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Summary of March 24, 2018 Meeting

Many thanks to the Hemet Library for accommodating us so comfortably in the Community Room when scheduling became a challenge on short notice! I think it’s great that our local library is such a hot spot. Everybody wants to use their rooms.

We had a really good meeting. I love the social aspect of our meetings–talking about our recent accomplishments and goals. It’s motivating.

Also, Jim Hitt’s new presentation at every meeting, Writing Tips, was helpful and much appreciated. Click on the treasure chest to download two pages of writing tips from the world’s greatest writers.





This seems to be a popular subject in our group. Many thanks to Leslie Bosh and Marj Charlier for suggesting these online locations:

  • Goodreads.com
  • SheWrites.com
  • CritiqueCircle.com
  • WomenFictionWriters.org



Don Smith from Dorland Mountain Arts Colony told us about a neat new offering by that group. Volunteers will read your work aloud to you and an audience to see if it works. There is no fee for the volunteer readers, and none for audience members. Authors pay $20 for a max of 20 pages of material. The fee helps pay for the community room at Dorland. Don started this group last November. The next reading will be Saturday, April 21st. He’d like to add more writers and actors. If you’d like to participate in any way, contact him at DonaldESmith1949@gmail.com.




Romantic Suspense & Romantic Comedy –Writing in These Best-Selling Categories from Innocent to Erotic

Jackie and Miriam 2

Jackie Hamilton & Miriam Pace

“J.M. Jeffries” is the award winning writing team of Jacqueline Hamilton and Miriam Pace. Authors of romantic suspense and romantic comedies, they visited with us on Saturday, sharing tips from their understanding of the craft. Miriam used The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy to demonstrate the building blocks of successful fiction. Jackie followed with the hot topic of erotica in novels, describing the Mars/Venus difference between what male readers like to read versus female, what works in writing and what doesn’t. The ladies were fun, personable, and informative, and we appreciate them very much for sharing. Below are Miriam’s Building Blocks of Fiction, and for more information about their work, go to https://www.jmjeffries.com/

Building Blocks of Fiction

1. Protagonist

2. Antagonist

3. Problem

4. Conflict

5. Obstacles

6. Catastrophe

7. Resolution

8. Theme




For our April 28 program, a panel of Guild members will delve into the topic of character in your writing.  Moderated by Guild member and Board Secretary Melissa Eiselein, the panel will include Eve Gaal, Cindy Tesar, and Arch Font. I’m excited to hear from our own members. They are ready to share their knowledge and welcome your questions. And you can see their books on our Member Book page. Click on any book cover image and you’ll be whisked to the Amazon book detail page.

May you have a blessed and happy Easter.


This blog post was prepared by Lynne Spreen, President of the DVWG. Lynne writes midlife fiction, because she believes we learn and grow continuously throughout our lives. You may access her website here and her books here.

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