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.

Elections at the October Meeting

SDW/EG has four positions on its Board of Directors expiring at the end of this year. These are two-year commitments. The Nominating Committee has named the following four members as the slate for the positions:

  • Bob Doublebower
  • Marcia Buompensiero
  • Rick Peterson
  • Gered Beeby

According to our bylaws, the positions are open to all members, and we will be accepting nominations from the floor during our October 24th general meeting. The election of Board members will also be held at the October meeting.

Jonathan LaPoma on Screenwriting in October

JLaPomaJonathan LaPoma is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, songwriter, and poet from Buffalo, NY. In 2005, he received a BA in history and a secondary education credential from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Mexico after graduating. These experiences have become the inspiration for much of his writing, which often explores themes of alienation and misery as human constructions that can be overcome through self-understanding and the acceptance of suffering.

His eight screenplays have won over 80 awards/honors at various international screenwriting competitions, and his novel DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY won the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes for best Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction. He lives in San Diego and teaches at a public secondary school.

Join us Monday, October 24, for his presentation. Keep in mind that October has five Mondays and we meet on the fourth, not the last, Monday of each month. The program begins at 7 p.m. with registration and networking at 6:30 p.m. and a short business meeting at 6:45 p.m. A Marketing Support Meeting precedes at 5:30 p.m. All members are invited to take part in the Marketing Support Meeting.

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.
* Online references and resources for writers on our website.
* Current calendar of local literary community activities and events.
* Monthly meetings with guest speakers addressing timely topics on writing/publishing.


19 thoughts on “Welcome/Home”

  1. Muriel Sandy said:

    Tim McDonell, editor and author of “The Accidental Life” writes, “good fiction is a charged mixture of passion, action, emotion, intellect, drama, melodrama and sublime sentimentality.”

    He also writes, “The cover is the face of your . . . [book]. It should be a poster for what’s inside; it should stop people for a second look; it should make them want to buy it.”

    Muriel Sandy


  2. Muriel Sandy said:


    At the marketing meeting, the San Diego Book reviewers was mentioned. I have been trying to find that website which I understand is http://www.SanDiegoBookReviews/WOW.com, but to no avail. Any suggestions.


  3. looking for a good writer to work with
    take a look at my blog to see if the project would be of interest to you


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  5. Publisher of Discover Rancho Santa Fe / Discover North County Magazine looking for writers for articles, short stories in forthcoming editions. Full credit is the reciprocity for each submission! ~ Please connect if it works for you.

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  6. Muriel Sandy said:

    Thanks for suggesting our writer’s read and critique group in La Mesa. We have one opening available for anyone interested in joining us, call me at 619-444-4015.

    Wonderful to see our members are taking advantage of this website you so ably created. Thank you for all your hard work.



    • hello Muriel, I’m new here just moved to SD from Los Angeles in August looking to get plugged in. Do you need any help running this group? I’m happy to volunteer some time each month if you could use some help. I miss being involved in Scriptwriters Network back in LA and other groups. Happy to help🙂 Also, is there a room number where to meet in the health services building? Are there any active writing groups downtown or close to Cortez Hill? thanks! Amira


      • Amira, I just realized this message, though addressed to Muriel, is one I should have answered before. I hope you are able to attend one of our upcoming meetings in order to find out where you can contribute. We elected new members of the Board of Directors at Monday’s meeting, but there are always other opportunities.

        There is only one room at the Health Services building where outside groups can meet – the San Diego Room. It is where the Marketing Support Group meets ahead of our regular monthly meetings.

        I’m not sure about whether there are active writing groups that meet downtown or near Cortez Hill. I recommend you check Meetup.com, a great source for learning what groups meet locally. SDW/EG has a Meetup group which provides information about and sends reminders of each meeting.


  7. Zohreh Ghahremani


  8. muriel2pups said:

    I am very interested in joining a support group. Getting up a website turned into a nightmare for me. I’m interested working with others on a checklist of features the site should have. Also, I received such much conflicting advice (especially on Author’s Catapult), it would be nice to join together with others and sort out the strategies that work and those that aren’t as effective.

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  9. I am very interested. I have received such conflicting advice, it would be nice to join together with others and sort out the strategies that work and those that aren’t as effective.


  10. I am interested. After Larry’s presentation last week I thought about providing information on creating a WordPress site for book promotion as a topic for such a support group. I would be willing to put a presentation together for this.


  11. Last night’s program with Larry Edwards sharing his wealth of experience on how he successfully planned and then executed a marketing strategy for the release of his memoir, Dare I Call It Murder?, was excellent. I spent the entire ride home thinking about the ideas Larry shared and how the Guild can provide support to its members when embarking on a marketing adventure. Thanks very much, Larry!

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