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  • 28 Sep 2023 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SDWI invites you to apply to be one of 16-20 authors that will sell books at their Authors and Artists event, a collaboration with Liberty Station Barracks 16 and 19, on Friday, October 27 from 4-7:30 p.m. They will be curating in order to showcase as many types of books as possible.

    In order to apply you must:

    • be a current Writers, Ink member (individual memberships are $45 per year; student memberships are $30 per year)
    • be able to set up at 3:30pm and take down at 7:30pm
    • have a way to process credit card transactions

    SDWI will offer:

    • half of a six foot table (or a full, slim four foot table)
    • table cloths for the six foot tables
    • a print out of your name
    • the company of other lively authors!

    Since the event is part of SDWI's Fall For Writing Fundraiser, they will be asking those selected for a $25 donation to the organization. (However, all proceeds from book sales go directly to the author.)

    Please submit your interest using this form by Monday October 9 at midnight. We will email everyone our selections by Wednesday, October 11.

    We look forward to hearing from you. Please reach out should you have any questions!

  • 28 Sep 2023 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SDWEG's mission statement is "The Guild shall promote, support, and encourage the writing arts for adults and youth at every level of experience." Since we haven't been able to provide programs directly to address young writers, we provide information about all San Diego organizations that do. And San Diego Writers, Ink, comes through again and again.

    Does your child love writing? Creating stories? Have a vivid imagination? In this Fiction Writing for Preteens workshop, award-winning author Puja Shah will teach about the key elements to writing the perfect short story with guided prompts and fun exercises that will allow each child to go home with their own mental toolbox of creative writing tips.

    Puja is a mother of two kids and has years of experience teaching children yoga and meditation where she understands each child’s unique creativity. All they need to bring is a notebook and their imagination! Class size is limited, so register today. All writing levels are welcome!

    Recommended for ages 10-13. The one-day workshop will be held on Saturday, 10/7 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Kids by the Sea Olivenhain in Encinitas. Cost is $30 for all. For more information and a link to register your preteens up,  click HERE!

  • 28 Sep 2023 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    San Diego Writers, Ink is excited to announce that their annual Fall for Writing Conference will be held October 26 to October 29, 2023! More information coming soon.

    If you aren't already a member of San Diego Writers, Ink, consider joining in order to get discounted prices for their courses, read-and-critique groups, and other offerings.  Single memberships are $45 per year. Other levels exist for students and households.

    Even if you decide not to join, consider subscribing to receive their newsletters and additional information, when it is available, about the Fall for Writing Conference. You can do that here.

  • 27 Sep 2023 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don't Forget: SDWEG is a Certifying Authority for Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

    Did you know that SDWEG is certified to submit applications for Presidential Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of members who volunteer to support the organization? In January of 2023, we announced this achievement and advised our member volunteers to keep track of their volunteer hours in support of the Guild. Members over the age of 26 who provide at least 100 hours of volunteer service in a year (attending Board meetings, staffing booths at festivals, writing blog posts and articles, serving as a reviewer for the anthology or Manuscript Review Program, and other activities) are eligible to receive at least a Bronze level pin, coin or medallion as well as a certificate signed by the President of the United States. Volunteers who serve at least 250 hours in a year are eligible for the Silver level. And any member who has put in at least 500 hours as a volunteer is eligible for the Gold level.

    If you can document the hours of service you have provided to the Guild and have accumulated at least 100 hours in 2023, send your documentation to A team made up of Board members will review the documentation to determine if it is sufficient to merit application for the award. We need more than just a total number of hours. The best documentation would be a list of the dates, times, and a description of the activities.

    Number of Hours Required for Adult Volunteers (26+) 

    • Bronze medal: 100-249 hours
    • Silver medal: 250-499 hours
    • Gold medal: 500+ hours

    See also the original post introducing the Guild's participation in the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards Program at

  • 27 Sep 2023 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Fourth Annual Hafez Day October 12, 2023

    Friends of the San Diego Central Library in partnership with the Persian Cultural Center and San Diego Poetry Annual, are pleased to host the city’s 4th annual Hafez Day, an evening of music, poetry, and cultural exchange honoring Persian poet Hafez Shirazi’s words of love, joy, and peace. Taking place on Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Central Library’s Neil Morgan Auditorium, the free and open-to-the-public event will highlight Hafez’s work as one of the world’s most beloved and influential poets. The evening will also feature refreshments and readings from San Diego poets and writers of varied backgrounds and ethnicities, inspired by Hafez’s enduring legacy.

    “Hafez is the only writer to have his own holiday, based on the strength of his impact and his verse that reflects the best aspirations of people,” notes Zoe Ghahremani, prominent Iranian-American author and cohost of the San Diego Hafez Day Celebration. “It is a joy to be able to share this rich history and culture with the wider San Diego community and the countless international communities that mark this day with music and art.”

    Michael Klam, Executive Editor of San Diego Poetry Annual and cohost of the Hafez Day Celebration, looks forward to the evening as “an opportunity to introduce some of the best poetry ever written to San Diego audiences and to hear from the many diverse artists performing at the event.”

    Performers will include San Diego Poet Laureate Jason Magabo Perez; award winning artists: Kazim Ali, Carly DeMento, Adam Greenfield, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Ari Hornarvar, Katie Manning, Jane Muschenetz, Robt O, Margarita Pintado, Gill Sotu; and the Namaad Ensemble of Persian Classical Music

    For more information on the Hafez Day celebration and registration to attend, visit:

    About Hafez Day

    Hafez Day, celebrated in Iran and several other countries on October 12th, honors the work and legacy of lyric poet, Hafez Shirazi (1325-1390). Considered by many to be the preeminent poet of Persian literary accomplishment, Hafez’s works continue to inspire devotion and adulation in fans across the generations. Learn more at Wikipedia/Hafez

    About Zoe Ghahremani

    Featured on WBEZ in Chicago, Voice of America, KPBS, Radio Iran, at the Iranian-American Women Foundation Conference, and elsewhere, Zoe founded and curates the San Diego Central Library’s Author of the Month program, is an active member of San Diego Writing Women, and sits on the Board of the Friends of the Central Library. She is a past Board member of San Diego Writers, Ink and the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. In 2019, she was honored with a Community Leader Award from the San Diego Writers Festival. Learn more at:

    About Michael Klam

    Michael Klam is Executive Editor and Associate Publisher of the San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA). He coedits the bilingual edition of SDPA with Olga Garcia. Michael hosts Central Library’s Conversations with Poets series. He coedited the San Diego Writers, Ink anthology, A Year in Ink, Volume 6. His book, Emma and the Buddha Frog (Puna Press), was a San Diego Book Awards finalist. His most recent collections are The Cheapest Flight to Paradise (Puna Press, 2018) and Anything for a Dull Moment, (Garden Oak Press, 2020). Learn more at:

    About the Friends of San Diego Central Library

    The Friends of the San Diego Central Library is a member-supported nonprofit organization that advocates, fundraises, and provides critical support for The Central Library and related literary and educational programs. They provide the community with opportunities to invest in the success of the library as well as literary and education communities by donating funds or by donating time through volunteering. Learn more at

    About Persian Cultural Center

    PCC’s core activities are multifaceted and include musical concerts, lectures, art exhibitions, dance performances, as well as language, theater, traditional instrument, and art classes. The variety of PCC’s programming draws a diverse patronage extending far beyond San Diego. We seek and welcome all members of the San Diego community and visitors to the City to enjoy and participate in our events and presentations. To this end our programs/events are non-partisan and secular, with artistic and cultural value being the ultimate benchmarks. Learn more at:

    About San Diego Poetry Annual

    For over 15 years, SDPA has featured renowned poets and artists alongside emerging local voices. Annually, 600 print copies of our publications (including Kids! and Bilingual volumes) are distributed in libraries, public universities, and public colleges in the greater San Diego County area and beyond. Learn more at

  • 1 Sep 2023 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Raquel Damus

    In the vast landscape of literature, where countless writers strive to make their mark, book awards stand as beacons of recognition, validation, and inspiration for aspiring authors. These esteemed honors not only celebrate the art of storytelling but also play a pivotal role in shaping the careers of writers who are embarking on their literary journeys. As the literary world continues to evolve, the profound impact of book awards on emerging authors becomes increasingly evident, providing them with platforms to showcase their talents and driving them to explore the boundaries of their creativity.

    Across the literary spectrum, various awards offer aspiring authors the opportunity to gain recognition and credibility. One such accolade is the Royal Dragonfly Book Award, an international program that seeks to commend exceptional literature spanning diverse categories.

    The award is unique in its inclusive approach, welcoming submissions from both traditionally and independently published authors. By embracing a wide array of genres, the Royal Dragonfly Book Award underscores the richness and diversity inherent in literature.

    The California Book Awards, presented annually by the Commonwealth Club of California, highlight the exceptional achievements of authors within the state. This program recognizes outstanding works across fiction, nonfiction, poetry, juvenile literature, and first works of fiction. Through this award, the literary community celebrates the unique perspectives and voices emerging from the diverse landscape of California.

    The submission process for the California Book Awards reflects its commitment to both traditional and self-published authors. By setting clear guidelines for submission, the award ensures that all aspiring authors have an equal opportunity to have their works considered for recognition. This inclusivity encourages a wider range of authors to participate, enriching the pool of talent that the award recognizes.

    The NYC Big Book Award takes regional recognition to a global level, extending its reach to authors from around the world. This award acknowledges excellence in independent, traditionally published, and big press books. This cosmopolitan approach emphasizes the universality of literary accomplishment while encouraging authors to share their stories on an international stage.

    Celebrating Literary Craftsmanship

    The Pencraft Awards stand as a testament to the commitment to excellence in writing across genres. With a submission process that allows authors and readers to actively participate by submitting their own works or nominating exceptional pieces, the Pencraft Awards create a space for communal celebration of literary craftsmanship. The submission fees, while nominal, contribute to sustaining the integrity of the awards program, ensuring that it continues to champion quality writing.

    The Sarton Awards, dedicated to recognizing women's memoirs and contemporary and historical fiction, not only celebrate the achievements of women authors but also shed light on important narratives often overlooked. The submission process for the Sarton Awards underscores its commitment to highlighting women's voices, ensuring that they are heard and acknowledged within the literary community.

    For authors who choose to independently publish, the National Indie Book Awards (NIEA) and the National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) provide a platform that celebrates their entrepreneurial spirit and creative achievements. These awards acknowledge excellence in independent publishing across a broad range of genres. The submission process for both awards underscores their dedication to inclusivity, welcoming submissions from authors worldwide.

    In the intricate tapestry of literature, book awards serve as transformative catalysts for aspiring authors. From the global recognition of the NYC Big Book Award to the celebration of regional talent through the California Book Awards, these honors propel authors toward greater visibility, validation, and networking opportunities. Whether through the Pencraft Awards' emphasis on craftsmanship or the dedication to amplifying marginalized voices demonstrated by the Sarton Awards, each accolade plays a vital role in shaping the future of literature. As the literary world continues to evolve, book awards will remain a beacon of hope and inspiration for aspiring authors, nurturing their dreams and driving them to achieve literary greatness.

    If you have received an award for one of your books, consider adding that information to the Discussion Forum on the topic of Awards:

    If you’d like to know more about the process of submitting your work for one of these awards, consider consulting with one of the Guild members who has already received one to get guidance on the process, the cost, and the benefit.

  • 22 Aug 2023 3:13 PM | Lisa Hagerman (Administrator)

    Careening from the 1940s to his death in 2005, this gonzo musical blasts into the life of one of America’s most influential and destructive icons. In relentless pursuit of the meaning of the American Dream during an era of political and social upheaval, Hunter S. Thompson cultivated a new form of journalism that ― for better or worse ― injected his subjective view into the heart of the story. Now, in another, even more severe moment of fake news, propaganda and polarization, Hunter’s story helps explore how we got here, and how to keep fighting.


    Special Invitation and ticket offer

    The La Jolla Playhouse is offering SDWEG members a 20% discount on tickets to The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical. To save, use promo code GONZO20 at Valid for performances September 12 – 29.

  • 14 Aug 2023 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Submitted by Bob Boze

    When I write a scene, I don’t want my reader to be observer. I want them to be a participant.

    I want them to feel, taste, hear, smell what my characters senses are feeling, hearing, smelling or tasting. I want to draw upon their imagination to pull them into the scene so they become the character.

    In a restaurant scene:

    When they take a bite of their salad, I want the reader to feel the cool crisp crunch of the lettuce. The sweetness of a cranberry mixed in with the crunch and woodsy taste of a slivered almond. As the brie, smothered in cranberry sauce is set on the table, I want their senses to light up and drool with my characters. 

    I want to describe the richness of the butter they’ve dipped their lobster in and the firm, slightly sweet taste of the lobster that blends and complements the butter’s saltiness. Make the reader hurry while sprinkling the vinegar on their chips because they see the crispness of the flour coating or breading on their fish and can’t wait to take their first bite. Then, describe that wonderful aroma of the vinegar mixing with the salt and oil on the chips that makes them grab a chip before delving into the fish.

    But it’s not just the food that makes the scene, it’s the setting too. The ambiance of the room, the furniture. Are there dark wooden booths with soft warm colored cushions that scream comfort and “Stay as long as you want” or modern, uncomfortable, no personality chairs and tables that tell you “Hurry up, the next seating is waiting at the door”?

    Is there a fireplace, a fire pit or standing heaters? Each creates a totally different feeling. Don’t forget about the attentiveness (or lack thereof) of the staff. Are they helping my characters enjoy a wonderful, relaxed meal or hurrying them along because they have a hot date at the end of their shift?

    In a sex scene:

    I want to carefully paint the room, the bed, the couch, the table, wherever they’re at. Making love on the table tells the reader something totally different about my couple than if one of them led the other to the bed. As does who led whom to the bed and what articles of clothes they lost, and how they lost them, on the way.

    If I want to change the mood, I can plop them down bare ass naked on an imitation leather couch in the middle of the winter or set the mood with the throw Grandma knitted that one of them has had forever. Yes, each sets a totally different mood and tells a different story. Oh my God. If only Grandma could see me now!

    Especially in sex scenes, I let my descriptions speak to the reader. Let the scene stir their imagination.

    In a setting:

    When they’re looking at a cathedral, a castle, a bridge, or a famous landmark I use all their senses to describe it. Anything that distinguishes it, that makes it unique, that piques interest. What makes it a castle and not a cathedral? Or is it both? The sounds it makes, traffic around it, trains at the station across the street or river. Boats sailing, chugging, or being rowed nearby.

    Don’t forget smells. A nearby Starbucks, a coffee vendor on the Galata Bridge in Istanbul. A spice market, Christmas tree lot, the sea air smell of the ocean, a restaurant nearby, the fish market.

    I not only want the physical details to come to the front, I want subtle and not so subtle feelings to build it into a vision of it and its surroundings. It needs to be appreciated, the feeling you get while looking at it needs to form in the reader’s mind.

    The excitement and energy of the moving banner signs of Times Square or the flashing lights of Piccadilly Circus. The fascination of the London Eye as the cars slowly move skyward and the people in them wave to you as they disappear. The beauty of the Eifel tower as its lacelike structure disappears into the clouds.

    I need to use all of my senses! I don’t just see the Eiffel Tower. What about the young people on the lawn of the park next to it? The lovers so involved with each other they don’t even know it’s there! Describe my amazement when the Tower Bridge opens like a regular bridge, instead of rising straight up, like I always think it’s going to.

    Some would quickly call this show, don’t tell. But it’s more than that. Much more. It’s drawing on all of the pieces from all the senses to fit together to make the scene. It’s painting a picture with your eyes, ears, nose, fingers, feet, and anything else you can use to bring the reader into the scene.

    One last thing: Once you start approaching writing this way, you’ll find that by changing one little sensory image, you can change a mood, take your character totally out of character or repaint the picture and send your reader in a direction they were not expecting! But that’s the subject for another time and another post.

    Happy writing all.

    What’s your approach to pulling your readers into your story?

  • 12 Aug 2023 5:43 PM | Lisa Hagerman (Administrator)

    Coming with the new moon, on September 14, 2023.

    “Did you know… A particular constellation rules the sky—every day and night of the year—and when we come into this world, that presiding constellation twinkles its star dusted magic on each of us.”

    Patricia Bossano’s new picture book, Cuentan mis Estrellas tempts you to keep a weather eye on the night sky, waiting for the glow of a shooting star, or the tail of a comet, to light up the stellar trait that makes you, you.

    Pre-order a copy today, for the Spanish-speaking tot in your life!

    Signed books available for pre-order at WaterBearer Press.


  • 21 Jul 2023 2:43 PM | Lisa Hagerman (Administrator)

    Speak Up Talk Radio announced the recent FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS contest winners.

    One of the winning entries was from SDWEG member Erik Christopher Martin, whose book titled THE CASE OF THE FRENCH FRY PHANTOM won in the Children’s Mystery & Children’s Diversity categories. The book is a middle-grade paranormal mystery featuring LGBTQ+ and BIPOC protagonists.

    Authors and publishers worldwide submitted their work to the International Firebird Book Awards. Two judges from a select panel of 27 read each book and independently scored each entry. All judges commit to a set of standardized criteria that evaluates the quality of the writing as well as production aspects. Only entries with the highest scores are awarded the coveted Firebird.

    Patricia J. Rullo, the founder of the Firebird Book Awards, says, “The Firebird Book Awards adds a charitable twist that allows the author’s entry fee to be tax-deductible. In return, we make handmade fun and colorful pillowcases and send them with children’s books to women and children who are experiencing homelessness, including the shelter Enchanted Makeovers, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. In this way, authors get notoriety for their work while helping to transform homeless shelters into bright and happy homes. While it feels good to win a book award, it feels even better to do good and serve others.”

    The Firebird Book Award judging panel includes a diverse group who represent a cross-section of ages, cultural heritage, races, religions, gender, and experience.  At Speak Up Talk Radio, we offer creative people a welcome place to promote themselves via book awards,  podcast awards, radio interviews, audiobook production, and podcasting services, including free opportunities to be featured in the BOOMBANGOHMYGOSHWOW podcast, where authors share short but helpful tips with fellow authors as well as share guest posts on our Blogatini.

    The Firebird Book Awards run quarterly contests so authors can receive recognition on a timely basis. Authors from all genres, mainstream, independent, and self-published, are welcome. For additional winning authors, titles, and entry information:

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