Speakers Bureau

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Members of The San Diego Writers/Editors Guild are available for presentations to groups in San Diego county.

Speakers will briefly inform the members of your group about the Guild and present a specialty topic as listed below.

Arrangements for presentations should be made with the individual as listed below. Speakers available are listed alphabetically below with their contact information.

UTO logo Catherine BarrCatherine Barr, president of the Southern California chapter of the American Society for Indexing (ASI), is available to speak about the What, Who, Where, Why, and How of indexing.

Good books deserve good indexes to serve the needs of their readers. Indexes facilitate the discoverability of texts that tables of contents often don’t provide. Having an index can be the deciding factor in purchasing a book.

Catherine’s presentation is available in two lengths: a one hour discussion of the basics of indexing or a two hour mini indexing workshop. These presentations are interactive with questions encouraged and participation expected.
To find out more about a presentation by Catherine please visit her on Linked In or on her company website: www.UnderTheOaksIndexing.com, or contact her at:CABarr@UTOIndexing

Dark OptionGered Beeby – Gered is Past President (2003) of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild and remains on the Board as a Director-At-Large (“Official Greeter”). In addition he serves as a reviewer for the San Diego Book Awards. He is available to discuss the topics of (1) Creative Non- Fiction, (2) Screenplays and (3) Short Stories.

In 2002 Gered published a suspense/thriller novel of industrial espionage, Dark Option, which has also been written for the screen. His novel was nominated for a PMA Benjamin Franklin award in the category, Best New Voice – Fiction (2003). His first screen play, “The Bottle Imp” is a deal-with-the-devil story based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1892 classic tale.

Starting his career as a nuclear submarine officer, Gered later turned to engineering and construction management. He subsequently retired from these lines of work and also retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain. He is dual-licensed in California as a Professional Engineer in both Mechanical and Civil engineering. He holds a Community College Teaching Credential and has taught classes in building codes. Active in public affairs, Gered served on the 2011/2012 San Diego County Civil Grand Jury as Foreman Pro Tem. Contact information: Geredbeeby@aol.com

Living Well Front CoverJoanna Charnas has been a social worker for almost thirty years.   She is a licensed psychotherapist in two states with a specialty in group therapy, and has spent the last 20 years working with people with physical and mental illness.  Joanna is a blogger on the Huffington Post and writes articles for an international health website. Living Well With Chronic Illness, Joanna’s first book, was published by MSI Presss in 2015.

Joanna is available to speak about tips and tools for managing chronic illness using her four-tiered strategy.  She is also available to give inspirational talks about how to successfully publish and publicize your first book.

Publish & Profit with EbooksAndrea Susan Glass, an award-winning ghostwriter, copyeditor, and instructor is the CEO of WritersWay and The Ebook Academy. She’s written/edited more than 100 books/ebooks in the fields of personal and professional development on topics such as marketing, dog training, and natural healthcare. An instructor for UCSD Extension, Cal State San Marcos, and MiraCosta College, Andrea also gives talks and teaches courses at local libraries and business groups, and holds workshops around the San Diego area.

Andrea speaks on Topics such as:

  • Publish & Profit With Ebooks
  • Turn Your Book into a Business
  • How a Book or Ebook Can Build Your Business

She’s an active member of the San Diego Writers & Editors Guild, Publishers & Writers of San Diego, and San Diego Professional Editors Network. Her websites can be viewed at http://www.WritersWay.com and http://www.TheEbookAcademy.com. To discuss a presentation, contact Andrea at andrea@writersway.com or 858-350-5235.

The Genie Who Had Wishes of His OwnAuthor of The Genie Who Had Wishes of His Own: 21st-Century Fables and The Man Who Learned to Walk In Shoes That Pinch: Contemporary Fables, Margaret Harmon is a modern fabulist, “an American Aesop.” Ray Bradbury called her fables “Fantastic!”

In Harmon’s illustrated, interactive presentation “Our Own Fables,” we discover why humans have been writing fables for 3,000 years in virtually every culture. Fables are problem-solving tools we use to improve our individual lives, relationships, and society. Harmon reads aloud a short fable that fits the group, and audience members discuss how the fable affects them. Then, to see why stories from ancient tales to Disney use genies, three magic wishes, fairy godmothers, etc., the group explores how we use magic in literature.

Harmon’s award-winning fables air on National Public Radio and are taught in college literature and oral interpretation classes. She also wrote and illustrated A Field Guide to North American Birders: A Parody, and over 200 of her short pieces have been published nationally. A former English and French teacher, Harmon has lived with her husband and children in England and France. She has been a member of the SDW/E Guild since 1990.

Contact: (858) 488-2250    or  www.margaretharmon.com

Of Julia and MenPeggy Hinaekian – Peggy is prepared to speak about how she came to write her book Of Julia and Men which is the tale of a Middle Eastern young woman who wanted to escape from the traditional society of Egypt and found her freedom and sexuality in Europe of the 1960s during full bloom of the women’s liberation movement.

She would discuss the man/woman relationship in Egypt in the 1950s which has not changed much since then.  She would also discuss her etchings, 26 images of which are illustrated in the book at the front of each chapter. She would also show samples of the original etchings and discuss various modes of printing.

She is interested in speaking anytime in September, October or November.

Contact: www.peggyhinaekian.artspan.comOfjuliaandmen.com (Website For Book); Follow her on Facebook; Blog: authorpeggy.wordpress.com; e-mail: hinaekian@hotmail.com.

Nutrition and Mental HealthRuth Leyse-Wallace, Ph.D, RD. – Ruth has been a member of the Guild since 2006. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2008, acting as Secretary in 2010 and 2011, and serving as President in 2012 and 2013.

She writes non-fiction in the field of nutrition and mental health, having published Linking Nutrition to Mental Health and Nutrition and Mental Health, two educational booklets, and numerous professional journal articles in this area. Her 1-2 hour power-point presentation will include examples from the scientific literature illustrating the links between nutrition and mental health.

Dr. Leyse-Wallace practiced clinical dietetics in the field of mental health for many years, taught nutrition at Mesa College from 1999-2005, and has presented her work to national professional groups.

Her website can be viewed at http://www.RuthLeyseWallace.com. To discuss a presentation, contact Dr. Leyse-Wallace at RthLys@cox.net.

How To Survive Your VacationEdward Lopatin (Ed) is a prolific writer, having published three books in the last five years. He is currently promoting and  speaking about his latest book–How to Survive Your Vacation–a book about his intrepid travels to fifty-five countries.

Ed is also an accomplished speaker, talking with Rotary clubs, adult education classes, professional groups, and community groups about the messages in his three books, particularly the messages in his travel book. Ed is available and anxious to speak to your group.

Ed will speak to you about the advantages of traveling, and the pitfalls for not planning your trips effectively.  He will tell you about his most embarrassing, harrowing, and life threatening travel experiences.  You will hear what he learned from his travel experiences and will provide you with important travel survival strategies to make sure you have a great time and return home in one piece.

Contact Ed at (760) 408-6542 or EdwardLopatin@gmail.com. For more information, see his website, www.EdwardLopatin.com

Pryde_CoverPhilip R. Pryde, Ph.D. Phil is a professor emeritus at SDSU, where he taught for 32 years, with specializations in natural resource conservation and environmental policy. Phil has produced a variety of non-fiction books since the 1970s. His 1972 work, Conservation in the Soviet Union, published by Cambridge University Press, was considered the seminal work in that field. He has published two additional works on similar topics, as well as one on Nonconventional Energy Resources.

His most recent book is the 2014 revised 5th edition of San Diego: An Introduction to the Region. It is the first edition in full color. Since 1976 it has been the standard reference guide to San Diego County, conveying the history, natural environment, and uniqueness of the San Diego region.

Phil is available to speak on a variety of topics, including:

  • San Diego, America’s most fascinating county
  • The facts about San Diego’s water supplies
  • Future energy supplies: the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • Russia and me and the KGB

The web site for San Diego: An Introduction to the Region, can be found at sandiegoregionbook.com. To inquire about a presentation, go to this website, click on “About the author” and complete the contact request.

Charlotte ThompsonCharlotte E. Thompson, MD, a member of SDW/EG and pediatrician located in La Jolla, is an experienced national and international speaker, with ten books published, numerous journal publications, and more than 200 radio and TV interviews to her credit. She has served on advisory boards of numerous health organizations in California as well as being listed in Who’s Who in American Women and Great Minds of the 21st Century. She enjoys providing presentations to both small and large groups.

Topics on which Dr. Thompson speaks include:

  • How to Find the Best Medical Care
  • Raising a Child with Special Needs
  • Parenting Today
  • Grandparenting a Child with Special Needs; Grandparenting Today
  • Being a Successful Single Parent

Read more about Dr. Thompson at http://www.drthompsonsbooks.com and her Blogs at http://www.findinggoodmedicalcare.com for getting good medical care and www.rxforparentingtoday.com for her parenting books. She may be contacted at cetmd@earthlink.net to discuss arranging a presentation.

7 thoughts on “Speakers Bureau”

  1. Thanks Sandra. Will do.



  2. How do I sign up as a speaker?
    Joanna Charnas,
    Author, Living Well with Chronic Illness


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