Guild Members Around the Town

 

SDWEG is proud to note when its members are engaged in creative activities with other organizations around San Diego and beyond.

Several members are giving lectures for Oasis of San Diego, an organization dedicated to life-long learning for older adults. The following SDWEG members are serving as lecturers in the “Spring semester” of Oasis classes.

Philip Pryde — His two 90-minute lectures this term are titled “Bird Migration: Marvels, Myths and Mysteries” and “The Uniqueness of the San Diego Region,” based on his book San Diego: An Introduction to the Region.

Richard Lederer — Popular columnist and radio personality on all matters linguistic, Lederer will conduct two Oasis lectures: “Dances with Words” and “An Afternoon of Language and Laughter.”

Chloe Edge — In Escondido, Chloe will be conducting two six-session writing workshops titled “Creative Writing,” where she will encourage writers to expand their writing experience.

Frank Newton — SDWEG’s newsletter editor is conducting three 90-minute history lectures: “The Pizarro Brothers and the Inca Conquest,” “The Bloody French Revolution,” and “Napoleon’s Imperial Launch (and crash landing in the South Atlantic).”

Ruth Leyse-Wallace — In Escondido, Ruth’s expertise as a nutritionist will be brought to bear in her lecture “How Do Nutrients Affect Mental Health?”

Anne Hoiberg — Anne is an inductee into the Women’s Hall of Fame and she is also President of the Women’s Museum of California. Her two Oasis lectures are titled “Inspiring Women from San Diego’s History” and “ Pioneering Women in Politics.”

Lola Sparrowhawk — Although not currently a member, Lola is a long-time SDWEG member and an avid supporter, and she will be conducting a 5-session workshop titled “Introduction to Creative Writing” as well as a 6-session workshop on “Creative Writing.”

What You Missed…

. . .at the November meeting, by Marcia Buompensiero

as reported in the December issue of The Writer’s Life

The much-anticipated SDWEG anthology for 2017, The Guilded Pen (6th edition), debuted at our November 27 meeting with a reception and recognition of our contributors who shared their poems, essays, memoir tales, and short stories with an appreciative crowd.

We learned the blessings of “Mom’s Ugly Lemon Cake,” and how our world can change in a wink and a nod when “Mother’s Justice” rewards those who trifle with the dignity of man.

We benefited from the “Insight” of a blind child; remembered a time when Prokofiev soothed an aching heart; and learned how “Gratitude” can heal the hurts in some of life’s painful lessons.

We meditated, were rejuvenated, and pondered a glass half-full, while wondering at how a healer worked her mystic magic.

We learned how it would feel to win the medal of honor; relished a sexy senior’s pluck while looking for a new wrinkle; and discovered where we might invest in beach-front property as the tides rise in the coming millennia.

While one was seeking perfection, another could not wait to exit the tangle of school “daze” dilemmas.

We weighed our fate when a contingent of El Salvadoran coast guard boarded our ship in search of contraband.

Yet, there was no riding off into the sunset as our ears did ring with the wails and whines of the “Ghost Writers in the Sky.”

And when it was done, the battle was won, as the rainforest guardian stood her ground, while it was told how a potter took pride in the practical purpose of art.

In short, you missed a really good show!

SDWEG Members Around the Town

From the October issue of The Writer’s Life

SDWEG is proud to note when its members are engaged in creative activities with other organizations around San Diego and beyond. Currently, several members are giving lectures for Oasis of San Diego, an organization dedicated to life-long learning for older adults.The following SDWEG members are serving as lecturers in the “Fall semester” of Oasis classes.

Philip Pryde — His three 90-minute lectures are titled “The Search for the True Mary Magdalene,” based on his review of the works of biblical historians; “Russia, Ukraine and Crimea: Why the Conflict?” based on his 32 years of courses on the USSR at San Diego State University; and “The Uniqueness of the San Diego Region,” which is based on his book San Diego: An Introduction to the Region, which is now in its 5th edition.

Richard Lederer — Popular columnist and radio personality on all matters linguistic, Lederer will conduct two Oasis lectures: “Monsters Unchained,” where he will regale his audience with poems and puns from his new Halloween book, and “The Light Side of Aging,” where he will explain his certainty that there is only one way to age well – with a smile. Richard also has an essay titled “Mensans Amuse with Clerihews” appearing in the September issue of the Mensa Bulletin magazine.

Chloe Edge — Chloe will be conducting two six-session writing workshops titled “Creative Writing,” where she will encourage writers to explore and expand their creative writing experience.

Frank Newton — Our new SDWEG newsletter editor is conducting a 90-minute lecture titled “Cortez and the Aztec Empire,” where he will demystify the Spaniards’ brutal conquest. Frank will also be a judge for the Jose Marti Awards in Journalism, given annually to Hispanic newspapers and magazines by the National Association of Hispanic Publications.

Janet Hafner — Janet’s story titled “In the Middle of Queens” was accepted for publication in the annual Oasis Journal (published by Imago Press, Tucson). The Journal began in 2002 as an anthology of stories, poems and essays written by older writers throughout the country. Janet’s story is a fond recollection of her father’s thoughtful service to her neighbors in Queens, NY.

Tip of the Hat to . . .

From the September issue of The Writer’s Life

  • Peggy Hinaekian, who has scheduled a book signing event and/or exhibit of the etchings from her book at The Riford Library in La Jolla on Saturday, September 17 at 3 pm.; Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa on Saturday, October 1, from 4-6 pm, and La Jolla Art and Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9.
  • Rick Lakin for digital publication of new authors’ titles in June, July, and August.
  • Phil Pryde, author of San Diego: An Introduction to the Region, for being featured in an interview by columnist Fred Dickey in the Aug 22, 2016, issue of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
  • Chloe Edge, Dave Feldman, Richard Lederer, Tom Leech, Caroline McCullagh, and Frank Newton for teaching courses at OASIS San Diego and Escondido during the fall 2016 semester.

Wait For It. . .

oasislogoThe San Diego County OASIS catalog for courses scheduled for January through April is out, but may not be so easy to find. The list of courses is available on-line, but the registration period will not open until January 4, 2016. In the meantime, it is possible to create a wish list of the courses you with to take to make registering for them easier once registration opens. OASIS courses are open to anyone who is 50 years old or older. Here’s a preview of courses I think Guild members may find interesting.

Introduction to Creative Writing (course 315), taught by Lola Sparrowhawk and David Feldman (SDW/EG member)

Fridays, Jan 15-Feb 12, 10:15-12:30 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 5 sessions for $40.00
Join author Lola Sparrowhawk and editor David Feldman and learn how to begin your best-selling novel, family memoir, travel adventure, short story collection, poetry, or any creative writing project. The class includes lectures, handouts, and student participation. Read what you write, read optional homework assignments, or just come for fun! Instructors will also provide marketing and publishing tips. This is a beginning to intermediate level class.

Creative Writing (course 315), taught by Caroline McCullagh (SDW/EG member) and Lola Sparrowhawk.

Fridays, Feb 19-Apr 15, 10:15-12:30 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 9 sessions for $72.00
Classes will consist of lecture, handouts, reading and critiquing student work. The writing will be done outside of class – biography, fiction, poetry…you choose your genre. The instructors will also provide instruction on manuscript preparation and marketing tips and will be happy to personally critique your work between classes.

Intermediate Poetry Workshop (course 316), taught by Mary Harker

Tuesdays, Feb 9-Apr 12, 10:15-12:15 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 10 sessions for $25.00
This class is for people with some prior experience writing poetry. Class begins with 15-20 minutes of instruction, with the rest of the time being spent reading your poetry to the class while receiving helpful feedback from the teacher and the group. Bring your poetry and at least 20 copies to share at the first class. Please make copies before coming to class.

The OASIS “Whodunit” Book Club (course 317), facilitated by Lisa Benton

Fridays, Jan 15-Apr 22, 1:00-3:00 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 8 sessions for $24.00
Do you enjoy reading a really good mystery? Do you like to match wits with the detective and figure out who committed the crime before the ending is revealed? Join us for a bi-monthly discussion of this intriguing literary genre. We’ll discuss the various types of mystery books available to readers, and we’ll pick a different author each meeting to read and evaluate. Let your inner “sleuth” come out and join us as we engage in lively and stimulating debates about what constitutes a tantalizing tale.
Meeting dates: 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, and 4/22.

OASIS Book Club (course 318), facilitated by Heather Chisholm-Chait

Fridays, Jan 22-Apr 22, 10:15-12:00 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 4 sessions for $8.00
Our discussions are stimulating and fun. Everyone has a chance to share, but no one is pressured to do so. Books for January: Fiction – Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott; Non-Fiction – H is for Hawk by Hellen Macdonald.
Meeting dates: 1/22, 2/26, 3/25, 4/22.

Rendezvous with Books (course 319), led by Dale Spector

Wednesday, Feb 17, 1:00-2:15 (course 319.1) and Wednesday, Apr 6, 1:00-2:15 (course 319.2), both at Mission Valley Macy’s, 1 session for $8.00
Join Dale for an afternoon of book talks. She will share new titles and older titles that you may have previously missed! A wide range of books will be shared with different titles. Whether you read voraciously or only while on vacation, you will leave with a list of possible books for you to read and share with others.

Creative Writing (course 729), taught by Chloe Edge (SDW/EG member)

Fridays, Jan 15-Feb 19, 10:00-12:00 at Escondido Sr Ctr. 6 sessions for $30.00 (course 729.1) and Fridays, Mar 11-Apr 15, 10:00-12:00 at Escondido Sr Ctr. 6 sessions for $30.00 (course 729.2)
Are you a writer looking for a support group? Have you ever wanted to write a memoir? Do you write for excitement or for curiosity? Have you wanted to publish your work or learn a new form? Come write with us and enjoy exciting, creative, mind-expanding experiences as we explore free writing, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and poetry. The presenter is a book author and has been published multiple times. These will be the best hours of your week!

Other courses, outside of the field of writing or editing, are also among those offered through OASIS. Look for one-day offerings by Carolyn Jaynes, Richard Lederer, Tom Leech, and Phil Pryde.