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    • 23 May 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Professor Walter reveals the core screenwriting precepts that explain the vast success of writers who studied in the program he led at UCLA for over forty years in Westwood,, where writers wrote eleven pictures for Steven Spielberg, won five Best Screenplay Oscar nominations, and three Oscars, during his final ten years on campus.

    About the Speaker

    Richard Walter is an author of best-selling fiction and nonfiction, a screenwriter, celebrated storytelling educator, script consultant, and lecturer. He served as a Professor, and Associate and Interim Dean, at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where, for more than forty years, he chaired the graduate program in screenwriting. He has written scripts for the major studios and television networks, including the earliest drafts of American Graffiti; lectured on screenwriting and storytelling and conducted master classes throughout North America as well as London, Paris, Jerusalem, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney and Hong Kong.

    He is also a pop culture commentator, blogger and media pundit who has made numerous appearances on The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, ABC Primetime, Scarborough Country and CBS News Nightwatch, among many other high-profile national television programs. More than a hundred newspaper and magazine articles have been published about him and the program he directed at UCLA.

    Learn more at www.richardwalter.com and sign up for his newsletter: https://richardwalter.substack.com/

    Marketing Support Group

    There will be a Marketing Support Group meeting starting at 5.30PM. Please use the same Zoom information. We will  transition to the main meeting at 6.30PM.

    • 20 Jun 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Determining what your protagonist wants is often the most important and difficult task a writer encounters, but the entire story hinges on it. In this presentation, we will look at the ways in which plot and character intersect. We will “play detective” with our characters in order to determine what matters most to them, and then use those driving motivations in order to shape plots with deep emotional stakes.


    Tara Gilboy is the author of two novels, Unwritten, which won the 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for middle grade fantasy, and its sequel, Rewritten. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and teaches for San Diego College of Continuing Education. You can find out more about her (and how to work with her on your novel!) on her website at http://taragilboy.com/

    • 27 Jun 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    The anthology editors have selected another collection of stories, essays, and poems from the Power of Ten anthology for this live reading. Our talented writers never fail to  entertain, intrigue, surprise, and sometimes even scare with their selections.

    We invite you to join us for a relaxed evening in the company of your fellow Guild members where you can kick back and enjoy some great storytelling and perhaps be inspired to write your own submission to the 2022 Anthology.

    • 22 Aug 2022
    • 6:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Are you stuck in the process of finishing your story? Do you know what type of story you’re really telling? Understanding the difference between your marketing category or genre, and the fundamental type of your story is the key to finishing your professional draft. In this one-hour presentation, suitable for any writer of fiction or memoir, you’ll discover your Story Type and the essential elements you need to make it work.

    Key takeaways

    • Learn why common marketing categories or genres don’t help you structure your story.
    • Discover the essential elements all working stories share, and how they differ according to your Story Type.
    • Delve into the seven Story Types and find out which one best fits the story you are trying to tell.
    • Develop a clear path to finishing your story.


    Anne Hawley

    Anne Hawley is a certified developmental editor who helps new and experienced authors turn story ideas into drafts, and drafts into finished novels that will delight their readers. Her one-on-one clients include authors of historical, thriller, epic fantasy, and literary fiction. As a teacher she is the co-creator of the StoryPath course from Pages & Platforms and co-host of their Happily Ever Author Club.

    She was the producer and a writer of the Story Grid Editor Roundtable podcast from 2017 to 2020, and is the author of the historical love story Restraint and the forthcoming The Footman, set in the Restraint universe.

    You’ll often find her riding her Dutch bike Eleanor around Portland, and you can learn more about her editing services and her writing at https://www.annehawley.net .

    Rachelle Ramirez

    Rachelle Ramirez is a developmental editor who helps fiction and nonfiction writers structure and finish their projects. She specializes in narrative nonfiction such as self-improvement, how-to, business, memoir, and hybrids of these story forms. She is eager to assist writers with complex story structures and character arcs, especially stories intended as catalysts for social justice.

    She earned a MA in psychology, MFA training in Creative Writing, editing certification, ADHD coaching certification, and has extensive experience helping new and bestselling authors. She is a co-creator of the Story Path course and numerous writing masterclasses, and is a co-host of The Happily Ever Author Club at Pages and Platforms.

    Rachelle is the author of the forthcoming book, The ADHD Writer: Increase Focus, Productivity, and Confidence. Finish Your Work.

    You can learn more about Rachelle and her editing services at https://www.rachelleramirez.com .


    The  Marketing Support group will meet at 5.30pm to discuss all aspects of book marketing. This is open to all members in good standing, so bring your questions, ideas, and winning strategies.

    To join, use the same Zoom information provided for the Membership Meeting.

    Invitations with the Zoom meeting information will be sent to registrants via email once registration is complete.

    RECORDING NOTICE: This online event enables an attendee to participate through a personal device's microphone and/or camera. An attendee may elect not to participate through use of a microphone and/or camera. The election of an attendee to use a microphone and/or camera constitutes a release and waiver of rights in the capture of the attendee's image, likeness, and/or voice for the exclusive use by the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild.  

    • 8 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    What do you get when you combine the compression and lyricism of poetry with the urgency of fiction? Micro prose!

    In this two-hour Zoom workshop, we’ll dive into some examples or the form to identify the aspects of craft particular to micro and use those to inspire our own little stories. You’ll leave class with drafts-in-progress and a list of markets for your finished work.

    Ideal for poets wanting to bust out into prose and fiction writers who yearn to be poets.

    Please note: The workshop start time may change in the coming week. If there are any time changes, you will receive an email notification. You may also check back here for updates.

    About Sarah Freligh

    Sarah Freligh is the author of four books, including Sad Math, winner of the 2014 Moon City Press Poetry Prize and the 2015 Whirling Prize from the University of Indianapolis, and We, published by Harbor Editions in early 2021. Recent work has appeared in the Cincinnati Review miCRo series, SmokeLong Quarterly, Wigleaf, Fractured Lit, and in the anthologies New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (Norton 2018) and Best Microfiction (2019-22). Among her awards are poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Saltonstall Foundation.

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