SDW/EG member Larry Edwards is pleased to present a book trailer for Dare I Call It Murder: A Memoir of Violent Loss.
Join us on Monday, November 28, our regular monthly meeting, for the launch of the fifth edition of the San Diego Writers/Editors’ Anthology, The Guilded Pen. As a preview, we offer a few words from Kathi Diamant in the anthology’s Foreward.
“What is written is merely the ashes of our experience.”
This collection of short stories, poems, and imaginative essays is the culmination of lifetimes of experience, of memory, of love. Of determination, perseverance, and hard work. That you are holding this book in your hands in an essential final piece in the natural order of the writing process. By reading this book, you make the cycle—from germination of the idea to the writing, rewriting, editing, critiquing, copyediting, and so on until finally, publication—complete and whole. In exploring the prose and poetry within these pages, you will enter the writer’s world and at least for a few pages, expand and enrich your own world. This is the promise of reading.
Most, if not all, writers start off as readers. The more we read, often, the more we are inspired to write, to tell our own stories, write our own histories, reveal our own truths. Ah, but then there is the writing. The actual putting pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard. As anyone who has ever sat down with a bright and shining idea, a story, an unrealized reality, a dream, and tried to put it into words knows the immensity of that undertaking. The heartbreak. The frustration. The relief. The joy. The deeper you go in the process, the more you lose your way, and find yourself. But we writers are not alone. Although the act of writing is by necessity solitary, the writing world itself is brimming with help and support.
There are few professional communities with as much collegial advice and guidance as writing. There are myriad magazines, classes, books, meet-ups, blogs, websites, and writing support groups. The writers in this anthology are members of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild, a nonprofit organization which promotes, supports, and encourages writing for youth and adults. Royalties from the sale of The Guilded Pen help fund the worthy endeavor of supporting San Diego writers, allowing for the fullness of their expression. In a vital way, this anthology promotes writers by presenting an opportunity for publication, a fine and noble achievement. It encourages reading, by offering the best efforts of our local writers, from best-selling authors to previously unpublished poets, and the opportunity to discover the many literary styles and subjects found in our own communities.
As a writer who learned to write because I had a story I had to tell, I know the long, unspeakable process of getting a manuscript ready for publication, even if it is just a few pages. I know how important it is to see one’s work in print, the encouragement derived from a dream made real. My first book publication was an essay in an anthology, and it gave me the strength and certainty that I was on the right path.
To all the writers published here, thank you for sharing your talent, skill, and hard work. To those seasoned pros, thank you for showing us why you are successful. To those published for the first time here, congratulations and well done! To the readers of this new fifth edition, know that in buying this book, you are actively supporting writers who may be your neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family. You are fulfilling the hope and promise of their labor by bearing witness. Bless you, dear reader.
Kathi Diamant is an author, writing instructor, and coach, and above all, a reader.
A read-and-critique group in Santee is looking for more participants. It’s a free group, managed by SDW/EG member Laura Roberts, open to the first 6 people who reserve a spot on the Meetup page for the Nonfiction Authors Association, and we meet on the last Saturday of every month. The group allows participants to submit up to 4 pages worth of work, due 1 week before the meeting so that everyone has time to read and write up comments in advance.
There are still 2 spots open for our March 26th meeting (http://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Chapter-Nonfiction-Authors-Association/events/227968232/), and 4 spots for the April meeting (http://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Chapter-Nonfiction-Authors-Association/events/227968273/).
From the March 2016 edition of the newsletter
March 11, 2016 is the deadline for applications into the Medical Writing courses at UCSD. Taking the courses qualifies one for a Medical Writing Professional Certificate. The course begins June 20, 2016.
For more information contact Leslie Bruce firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.extension.ucsd.edu and search “certificates” list for Medical Writing. Courses focusing on other genres offered by UCSD Extension may also be found on the website.
San Diego Writers/Editors Guild is proud to present three local debut memoir writers in a panel discussion about what motivated them to write and the challenges and rewards in the process. Join us on March 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the San Diego Health Services Center, 3851 Rosecrans Street San Diego, CA 92110.
Dennis Lynch, author of Shooting Saddam, has travelled extensively around the country filming documentaries, cable series, live events, and instructional programs for broadcast and corporate markets. When Dennis travelled to Iraq to cover the trials of Saddam Hussein, he already had considerable experience behind the camera with some of America’s most infamous cases. During his 38 years in film and television, Dennis and associated productions received numerous acknowledgements including the CINE Golden Eagle, Gold Cindy/IFPA, Angel and Halo, Film Advisory Board of Excellence, and Telly awards. Dennis Lynch graduated from Chapman University with a double major in English and Communications. www.dennislynch.net
Leslie Johansen Nack grew up in Oceanside Harbor for a time, and in 1975 she and her two sisters and father left to sail around the world. She was featured in the San Diego Union Tribune as well as on Channels 7 and 10 on January 19, 1975 when her family sailed into the sunset. In her debut memoir, FOURTEEN, Leslie details her relationship with her demanding and overbearing father while coming of age in the mid-1970s without a mother to guide her. Leslie graduated UCLA with a BA in English literature. She is a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and San Diego Writers Ink. She lives in San Diego and has two children with her husband of twenty-five years. http://www.lesliejohansennack.com/
Lauri Taylor spent four years investigating her mother’s murder in both the United States and Mexico, but before that she was a marketing and branding expert who worked with professional athletes and premium lifestyle brands. She worked with NBA professionals developing their unique brand identities through endorsement opportunities, speaking engagements, public appearances and philanthropic associations. Lauri has lived with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress and has become an advocate for shameless communication about mental health and the stigma of mental illness. The Accidental Truth is her first book. Lauri is a graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business, holding a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She lives in Orange County, California and is the mother of two grown children. She is a member of the SMU Alumni Association, the Cox School of Business Alumni Association, and the National Charity League. http://www.lauri-taylor.com