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.

Anthology Launch – General Meeting, Monday, November 18, 2019

The SDWEG general member meeting on November 18 will be devoted to the unveiling and release of The Guilded Pen, 2019—Lost, Found, Still Looking. This is the 8th edition of the Guild’s anthology, containing 93 short stories, essays, and poems—the work of 58 contributors.

We are grateful to efforts of our editors: Rivkah Sleeth, Jenna Benson, Tom Leech, and Marcia Buompensiero, managing editor, and to the reviewers and proofers who labored to bring this anthology to fruition. At the November 18 meeting, the 397-page, softcover book will be on sale for $20. The Guild produces the anthology as a fundraiser to help carry on its mission to promote and support the writing arts in San Diego.

As in the past, the heart of the meeting will be readings of a number of the stories and poems by the authors. Our writers submitted a fascinating array of topics. They shared their memoir tales of sacrifice and triumph, their imaginative short stories that tickle, amuse, and inspire, or shock with bone-chilling possibilities. They provoke thought with introspective essays. They bare their souls with sensitive, imaginative poetry. Within the anthology pages, writers, the everyday chroniclers of life and living, share their art. They turn words on a page into a living, breathing, thing—an idea to spark the human imagination.

Join us on November 18 for an exciting evening and pick up a copy. Then, take a moment. Sit back. Shed the day's cares and let your mind go wandering. Between the pages of a good book is where the magic begins.

We meet at the San Diego County Health Services Center at 3851 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA. Registration for the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a short business meeting following at 6:45 p.m. The readings 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.

Guild’s Mission

. . . 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.

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