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    • 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.  

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    For writers, it’s difficult to obtain information about protecting your rights in your creative projects. and if you do, it's difficult to decipher the "legalese."

    In this workshop designed for writers, we'll cover the basics of copyrights, trademarks and key provisions of publishing contracts so that you'll understand the fine print without having a law degree.

    About Jodé Millman

    Jodé is a life-long resident of Poughkeepsie, New York, which serves as the setting for her legal suspense novels. In her writing, she draws upon her experiences as an attorney to capture the tensions that arise when a small community is rocked by tragedy.

    Author of the best-selling SEATS: NEW YORK Theatre guidebook, Jode's debut thriller novel, "The Midnight Call", was released by Immortal Works Publishing in 2019. "The Midnight Call" won the 2020 Bronze IPPY Award, the 2020 American Fiction Award, the 2021 Independent Press Award for Legal Thriller, was a 2021 Book Excellence Award Finalist, was short-listed for the 2019 Clue Award and received the First Place Blue Ribbon as "Best Police Procedural" by Chantireviews.com.

    Her new thriller, "Hooker Avenue," was released by Level Best Books on April 19, 2022, and is the second installment in her "Queen City Crimes" series inspired by true crimes in the Hudson Valley.

    She recently created the educational program "THE WRITER'S LAW SCHOOL," which educates writers and artists about protecting their legal rightsin a fun and easy-to-understand way, and has presented the program around the world.

    Jodé received her BA and JD from Syracuse University, and while studying at NYU Law School she served as a contributing editor to "The Kaminstein Legislative History Project: A Compendium and Analytical Index of Materials Leading to the Copyright Act of l976." Concentrating on law and literature, Jodé obtained her MA in English Literature from Eastern Michigan University, and has taught at Detroit Mercy Law School and Marist College.

    Presently, she co-hosts and co-produces the Backstage with the Bardavon Podcast which invites the listener backstage for intimate conversations with musicians and performers appearing at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and UPAC in Kingston, NY. The podcast is available on Itunes, Spotify and GooglePlay.

    Jodé is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. Her book reviews can be found at Booktrib.com and the New York Journal of Books.

    • 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.

    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.  

    • 29 Oct 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Story editing for your novel is more important today than ever before. Agents and publishers no longer consider amateurish manuscripts, given so many fully polished submissions, and readers of self-published novels expect quality stories and a thoroughly professional presentation.

    This workshop is geared to new and emerging fiction writers, whether you’re seeking traditional publication, self-publishing, or hybrid publication. Story coach and editor Lisa Poisso will cover everything you need to know about the working with an editor, giving you actionable steps to get the editing you need.

    • How to tell what kind of editing you need
    • How to revise for an edit
    • Are you ready for editing yet?
    • Where to find an editor who gets your book and your writing
    • What to tell a prospective editor about your book
    • Do you need a sample edit?
    • How far ahead to schedule your edit
    • What to expect when working with a professional editor

    Lisa will be taking your questions about developmental editing and manuscript critiques, preparing for an edit, working with an editor, and more.

    Lisa Poisso Biography

    Lisa Poisso, who specializes working with new and emerging authors, abhors the idea that writing a debut novel can feel like throwing darts wearing a blindfold. A classically trained dancer, her approach to creativity is grounded in structure, form, and technique as the doorway to freedom of movement. Via her innovative Plot Accelerator and Story Incubator coaching, she fast-tracks authors through story theory and development in just weeks while facilitating an author-paced “developmental edit in a bottle.”

    She holds a journalism degree and has decades of professional experience as an award-winning magazine editor and journalist, content writer, and corporate communications manager.

    In addition to story coaching, she is a developmental and line editor, aided by an industrious team of retired greyhounds. Her popular Baker’s Dozen newsletter offers 13 tasty tidbits for emerging authors every month. Find Lisa at LisaPoisso.com, download her free Manuscript Prep guide, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    • 6 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Note: Event date and time subject to change

    You’ve finished your manuscript and had it critiqued and beta-read. You revised and edited and made it the best it could be. You researched agents and editors and crafted the perfect query letter. Holding your breath, you press the “Send” button. Then the rejections start coming in. That feeling of exhilaration of submitting your work has turned into mountains of disappointment. This workshop will guide you through the discouragement that comes from rejections, and how to turn those moments into opportunities you never anticipated. Learn what to expect after you hit the “Send” button and how to turn lemons into lemonade.


    Kathie McMahon is the author of the humorous, award-winning chapter book series, Mortimer and Me, about eight-year-old Jimmy and a moose named Mortimer. Kathie taught elementary school for 32 years, where she composed several school musicals. She also collaborated on many youth theater musicals, receiving four ariZoni awards for Original Music Composition. She is a member of SCBWI and hosts the East Valley KidLit Mingles. Kathie lives in Gilbert, Arizona, where you won’t find any moose, but plenty of snakes, gila monsters, and mountain lions. For the latest news involving the adventures with Jimmy and Mortimer, visit www.kathiemcmahon.com.

    • 27 Mar 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Persuasive writing is the art and craft of convincing readers of your position or point of view on an issue. To accomplish this, you must grab the reader’s attention, state a clear thesis, and support your position with logical (logos), emotional (pathos), and character-based (ethos) arguments. Persuasive writing is a fundamental skill that is critical to many different fields and careers. If you write an article, narrative essay, book or movie review, nonfiction book, speech, op-ed, legal brief, business proposal, advertising copy, query letter or book proposal, you are using persuasive writing. In this presentation, we will learn how to write a clear, concise, and compelling persuasive essay as a guide to improve your skills for any form of writing.

    About James A. Stewart

    James A. Stewart is the author of the narrative nonfiction book Mystery at the Blue Sea Cottage, A True Story of Murder in San Diego’s Jazz Age, which Kirkus Reviews selected as its best indie nonfiction book for March 2022. During a twenty-five-year career in the U.S. Navy, he drafted hundreds of position papers and ghost-wrote numerous articles, speeches, and prepared congressional statements for several three- and four-star officers. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the UC Riverside Palm Desert Low Residency program and a BA in English from National University.

    • 14 Apr 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Matt Coyle will discuss the evolution of his bestselling Rick Cahill crime series. He will explain the correct way to write a successful series ... and how he does it. Also, he will discuss how to market your books by traditional and self-publishing routes.

    Matt Coyle Biography

    Matt Coyle is the author of the best-selling Rick Cahill crime novels. He knew he wanted to be a crime writer when he was fourteen and his father gave him the simple art of murder by Raymond Chandler. He graduated with a degree in English from University of California at Santa Barbara. His foray into crime fiction was delayed for thirty years as he spent time managing a restaurant, selling golf clubs for various golf companies, and in national sales for a sports licensing company.

    Writing at night for over a decade his debut novel, Yesterday’s Echo, was finally published in 2013. The wait was almost worth it as it won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, the Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction.

    Matt’s second book in the Rick Cahill series, Night Tremors, was a Bookreporter.com Reviewers’ Favorite Book of 2015 and was an Anthony, Shamus, and Lefty Award finalist.

    Dark Fissures (Cahill #3) was a finalist for the Macavity and Lefty awards and was a 2016 Top Pick for Bookreporter.com.

    Blood Truth (Cahill #4) was a Shamus finalist, Lefty Award finalist, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Silver Award winner for Thriller/Suspense, and a top pick by Bookreporter.com for Best Mysteries of 2017.

    Wrong Light (Cahill #5) was a Lefty Award finalist, a San Diego Book Award finalist and was nominated for a Shamus Award. It was also a top pick by Bookreporter.com for Best Mysteries of 2018.

    Lost Tomorrows (Cahill #6) was a winner of the Shamus Award and the Lefty Award for Best Mystery.

    Blind Vigil (Cahill #7) has been nominated for the Lefty, Barry, Macavity, and Shamus awards.

    Last Redemption (Cahill #8) is now available.

    His short story, The #2 Pencil, was a finalist for a Derringer and Macavity Award.

    Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus, where he is writing his ninth crime novel, How to Write a Successful Series

    • 15 May 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom
    Registration is closed

    Your book is done. You have an idea you want to look for an agent, that the agent will find a publisher, that the publisher will publish the book. But what are all the steps between? Who does what in publishing? What are my roles and responsibilities? What are first serial rights? Right of first refusal? What's a style sheet? In this candid conversation about the book biz, and using my own experience publishing with Lake Union Publishing, Viking, and HarperCollins, I will walk you through what you might expect from "The End" to your book's release day. My goal? Make sure you walk in with eyes wide open - and a crystal-clear idea of what you want for your book's path in the world.

    About Kim taylor blakemore

    Kim writes historical novels that feature fierce, audacious, and often dangerous women. She writes about the thieves and servants, murderesses and mediums, grifters and frauds - the women with darker stories, tangled lies and hidden motives.

    She is the author of the upcoming historical thriller THE DECEPTION, bestselling historical thriller AFTER ALICE FELL, and THE COMPANION, lauded by Publisher’s Weekly as “a captivating tale of psychological suspense.” She is also the author of YA novels BOWERY GIRL and CISSY FUNK, a WILLA Literary Award winner for Best Young Adult novel.

    She is founder of Novelitics, which provides workshops, developmental editing, and community to writers in the United States and Canada. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest, on the Isle of Misfit Rescue Animals.

    Visit her at: www.kimtaylorblakemore.com

Past events

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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