We are a group of writers and editors dedicated to improving our skills and helping others do the same since 1979. Please join us at our regular meetings on the fourth Monday of each month. Guests are welcome to attend. Guests are charged $5.
Michael Gibbs, Former San Diego Police Officer, Presents in August
Our presenter in August, Sgt. Michael Gibbs, will discuss TV cops vs Police Reality. He brings a wealth of experience and information to us.
Though born in Michigan, Michael spent most of his early years growing up in Los Angeles.
He entered the U.S. Army in his late teens, training and working in a variety of specialities, including: light weapons and tactics, demolition and mine warfare, chemical, radiological and biological warfare and radar mapping, before becoming a Green Beret. In the Berets he served as an Intelligence Sergeant on an A team. He left the Army, as a Sergeant First Class, to become a police officer.
Michael was a member of the San Diego Police Department for thirty-six years. In his police career he worked in Field Operations, SWAT and Investigations before retiring in 2005.
After retiring, he became a man tracker for the San Diego Sheriff Department's Search and Rescue Team. He remained in that position for seven years. He is currently a member of the San Diego Tracking Team and leads animal behavior and tracking walks as a docent for San Diego's Mission Trails Regional Park.
Michael has an AA in Police Science and a BA in Business Administration.
He has extensive wilderness survival knowledge learned in the military and as a wilderness backpacker. He is an animal behaviorist with particular interest in scent-hunter/scent-prey relationships and alarm communications within the wild animal community.
And lastly, Michael has spent decades studying the hunter-gatherer cultures of North America, in particular the Northern Plains tribes.
Registration for the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with the readings beginning at 7 p.m.
We meet at the San Diego County Health Services Center at 3851 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with a short business meeting following at 6:45 p.m. The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Guild members are also invited to take part in a Marketing Support Group which meets at 5:30 p.m. at the same location, in the Harbor Room, across the hall from our usual meeting room. Due to its popularity, we have had to limit the Marketing Support meeting to Guild members.
. . . to promote, support, and encourage the writing art for adults and youth. The anthology is a fund-raising project with all proceeds helping the Guild continue in that effort. A collaborative partner in the larger San Diego writing community since 1979.
Some of our outreach projects include:
* Manuscript Review – members may submit up to 30 pages of a novel, short fiction or memoir for evaluation/critique by the Guild's Recommendation Committee. An SDWEG rating is assigned which can be used when contacting agents, editors, and publishers.
* Marketing Support Group – members are invited to come an hour early on each meeting day in order to join the discussion on marketing tips that work, don't work, or to get advice from other writers.
* Online references and resources for writers on our website.
* Monthly meetings with guest speakers addressing timely topics on writing/publishing.
* Monthly newsletter, The Writer's Life.