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. When we meet in person, guests are charged $5. So long as we are unable to hold our meetings in person, guests are welcome to participate at no cost.

Lisa Diane Kastner, Founder and Executive Editor of Running Wild, LLC, Presents January 25

Join us at our January 25, 2021, meeting to hear Lisa Kastner describe her company's approach to supporting writers whose works don't fit neatly inside a box. We know many SDWEG members are looking for alternatives to the big publishers but aren't ready to try doing everything independently. Attend our January meeting to find out if Running Wild Press's approach to finding talent may work for you.

Our presenter is Lisa Diane Kastner, the founder and executive editor of Running Wild Press which has received multiple starred reviews, two "Best of 2019"s, a "Best of July 2020" and a "Best of 2020." Their books have been featured in gift bags to SAG Award Winners, Nominees, and Presenters and Emmy Award Nominees and Presenters.

Focused on stories that don't fit neatly in a box, Running Wild recently launched RIZE with executive editor Andrea Johnson. RIZE focuses on publishing genre stories written by people of color. 

A former journalist, corporate communications and marketing consultant, Lisa received her MFA from Fairfield University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State University, and her undergraduate from Drexel University. Lisa's first experience in editing fiction was with The Picolata Review in which she published the short story that later became Jamie Ford's ground breaking, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet".

Running Wild Press's Run Wild with Us, Ask Lisa Anything receives up to 60,000 views a day and the Press's monthly Storyteller's Happy Hour in which storytellers from all walks of life are invited to share stories based on prompts while imbibing receives an average of 50,000 views per day across multiple social media platforms.

The January meeting will be Monday, January 25, via Zoom. The Marketing Support Group will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by signing in and networking before the membership meeting. A short business meeting will take place at 6:45 p.m. with Lisa's presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

Invitations with the Zoom meeting information will be sent to members the week before the meeting. Members are encouraged to invite other writers to join. Feel free to forward the invitation to friends. So long as we are meeting on Zoom, we will not be charging visitors to attend. If you are not a member and wish to receive an invitation, send a message to webmaster@sdwritersguild.org by Friday, January 22.

There will be Marketing Support Group meeting beginning at 5:30. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. for signing in and informal networking. A short business meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m., and the program follows at 7 p.m.

The regular meeting will be livestreamed to Facebook for another viewing option. The sessions will be available to view later on Facebook.

The Guilded Pen Strange Happenings launched October 26, 2020. To get your copy, order here.

The San Diego City Council also proclaimed October 26 as San Diego Writers and Editors Guild Day, an honor we gratefully acknowledge. We thank Councilmember Mark Kersey for his efforts to bring this issue to the attention of the City Council.

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.
* Members Only Discussion Board.
* Monthly newsletter, The Writer's Life.

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