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    • 16 Jul 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • SD Central Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

    Unexpected In-person Opportunity!

    The Friends of the Library of the San Diego Central Library have invited San Diego Writers and Editors Guild to be the July Author of the Month based on our submission of the SDWEG Anthology, The Guilded Pen--New Beginnings to the 2023 Local Author Exhibit. The committee that coordinates the Author of the Month program selects twelve of the best books submitted and invites the authors, or in this case, co-authors, for a presentation at the beautiful downtown library. The organizers choose our submission as one of twelve in a field of over 200 submissions!

    We have invited five of our members to read their submissions in either the 2022 or 2023 anthologies on Tuesday, July 16th, 2024 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Courtyard at the entrance to the San Diego Central Library.

    This event is an opportunity for us to celebrate all the members who have submitted to our anthologies going back to the first one in 2012. It is also an opportunity for us to get together in person once more than we had expected in 2024. Come and bring your family and friends to this free event where you can mingle and network with other Guild members and the public.

    We will provide refreshments. The Guild will provide prizes through a drawing among all who attend.

    Parking is available on the lower levels of the Central Library. Be sure to validate your parking stub on the first floor at the entrance when you arrive. The Library can also be reached using San Diego’s Trolley system. Take the Blue Line or Orange Line to Park & Market Trolley Station or the Green Line to Imperial Transit Center.

    Don’t miss this unexpected opportunity to get together with other SDWEG members and the Board.

    • 22 Jul 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Artists/Writers & AI: The Robots Are Coming

    With the speed of light, artificial intelligence seems to be taking over the world. In particular, the art and literary worlds are facing the most dramatic transformation since the Guttenberg press with innovative programs like ChatGPT and Dall-e.

    This workshop will explore the latest legal developments in the world of AI and copyright, the government’s actions to protect an “author’s” rights, and how authors/artists can protect themselves against the robots.


    Jodé Millman is a New York Attorney, the award-winning author of the “Queen City Crimes” series, a reviewer for, and a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. She received a Daphne DuMaurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and Silver Falchion Finalist for her sophomore mystery, ”Hooker Avenue.” The latest series installment, “The Empty Kayak,” was released in May 2023 and a Finalist for the Clue Award. 

    Jodé received her BA and JD from Syracuse University, and she served as a Kaminstein Copyright Scholar while attending NYU Law School as a visiting student in Intellectual Property. Jodé is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, a reviewer for, the host/producer of The Backstage with the Bardavon podcast, and the creator of The Writer’s Law School. Discover more about Jodé, her work, and sign up for her newsletter at

    • 26 Aug 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • On-line

    Book Launch Class

    You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make it a moon shot.

    We'll talk about when you should start your marketing campaign and how to build your marketing plan.

    How did your last book launch go? Are you prepared for your first book launch?


    Author, editor, and wild spirit Penn Wallace will lead the workshop. Penn has published fifteen books, some with great launch success and some, not so much. He has learned the hard way and spent lots of money learning what not to do. He wants to share that hard-earned knowledge with you to streamline your launch process.

    • 28 Aug 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Join our Author Marketing Support Group via Zoom on Wednesday, August 28 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. PT. 

    NOTE: There is NO July meeting! We will take that month off. This registration is to meet on August 28.


    If you are having an author marketing challenge, let's discuss it. If you just published a book or are publishing one soon, we'd love to hear that, too.

    Our discussion topic will be target audience. If you have ideas for future topics, please email or let us know during the meeting.

    Thanks for registering and we are looking forward to seeing you!

    • 23 Sep 2024

    45th Anniversary Celebration and Odin Award Presentation on September 23, 2024

    Celebrate the Guild's 45th anniversary with us at a gala dinner where we will reflect on the Guild's 45 years supporting and encouraging writers in the area and present Odin Awards to four distinguished local authors. Tickets for the dinner will be $45.00. Watch for more details in later announcements.

    The Odin Award is SDWEG's highest award, based on the recipient's body of work. Twenty-six authors have received this award since the first was presented in 1998.

    • 28 Oct 2024

    Help! I need an editor!

    • 25 Nov 2024
    • 6:30 PM

    Readings from the 2023 Anthology for the November 25 meeting

    Thirty-nine members of SDWEG are represented in forty-five pieces in the 2023 anthology, including short stories, memoirs, essays, and poetry. Ten of those members will read portions of their published work from The Guilded Pen—Traversing Life at the November meeting. These always popular and inspiring Open Mic nights offer us an opportunity to celebrate with the authors and contemplate how our submissions may appear in the upcoming anthology of short stories. [Note that the number of readers may change as we get closer to this event. This information is sufficient to create the event, which can be edited before it is made public.]

    • 16 Dec 2024
    • 6:30 PM

    Join us for an in-person end of the year holiday celebration. It will be a free, potluck event for all members and their guests. Bring your favorite holiday goodies. The Board will provide liquid refreshments. 

    We'll meet at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, at 8350 Lake Murray Blvd., San Diego, CA 92119. Parking is available on either side of the campus, on Lake Murray Blvd and on Jackson Drive. We'll meet in the Community Center, the large building at the center back of the property

Past events

26 Jun 2024 Author Marketing Support Group Meeting, June 26
24 Jun 2024 June meeting with Laura Perkins
29 May 2024 Author Marketing Support Group
18 May 2024 Writers' Games with Margaret Harmon: In Person
24 Apr 2024 Author Marketing Support Group
15 Apr 2024 Tamara Merrill: How-to Tips for 2024 Anthology Submission Success
25 Mar 2024 Penn Wallace - First Page Critique
28 Feb 2024 Author Marketing Support Group
26 Feb 2024 Matt Coyle - Openings: The Importance of Chapter One
21 Feb 2024 Committee: SD Writers Festival
7 Feb 2024 Workshop: Verb Your Way to More Lively Writing
31 Jan 2024 Author Marketing Support Group Meeting
22 Jan 2024 The Long and Winding Road from Moments to Memoir
20 Jan 2024 Character Therapy--And You're the Shrink!
18 Dec 2023 December Holiday Celebration
27 Nov 2023 How to Get Your Short Story Published
21 Nov 2023 Board of Directors
23 Oct 2023 Create Your Own Simple, Stylish Website
14 Oct 2023 Workshop: Writing Nonfiction
25 Sep 2023 A Private Investigator's Perspective
28 Aug 2023 Writing Memoirs Even if You Are an Ordinary Person
19 Aug 2023 Workshop: Recipe for a Perfect Romance
24 Jul 2023 Literary Games with Margaret Harmon
8 Jul 2023 Workshop - Art of the Pitch with Jonathan Maberry
6 Jul 2023 Writing the Hero's or Heroine's Journey
26 Jun 2023 12 Step Program to Publishing
24 Jun 2023 Northpark Book Fair at Verbatim Books
17 Jun 2023 Workshop: How to break free from self-doubt and flourish
14 Jun 2023 San Diego Travel Writers Event: Wandering Words
13 Jun 2023 KC Grifant reading at Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree
12 Jun 2023 San Diego Public Library Local Author Event with Tamara Merrill
3 Jun 2023 Once Upon a Book Fair
27 May 2023 Adjunct to In-person meeting
27 May 2023 Membership Get-together and Anthology Celebration
22 May 2023 Deepening Your Relationship to Poetry
21 May 2023 KC Grifant at Warwick's in La Jolla
20 May 2023 KC Grifant Book Signing and Inteview
15 May 2023 Workshop: So the Book is Done. Now What? A Candid Conversation
24 Apr 2023 Marketing: A Necessary Part of the Writing Plan
20 Apr 2023 Workshop: How to Write Successful Mystery Sequels
27 Mar 2023 Market Your Book
6 Mar 2023 Workshop: How to Turn Rejections into Opportunities
27 Feb 2023 Authors, Speak Confidently About Your Book!
22 Feb 2023 Workshop: The Basics of Persuasive Writing
30 Jan 2023 Workshop: How To Write Close Point of View
23 Jan 2023 Perpetual Metamorphosis: Transforming Trauma into (Healing) Poetry
19 Dec 2022 December Holiday Celebration
28 Nov 2022 The Challenges of English Grammar
24 Oct 2022 Let’s Make a Scene! Showing vs. Telling
8 Oct 2022 Workshop: Standing at the Intersection of Poetry and Prose: Writing Micro
26 Sep 2022 Marketing Your Book Before It’s Published
10 Sep 2022 Workshop: Protecting Your Artistic Rights
22 Aug 2022 Get Your Story Unstuck with the Secrets of the Story Types
25 Jul 2022 Cover, Cover - What Should My Cover Do?
23 Jul 2022 Workshop: Psychology Tips to Boost Creativity and Productivity
27 Jun 2022 Writers Read: Excerpts from the Power of Ten
20 Jun 2022 Workshop: What Your Characters Want and Why
23 May 2022 Screenwriting's two most important principles--a shock-proof, guaranteed strategy for screenwriting success.
25 Apr 2022 First Page Slam
28 Mar 2022 Strategies for Writing About Trauma and Coping with the Fallout
28 Feb 2022 Writing Demystified
24 Jan 2022 The History, Purpose, and Future of the Guild Anthology
20 Dec 2021 Holiday Party 2021
22 Nov 2021 Constructing Concrete Characters
25 Oct 2021 Anthology Book Launch
27 Sep 2021 Who’s On Your Team?
23 Aug 2021 Open Mic Night
26 Jul 2021 Are You a Plotter or a Pantster? Patrick Ross
17 Jul 2021 Book Launch Workshop
28 Jun 2021 Add Sizzle to Your Non-Romantic Work, by Theresa Halvorsen
24 May 2021 Penn Wallace - First Page Slam
21 May 2021 For the Love of Writing - Coffee & Writing #2
15 May 2021 Workshop on Creating Book Covers w/ Karl Keating
26 Apr 2021 Jared Kuritz - Websites, Social Media & More: Online Presence, Components & Functionalities for Effective Book Marketing
23 Apr 2021 For the Love of Writing - Coffee & Writing
22 Mar 2021 General Meeting March 22 - Authors Read from Anthology
22 Feb 2021 Successful Authors Have These Things in Common, Guest Speaker Amy Collins
13 Feb 2021 Point of View Workshop
25 Jan 2021 Monthly Meeting - Lisa Kastner of Running Wild Publishing
21 Dec 2020 Virtual Holiday Party & Open Mic Night
14 Dec 2020 Marketing Committee Meeting (members only)

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