San Diego Memoir Writers Association Hosts Free Workshop

Here’s the deal!

In November, the San Diego Memoir Writers Association will host a free 90-minute Writing to Heal Your Soul Workshop with Marni Freedman.

When: November 3rd, check in at 2:15, Workshop begins at 2:30 (space is limited so arrive right at 2:15)
Where: San Diego Writers Ink, Located in: Liberty Station
Address: 2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202-204, San Diego, CA 92106

Join Marni for this unique, free, interactive 90-minute workshop.

Marni will introduce you to the Mosaic Method which is inspired by Marni’s work as a therapist for writers and artists along with Narrative Therapy, Jungian Psychology, and the work of Joseph Campbell. The Mosaic Method offers a gentle and effective expressive writing technique that can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, improve your mood for a greater sense of well being, and even boost your immune system.

Topics will include:

  • The Golden Buddha Story Might Just Be Your Story
  • How to Relinquish Shoulds, Musts, and Imposed Stories
  • The Effectiveness of Retreating, Hiding, and Shadow Work
  • Dredging Up from the Subconscious and Finding Buried Treasure
  • The Mosaic Self – Living in Surrender and Cooperation

Note: The Workshop is free, but donations to the Memoir Association are appreciated.

Check out their website if you have any questions.

Annual Local Author Showcase

San Diego Public Library's 53rd Annual Local Author Showcase is nearing, and the Library is calling on our resident authors (zip codes 91901-92199) for submissions. If your book or eBook was originally published in 2018, we would like to display it in the Showcase, which will run the entire month of February 2019 in the beautiful San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Once again, the library will feature a special component for Little Local Authors, ages 11 and under. Teen Local Authors between 12 and 18 years old are also featured in the Local Author Showcase.

LAST DAY TO REGISTER AND SUBMIT YOUR BOOK IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018 – ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS. If your book is not ready and printed by this date it does not qualify.

For information and to register for this event, please visit the San Diego Public Library’s Local Author website:

Putting the Science in Fiction Panel

October 18 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Putting the Science in Fiction Panel. We live in a time where science is no longer just confined to the genre of science fiction. Evident in books, television, movies, graphic novels, Netflix original content, and more, science has been popping up in many different genres. However, like any other subject that requires research, it’s a must to keep a level of credibility on the subject. That said, the people at Writer’s Digest have recently published Putting the Science in Science Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Other Genres.

Read more at: Science-in-Fiction-10-2018

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747.

Richard Lederer Presents in October

Richard Lederer, author of 50 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his bouncing baby book, The Joy of Names, will be guest speaker at the October 22 meeting.

Sharing highlights from his newest book, The Joy of Names, Lederer will explore how first names came about and what they mean, why we acquired last names and nicknames, how and why people change their names, hidden patterns of presidents' names, and how proper names from history and literature become lowercase words that populate our everyday vocabulary.

Dr. Lederer’s books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his Amazing Words, Lederer on Language, and Monsters Unchained, have informed and entertained millions of readers over the years. He is also a founding co-host of “A Way with Words” on KPBS Public Radio. His “Lederer on Language” column appears each Saturday in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Dr. Lederer has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.

Join us, Monday, October 22, for Lederer’s informative, challenging, entertaining—never dull—presentation!

The Marketing Support Group meets at 5:30, before the regular meeting, now in the Harbor Room across the hall from our regular meeting room. Join the group under the leadership of SDWEG member, author, and marketing specialist, Sara Jones. We meet at the San Diego County Health Services Center, 3851 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA 92110.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers

Authors Publish, a free source of information for writers and authors, recently posted an item about 21 science fiction manuscript publishers that accept submissions without requiring an agent. If science fiction or fantasy is your genre, take a look here.

Authors Publish includes this information about themselves: About Us: We're dedicated to helping authors build their writing careers. We send you reviews of publishers accepting submissions, and articles to help you become a successful, published, author. Everything is free and delivered via email. You can view our privacy policy here. To get started .

Thanks to Muriel Sandy for this tip.

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Library Event for Guild Members

On December 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Guild will hold a holiday book event for Guild members to promote and sell their books at the Serra Mesa Library on Aero Drive. Space is limited. To save a spot please contact Mardie Schroeder at

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Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference in October

For the third year in a row, San Diego Writers and Editors Guild is a promotional sponsor for the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference. Here's what you, as a member of SDWEG, can expect to gain from attending the conference.

Three days of learning, three days of inspiration, and one novel to perfect—yours.

The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference—an intensive, extended weekend focused solely on the novel—is returning to Southern California this fall! This event is your opportunity to build a better book from the ground up, from the first sentence to the marketing plan. Join Writer’s Digest in Pasadena this October 26–28.

Get What You Need:
Whether you need help with the broad strokes of your novel or guidance for fine tuning your nearly finished manuscript you’ll find sessions offering what you need across multiple tracks. Mix and match sessions among Craft/Character, Inspiration, Genre and Platform, Business & Beyond.

Do What You Love:
Fuel up on the creative buzz of being around hundreds of other writers. Make new friends and meaningful connections; Mix, mingle and network at the Halloween-themed
Cocktail Reception. Come dressed as your favorite character or literary figure!

Be Inspired by the Best:
So far the speaker roster includes New York Times bestsellers Robert Crais, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Nicola Yoon among dozens of others!

Lock in your best price when you register by October 25. Don't forget to use the discount code SDWEG18 for $25 off!


Dead Reckoning

Do you have military experience?

Do you have a story to tell--either fiction or nonfiction--connected with the military?

Are you prepared to see that story told in graphic format?

You might like to explore submission guidelines for Dead Reckoning, an offshoot of the US Naval Institute Press, now with their own website.

Thanks again to Muriel Sandy for this tip.

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Free Contests and More

A source for information about free contests can be found on the blog Publishing . . . And Other Forms of Insanity. Lots of flash fiction contests are in the list right now, for those who have recently discovered an interest in very short stories.

The same blog also includes information about publishers who accept unagented manuscripts without fees and Calls for Submissions including poetry, short stories, essays, and creative fiction and nonfiction.

Thanks go to Muriel Sandy for suggesting this resource.