Where Does SDWEG Fit in the Writers’ World?

Occasionally members of the Board hear from writers who want to know why they should consider joining the Guild instead of other writers’ groups in the area. Below is a response we find useful to answer the question of why we think joining the Guild is a great first step, though not the only step, local writers should consider.

San Diego offers a number of organizations dedicated to writers, including the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, the oldest such organization in the area.

Our organization currently has 180 members, among whom are poets and prose writers, fiction and nonfiction writers, memoirists and instructional textbook authors, some published and others still working on their craft. We offer monthly meetings with presentations dealing with both the art and business of writing with a Marketing Support Group meeting the hour before for those interested in learning what works and what doesn’t.

Each meeting also offers networking time and an opportunity for published authors to display and sell their books. Other benefits include a manuscript review program, participation in local author events, an opportunity to submit work to our annual anthology, and we are exploring the possibility of offering workshops on topics of interest to members.

Other organizations for writers have different objectives.

San Diego Writers, Ink, for example, offers classes and read-and-critique groups for both members (at a reduced rate) and non-members.

Publishers and Writers of San Diego focuses its meetings strictly on the business side of publishing books.

A number of organizations offer classes in writing, among them OASIS, Grossmont College, Grossmont Adult Education, and OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University.

We believe that San Diego Writers and Editors Guild is a great first place to get involved with the local writing community. Fortunately, it isn’t a question of either/or. Many of us also take part in classes at San Diego Writers, Ink and OASIS, and several of us are also members of Publishers and Writers of San Diego.

If you are a member of the Guild, but you haven’t yet renewed for 2018, do so before December 31 to take advantage of the $5 discount for early bird renewals.

If you haven’t already joined the Guild, consider doing so here.

photo credit: Hans-Peter Gauster

From the Guild’s Mailbag

From Our Mailbag

From San Diego Writers, Ink. Many SDWEG members are also members of San Diego Writers, Ink, a great source for courses for writers. The first item below is not limited to SDWI members. The second item is limited to SDWI members. For more information about SDWI, check their website.

Seeking Volunteer: Wednesdays at Imperial Beach Library Writing Group

1st and 3rd Weds 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Lead a prompt group.  No experience necessary–we’ll train!  Please contact Kristen if you are interested at programs@sandiegowriters.org

Members’ Benefit: Participate in Local Author Showcase Oct 6th

We have scheduled the next Author Appreciation and Showcase at SDWI for the First Friday event at Liberty Station on October 6th.
This is an opportunity for writers to get their works in front of the eclectic buying public at Liberty Station and to meet and spend time with other published members of SDWI.

If you are interested in participating in October, please contact Kevin Smith at jksmith6757@gmail.com

You must be a member of SDWI to participate.  As usual, there will be wine and cookies, too.

Correction from Penn Wallace

At Monday’s Open Mic Night, SDWEG member Penn Wallace announced that his upcoming class on Thursday, July 27, at San Diego Writers, Ink would cover using your email list. He asked that I post this correction as he misspoke.

This week’s class, July 27, is on Building Your Author Brand. While not the topic he announced, he is sure that many members would still be interested in this topic.

The class on mailing lists is titled Join the Writers Community and Connect with Readers and will be held on August 3. The first part of the class in on how to join the writers’ community and cross market with other authors. The second part of the class is on how to build your mailing list and use it as your most important marketing tool.

Members can sign up for these classes at http://www.sandiegowriters.org/programs/classes8/. The cost is $23 per class.

Guest Post: Penn Wallace Classes at San Diego Writers, Ink

SDWEG member and past presenter, Penn Wallace, shared the following information about a series of presentations he will give at San Diego Writers, Ink, beginning Thursday, July 13. The presentations will expand on his Marketing Pyramid presentation last April. Penn’s message follows.

Over the years I’ve attended lots of classes, seminars, and webinars on book marketing. They all have one thing in common. They tell you what to do, not how to do it. Then, at the end of the session, for only $495 or $3795 they will tell you how to do it.

I hate that.

I’m teaching a series of classes on book marketing for San Diego Writers Ink. I’ll go into detail showing you the steps to complete each phase of the marketing pyramid. You will walk away from each class with actionable items that you can put into effect tomorrow to increase your book sales.

The cost is $23 for members and $27 for non-members. All classes will be held on Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting on July 13, 2017. If you sign-up for three of the classes at one time, you’ll save 12%.

Over the years, through trial and error, and after spending a lot of money on what doesn’t work, I discovered what does work. Being a process-oriented person, I’ve developed a marketing process for my writing business I call the Marketing Pyramid.

The pyramid is built of fifteen layers. Each layer builds on the work done on the previous layer. You have to build the foundation before you can put on the roof. I will start out with four classes and if they are well received, then we will schedule classes for the remaining layers.

The first class will be an overview of the marketing pyramid. We’ll discuss such things as defining your target audience, building your mailing list, Amazon Marketing Services promotions, free giveaways, and building your brand. To sign up go to http://www.sandiegowriters.org/2017-0713-the-marketing-pyramid-with-penn-wallace/.

The subsequent classes drill deep into each step in the pyramid.

The second class deals with defining your target audience. Who are you writing for? What do they want to read? How do you get reader feedback to tell if you’re one the right course? Registration for this class is at http://www.sandiegowriters.org/2017-0720-define-your-target-audience-with-penn-wallace/.

Class number three is about building your author brand. As soon as you publish your first book, you are a celebrity. How can you build on that to convince readers to buy your books? We’ll talk about everything from how to dress to how to coordinate all of your marketing efforts. Go to http://www.sandiegowriters.org/2017-0727-build-your-author-brand-with-penn-wallace/ to register.

The fourth class is Join the Writers Community and Connect with your Audience. Topics will include finding a writers group, attending conferences, building your mailing list, and how to connect with fans. Sign up at http://www.sandiegowriters.org/2017-0803-join-the-writers-community-and-connect-with-readers-with-penn-wallace/

Upcoming Events

  • June 15: SD/PEN hosts their annual networking event from 7 to 8:30 PM, at the San Diego County Health Services Complex (the same location as our SDWEG meetings). Attendance is free for SDWEG and SD/PEN members. There will be snacks, drawings, and games for prizes. To help them plan the amount of food and beverages to provide, please RSVP to info@sdpen.com by Monday, June 12.
  • June 20: SD Memoir Showcase is accepting monologue submissions, to be performed by North Coast Rep in October, through today. For more information, see http://www.sandiegowriters.org/2017-0615-submissions-for-the-memoir-showcase-2017/.
  • July 1: Deadline for submissions to this year’s edition of The Guilded Pen. For more information, see https://sdwritersguild.org/anthology-2/.

Seeking Accountability?

From the January edition of The Writer’s Life

Accountability groups help their members focus their individual goals on a weekly basis and hold each person accountable for their own success – with friendly encouragement from the group. Now that a brand new year has begun, you may be wondering how to get involved with an accountability group.

Here are two local options:

  1. San Diego Writers, Ink is offering an online accountability group called Write Now! Led by Sandra Millers Younger, the cost is $100 a month for members or $125 for nonmembers. To learn more or sign up, see http://bit.ly/2hap3Aq.
  2. Newsletter Editor Laura Roberts hosts bi-weekly in-person accountability events, meeting Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Trolley Square (Santee). Attendance is free, though purchase of a snack or beverage at the café is encouraged. Drop in to share your New Year’s goals (or learn how to set some!) at our next meeting on January 20. Unable to attend in person? Email Laura at LRcreativeservices@gmail.com for more information on how to join the Facebook group for additional support and encouragement.

Read and Critique Groups With Openings

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San Diego Writers, Ink offers weekly Read and Critique classes at Liberty Station. Get feedback on your writing and become a better writer. The peer review groups are led by seasoned authors. Beginning in January, some of those classes have openings to fill.

Cost: $100 per month for members, $125 for nonmembers.

Want to join a group? Email programs@sandiegowriters.org


Starting in January, 2 spots will be open in her Wed 7 pm group and 1 in her Thursday 11 am group.


Starting in January, 4 slots open in each of his groups: Wednesday 7 pm and Friday 1:30 pm


Starting in January, 4 slots open in Thursday 7 pm Screenwriting group.


Starting in January, 1 slot open in each of his groups: Mondays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 9 am.


Volunteer Possibilities

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San Diego Writers, Ink is currently seeking a volunteer to lead their twice-monthly writing prompt group at the Imperial Beach Library. Position begins on January 18, and would be needed on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 5-6 p.m.

Can you open the Room to Write on Tuesdays (9 am to Noon)?

Are you interested in running our bookclub? SDWI needs a host every 2-3 months. The group chooses a book at each meeting and meets to discuss the next time.

If interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Kristen Fogle, Executive Director, at programs@sandiegowriters.org.

San Diego Writer’s Ink Local Author Appreciation and Showcase

sdwiIt’s the San Diego Writer’s, Ink quarterly Local Author Appreciation and Showcase at SDWI for the First Friday event at Liberty Station on October 7th.

Local authors are encouraged to sign up now to participate by contacting Showcase Coordinator, John Kevin Smith jksmith6757@gmail.com.

As usual, there will be wine and cookies, too. The Art Show is “Cinematic Escapes” and there is a poetry reading and a reading by William Luvaas in the adjoining room.

The event is free to both SDWI members and non-members.

The next Author Appreciation and Showcase is scheduled for February 3rd, 2017.