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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. A $5 donation is requested.

Sandra de Helen, Script Writer, Presents in June

What are the major elements of playwriting? Once a play is written, how does it get produced?

Join Sandra de Helen, courtesy of The Scripteasers, as she presents an overview of character, dialogue, and conflict — the elements that go into creating a script.

She will also briefly discuss the challenges and joys of getting a play produced. Get tips to help you decide whether to write for the stage, and how to get a play on its feet once you’ve written it.

Sandra de Helen’s dramas and comedies have been performed all over the United States as well as internationally. Audiences in NYC, Chicago, Ireland, London, and the Philippines have been entertained and challenged by Sandra’s provocative writing. In 2017, her work was staged at Athena Cats Theatre of Santa Monica, Women’s Theatre Festival of NC, Samuel French in LA, and read by Scripteasers in San Diego. In the past five years, her work has been staged in NYC, LA, Portland, and Canada.

Sandra’s writings are archived in the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Collection at Ohio State University. She studied with Maria Irene Fornés, and with Matt Zrebski. With Kate Kasten, she cofounded Actors’ Sorority in Kansas City. Later Sandra founded the Portland Women’s Theatre Company as well as Penplay. She is a member of Scripteasers of San Diego, International Centre for Women Playwrights, and the Dramatists Guild.

We meet at the San Diego County Health Services Center, 3851 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA 92110.

Note: The Marketing Support Group will meet at 5:30 p.m., before the regular meeting. Anyone interested in sharing or learning about marketing tips is welcome to attend.

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:

* Speakers Bureau – professionals are available for presentations to groups in San Diego County. Topics include creative and non-fiction writing and marketing published work.
* 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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