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Video link to Jan. 23, 2021 Meeting with Tim Riter


Tim Riter
Jan. 23, 2021

Happy new year, everyone! You have a clean slate, lots of runway. Let’s get going and accomplish something writerly in 2021!

Apologies! We are having tech headaches with the YouTube link to the Jan. meeting. I’ll post it as soon as I can.

At our January meeting, thirty people attended, a good turnout. Some attended from a distance: Yucca Valley, Palm Desert, and even Arizona. That’s the silver lining of our current pandemic-restricted meetings. Although I miss getting together at Emilio’s for a cheese enchilada and a beer. You, too?

Presidential Pitch

President Jim Hitt started the meeting by reminding everyone his term ends this October, by which time somebody will need to step forward. From the start of the Guild, we’ve tried to keep things simple so board work would be more like a hobby, not a profession. You might be surprised at how low-key even the position of President is. We have a Webmaster who handles the website and Facebook, an editorial trio that publishes Straitjackets Magazine, a Treasurer who handles the money, a VP who handles membership, and a Member-at-Large who has her finger on the pulse of membership. The President is guided by these folks.

I hope this explanation will help us find a new President in the fall. If you’re interested, contact me (Lynne Spreen) or any member of the board at DVWritersGuild@gmail.com.

Membership Pitch

If you’re not a member yet, it’s only $20 per calendar year to support the Guild. In return, you receive these benefits:

  • You’re eligible to submit your writing for consideration to the online literary publication Straitjackets Magazine.
  • Have your book(s) listed on our Guild Member Books Page, with links to the purchase location.
  • Enjoy a 10% discount off the list price of new books at Cameron Books in Hemet, California.
  • Enjoy the company and support of your local writing community.

Three Ways to Join:

  • Using PayPal (click on the Home tab at the top of this page, and find the Buy or Renew button on the left margin), or
  • Send your check to PO Box 1154, Hemet CA 92546.

Writer’s Corner with Sandy Schuster-Hubbard

Sandy talked about Beta Readers–what they are and are not, what they can and cannot do, and how to communicate with your team to achieve the best outcome. After the meeting, Kathleen Osborne provided this helpful Beta Reader Cover Letter. Click to download the PDF.

This Month’s Speaker, Tim Riter

Many thanks to Tim Riter who talked with us about the four basic principles that can elevate our writing to the highest level. Tim was an engaging speaker and we appreciate his taking the time to speak with us.

Thanks to all of you for your patience as we dealt with technical difficulties in uploading the video. The link is here:

For more information about Tim, please visit his website at http://timriter.com/


For more about the Guild, including frequent tips and interactions with fellow writers, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/diamondvalleywritersguild/


  1. Elisabeth Anghel says:

    I am sorry Lynne but I could not open the link to watch the Jan meeting. Thanks, Elisabeth Anghel


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