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Summary of March 25, 2017 Meeting


Two aspects of Saturday’s meeting stick with me today as I reflect. One, it was smaller and somehow more intimate and personal. And perhaps because of that, several people mentioned challenges they’re facing in life. I was moved by their candor, and by the warmth they received from the group. This is the richness of the Guild, to my mind. (more…)

Summary of February 2017 Meeting


Hi everybody, Lynne Spreen here with your monthly Guild meeting wrap-up. Forty-six people attended our February 25, 2017 “conversation” at the Hemet Public Library. (more…)

Summary of January 2017 Meeting

winter-2024112_1920What an amazing kickoff to our new year. Forty-eight people attended the Hemet Public Library for our first meeting, and half of them joined as members. We rely on your generous support to keep the lights on, so thank you!

Here’s a quick rundown of the main topics covered, with links to handouts. (more…)

What Is a Hybrid Publisher?


photo by Frances Marie

In this new world of publishing, it’s easy to make a mistake when you go to choose a publisher. In this post by publishing expert Jane Friedman (who I know and trust), you’ll learn many valuable tips to avoid being sold a bill of goods. To read the complete post, click here: What is a Hybrid Publisher?

Networking Tip for Shy People: Start Close to Home

author, indie, self-publish, writer, novel

If you’re anything like me, a small part of you (or let’s be real, a large part) hates networking situations with a passion, especially forced networking situations.  (more…)

Should You Have an Author Blog?

woman blogger

Writers are told they MUST have a blog, but I have some surprising news for you: Not every writer benefits from blogging. In fact, it can be downright counterproductive. (more…)

25 Tips for Writing for Young Adults

teenagers in loveSo you’re thinking you might write a novel aimed at young adults. Here’s how to avoid the most common pitfalls. (more…)

Hot Tips for Your Author Bio

old typewriterWriting is a business, make no mistake. One aspect of the business is your author biography.  (more…)

That’s What I’m Talkin’ About

coffee-1276779_1920The March meeting was a great success. Our speaker, award-winning author Jim Hitt, was a hit. He shared helpful writing tips with his trademark speaking style: witty, smart, and kind. And here’s the best part. (more…)

DVWG Announced in Local Press

Hitt critique

We were excited to be featured in the Riverside County Press Enterprise on Monday, March 21, 2016. Reporter Diane Rhodes visited one of the critique groups that founded the Guild.  (more…)