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    • 14 Oct 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • Zoom

    To use Lisa Longworth’s analogy, writing can be like a hummingbird sucking his nectar. It is food for the soul, fueling your creative process. Writing is a journey. It is a voyage of discovery and, maybe, its goal is simply the joy of knowing the journey will never end. Writing ignites the imagination. The tool is the heart; the medium is words. So when writing even nonfiction, the writer cannot help but be inspired in the process, be it in research or in descriptive prose. New avenues appear. Thoughts, feelings, and insight create blossoms on the trees along the road of this journey. Come along and join me on this trip and remember, the journey never ends. To quote Sendivogus, philosopher and chemist of the 17th century: “There is no greater help toward a successful end than a good beginning.” With this preamble, may I invite you to join me a begin the voyage!


    Dr. Patricia Daly-Lipe, is an author, artist and speaker. Patricia has written ten books. Her first La Jolla book was the Winner of the San Diego Books Awards in 2002. A Cruel Calm, the Finalist Award, 2013 she won First Prize for historical fiction. Named Author of the Year 2016-2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals and Lifetime of Achievement and Success in 2017. She was raised in La Jolla and Washington, D.C. She still owns a house in La Jolla and remains a member of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild.

    • 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.

    • 27 Nov 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Over the last four years, Henry has traditionally published dozens of middle grade, young adult, and adult short stories, essays, poems, and drabbles in the genres of pop culture, fantasy, science fiction, and horror. We'll discuss how to discover markets that could buy your short stories, how to manage your submissions, and tips to improve your chances of acceptance.


    Henry Herz’s stories will/have appeared in the SFWA- and HWA-qualifying markets Daily Science Fiction, Weird Tales, Pseudopod, Metastellar, Titan Books, Highlights for Children, Ladybug Magazine, and anthologies from Albert Whitman & Co., Blackstone Publishing, Brigid's Gate Press, Air and Nothingness Press, Baen Books, Dracula Beyond Stoker, and elsewhere. He's edited six anthologies and written twelve traditionally published picture books.

    Marketing Support Group Meeting

    The Marketing Support Group remains on hiatus, pending our finding a resource able to take over the meetings.

    • 18 Dec 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Admiral Baker Club, San Diego

    Save the Date!

    Plan to join us on Monday, December 18, in a celebration of the holiday season, our successful end of another year of programming for our members, and of being able to get together again in person.

    The Board of Directors is making arrangements for us to have a meal together in place of our regular monthly membership meeting, moved from our usual fourth Monday to the third Monday of December. We expect the celebration to be at the Admiral Baker Club. All members and their guests will be invited to attend. Ticket information including cost will be announced when the planning is finalized.

    Please Note!

    The amount listed for the price at present is an estimate based on our experience holding our 40th anniversary celebration at the same venue. At this point, we ask that you DO NOT pay for your reservations on the website. Because the cost of the tickets will go to the venue, we prefer that payments be made by check so that we not incur a processing fee on each reservation. We will send individual invoices to members with instructions for making payments by check or other financial transaction platforms that do not involve transaction fees.

    If the final price changes, we'll inform all who have RSVPed by email.

    We also welcome donations from members for this event.  If you are willing to make a donation in order to keep the cost for individual members down, please select the Donate button on our website or click here.

Past events

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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