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    • 12 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

    Cover of Just One More by Tamara Merrill, A Five-Star Readers Choice Winner

    Tamara Merrill has been selected as the June 2023 Author of the Month by the downtown branch of the San Diego Library. She will present an interactive talk entitled Victim or Killer – You Decide on June 12th, 2023, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. In addition, Tamara will discuss writing her psychological thriller, Just One More. She will read from and sign copies of her books. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

    Note: This is not an SDWEG event. You will not be able to register for the event on the SDWEG website. We publicize events such as this to help our members get the word out to other members. We encourage members to take advantage of these opportunities to show your support for your fellow members.

    • 13 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Guild member KC Grifant will be reading her latest novel, Melinda West: Monster Gunslinger at a virtual event sponsored by Space Cowby Books in Joshua Tree. 

    This event is not sponsored by SDWEG, but we provide information to support our members when they schedule events such as this. 

    For more information about the event, see Space Cowboy Books website: To receive further information for this virtual event, you must register with Space Cowboy Books. No registration on this site is possible.

    • 14 Jun 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Westgate Hotel Veranda Bar, 1055 2nd Ave., San Diego, CA


    Poetry Reading

    Wed June 14, 6:30-9:30pm

    Spend a delightful evening with San Diego's travel writers newest monthly event - Wandering Words.  Michael Klam and Katie Manning, join SDWEG member Jane Muschenetz as feature readers on the theme of "Poetry of Place."

    June 14, 6:30 p.m. 
    Westgate Hotel Veranda Bar
    1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA


    Note: This event is not sponsored by SDWEG. No registration is accepted on SDWEG's website. Check out the organization's website for information, including whether registration with them is required for the event.

    • 17 Jun 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom


    Do you get your manuscript ready to send, then skid to a halt when it comes time to submit? Is it difficult talking about your writing with agents, editors, and authors? Do pitch sessions leave you in a cold sweat? In this workshop you’ll learn proven methods from psychology research to help you push through self-doubt, increase productivity, and flourish.


    Dr. Gina Simmons Schneider is the author of Frazzlebrain: Break Free from Anxiety, Anger, and Stress Using Advanced Discoveries in Neuropsychology (Central Recovery Press, April 2022). She is a licensed psychotherapist, executive coach, and corporate trainer. She serves as codirector of Schneider Counseling and Corporate Solutions. Dr. Schneider is a coping skills expert with more than 25 years of experience helping people regulate difficult emotions and conflicts. Dr. Schneider is certified in Neuroscience for Clinicians through PESI and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing through National Trauma Services. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Laurence Knight interviewed her for the BBC World Service program, “How to Be Angry.” Dr. Schneider blogs for Psychology Today and writes the award-winning Manage Anger Daily blog. She has blogged for Forbes and Women in Crime Ink which the Wall Street Journal named a “blog worth reading.” Dr. Schneider provides training for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations online and throughout San Diego County.

    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.

    • 26 Jun 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom


    You have taken writing classes, attended critique groups, revised your work over and over, and finally you have completed the perfect novel or short story—or you’re still in the planning stages. Now what? 

    You want to publish your work and you want the public to read it. Whether you want to pursue a traditional, hybrid, or self-publishing option, you need to get your work ready for submission.  

    This presentation lays out twelve steps to publishing. Participants will learn about developing a timeline, a short summary, editing, basic marketing strategies, find out about on-demand printing options, and how and where to submit their work. 

    About the presenter:

    Cornelia Feye arrived in New York City from Germany thirty years ago with two suitcases and a typewriter. Since then, she has tried to combine her background as an art historian – she holds a M.A. in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Tübingen, Germany – with her experiences travelling around the world for seven years, and her love for writing.

    In 2016 she founded Konstellation Press, an indie publishing company for genre fiction, to give a voice to independent writers and create a supportive community for local authors. Feye’s first novel, Spring of Tears, an art mystery set in France won the San Diego Book Award. During the pandemic she finished her fourth novel Death of a Zen Master, a mystery set in a remote Zen Monastery. The short story anthology Magic, Mystery & Murder, co-edited by Cornelia Feye and Tamara Merrill won the San Diego Book Award in 2019.

    Cornelia lives in Ocean Beach, where she finds inspiration in her garden and always looks for the green flash.

    Marketing Support Group Meeting

    As usual, the Marketing Support Group will meet before the regular meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The same Zoom link will be used for both the Marketing Support and the monthly membership meeting.

    • 8 Jul 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom


    Pitching your book should be fun…not terrifying.

    Whether you’re crafting a killer query or pitching directly to agents in person or via Zoom, there are easy ways to make the process enjoyable, engaging, and savvy. NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry has pitched and sold more that 50 novels, two dozen graphic novels, a dozen nonfiction books, 1200 feature articles, 140 short stories, a board game, and a Netflix show. This lively workshop gives you key insider tips, shows you how it’s done, and provides exercise for you and your writer friends to get ready to knock ‘em dead.


    Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, 3-time Scribe Award winner, Inkpot Award winner, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, was a Netflix original series. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; for adults, teens and middle grade. His novels include the Joe Ledger thriller series, the Kagen the Damned novels, Bewilderness, Ink, the Pine Deep Trilogy, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, Mars One, Ghostwalkers: A Deadlands Novel. etcHe’s the editor of many anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Don’t Turn Out the Lights, Aliens vs Predator, Nights of the Living Dead (co-edited with George A. Romero), and others. His comics include Black Panther: DoomWar, Captain America, Pandemica, The Punisher and Bad Blood. He’s the president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, and the editor of Weird Tales Magazine. He was a featured expert on the History Channel’s Zombies: A Living History and True Monsters.

    • 19 Aug 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • Zoom



    August 19, 2023, 10 AM

    Start with a strong loveable heroine and a swoon-worthy hero boyfriend. Add chemistry, connection, and quirky secondary characters. Mix in conflict, adhesion, and repulsion. Bake at 50,000 words. Frost with a tear-jerking tear apart. Ice with HFA or HFN. Plate your perfect romance that will have your readers leaving rave reviews and craving the next serving of your sweet romance. 

    Lisa Swinton’s book, On the Corner of Heartache & Love took second-runner up for a RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) award, Silver Star was a Whitney Finalist and Vocal Crush was her RONE award novel. Lisa has four series and several stand-alone books, all strictly in sweet contemporary romance, that range from short stories to full length novels, and also publishes on Kindle Vella. She's been publishing since 2014. Lisa Swinton loves romance, travel, Disney, Jane Austen, and tidying up, not necessarily in that order. When she's not writing and being a mom, you might find her singing on stage.

    • 28 Aug 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom

    “No Thanks for the Memories”

    Nobody cares about the events of your life.

    Absorb that for a moment. Think about it honestly. If you want to write a memoir, why? There is no more important question before you start down that path (or reach its end).

    A memoir is not an autobiography. Autobiographies proceed, chronologically or otherwise, through the events of an individual’s life, including every point that the person believes is important for understanding or appreciating their life. That’s it.

    So what, then, is a memoir? How does it differ from an autobiography? The distinctions vary from definition to definition; here’s mine: an autobiography is written for you; a memoir is written for somebody else.

    In my workshop we’ll discuss what I mean by this, based on my experience in editing memoirs, and see how you might apply my perspective to your own memoir to make it something that people will care about just as much as you do—if not more.


    Mark A. Clements is the author of four conventionally-published novels of horror and suspense, including 6:02, Children of the End, Lorelei and the Geisel Award-winning The Land of Nod. Over a period of 30 years he has taught innumerable read & critique workshops at San Diego Writer’s Ink and various writer’s conferences. As an editor he has worked on novels, nonfiction, poetry chapbooks and numerous memoirs, including the recently-published A Lovely Girl: The Tragedy of Olga Duncan and the Trial of One of California’s Most Notorious Killers, but Deborah Holt Larken. (Yes, it really is a memoir. And no, I had nothing to do with the title. Or subtitle.)

    Marketing Support Group Meeting

    As usual, the Marketing Support Group will meet before the regular meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The same Zoom link will be used for both the Marketing Support and the monthly membership meeting.

    • 23 Oct 2023
    • 6:30 PM
    • Zoom


    A decade ago, as a new entrepreneur, Sarah Madelin invested a huge chunk of her startup funds in hiring a designer to create an e-commerce website. It was beautiful, on-brand, and full of vulnerabilities. When it was hacked and she couldn't afford to fix it, she cut her losses and designed a new website herself. Over the years, she’s channeled those self-taught skills into creating stylish web and e-commerce sites for authors, artists, and small businesses.

    This presentation will explore the easiest ways authors can design their own beautifully branded home on the web, no coding knowledge or design training needed! Topics include branding for authors, the important pages authors need to include on their sites, a review of easy-to-use hosted website builders, and how to source low-cost images that make it all come together. Authors should come away with a plan for how to brainstorm, design, and manage their own on-brand, low-hassle, inexpensive website.


    Sarah Madelin writes contemporary women's fiction and romantic comedy novels that blend humor, heart, and romance. Her characters are learning to own their journeys and embrace love—for their families, their communities, their partners, and themselves. Sarah also devoted a decade to running a bespoke stationery boutique, so she's also enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and design, and is deeply committed to helping people on all paths achieve their dreams. Sarah lives in Colorado with her husband, twin kiddos, and too many pets.

    Marketing Support Group Meeting

    As usual, the Marketing Support Group will meet before the regular meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The same Zoom link will be used for both the Marketing Support and the monthly membership meeting.

Past events

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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