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  • 11 May 2020 6:57 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)
    Three people reading and writing around a table

    At the November 2019 meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, Susie Strasser of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Creative Writing Department, asked if Guild members would be interested in helping students at her school. (Susie has since joined the Guild. Yay!)

    Guild members Robyn Bennett and Bob Boze volunteered after the meeting and have since been working with her to help the school’s students perfect their writing skills.

    In January 2020, Robyn and Bob were given twelve short stories from students and asked to critique them. Then in early February, they were part of a four-person Jury Panel that listened as the students read their papers. The other two jury panel members were instructors from the school, who had evaluated the students' papers ahead of time.

    After each student finished reading, one by one the jury panel members provided their critiques of the paper, offering both positive feedback and suggestions for enhancements.

    Before the first student read, the four panel members did a quick comparison of their critiques. Instantly, it became obvious how impressed they all were with the twelve papers. Each student had done an excellent job, and almost all of the suggestions for improvements were truly enhancements that an edit of a published writer might find.  

    Perhaps even more impressive was that none of the students took offense to the comments or suggestions, and each and every one of them expressed appreciation for the jury panel members helping them to become better writers.

    In mid-April, Robyn and Bob put together a PowerPoint presentation on how to enhance Creative Non-Fiction using Creative Fiction writing techniques.

    This was presented by Bob at the end of April, as the Creative Non-Fiction class kicked off its first session via Zoom. The session covered the three structures of Creative Non-Fiction which the students were to choose their first paper from.

    It then provided example topics within each structure and gave examples of how show don’t tell, emotions, the five senses, and other fiction techniques could be used in each. Once again, the presentation was very well received as the students went off to select the topic for their first papers.

    Next up, once on grounds classes resume, Robyn and Bob have offered to do their Editing Untangled Workshop to help round out the students' skill sets. That is, unless Susie comes up with another assignment before that.

    Robyn Bennett gives presentations and workshops at conferences, library and community groups incuding at Zonta, writing guilds, and is a long-standing lecturer at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Robyn writes contemporary romance and business books

    Bob Boze gives presentations, and has chaired panels and workshops at writer’s groups (e.g. San Diego: Writers Guild, Editors Network and Romance Writers), and at conferences, book fairs, library and community groups. Bob writes contemporary romance and business books and holds a BS degree in Engineering and Project Management with studies in Creative Writing at NYU, William and Mary, University of Maryland and University of Delaware. 


    Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash


  • 5 May 2020 7:27 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    SDWEG member Marla Anderson's science fiction novel NanoMorphosis has received a number of awards: 2018 B.R.A.G. Medallion, 2019 eLit Book Bronze Medal, 2019 IAN Book of the Year Finalist.

    Congratulations, Marla!


    What is indie B.R.A.G. and the indie B.R.A.G. medallion? The term “indie” refers to self-published books and B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. The name “indieBRAG” and the B.R.A.G. logos are trademarks of indieBRAG, LLC. The B.R.A.G. Medallion is a certification trademark owned and controlled by indieBRAG, LLC.

    What are the eLit Awards? The annual eLit Awards are a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment.

    The eLit Awards are an industry-wide, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the electronic publishing industry.

    The contest is presented by Jenkins Group Inc., a Michigan-based book publishing and marketing services company that has operated the popular Independent Publisher Book Awards contest since 1996.

    What is the IAN Award? The Independent Author Network (IAN) is a community of authors who are self published or published by a small indie press. IAN promotes and has supported indie authors since 2010 to more than 580,000 Twitter followers and 115,000 Facebook followers. 

    One step in the marketing of your book should be entering competition for awards such as these for your marketplace. For more information about available awards for indie authors, see this article in IndieReader listing the top ten such award programs.

    If you have received or submitted your work in competition for book awards, consider sharing your experience on the Guild's Discussion Board Forum for Book Awards. The Discussion Board is open to only SDWEG registered members. You must login to be able to contribute.


    Marla L. Anderson

    I am a writer of novel length fiction and short stories, concentrating mostly (but not exclusively) on science fiction. I also dabble in horror, suspense, fantasy, mainstream fiction and the occasional philosophical rant.

    Yes, sometimes I stay in the real world, though it’s not nearly as much fun as the ones I can imagine.

    I hope you will join me on my flights of fancy.



  • 17 Oct 2019 8:01 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)

    At the September Marketing Support Meeting, Wade Taylor, President of wsRadio.com, reported on two podcasts he completed with SDWEG member Jerry Strayve. The first includes an interview with Scott Paulson and Wade on publishing tips from Jerry. The second is a reading from Jerry's novel, First Spouse of the United States.

    J.R. Strayve, Jr. was born to a nomadic military family, attending nine schools before entering college. Following service in the United States Marine Corps, he raised a family. It is here that he discovered his talent for ”spinning tales,” regaling his young children with spontaneous bedtime stories. His passion for history spoke to him. He spoke back and wrote the epic historical novel, Braxton’s Century. He is currently working on the sequel to Braxton’s Century, (a planned  trilogy), Millennial Moguls Unhinged. He published the controversial novel, First Spouse of the United States, in March of 2019. A sequel is soon to follow.

    J.R.'s Website

  • 24 Sep 2019 8:15 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    The San Diego Writers and Editors Guild observed our 40th anniversary on Saturday, September 14, at the Admiral Baker Clubhouse in San Diego.

    The highlight of the event was the awarding of three Odin Awards to members of the San Diego literary community to recognize their body of work and their contributions to the wider San Diego community of writers. The awardees were Marc Chery, Charlotte Thompson, and Richard Lederer.

    Richard Lederer, Charlotte Thompson, and Marc Chery, Odin Award recipients Judy Reeves

    One of San Diego's writing legends and former Odin Award recipient, Judy Reeves, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. After providing a thoughtful presentation on the history of the Guild and the Odin Award, she highlighted the many remarkable achievements of each of the awardees in her introductory remarks.

    Marc Chery modestly lists himself in his LinkedIn profile as Branch library management, community outreach, program planning, collection development, readers' advisory librarian at the San Diego Central Library. His impact on behalf of the San Diego writing community is much greater than that description implies. Marc is the man behind most of the presentations at the San Diego Central Library.

    Marc was recognized as Black History Month Local Hero while he served as branch manager of the Malcolm X library, he has hosted panel discussions of local authors, and he plays a major role in the San Diego City Library's Local Author Showcase and in promoting the annual One Book, One San Diego selections.

    Charlotte E. Thompson, M.D., is a board certified pediatrician. From 2005 to 2008, she was named each year as one of the nation's top pediatricians by the Consumer's Research Council of America. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of California Medical School in San Diego and the author of ten nonfiction books.

    Dr. Richard Lederer is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling ANGUISHED ENGLISH series and his current books, AMERICAN TRIVIA, AMAZING WORDS, HILARIOUS HOLIDAY HUMOR, and THE BIG BOOK OF WORDPLAY CROSSWORDS. His works range from bloopers and puns to word origins and word games to pets and American history. He writes a weekly column for the San Diego Union Tribune, "Lederer on Language." He is the founding co-host of the syndicated program, "A Way With Words," presented each weekend on KPBS.

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