, and discuss dead give-aways that ensure your memoir won’t sell. We cover current trends in the commercial and medium-sized publishing houses.
Presenter: Lisa Dale Norton, Editor
About LisaLisa Dale Norton is an author, memoir editor, and public speaker. She is passionate about layered writing structures that reflect the complexity of life experience, and about the transformative power of writing a memoir. She is a gifted teacher, clear communicator and a pro at creating an environment were learning can happen.
Lisa wrote America’s go-to memoir writing guide, Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir, and the literary nonfiction story Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills, which won comparisons to the writing of Annie Dillard.
Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir is short, direct, humorous, and gives readers a step-by-step technique for mining the past and using shimmering image memories to construct a memoir. It’s been a perennial favorite in school systems and continues to sell well after nearly 10 years in the marketplace. Lisa teaches the process of writing from shimmering images in a variety of venues each year.
Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills combines personal writing with natural history about the Sandhills region of the Nebraska. Lisa uses a return to the Sandhills to put her life back in orbit, but soon discovers the land itself needs healing: the waters of the Ogallala Aquifer are threatened by farming practices. Both books are published by St. Martin’s Press in New York.
Lisa earned degrees from Reed College and the University of Iowa.
Lisa lives in Santa Fe; Venice, Italy; and an 97-year-old writing cabin in the Western Sandhills. In Santa Fe she reads, writes her own stories, advises writing clients and edits their manuscripts, plays the piano, swims, and nurtures her beloved flower garden. Roses, columbine, iris, lilies, clematis, wisteria, and daffodils are just a few of her resident species. In Venice, she memorizes the labyrinth of calli daily as she walks, walks, walks, and takes her dose of gelato at Nico. She is an avid traveler in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy with the goal of simply absorbing as much language, culture, art and architecture as possible. In the Sandhills, she works on new book ideas, walks the river in summer, rakes leaves in autumn, and annually ponders the wild geese, as they fly south, and then home again.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Writers Workshop:Writing the Best Memoir You Can
Lisa Dale Norton
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Riviera Resort, Palm Springs, 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, Royal Room 1. Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking.
Schedule: Beginning at 9:00 a.m.; 15 minute break at 10:30; continuing 10:45 a.m. to noon. LUNCH noon to 1:00 p.m. Beginning at 1:00 p.m.; 15 minute break at 2:30; continuing 2:45 to 4 p.m. Ample time for questions at end. Workshop over promptly at 4 p.m.
Workshop Description: Writing the Best Memoir You Can shows you how to write a memoir that includes the elements editors look for in a manuscript. This workshop includes writing, brainstorming, group work, and reading your writing in small clusters. We locate the building blocks of memoir, practice finding the heart of your story, explore how that links to narrative arc, and exercise the dual voice of the memoirist. Q & A period at end of workshop.
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.
Lisa Dale Norton is an author, memoir editor, and public speaker. She is passionate about layered writing structures that reflect the complexity of life experience, and about the transformative power of writing a memoir. She is a gifted teacher, clear communicator and a pro at creating an environment were learning can happen.
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Monday, February 5, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
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Riviera Resort, 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Room to be announced at the workshop on February 4, 2018.
Working on your memoir? Here's a wonderful opportunity to have your manuscript reviewed by a nationally recognized memoir editor.
But she would prefer emailing the first 2,500 words (about 10 pages) to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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You will be assigned a one-half hour session. If you would like a specific session, please contact Jim Misko: email@example.com First come, first served.
Monthly Fiction Contest - March 2018
$600 in total prize monies!
The memoirs are judged on plot, setting, character development, use of dialogue, and mechanics.
Enter submissions starting March 1, 2018
Deadline! noon on APRIL 1, 2018
Contest is open to current PSWG Members only
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Membership fee must be received prior to contest submission.
Our judge for the Memoir Contest is Karen Ackerson of Asheville, NC. She is Senior Editor of the Renbourne Editorial Agency and Director of The Writers Workshop of Asheville. Karen teaches Memoir and Fiction and has a rich history of professional contacts that includes Kurt Vonnegut, Eudora Welty, Peter Mattheisen, Alex Haley, E. L. Doctorow, and John Le Carre.
Entry Fee: $25.00 per memoir
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Contest Entry: $25.00
Submission requires an online contest entry form and subsequent payment. Online Submission only! Submissions are to be emailed as attachments in MS Word Document (.doc or .docx). Any other file format will be disqualified.
Please note: failure to comply with the rules will result in a disqualification. Disqualified applicants and non- winners are not reimbursed application fees.
At contest conclusion, submissions will be deleted. Critique of your work is not provided for this contest.
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Contest Prize List for Annual Short Story Contest:
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Presenter: Rudy Shur, Publisher, Square One Publishers, Inc., NY
Topic: Breaking in to a Traditional Publisher.Many writers of nonfiction works become frustrated when they send out their book proposals to publishing houses only to be rejected time and time again. By inadvertently doing the wrong things, they almost guarantee poor results. Fortunately, there are a number of steps they can take to maximize the odds that their proposals will be accepted by the best publisher for their work.
Rudy Shur began his publishing career working for college textbook publishers: first with Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company and later with William C. Brown Publishing Company. He began working as a field representative and then became an associate editor. In 1976, he cofounded Avery Publishing Group, where he was responsible for the acquisition of over 1,000 nonfiction titles, many of which became bestsellers. By 1999, the company had grown into one of the largest alternative health publishers in the US. That year, Avery was purchased by Penguin Putnam.
In 2000, Mr. Shur founded Square One Publishers in Garden City Park, New York, where he currently heads the editorial program. Over the years, Square One has been selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the fastest growing independent publishing houses in the country. He is also the author of How to Publish Your Nonfiction Book. Mr. Shur lectures extensively on the topic of publishing at numerous universities, colleges, and professional workshops throughout the country.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Writers Workshop:How to Maximize Your Chance of Getting Your Nonfiction Book Signed by a Commercial Publisher
Workshop Description:Many writers of nonfiction works become frustrated when they send out their book proposals to publishing houses only to be rejected time and time again. By inadvertently doing the wrong things, they almost guarantee poor results. Fortunately, there are a number of steps they can take to maximize the odds that their proposals will be accepted by the best publisher for their work.
This workshop explores the ten most common errors that writers make when submitting their proposals--errors that are likely to kill their chances of getting their material reviewed by an editor. It then presents nine rules that increase the odds of getting a nonfiction book accepted by an appropriate house that can produce and market it with success.
$1,000 in total prize monies!
The short stories are judged on plot, setting, character development, use of dialogue, and mechanics.
Enter submissions starting March 15, 2018
Deadline! noon on APRIL 15, 2018
Judge Keith Taylor
A.L. Becker Collegiate Lecturer in EnglishDirector, Bear River Writers' Conference
Associate Editor, Michigan Quarterly Review
Entry Fee: $25.00 per story
Word is out!
The Coachella Valley has a wealth of artists, business professionals, Hollywood starlets and regular folk with an incredible...
Story to tell.
The Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation has generously offered a gathering place for readers like you to meet these talented and creative local authors... in person!
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Authors will be signing and selling their books, discussing the business of writing and many other interesting topics related to writing, publishing and marketing.
Various genres including fiction, non-fiction, cooking, memoirs, travel, business, how-to's...you name it! There will be lots to choose from!
Interested in finding out how you too, can be an author? This is your opportunity to directly ask an author about the business of writing a book and make some great business contacts.
The Desert Writers ExpoTuesday, March 27, 20183:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Rancho Mirage Public Library
See you there!
Want to enter your name in the lottery as one of the authors signing and selling your books? Register here
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This event is sponsored by Rancho Mirage Libraryand the Palm Springs Writers Guild .
Contact Person: Uschi Wilson VpPSWG@gmail.com
Monthly Fiction Contest - April 2018
April is Poetry Month
Presenter: Deborah Landau, PhD, Acclaimed Poet, Director of Creative Writing, New York University
Powerful and vulnerable, spare in form and ardent in tone, her lyric sequences broach existential questions as sweeping and timeless as her language is particular and contemporary. —Publishers Weekly
Her poems leap from the page with uncanny mortal energy. —The Rumpus
Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry: The Uses of the Body and The Last Usable Hour, both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her other awards include a Jacob K Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
The Uses of the Body was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and included on the Best of 2015 lists by The New Yorker, Vogue, BuzzFeed, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. A Library Journal starred review described the book “As freshly immediate as ever,” as Landau “reveals that ‘the uses of the body are manifold,’ moving in four sections with a roughly chronological feel from wedding parties to flabby bodies around the pool to the realization ‘But we already did everything’—all with an underlying sense of urgency: ‘Life please explain.’ As Landau explores her physical self and her sexuality, she’s tart, witty, fluid, direct, and brutally honest.” A Spanish edition is forthcoming from Valparaiso Ediciones.
Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, Poetry, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, selected for The Best American Poetry, and included in anthologies such as Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, Not for Mothers Only, The Best American Erotic Poems, and Women’s Work: Modern Poets Writing in English.
Landau was educated at Stanford University, Columbia University, and Brown University, where she was a Javits Fellow and received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature. She teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, sons, and daughter.
Topic: Poetry as it is Written Today
May 2018 Annual Short Story Month
The May Guild meeting is going to be an action-packed meeting where:
This grant will be given to a deserving graduate student in the UCR Master of Fine Arts program.
Todd will also explain the MFA program and its wonderful benefits. You will not want to miss it. We are looking forward to having you celebrate with us!
Presenter: David Seid
Topic: Minibuks can Enhance Your Sales