April is Poetry Month

At the April 6, 2019 General Meeting the winners of the 2019 Poetry Contest will be awarded their checks and certificates.

The speaker will be Doug Johnson who owns a small press in Yakima Washington that publishes poetry.  His talk is titled LandscapesBorders, and Semicolons: The Mechanics of Poetry in Community.

He has designed a special interactive workbook addressing creative writing for his presentation to the guild. Cover design by Uschi Wilson. This workbook will be given to each member of the Guild as they sign in, can be purchased on-site by non-members who wish to have one. If non-members wish to join the Guild that day, they may, and will be given a workbook at that time. Membership is good for one year from time of joining. Future workbook purchases can be made through Amazon.

Palm Springs Writers Guild Catalog

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Join the Board of Directors

Interested in becoming a PSWG Assistant/Coordinator on the PSWG Board of Directors?

Now’s the time to apply!

Members are the heart of PSWG's work. And our member volunteers help pump the blood. Because of the contributions of volunteers' time, talent, and expertise, PSWG can lead the industry of writers toward a world where our writers have the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the industry of writers.

Volunteering in this capacity will allow you to:

Give back to the PSWG community by assisting in shaping the future of PSWG and independent writers’.

Share your voice by taking an active role in identifying independent writers’ trends and issues.

Make valuable business and personal connections by working alongside other members in the community of writers. This will help broaden your network and build lasting friendships with other thought leaders.

We're seeking to build an energetic, inclusive, and innovative corps of PSWG volunteers and Assistants/Coordinators on the PSWG Board of Directors. If this is an opportunity that interests you, we hope you'll apply to openings on the following Positions:

Assistant to:

  • President
  • Executive Vice-President
  • Vice-President, Programs
  • Vice-President, Membership
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Vice-President Contests
  • Vice-President Education and Training
  • Vice-President Communications
  • Vice-President Critique Groups

Please submit your name and contact information to Mark Anderson, Vice President of Membership:
and which positions(s) you may be interested in volunteering.

March 2, 2019
New 2019-2020 Board of Directors Elected

The following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors: (left to right)

Marly Bergerud, President
Jim Misko, VP Programs
Gordon Davis, VP Critique Groups
Mark E. Anderson, VP Membership
Lynn DeTurk, VP Contests
Steve Schullo, Treasurer
Marilyn Janas, Secretary

Board of Directors positions remaining to be filled:

  • Executive Vice-President
  • Vice-President, Communications
  • Vice-President Education and Training

If you are interested in one of these positions, and are a member, please submit your name and contact information to Jim Misko, Nominating Committee:

and indicate which positions(s) you may be interested in volunteering.

Click here for Board of Directors Job Descriptions.


March 22, 2019
Creating Compelling Characters

Join award-winning, multi-published author, Ariella Moon, for a three-hour, interactive, intensive workshop on crafting compelling characters. Writers will discover the art of character arcs, five ways to create reader empathy, and how their protagonist’s goals, motivation, and conflicts propel the story. Writers will also learn ways to reveal character, and how to use Deep Point of View to create compelling characters. Attendees should bring a printed copy of the first ten pages of their manuscript (fiction or memoir). Read more...

April 19, 2019
The Art of Writing a Series

Writing a series is a proven way to build an author fan base and boost book sales. In this workshop, writers will learn the importance of mapping a series arc, character arcs vs. series arcs, how to honor reader expectations, how to compel readers from one book to the next, and much more. Read more...

May 10, 2019
Transmedia: Storytelling Across Multiple Platforms

With Transmedia, an author creates cross-platform stories, each new, related, and often with interactive content. In this workshop, Ariella Moon helps authors imagine ways they can create a mixed media franchise to expand their author brand, assets, and fan base. Read more...

Author of the Month

Allen Plone

When Plone moved to San Francisco from Philadelphia, aged 19, to continue college, the first place he visited, on that first weekend, was Cannery Row, in Monterey. A voracious reader his whole life and Steinbeck one of his favorite authors, it was his trip to the Holy Land. He walked the streets with Doc, and met all his favorite characters. No mystery why he became a writer. 

Allen makes his living in the film and television production industry as a writer and director. He holds Master’s Degree Comp.Lit/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a PhD. History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Spent 9 years as a college professor, at San Jose State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he taught Philosophy, Literature and Psychology and Creative Writing. He also taught screenwriting at University of Southern California, in their Graduate Writers Program while working as a full-time writer/director.  Allen’s passion is and has always been poetry and children’s stories.  He’s combined the two in five of the children’s books he’s written; they’re all in rhymed couplets. He has published many poems in such journals as: Light Journal of Poetry and Photography, Moon Journal of Poetry, BTS Journal, The Sea Letter Journal, Celidah: A Journal of Poetry and others. He has also published several short stories, including “The Cowboy of My Heart,” which won the Rosebud Best Short Story award.  

A Vegan, Allen is a strong advocate for animals, believing that we need to be compassionate to all living beings. He volunteers at animal shelters and, marrying his belief that the way we build a better society is through showing children the power of compassion through poetry and stories, he spends time reading to them at schools and libraries.   

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